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Youths ponder Bush’s Social Security plan

KANSAS CITY — Twenty-two-year-old Mike Payne inserts the topic into conversations with his family, with colleagues at the sandwich shop, classmates, even his skateboarder friends: Social Security.

“Anyone that’s willing to listen to me,” he said, “and even if they’re not.”

A flock in mourning

VATICAN CITY — Finally at rest after years of crippling disease, Pope John Paul II’s body lay in state Sunday, his hands clutching a rosary, his pastoral staff under his arm. Millions prayed and wept at services around the globe, as the Vatican prepared for the ritual-filled funeral and conclave that will choose a successor.

Television images gave the public its first view of the pope since his death: lying in the Vatican’s frescoed Apostolic Palace, dressed in crimson vestments and a white bishop’s miter, his head resting on a stack of gold pillows. A Swiss Guard stood on either side as diplomats, politicians and clergy paid their respects at his feet.

Kids fish, target shoot for fun at wildlife day

Children’s joyous cries could be heard all the way from the archery range to the fishing pool to the falcon exhibit at the 24th annual A Day with Wildlife, held Sunday at the American Legion Post 202.

“Hey, I think I got one,” they shouted.

In U.S. church, John Paul left mixed legacy

Pope John Paul II inspired American Catholics with his globe-trotting, charismatic leadership, perseverance in the face of debilitating illness and deep spirituality.

But his tight grip on church leadership and unwillingness to change some unpopular teachings clashed with the more democratic approach that many of the 65 million U.S. Catholics favor.

More parks sought as city grows

As Columbia sprawls outward, some local officials hope to maintain what they say is a unique part of the city’s community-oriented ambience.

The goal: for each resident to have a neighborhood park within walking distance of home.

Satirical MU paper aims to entertain

There is strange news at MU. Golden retriever Buddy the Dog signed with MU’s men’s basketball team to play most valuable pooch. “Crazy” Carl Young lives in campus recycling bins. And students wearing colored bracelets are making a fake statement of care.

Some might find these stories crass and offensive, and others might find them funny, but MU students Hayley Salvo and Leslie Pimmons hope their newspaper can be all three. The two friends are the brains behind Misery Weekly, a satirical campus publication that carried the stories above in its debut issue Friday.

Fire leaves three hospitalized

A fire at 3209 Skylark Lane left one person in serious condition and two others in critical condition after a small outdoor fireplace called a Chiminea was misused or malfunctioned, fire investigators said. Damages are estimated at $200,000.

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to the house on the south side of town at 7:29 a.m. on Sunday.

Closet cleaning must be hidden from husband

It’s that time of year again when I move the winter stuff to the attic and bring down the spring and summer clothing.

  I have done a fair job of purging my unused clothing, but I just looked at my husband’s side of the closet. Actually, it isn’t quite a side. It’s more like a corner — and he obviously needs an intervention.

Papal election is complex process

Cardinals from around the world have begun to gather in Vatican City for the funeral of Pope John Paul II and to take part in the election of a new pope, a process known as the conclave.

The historic series of events began with the verification of John Paul’s death, at 9:37 p.m. Rome time, by the cardinal carmelengo, Eduardo Martinez Somalo. The carmelengo then sealed the papal apartment and arranged for the fisherman’s ring, the official seal of the pope, to be broken, beginning an official nine-day period of mourning known as the novemdiales.

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Women of the cloth

Amy Kay Pavlovich first heard the call of God as a child. When she was 14, she began telling others that she planned to become a pastor —news that didn’t exactly thrill her parents.

“I’m from a farm family that does not favor women in the ministry,” said Pavlovich, 28, an associate pastor at First Christian Church.

Digital state of art

There are more ways to create a masterpiece than stroking a paintbrush across a canvas.

In MU art instructor Sabine Gruffat’s introduction to 3D animation class, students sit in front of desktop computers instead of easels and storyboards, adding color and texture to multi-dimensional images using a software program called MAYA.

A dedication to interfaith understanding

Beyond Vatican City and the sanctuaries of 1 billion Catholics around the world, Pope John Paul II will be remembered not only as an advocate for his church’s moral beliefs, but also as an eloquent voice for Christian unity.

Local religious leaders, scholars and adherents of various faiths all point to significant moments in the papal legacy that have improved interfaith relations.

School board candidates critique funding proposal

A district official and school board candidates are concerned that a new school funding formula for the state would not be fully funded, but they also said that it’s hard to tell how the formula would affect Columbia Public Schools.

The school funding formula has been said to be under-funded and has received criticism for its inequitable distribution of money to school districts across the state.

Preis tops spending in school board races

First-time school board candidate Darin Preis raised and spent $3,652 for his campaign — a figure far greater than any other candidate for Tuesday’s elections and several hundred more than his own goal of $3,000.

Possible cut looms for library service sharing Mo. books

The new computer areas and closed-off stairwells of MU’s Ellis Library show a building under renovation and in the midst of progress. Plastic sheets block off the old in preparation for the new. But, despite the renovations, the library might be on the sharp end of a cut that could hinder its technological progress.

Last month, Gov. Matt Blunt suggested $240 million in cuts to the state budget. If approved, funding for the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System, commonly known as MOBIUS, would be eliminated. The cut of almost $650,000 would be MOBIUS’ entire state appropriation for the service that links the four University of Missouri campuses, along with St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and 54 others. It would additionally force fee increases by at least 40 percent.

Crayton anticipates third term on council

Representing Columbia’s most impoverished community brings no rewards, says First Ward City Councilwoman Almeta Crayton, but she is used to challenges.

“I’ve been poor all my life, so I know what poor people need. I do this to give a voice to families like mine,” said Crayton, a 45-year-old single mother.

6 Columbia students show off global knowledge

Know anything about the soil around the Senegal River? Don’t worry; Smithton Middle School seventh-grader Alan Hatfield had trouble with that one, too.

Hatfield and five other Columbia students were among the 100 who competed at the state geography bee Friday at MU’s Memorial Union.

Priests touched by pope’s passing

Having seen him, three priests feel they knew John Paul II.

Papacy has a long, illustrious story

The Roman Catholic Church is the oldest existing institution in the world. But before the traditions and regalia, before Christianity became the state religion of Rome, before Catholicism with a capital “C,” there was a pope.

John Paul II was the 264th pope, a position unique among public and historical figures. In 1870, during the first Vatican Council under Pope Pius IX, the Catholic Church established a doctrine of papal infallibility and defined the pope as the “supreme judge of the faithful.”

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