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Activists cite Quran to end ritual

NAIROBI, Kenya — Trying to stop a bloody ritual undergone by millions of Muslim women in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, health activists are trying a new appeal: They’re citing the Quran.

Bishop Jakes emphasizes self-satisfaction

WASHINGTON — He’s about to turn 50 and to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary. It’s time to take stock.

Notes from the heart

The Heart of Missouri Chorus is more like a sisterhood than an ensemble. The group's devotion to each other and to the music has been rewarded with strong bonds and top regional honors.

WWII archives released

BAD AROLSEN, Germany — Looking back at the first weeks after World War II, a French lieutenant named Henri Francois-Poncet despaired at ever fulfilling his mission of establishing the fate of French inmates of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Three little questions can help address health care literacy

Ever leave your doctor’s office more confused about your health issues than when you walked in?

Between tradition and location

When a business starts to lose money and most of its customers, two solutions arise: close or move. Catholic schools, though not often thought of as businesses, are facing these same options.

Belief in brief

Dalai Lama is a Mongolian title that means “Ocean of Wisdom,” because Tibetans believe that the Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara.

Midwifery provision challenged

JEFFERSON CITY — Abortion-rights opponent groups are raising concerns that legislation allowing certified midwives to deliver babies could inadvertently open the way for people other than doctors to perform abortions.

BOONE LIFE: Life in the small town

John Mellencamp would be at home in Sturgeon

Changing the faith

Catholicism is the most common religious affiliation among Hispanics, according to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Approximately 68 percent of those who were surveyed described themselves as Roman Catholic.

Improving care for rural diabetics

Michelle Howell says each of the vans in her medical transport business pile up about 350 miles a day from driving people in rural mid-Missouri to and from their medical appointments.

Notes from the heart

On a recent Monday, “Pretty Woman” starts playing, signaling to the members of the Heart of Missouri Chorus that it’s time to begin rehearsal. With Roy Orbison crooning from a boombox, the women move to the music.

Let damaged plants recover first before pruning away

Luckily I had gone outside and taken pictures of my early flowering plants and shrubs before the 20 degrees and below temperatures turned them all into brown and green mush.

Orphans of war

POZNAN, Poland — On a sunny April morning in 1944, 6-year-old Alodia Witaszek was combed and scrubbed, sitting in the children’s home that had primed her for membership in Hitler’s master race.

BOONE LIFE: Spring shear

Just after sunrise, a mud-caked BMW makes its way down the gravel driveway at Sycamore Creek Farm, near Rocheport. The car comes to a stop and two men get out. They start unloading toolboxes, ropes and electrical cords. In the distance, an alpaca screeches a high-pitched warning squeal.

Mercury rising

Junior Prince sat on a white 5-gallon bucket hoping for a bite on one of his three lines in Little Dixie Lake. The catfish weren’t interested.

Building a cultural community

On a quiet stretch of land in Hallsville, Kirk Ouk watches from a distance as about a hundred people – men and women dressed in their regal best – sit in a field on colorful reed mats, all clasping a flower in their hands, which are held together as if in prayer. The silence is a stark contrast to the laughter that was heard just moments before. Now, the ear discerns only the chanting of the monk standing at the head of the group.

Belief in brief: Zen

Zen is arguably one of the more cherished words within the lexicon of popular culture, applied as it is to things as diverse as home décor and motorcycle maintenance. Despite the new-age vibe that Zen appears to give, it is in fact a religion that is more than 13 centuries old now.

I’ve always been a doodler

Tim Sparling has been drawing since he was in the first grade. He doodled on graph paper, dividing the squares into shapes such as triangles and then shading them in with pencil. The result was a coherent assembly of patterns and designs.

Good soil with proper minerals necessary for healthy plants

The big three mineral elements of plant nutrition are nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, somewhat closely followed by calcium, and then far after these are the trace minerals: magnesium, boron, manganese, sulfur, iron, zinc. Even more minimally are copper, cobalt, molybdenum, chlorine and others.

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