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Retired architect is painter at heart

A blank sheet of paper waits for Jerry Thompson’s wet paintbrush in a neatly organized studio built above his garage. In two hours, the white paper transforms into a watercolor painting of a foggy pasture scene infused with light and and color.

Gardeners use the Internet to create a virtual community

A year ago, Elizabeth Licata became the fourth member of a group of garden bloggers with an attitude. Garden Rant (gardenrant.com) started in mid-2006: A blend of gossip, news, crusade and, yes, raw rant, it blows the cobwebs out of gardening’s mustier corners.

Experts explore causes and effects of tooth grinding

Teeth are made for collisions. They mash hamburgers and break hard candy into tiny pieces. But when they grind together, they can wear down and lead to other health problems.

Tooth grinding is a condition that affects many people, but exactly how many is not clear.

Museum of Art and Archeology offers vintage films in conjunction with current exhibits

Every third Thursday of the month, MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology will screen a vintage film mostly from the 1940s or early 1950s that has a connection to one of the museum’s exhibits.

Survey: College students stressed, but majority are hopeful

WASHINGTON — College kids are so frazzled they can’t sleep or eat. Or study. Good grief, they’re even anxious about spring break.

Internet transforms gardening

The invention and universal acceptance of the Internet has transformed gardening, and for the better.

Guitar Hero allows youths to shred like rock stars

The widely popular video game Guitar Hero has spurred tournaments, been featured on TV and given many the chance to feel what it’s like to be a rock star. But for guitar players, the game has a slightly different draw.

BOONE LIFE: Small dog, big wins at Columbia Kennel Club dog show

Carly won Best in Show at the Boone County dog show on March 9. Carly travels with her owner and handler to more than a hundred dog shows a year.

Hindu Temple celebrates its anniversary

Shanthi Mandir, the Hindu Temple and Community Center of Mid-Missouri, commemorated its second year of existence in Columbia on Friday night.

Boone Hospital Center staying on top with new Spine Center

The wood floors, hair salon and 20 private rooms on the redesigned fifth floor of Boone Hospital Center create an atmosphere more like a hotel than a place where patients come for orthopedic care. A plastic model of a spine near the nurses’ station gives away the location: the hospital’s new Spine Center.

St. Patrick’s Day self-defense

Use these strategies to protect yourself from people who pinch you for not wearing green.

Evangelicals in the city

You may wonder who moves to Manhattan as an undergraduate and spends Saturday night parsing the words of a theologian. Here’s a guess: no one except the students of the King’s College, an evangelical college located in the Empire State Building.

A new style of evangelical

NEW YORK — King’s College’s style of “new Christian urbanism,” as its provost calls it, frowns on hard-sell proselytizing. But students at the King’s have been known to strike up conversations in the city with strangers, hoping, at minimum, to change their mind about evangelicals.

Historic home in downtown Columbia provides community for artists

Singer-songwriter Samuel Combs was traveling throughout New Zealand and working at various organic farms in September when he realized he wanted to devote more time to growing as an artist. Earlier in the year he had met Lizzie West, co-founder of Holy Road Tours Union, and learned about the Holy Road House in Columbia, that serves as a boarding house for developing artists who need space to further explore their craft. Wanting ample time to perfect his music, Combs moved to Columbia in January and later became the Holy Road Tours Union tour director.

It’s almost show time for the Missouri Theatre

The old Missouri Theatre stirs as restorations and renovations progress.

Boone Hospital Center to receive $191,000 as part of a women’s health initiative

The hospital plans to use the funds to educate women about cardiovascular-related diseases.

BOONE LIFE: Husband and wife befriend, feed stray and feral cats

Christina and David McCullen have been looking after a stray and feral cat colony since 2006

Bedbug stories crawling with hysteria

Nobody had seen one in decades. Then, five years ago, they started showing up in homes and hotels across the country, prompting a flood of calls to pest control professionals. And nothing, it seems, can stop them.

No, not bedbugs. Bedbug newspaper stories.

Food bank depends on Columbia's religious

A portrait of Mother Teresa hangs in the foyer of the Central Missouri Food Bank. It bears an inscription underneath the photo that reads, “Unless life is lived for others it is not worthwhile.” This religious message of service is the food bank’s guiding principle.

The Central Missouri Food Bank is a hunger relief organization serving 145 agencies in 33 counties through the distribution of free food, according to its Web site. The bank relies largely on volunteer efforts in its day-to-day operations, many of whom say volunteering is part of their faith.

‘Socialized medicine’ losing its stigma

A Harvard professor concludes after a survey of more than 2,000 people that ‘socialized medicine’ is a term that no longer frightens Americans.

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