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Racer imparts life advice

Carl Edwards usually sends a clear message to his NASCAR opponents by passing them at 170 mph. On Monday, Edwards slowed down to give Oakland Junior High students a different message: “Follow your dreams.”

A former student at Oakland, Edwards spoke at the school Monday at an assembly.

Cooper’s liquor license reinstated

After 144 days of fighting to regain his liquor license, Mike Cooper has won.

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control reinstated Cooper’s license on Monday afternoon, allowing him to sell beer at Cooper’s Landing south of Columbia. The division decided not to appeal last month’s ruling from the state’s Administrative Hearing Commission, which sided with Cooper.

More flu vaccinations to be available today

The Boone County Health Department will offer flu vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at its Columbia clinic to anyone who meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s high-risk guidelines.

High-risk candidates include children aged 6 to 23 months, adults 65 or older, women who will be pregnant during flu season, nursing-home residents, health-care workers, those who work with children and anyone with a chronic medical condition.

Sincere apologies can save time, cash

It really doesn’t surprise me that people in certain professions, including the practice of medicine, need to be taught the value of apologizing when they make an error. This is an idea being fostered by some who are urging malpractice reform.

I’ve been noticing this trend of refusing to apologize for a long time, especially among politicians. I’ve been convinced for years that many conflicts might have been avoided if people could have brought themselves to apologize for their words or actions. Still, I’d have to say, in my experience, this phenomenon tends to be more prevalent among men than it is among women.

Students charged in opossum abuse

MU sophomores and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity members Zachary Famuliner and Adam Thomas will appear in court on charges of animal cruelty and holding opossums without a permit following an incident early Friday morning.

At 1:47 a.m. Friday the Columbia Police Department responded to a complaint from a neighbor.

Retirement center sold in auction

A local retirement center has been sold in an effort by its owner to get out of bankruptcy.

The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that filed for bankruptcy Feb. 16, sold the Lenoir Retirement Community and 10 other senior-living facilities to Fortress Investment Group for $210 million Friday at a New York auction. Judge Ronald King of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the West District of Texas in San Antonio must still approve the takeover on Nov. 30.

Correction

A story on page 4A on Sunday misidentified who could vote in an involuntary annexation of a large portion of the Harg community. Only Harg residents who live on the land that will be annexed will have a vote.

Adopting a tradition

While Rocio Madrigal is not usually fond of what she calls typical American food such as hamburgers, the turkey feast she shared with more than 100 others at Fairview United Methodist Sunday was a different story.

Madrigal and 11 others from the new Iglesia Metodista Unida Hispana, or Hispanic United Methodist Church, celebrated a meal that followed a bilingual service led by the Rev. Edgar Lopez. Lopez and his wife, Maribel, hosted the first church service in their home on Oct. 10 with about 15 in attendance.

Council decision draws ire

The Monday decision by the City Council to allow machine shop owner Tom Kardon to build an auto-parts store at Third Avenue and Providence Road slipped under the radar of residents.

“I thought the issue was dead,” said John McFarland, president of the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association. “If the neighborhood would have been notified of the final hearing, everyone would have been present.”

Blunt to decide on ‘fair-share’ fees

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov.-elect Matt Blunt has until Dec. 15 to decide whether to publish a rule in the Missouri Register that would force new state employees to pay their “fair-share” union fees or to continue his resistance and appeal a Cole County court ruling ordering him to publish it.

The rule must be published in the register before it can take effect.

International Cafe closed after fire

International Café owner Mohamed Gumati said he will have to wait for a Fire Department investigation and inspections by the Health Department and insurance agency before he will know when his cafe will re-open following Saturday morning’s fire.

“It could be a week, it could be two; we don’t know yet,” Gumati said.

Study a possible step for Stadium

Slowly but surely, local officials are working to take the first step in extending Stadium Boulevard east of U.S. 63 to Interstate 70’s Lake of the Woods exit.

Earlier this month, Columbia City Manager Ray Beck sent a letter to the Boone County Commission asking if it would be interested in joining the city and the Missouri Department of Transportation in paying for a purpose-and-need study to look at extending the road, also known as Missouri 740.

Soybean rust reaches U.S., infects South

Mid-Missouri farmers are thankful for bumper soybean yields this year, but a new fungal disease in the United States leaves uncertainties for future growing seasons.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the first case of soybean rust in the continental United States on Nov. 10. The disease traveled to the United States from South America during the extended hurricane season.

Abuse inflicts years of fear, oppression

Nettie Hisle of Columbia left her boyfriend in 2000. He abducted and murdered her. Charlotte Harris, another Columbia resident, left her husband, Dannie, in July 1997. He kicked in the door to her new apartment and shot her point blank with a shotgun.

A 1994 Canadian study showed that women who left their abusive husbands were as much as six times more likely to be murdered than those who continued to live with them.

Council to review hunting bill’s wording

During the City Council’s work session on Nov. 29, it will consider language for a bill that would allow firearms hunting on newly annexed land.

At its regular meeting on Nov. 15, the council received a report from city staff detailing what such a bill might look like. The proposal under review would restrict hunting to tracts 20 acres or larger. The draft contains provisions that would forbid firing across streets or at people, buildings, recreational areas or domestic animals.

Silent Invaders

Each year, thousands of Americans are unknowingly infected with a potentially fatal sexually transmitted disease, the human papilloma virus. Unknowingly, because the virus may not become externally visible until it’s too late.

Strains of the human papilloma virus can live undetected in a woman’s cervix and man’s penis for years. Left untreated in women, the virus can evolve into cervical cancer. It accounts for 80 percent of American cervical cancers per year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In men, the virus can cause penile and anal cancer.

Advancements in birth control

Since the FDA approved the birth control pill in the 1960s, scientists have created new hormone-based methods of contraception,including a patch, an injection and updated versions of the pill. These contraceptives regulate the body with synthetic forms of hormones that control fertility and reproductive systems.

Animation seriously

The look and feel of documentary filmmaking is changing. This type of film is not only for the classroom or for fans of independent releases such as “Fahrenheit 9/11.” Now, in addition to growing budgets and well-publicized premieres, reality is becoming animated.

Originating in Britain in the 1930s as an alternative to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, animated documentary has recently re-emerged as an intriguing separation from the full-blown fantasy animation of films such as “Toy Story” and “Shrek.” It is nonfiction filmmaking that takes real-life, and often serious, subject matter and gives it a kick of creativity, allowing the director to experiment with symbolism, themes, emotion and characterization with thought-provoking subtlety.

On the edge of disaster

“No art exists that doesn’t have an important subject to it,” watercolor artist Keith Crown says, “just like a novel doesn’t exist that doesn’t have a story to it.”

Whether sketching or painting, Crown has always captured meaning and substance with his work. Crown, the recipient of the Watercolor USA Honor Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, has exhibited his work in galleries from New York to California. The Columbia resident’s paintings are part of the prestigious permanent collection at the Harwood Museum in Taos, N.M.

Inside the mind's eye

Jessie Lawson, an artist and owner of The Arsenic Leopard talks about her life as a painter.

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