From extreme dieting and exercise to cosmetic surgery, people go to many extremes to conform to ideals of appearances. But those ideals aren’t limited to body shape or size — many people’s ideal body also includes a dazzling smile.
“In our culture, white teeth and a pretty smile are important,” said Charles Mattingly, a Columbia dentist. “It says something about a person who whitens their teeth, that they care about their appearance.”
On Monday, President Bush signed landmark legislation that, in addition to adding a drug benefit to Medicare, places more of the responsibility for providing health care to older Americans in the hands of private insurers and health plans.
But for advocates of universal health care — including many doctors and hospitals — the bill signing represented a step backward. They say that increased privatization is dismantling the public-private safety net that first emerged in the 1930s and will add to the growing number of Americans who do not have health insurance.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced winners of the AgriMissouri Chef Contest on Nov. 23, proclaiming Chef Christopher Desens’ “Morel Mushroom Pasta” the gold medal winner.
Desens, chef at Racquet Club Ladue, entered four recipes in the AgriMissouri Chef Contest in August, hoping to showcase the local products he uses in his dishes every day.
They’re all over the runways of Paris and Milan — on the feet of fashionistas everywhere — and can be seen walking the sidewalks of Columbia. Pointed-toe high heeled stilettos are all the rage. But just how much is the price of fashion costing women these days?
Shoe designers know women love fashion at any price, and sometimes that price includes the health of their feet.
MU Health Care has for the second time in six months revised its policy on drug companies and medical supply vendors paying for promotional lunches for doctors at its hospitals and facilities.
The latest change was enacted after Columbia caterers complained about the unfairness of the initial policy change. The new policy will go into effect at the beginning of next year, said Dan Kopp, chief medical officer at University Hospital.
Some parents and school officials are worried about how an Internet search feature is affecting personal safety and privacy.
Google, the popular Internet search engine that scans more than 3 billion Web pages, added a feature two years ago that allows users to type a phone number into the search bar at www.google.com and pull up the accompanying address.
The Columbia Board of Education on Monday night decided to continue discussing hiring an outside firm to run the district’s summer school program. The firm, Newton Learning, already provides summer programs for more than 70 school districts in Missouri.
Several district officials said they will speak with administrators in the Francis Howell School District about Newton. That district, near St. Louis, already contracts with the firm. The board also plans to speak with the Columbia Community Teachers Association before making a final decision.
The first significant snow of the season is taking aim at Missouri, but forecasters expect the heaviest accumulations north and west of the Columbia area.
Scott Truett of the National Weather Service in St. Louis said that rain, heavy at times, is forecast today in the Columbia area with a quick change over to snow expected after midnight. The snow should end early Wednesday in Columbia, he said.
One year into his presidency of the University of Missouri system, Elson Floyd is a step away from making Missouri higher education history.
When the UM Board of Curators meets Thursday in Kansas City, Floyd will announce his decision on the possible consolidation of UM and MU administrative positions. As part of that decision, Floyd, 47, could combine the jobs of system president and MU chancellor into one position.
JEFFERSON CITY — State senators are planning to bring foster care issues back to the table during the next legislative session.
Sens. Norma Champion, R-Greene County, and Patrick Dougherty, D-St. Louis, pre-filed foster care reform bills just one week after an audit of the state’s foster care system exposed potential dangers in the system.
When a lawn mower chewed up Annice Wetzel’s foot, it mangled her dream of a dance career.
Good grades in French class seemed to point to another talent, though, and now she is the longest-serving teacher in the Columbia School District, having spent 35 years teaching the language at Hickman High School.
Pablo Mendoza, MU’s director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, dropped three large boxes and a black MU banner on a handcart. Student volunteer Jesse Berrios took the initiative and began carting the boxes out onto the street. The sound of a mariachi band on the street below resonated in the parking garage as Mendoza and Berrios walked into the bustle of Kansas City’s 12th Street for the annual Fiesta Hispana.
The recruiting had begun.
For anyone going to the Independence Bowl, it’s time to finish making reservations.
Just about the only thing that hasn’t been entirely booked in the Shreveport-Bossier area is car rental. Nearly all of the hotel rooms are reserved and airplane seats between Columbia Regional Airport and Shreveport Regional Airport are quickly being filled.
A group of concerned citizens wants the public to know about the details of the proposed rezoning of the Philips property.
Members of the Clear Creek Neighborhood Association and the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition will hold a public news conference at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss issues surrounding developer Elvin Sapp’s proposal for permanent rezoning of the 489-acre Philips Farm southeast of Columbia.
JEFFERSON CITY — The Department of Economic Development reacted immediately to a report that a tax credit program under its supervision is being abused, director Joe Driskill told the Joint Committee on Tax Policy on Monday.
Rick Russell of Steelville testified last month that the department displayed no interest when he told one of its employees that a St. Louis business might be abusing state tax breaks.
A list of registered sex offenders living in Boone County is now available online.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has made the names, addresses and nature of the offender’s crime available to the public for several years. But last week, the department began posting the information on its Web site.
Children may love school cancellations, but for working parents, they can be a source of inconvenience.
When snow and ice force schools to close, some parents say day care or baby-sitting is the way to go, while others prefer to leave their children with relatives or friends. Some parents are forced to either take the day off or supervise their children from work.
During the heat of the summer months, Wayne Harmon usually has one thing on his mind: Christmas trees. In fact, he has been thinking about Christmas trees each day for almost two decades — and for good reason.
Harmon and his wife, Ann, are the owners of the Starr Pines Christmas Tree Farm in Boonville and have been selling trees since 1990. Although the farm is only open between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is a business that keeps the Harmons working full time all year long.
Lately, Dean Gentry has spent a lot of time worrying about the portion of his retirement nest egg that is invested in mutual funds. The more he thinks about it, the angrier he gets.
“I’ve got as much of a stomach as the next guy for stock market losses,” said Gentry, a 67-year-old Columbia resident and retired manufacturing executive. “But I didn’t sign up for fraud.
Some friends who moved to the country about 30 years ago were complaining last week about how complex country living had become. They admitted when they first moved outside the city limits they had bought into a rather idealized version of what rural life would be like. They visualized rich wooded areas, lush with animal and plant life and broad vistas of wide-open spaces where neighbors were few and far between.
And for a long time, it was much like they had envisioned, worth the cost of digging the well and stringing the electrical and telephone wires, maintaining their own road and supporting the organization of fire and ambulance districts. But little by little, progress bore down on them and threatened to overtake their way of life as developments began to spring up all around them. Before long, it was just like they were living back in the city, without the services.