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Family provides foster care for babies

Before newborns can be adopted, birth parents must legally end their parental rights. The Watson family provides foster care for newborns in their transition from the hospital to their adoptive home.

Connecting with cameras

People in Columbia post their photos on Flickr as a way to connect with other photographers about shared interests.

Columbia native's film explores Seattle band, singer's death

Former Columbian Jessica Bender will return to her hometown Saturday to show a documentary at the Ragtag Cinema that has been six and a half years in the making.

Art in the Park moves stages to encourage more mingling

Some people go to Columbia’s annual Art in the Park for the handmade arts and crafts. Some people go to hear live music. This year, in celebration of the event’s 50th anniversary, organizers want to help the two groups circulate more.

Mother embraces challenges and joys of daughter with disability

When Kate and Christian Basi’s daughter, Julianna, was born, they said they were in a state of denial that she had Down syndrome. Now, Kate Basi says she would not change her daughter’s condition; Julianna is perfect the way she is.

Service dogs branch out

People suffering psychological challenges can benefit from properly trained service dogs.

Accused of 'acting white'

“Acting white” is a social offense that minority students are sometimes accused of committing when they try hard to get good grades, read books for fun or join clubs. It is also leveled at students for making the wrong kinds of friends.

Sunflowers a perfect gardening project for children and beginners

A native plant of North America, sunflowers are easy to grow. The flowers come in various colors, and the seeds can be good snacks.

The history of graduation gowns

From puffy hats and tams to hanging shawls and hoods, each item of clothing worn at college and university graduation has significance and meaning.

Columbia residents learn to relax through yoga nidra

Frances Hayashida lies on a mat in a quiet room as a soothing voice washes over her, guiding her toward a tranquil place.

She listens as the yoga nidra instructor talks her through the emotional and spiritual process of becoming aware and letting go.

As she slips into a serene state, Hayashida is suddenly startled by a familiar sound.

The person next to her snoring.

Special section: Who we are

Statistics reveal the way Columbians live, from favorite foods to voting habits.

The rising cost of food

Here’s a typical grocery list: ground beef, bread, eggs, grapes, cheese, milk and flour.

Today it would cost $18.28.

In February, it cost $17.57.

Last year, you would have spent $15.08.

It has become painfully obvious that grocery prices are on the rise.

College athletes struggle to find new identities

Nicole Wilson was an athlete at MU on both the volleyball and women’s basketball teams.

African art exhibit is ‘all about what you don’t see’

Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui illustrates his provocative use of found-object art in his first U.S. solo show.

You know you're from Columbia if...

In Columbia, many people have been here for years, others for just a few months.

Some are just here to attend school, some chose this town to be their home.

But whether you’ve settled here for life or just for a couple of years, the question is this: How well do you know Columbia?

The Missourian asked at least 25 people what makes the city special and collected 15 ways to know you’re a die-hard Columbian.

City to farm: The Dougherty family

On the phone, Debbie Dougherty reassures her father she will pick up the medicine for the animals on the way home.

Not the type of academic conversation one would expect for such a well-regarded MU professor of communications.

Debbie and her husband, Tom Clark, are academics, but they are also farmers. They live in Williamsburg, approximately 31 miles from farmhouse porch to her office door in Switzler Hall.

Farm to city: The Renwick family

The black sky met the 16 acres of land the Renwicks owned in Hillsboro, 45 miles south of St. Louis.

From her bathroom window, Annette Renwick could no longer see the two horses, five sheep and 11 chickens the family had acquired during the past 16 years.

The next day, the family was leaving for good. They were moving to Columbia.

The Renwick family sold their animals, left the in-ground swimming pool and the home they had built upon 16 acres of land to move from the farm to the city — a place where people live closer together, sit in traffic and wait in long lines at grocery stores at 6 p.m. on weeknights.

Farm to city; City to farm

Both traded what they knew for something new.

Internet transforms gardening

The invention and universal acceptance of the Internet has transformed gardening, and for the better.

Guitar Hero allows youths to shred like rock stars

The widely popular video game Guitar Hero has spurred tournaments, been featured on TV and given many the chance to feel what it’s like to be a rock star. But for guitar players, the game has a slightly different draw.

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