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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.

Columbia man builds and gives away computers on Freecycle

Jordan Grant enjoys tinkering with computers, so much so that now he builds them from odds-and-ends parts and then gives them away to people who need a computer but can't afford to buy it. Freecycle.org, a Web site where individuals can post and exchange items they need or don’t want anymore, is used to communicate the need.

From the fishbowl to the studio: Renee Hulshof takes on the airwaves

Renee Hulshof brings a regionally famous last name and more than a decade of seasoning as a political spouse to her new gig as Simon Rose's co-host on KFRU's "The Morning Meeting."

'Faces of Mexico' exhibit spans thousands of years

The student curator behind "Faces of Mexico," an exhibition at the MU Museum of Anthropology, wanted to focus on something that hadn't been done.

Artist finds passion in the printing

Ben Chlapek, a 23-year-old silk screen poster artist, is known for taking nontraditional approaches to his work, say a former teacher and friends. The results, however, are lighthearted.

‘Genius Among Us’ follows young composers at MU camp

The documentary was shot by feature film maker Randy Sinquefield, an MU graduate, and follows students for one week. "We're all music geeks, which has kind of made us bond," said one student.

Out of Africa and into a new world

They use the language resources available but still struggle with full assimilation into American life

Plagued with rheumatoid arthritis, Columbia drummer learns to play again

Columbia drummer Keith Lottes thought rheumatoid arthiritis would keep him from ever playing again. Ten years after the diagnosis, he's keeping the rhythm for two local bands.

Why Columbians blog

COLUMBIA — Jeff Porter, special projects director for the Association of Health Care Journalists, is adamant that his blog, "Stroke of Faith," isn't about him. In the "About Me" section of the site, Porter writes: "The term ‘About Me' is a default setting by the free blogging Web site and difficult to change. However, as the first post states, it's really not about me."

In fact, it took Porter seven years from when he suffered his own stroke, in May 1998, to start "Stroke of Faith." For those seven years, he tried to "push the experience away to a corner of my mind." Although he said he doesn't remember it, doctors told him he nearly died that day.

 

Trees help cleanse landfill

 

1,800 cottonwood and sycamore trees were planted at the Columbia Solid Waste Division landfill last year to help soak up and cleanse toxic groundwater.

Columbians remember Christmases during the Depression

Growing up during the 1930s and 1940s, Katherine Finley, Mary Watkins and Claude Havens learned to live without some luxuries, but relished Christmastime.

Newlyweds choosing courthouse instead of chapel

The Boone County Courthouse is booked up for weddings through February 2009, with some couples booking three months in advance.

The Latin Revival

The "mother tongue" is back. With 70-strong Latin enrollment at Rock Bridge High School, consistent numbers at Hickman High School and its status as a required class at Columbia Independent School, Columbia is part of a nationwide revival of the "dead language."

Disc jockey chooses music to help with the hard times

Each week, Steve Donofrio tries to keep his radio show relevant, even when it's reflecting the current economic situation.

12 Days of Christmas

Forget the turtledoves and French hens, Missourian reporters set out to find more practical holiday events and gift possibilities for the days leading up to Christmas.

Patron of the arts promotes composition in MU music community

The originator of the Creating Original Music Project, a composition competition for MU and K-12 students, is working with the MU School of Music and others to make Columbia a center for composing and performing new music.

Columbia woman mixes love of children, nature to make toys

Chris Willow-Schomaker is the creator of mamaroots, a local business selling toys made from all-natural materials.

Exhibit celebrates Memorial Union's history

 The Transcendent Tower exhibit in the lobby of Memorial Union North aims to celebrate the history as well as the architectural significance of the Union through pictures and text.

Former Habitat for Humanity supervisor continues to help novice volunteers

Bob Shannon was in charge of Habitat for Humanity’s construction projects for six years full time. In total, he worked on about 40 to 50 houses at various locations around town. After retiring two and a half years ago, Shannon has been supervising less experienced volunteers two days a week. 

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