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Fear could lead us to make changes

Weather has been a major newsmaker for the past several months. Tsunamis, mudslides and snowstorms have made the headlines. People-against-nature stories abound.

People are amazed that others continue to choose to live in places where natural disasters occur almost every year. As one who has lived in an area struck by two major tornadoes, I know that everyone has his or her own reason for choosing to rebuild and hope for the best. Since the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, there’s been more focus on the desire to “live safe.” Some people actually live in constant fear of being the victim of a terrorist plot. Sadly enough, I know some folks who have given into their fears, thinking that everyday life constitutes a virtual landmine of dangers.

Committee examines cloning, stem-cell ethics

JEFFERSON CITY — The issues of cloning and stem-cell research found themselves under the microscope at a state Senate hearing Monday night.

Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Jackson County, presented a bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee to outlaw human cloning in Missouri by defining the creation of a human as the egg of a human female fertilized by the sperm of a human male.

Power of prayer

The 9:45 a.m. service at Grace Bible Church was missing two of its regulars Sunday.

“That’s where Molly and Corey usually sit,” said Michael Burt, the church’s pastor, gesturing to where wounded Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden and her husband, Officer Corey Bowden, sit when they attend the service.

SMSU nears new name trademark

As lawmakers have spent months arguing over who should own the name Missouri State University, lawyers behind the scenes have nearly finished a process that would grant Southwest Missouri State University rights to the name, angering those who have said it belongs to MU.

In January and February 2004, SMSU filed three federal applications to trademark the names Missouri State and Missouri State University — two for clothing and one for educational services. Now, after nearly a year of processing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, lawyers from SMSU are awaiting word that the name is officially theirs — at least from the standpoint of federal commerce.

Students in running for national honor

Four Hickman High School seniors and one home-schooled Columbia senior have a chance to receive one of the nation’s highest academic honors as a Presidential Scholar.

Vellore Arthi, Stefan Novosel, Benjamin Shelton and Suzanne Wetz, all from Hickman, and Carmen Pettus, who is home-schooled, are the Columbia-area nominees, according to the Presidential Scholars Program Web site.

No-smoking backers to be anonymous

Local business owners can throw their support behind a proposed no-smoking ordinance for Columbia. They just can’t expect to know who those supporters are.

The Boone County Coalition for Tobacco Concerns is quietly circulating a letter of support, asking area business leaders to endorse the measure. That support, though, is strictly behind the scenes.

Video promoting patriotism given to high schools

Schools have not yet decided whether to show the film.

Stoles of Every Color

Amid walls washed in color, a swath of purple stood out. It was a narrow strip of cloth, folded in half and hung on the wall so that both halves showed. On the left side were three people-shaped cutouts, each a different color. The cutouts were connected by a line of black. On the purple cloth, a card described Erik Christensen’s call to the ministry.

“I pursued other forms of ministry, looking for alternate ways to live out my calling, but I have gradually come to know that I will not find satisfaction anywhere else,” Christensen said. He is gay, and the cloth, or stole, was donated by an Atlanta branch of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to tell his story.

Old lesson, new plan

From the outside, it’s the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology. But for a group of Lee Elementary School second-graders, inside the brick building is a journey into Africa.

“We’re ready to go around the world today,” Ann Mehr says to Brandy Moore-Klutse’s class as they enter the exhibit of masks inside the museum’s first gallery. Mehr, the class’s art teacher, then leads the students on a whirlwind trip through the African continent and its history.

Rule shift benefits parolees

Joey Eads is not used to getting second chances, so when given the opportunity to participate in a new early parole program, he jumped at the opportunity.

Eads is one of six Boone County residents to participate in the program, which was approved in October and initiated in November. In addition, 14 more applications have been submitted for review, said Capt. Warren Brewer, detention director for the Boone County Jail.

First-graders demonstrate geography skills

Sixteen first-graders at Mill Creek Elementary School stood in a line at the front of their classroom and sang “We All Live Together,” as their parents watched from around the room.

The song kicked off first-grade teacher Judi Privitt’s annual geography celebration Friday afternoon.

Family-owned Hood’s closing after 17 years

For almost 18 years, Hood’s Warehouse Outlet on Paris Road has been offering discount prices on supplies for the home, from doors to tulip bulbs. By next month, customers will have to find a new place to shop. Hood’s is closing its doors in early February.

The family-owned home supply store offers customers discounted prices on building materials and home improvement supplies. Employee Becky Giessmann said the store’s inventory is made of large quantities of products bought at discounted prices from larger suppliers. Because Hood’s can buy the products cheap, she said, it can offer low prices to its customers.

City, county using Web to sell extras

Boone County and the city of Columbia have started using the online destination govdeals.com to sell their extra materials. Local government surplus for sale on the site ranges from the typical office calculator (which as of Friday was going for $1), to a foosball table (top bid $46.50) to a street sweeper that carries an $18,000 price tag.

The Boone County purchasing office has been using the site for two weeks, while the city logged on a few days ago.

Poet puts King into context

Nikki Giovanni, a best-selling poet, author and essayist who first achieved prominence during the black arts movement of the 1960s, skillfully wove history and current events together to address issues facing the United States during a lecture at MU Saturday evening.

“We are children of the ’60s,” MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton said in reference to Giovanni before she took the stage. “Thoughts that we had then and the principles that inspired us are still with us.”

Digital evolution

In the span of a single generation, how we listen to music has evolved from the vinyl record album to the clunky eight-track, from the handy cassette to the sleek compact disc.

Now, the latest trend in distribution, online digital music, has the potential to render the CD obsolete. In October, Apple announced that consumers had so far purchased 150 million songs from iTunes, an online service that allows users to download music to their computers for 99 cents per song. Apple sells 4 million songs a week through iTunes, and that figure will no doubt increase with a new European Union version of the software, along with the Canadian version Apple recently launched.

Beaded baubles

The artist:

Sheila Hawkey-Page has been a Columbia resident for 20 years and began making jewelry after searching for an art form she could easily pick up and carry.

Family has faith that religious diversity in the home will work

A year ago, Hana Solomon’s son bought her husband a plastic Christmas tree from Wal-Mart.

“It was his Hanukkah present for his dad,” she said.

Columbia is... ECLECTIC

Eclectic (ek·lek´tik)

adj. Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems or styles: an eclectic taste in food

Bowden’s condition worsens

On Saturday, the family, friends and co-workers of wounded Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden were awaiting the results of a test administered Friday night that would help doctors determine what kind of infection had her fighting for her life.

Bowden, 26, had a low-grade fever Tuesday and developed an infection Wednesday. Sources with the Columbia Police and the family did not know the type of infection Saturday.

Putting a positive spin on youth

The message to the more than 200 high school students, parents and community members gathered Thursday night in Douglass High School’s gym was simple: There are positive things going on for Columbia’s youth.

The crowd gathered to watch a basketball game between various rap artists from Kansas City and St. Louis and basketball players from the Amateur Athletic Union of Basketball in Columbia.

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