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Sexual assault in Columbia: A helping hand at your fingertips

As Columbia’s population has grown, so has its violent crime, including sexual assaults. The number of rapes reported to police have increased in Columbia since 2004 — in contrast to a national decline — according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Belief in Brief: Hanukkah

Hanukkah, which began Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 12, is different from its neighbors on the December holiday calendar.

Columbia Muslims remain without a leader

Muslims in Columbia have been without an imam since July, but the likelihood of finding a replacement before next spring is slim, said Ahmed Habib, chairman of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri.

Comic creators bring their creativity to the Midwest

Almost 70 years later, Superman is set for a homecoming of sorts — not to Smallville but through writer B. Clay Moore, who makes his home in Kansas City. Moore, 36, is part of a small but productive cadre of comic book writers and artists who are building on each other’s creativity and putting Kansas City on the national map of comic book creators.

MU residence halls bring Hanukkah to campus

This is the first time in several years that the Jewish festival of lights falls during the school year and not during finals week. For this reason, representatives of MU’s residence halls have decided to team up with Hillel, a campus Jewish student organization, to bring menorahs — and Hanukkah — to the dorms.

Christmas tree farm grows traditions

Breathe in the fresh pine air, grab a saw and take a tour of the Log Providence Pines Christmas tree farm. Dean Fitzgerald and his wife, Diane, serve up hot cider and family traditions along with acres of trees. For some people, it wouldn't be Christmas without a fresh-cut tree.

BOONE LIFE: Cooking up community from scratch

When Kim Phillips and her sister, Stacey Karabegovic, peeked through the cracks in the window coverings of a former ceramics shop on historic Rocheport’s Central Street, they knew that they’d found something special.

The struggling circus

On Circus Day, time stood still. Banks and schoolhouses shut their doors, and unpaved Main streets were clogged with folks from down the block and across the county.

Children stood alongside businessmen as everyone strained to hear the air calliope, also known as a steam organ, and squinted to see the first cart of the horse-drawn spectacle: the circus parade.

As cart after cart passed through the throngs, people who might never have ventured more than a few miles from where they were born stared tigers, monkeys and elephants straight in the eyes.

"Back then, it was an annual event," said circus clown Joey Kelly of St. Louis. "You saved up for it. When circuses came to town, a lot of businesses shut down, so you could make a day of it."

Janet Davis, associate professor of American studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of "The Circus Age," said the circus was the biggest thing going at the turn of the century.

Dealing with Celiac

Fifteen years ago, Donna Kasper burst into tears in the soup aisle of a grocery store. Kasper was surrounded by food, but she could not find anything to eat.

Belief in Brief: Meditation

With the holiday season approaching, stress is nearly inevitable. One way to de-stress is through meditation, the focusing of thoughts and promotion of calmness.

Mormonism spreading around the world

According to statistics from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 million of the 13 million Mormons in the world live outside of the United States.

'New Anatomies' not the same old brand of theater

The play, with its all female cast, features a tale of a 19th-century female explorer and touches on both feminist and political themes.

BOONE LIFE: School days and play

A busy Columbia family bustles from activity to activity while enjoying together time.

Businessman owns five companies at age 23

At his core is an entrepreneurial drive, something fostered in the Columbia native at an early age by family, lemonade and some magic.

Florist shares details of life in flower business

Have the familial hordes picked over your table, here's what to do with the leftovers

When you cook for the masses on Turkey Day, you're bound to have so remnants left on the table after it's all over. Here are some quick recipes to help keep the fridge free of clutter.

Stuck in the airport? Learn the alphabet

Christian groups bring the Bible to thousands of countries through unconventional means

Christian networks from across the world are spending millions of dollars annually to distribute the Bible through audio, video and multimedia to the furthest corners of the earth.

Stephens’ dance man

Bob Boross, the new chairman of the dance department at Stephen's college, is new to town but brings a lifetime of experience

BOONE LIFE: Weaving tales and friendship

As a little girl, Navajo weaver Sarah Natani remembers watching her mother, who was a weaver and potter, work.

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