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Columbia celebrates the diversity of art

Columbia Art League kicked off its 46th annual Art in the Park celebration

Saturday with an interesting visitor.

History hits Huntsdale

A few hundred people waited ashore as the keelboat and the two smaller pirogues of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles were slowly approaching Huntsdale on Saturday. On the front line were volunteers dressed in period clothes, some armed with period rifles, others with flowers.

The expedition arrived for the Huntsdale Lewis and Clark River Festival after spending Friday night in Lupus. The crew of re-enactors will continue to Rocheport this morning for the town’s festival, Rocheport River Days.

Ronald W. Reagan

LOS ANGELES —Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was “morning again in America,” died Saturday after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has passed away after 10 years of Alzheimer’s disease at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone’s prayers,” Nancy Reagan said in a statement.

Body found in East campus

Police are investigating the death of a young man found Saturday afternoon lying in the yard between two houses in the East Campus neighborhood. He was wearing only a pair of blue boxers, and a photograph taken by police showed wounds to his throat.

The body, which was clearly visible from the street, was found at 1517 Wilson Ave. Residents across the street expressed disbelief.

Rock Bridge, Hickman graduate seniors

Winning volleyball games. Parking tickets. Sold-out musicals. And, of course, friendships forged in class — and out.

In her speech to the graduating class of Hickman High School, Wen Xi “ShiShi” Wang talked about her Hickman High School memories and her hopes for the future.

Forum nets candidates, not Holden

LAKE OZARK — Accusations continued to fly Saturday between Missouri gubernatorial candidates State Auditor Claire McCaskill and incumbent Gov. Bob Holden.

McCaskill discussed issues with Democratic candidate Jim LePage at an event sponsored by the Missouri Press Association. The event was an opportunity for both Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates to discuss issues in an open forum.

State rep hopefuls talk taxes, education

At the weekly meeting of the Boone County Muleskinners Friday, the Democratic candidates for the 25th District state representative seat met for a panel debate in the spirit of communication and collaboration.

Candidates Judy Baker, Mike Blum, Russel P. Breyfogle Jr., D. Duane Dimmitt and Lara Underwood were each given three minutes for opening remarks.

Ragtime festival draws talent worldwide

With Missouri as the center of the ragtime world, the John William “Blind” Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival is drawing in musical talent from around the globe.

Columbia will host the 10th annual festival today through Tuesday, and headlines performers such as Morten Gunnar Larsen and the Odeon Jazz Quartet of Norway, the St. Louis Ragtimers and Englishman Carl Sonny Leyland.

Nine jailed after shooting at mall

Nine people landed in jail Friday night after two apparently shot at the other seven in the Columbia Mall parking lot in retaliation for an armed robbery at Douglass Park the day before, according to Columbia police.

Police responded to a report of shots being fired on the south side of the Sears store shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told officers the occupants of a maroon Chevrolet Caprice were firing at a black Suburban, Sgt. Stephen Monticelli said.

Brother Jed’s mission

With piercing hazel eyes, black greased-back hair and an intimidating scowl, George “Jed” Smock preaches from a chair in the middle of Speakers Circle at MU to about 30 students sitting around him.

The discussion is about the role of men and women in society. Smock believes a woman’s role is to obey her God-fearing husband.

Newman Center pledge to help community

Would you rather sit courtside or in the nosebleed seats at a basketball game?

Longtime Thomas More Newman Center parishioner Dick Otto often uses this analogy to describe church involvement.

To dump or to sell? Do both

It’s been more than a decade since I had a garage sale. So when my daughter-in-law called and asked if I would help with theirs, I readily agreed, thinking I would include the bags of stuff that had been accumulating in the garage for two years.

On Friday, right after noon, I threw my bags in the back of my car. I hadn’t marked any of my items. I figured I’d have time after we had priced all of the things she wanted to sell.

Harry Potter's magical glossary

Here is a list of important people, creatures and places in the magical world of Harry Potter for all the muggles, or ordinary humans with no magical powers.

Under Harry’s spell

Attention muggles: Don’t be alarmed at the sight of witches or wizards this weekend.

Mid-Missouri’s Harry Potter fans are out in full force, and full costume, for the opening weekend of “Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban” in local theaters.

Festival embodies diverse community

Seventeen-month-old Hayden Christiansen bounced and swayed to the twang of a fiddle and the beating of drums in Flat Branch Park on Thursday, kicking off the beginning of the Twilight Festival in Columbia.

“He loves any music or dancing,” Hayden’s mother, Jessie Christiansen, said.

Court calls for August vote on gay marriage ban

JEFFERSON CITY — In a victory for Democrats, Missourians will vote in August — not in November — on a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

In a 6-1 decision Thursday, the Missouri Supreme Court said Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt should place the issue on the August ballot but did not directly order him to do so. A Blunt spokesman said he would follow the court’s wishes.

Cable task force OKs fee increase

Cable television subscribers will see their monthly bills rise to pay for a public-access cable channel if the Columbia City Council follows through on a Thursday night recommendation from a city task force.

Meanwhile, a nonprofit board, Columbia Access Television Corp., has been set up to oversee development of the public-access outlet, which will be broadcast on Channel 8 for Mediacom cable subscribers and Channel 21 for Charter Communications subscribers. The board includes members of the Columbia Media Resource Alliance, representatives of Stephens College and other interested stakeholders.

Teenager recreates ancestor’s adventures

When Josh Loftis went to a Lewis and Clark re-enactment with his grandfather, all the family legends suddenly came to life.

“They didn’t really make sense until I was 12 and went out and I saw the boats and I saw everything that was happening,” Loftis said.

Graduation kickoff

Senior members of the Hickman High School girls’ soccer team were all smiles Thursday — and not just because they will compete in the state finals this weekend.

The team’s eight seniors received their diplomas two days early at a special ceremony held in Hickman’s auditorium.

Methodist conference to draw 1,600

The Holiday Inn Executive Center will nearly burst at the seams this weekend as ministers and laypeople from more than 900 churches convene for the Missouri Annual Conference Session of the United Methodist Church.

“Basically, the conference is where we do our year’s business,” said Karen Gordy-Panhorst, communications director for the Methodists.

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