Church plans Eden Summit to help develop ‘creation awareness’

The Columbia faith community will get a jump start on Earth Day with the Eden Summit, a series of workshops aimed at explaining the church’s role in protecting the environment.

In hot pursuit

Reji White remembers his first habañero pepper. When he was about 22, stationed with the Marines in Iwa Kuni, Japan, he had a friend from Mexico who often ate the hot peppers whole.

MU, Defense Department team up for nanotechnology research

MU will receive up to $10 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for a five-year research and development study of miniature nanotech devices that enhance Army weapons and defense systems.

BOONE LIFE: They call it wheelin'

They call it “wheeling.” To participate, you need something bigger than 35-inch tires (average car tires are 15 inches in diameter) locking differentials and a winch. Thirty-fives, deflated to a splashy level that helps them “eat” in the dirt, are just big enough to crawl over boulders and stumps on the trail. Locks will fix one axle so that both tires spin at the same speed and the winch, a strong cable attached to a spindle motor on the grill of the truck, is for when the tires and locks aren’t enough. The winch is both a lifesaver and a last resort for any self-respecting driver.

U.S. Muslim speaker urges understanding, acceptance

MU agrees that hospital erred financially

Officials at University Hospital must ask all of their physicians to sign off on a 2003 decision to divert millions of dollars to recruiting activities or pay back the money.

Hip-hop and a higher power

He goes by the name of Pastor Flo. As he stood in the pulpit of the Hip-Hop Sanctuary New Generation Church, all eyes were on him. “They say we can’t have hip-hop and church,” said Flo, a lay preacher whose real name is Roosevelt Sargent.

A poem of a home

"Every morning I shower with Milton,” says Jenijoy La Belle, referring to tiles she found on eBay and installed on her shower wall. “They show Satan watching with envy as Adam kisses Eve,” a reproduction of William Blake’s drawing for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”

Anticipating funding

Marketta Hayes sat at her dining table in her Columbia home looking at an empty Lipton Iced Tea bottle. “Oh,” she said, sliding the bottle away from her. “I didn’t know there was that many calories in here. That’s a lot.”

Ancient history

As Columbia’s boundary inches closer to the Missouri River, development threatens what remains of Missouri’s past.

BOONE LIFE: Treading water

Hans Huenink does not hesitate at all before jumping into the pool at Stephens College. Wearing a now-soaked T-shirt, khaki pants and tennis shoes, the Hartsburg resident quickly starts swimming laps with the other 44 men and one woman wearing the same outfit.

Behind the scenes with Arthur Unger

Shortly before he died in 2004, entertainment journalist Arthur Unger began helping to catalog articles, notes and personal memorabilia he had donated to MU’s Western Historical Manuscript Collection.

The birth of language

It’s a familiar scenario: A mother just inches away from her child’s face, speaking in an animated voice with exaggerated expression. Reactions to this type of behavior range from laughter to annoyance, but experts say it can encourage a baby’s linguistic development.

Stitching prayers

Some of the women, their hands moving frantically, could look around the room, seemingly unaware of the shawl forming around their needles. For others at the table, it was a conscious effort, requiring deliberation each time the yarn looped around the needle.

Balanced therapy

Kay Wright is turning 64 this year and is laden with a host of health problems. “The list is so long, where do you want me to start?” she asked.


Jerry D. Thompson's Oklahoma State University training stressed the international style of architecture. “We were the school of ‘form follows function.’ If the ornament had no meaning to the structure of function of the building, eliminate it.”

Woven together

During February’s meeting of Columbia Weavers and Spinners’ Guild, several members showed off their latest creations: towels made in a guild study group and baskets woven from palms by a member on a trip to Hawaii.

BOONE LIFE: The climb up

Marcus Floyd builds fences for work. He built a climbing gym for play.

New series aims to open art scene

Dancers in the Missouri Contemporary Ballet will lend their bodies to a different kind of art form — body painting — during a new series of Columbia events, ArtRageous Fridays, which begin April 27.

Mastery over material

Graham Caldwell is one of the bravest young artists in Washington.