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Longtime Columbia DJ 'Crazy Charley' Blackmore still scratching and spinning

As Hickman High School celebrates the 100th anniversary of its mascot, one die-hard alumnus of the school, Charley Blackmore, keeps cheering on his Kewpies and serving the community by sharing his time and vast music collection.

This man is a White House dog's best friend

Barry H. Landau has known about 25 White House dogs since the Eisenhower administration. Among the presidential-pooch memorabilia in his Manhattan apartment are matching orange inaugural dog coats worn by LBJ's twin beagles, Him and Her, and a photo of Landau kissing Clipper, JFK's German shepherd.

The economy may be in a downturn, but chick sales are thriving

This spring chicks have been so popular with consumers that hatcheries are experiencing constant demand.

Columbia's Cuban refugees share stories, reflect on resettlement

New arrivals from Cuba resettled in Columbia by the Catholic Church have fled repression and made new homes in central Missouri.

Missouri third-grader, age 71, honored with namesake literacy award

The Toys for Tots Literacy Program honored Alferd Williams' dedication to learning to read by creating an award in his honor.

TV chef Jeff Henderson promotes education to Columbia students

Celebrity chef Jeff Henderson visited Douglass and Hickman high schools to share his life story with the hope of positively influencing the lives of students.

Facebook 'friending' links generations

Facebook, formerly for college students only, is now being used by older generations to keep in touch with their families, network with employers and colleagues, and reach out to old friends.

Seminar aims to create more emotionally intelligent managers

Before someone can effectively understand others’ emotions, they must understand their own, says Karen Tate, who will speak this week at a seminar on emotional intelligence in the workplace. 

 

Columbia musicians to embark on three-city Austria tour

The Jane Froman Singers of Columbia College are teaming up with the Columbia Civic Orchestra for a nine-day tour of Austria. The two groups will perform a preview of their tour Sunday evening at Columbia College.

Effects of climate change in Missouri take root

Temperatures have been rising slowly over the past several decades in Missouri, causing cardinals to sing sooner, some birds to move northward and different species of plants to thrive in more northern climates. Scientists say now is the time to take action.

Father of dead soldier investigates daughter's death

Army Pfc. LaVena Johnson's death in Iraq in 2005 was ruled as a suicide by Army investigators, however, her family is reveiwing evidence and death scene photos, which they think point to signs of murder and possibly sexual assualt.

Columbia Regional Hospital to receive baby sleepers from 4-H members

Members of the MU Extension 4-H are sewing baby sleepers for the Columbia Regional Hospital. These sleepers reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and help teach parents proper swaddling techniques.

KaShaye Mathews exceeds expectations in overcoming autism

KaShaye Mathews, 15, of Columbia has learned to excel in ways doctors who diagnosed her with autism never thought possible.

Rock Bridge teacher brings AIDS education to forefront of class

A contemporary issues teacher at Rock Bridge High School pushes his students to help resolve problems in the United States and around the world.

Students provoke discussion with AIDS projects

Rock Bridge High School students use projects as a starting point for a community conversation about AIDS.

Religion with rhythm: LBC Gospel Choir

The Legion of Black Collegians Gospel Choir has been around for more than 30 years. The group is more than just a choir and members try to use music and song to praise God and share the Christian message.

Which came first: the egg or the gourmet egg?

Eggs are making a comeback: From quail eggs to eggs with a greenish-blue shell, Americans are experimenting with the breakfast food like never before.

Odd men out: Why 17 men attend Stephens College

For decades, Stephens College has admitted a handful of men to its undergraduate programs as "male apprentices." Faculty in the college's key programs of theater and dance believe including men provides a more realistic performance environment for the women. The men feel both the privilege and the responsibility that come with being a "Stephens man." They also feel the oddity of it.

Street artist's star rises with Obama portrait

Los Angeles street artist Shepard Fairey gained popularity in 2008 by creating the colorful image of Barack Obama that could be seen all throughout the election cycle. Fairey says his goal in creating art is to make it for the people and to be able to reach as many people with it as possible.

Second Life meets real life recruitment

The Missouri Department of Information Technology is using the virtual world, Second Life, to hold job recruitment events.

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