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BOONE LIFE: A party for a princess for a day

Wearing gold sparkle eye shadow, a pink dress with swirls and a rhinestone-studded princess crown, Ashton Hall is having her shining moment.

Belief in Brief: Tracing the Christmas tree tradition

For those who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree is as much a part of the holiday as Santa Claus. But how the tradition of decorating evergreen trees began isn’t so clear.

Hindu priest serves as keeper of family histories

Ashish Sharma Pawan's handwritten records of 2,500 Hindu families date back 144 years.

Columbians journey to Mecca

Later this week, more than two million Muslims are expected to descend on Mecca for the annual hajj. The Rashids are one of at least two Muslim families from Columbia who will be among them.

BOONE LIFE: Serving up smiles at Lucy’s Diner in downtown Columbia

Just like ‘Cheers,’ everybody really does know your name at Lucy's Diner.

For Baptist pastor, success is a result of inclusion

When John Baker and others reflect on his ministry and how First Baptist has pursued social justice and a sense of community over the last decade, it is clear his work has tried to be consistent with the church’s heritage.

Seeing Life

How to create your own edible ornaments

These easy crafts will bring birds to your backyard. Enjoy their company while they enjoy your generosity.

Spill it: A conversation with Santa Claus

Santa Claus says his favorite part of the holiday season is choosing the right gifts for everyone.

Famous failures

Even the most successful people have failed at some point in their lives.

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.

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