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.

Paige Laurie accused of cheating

While MU’s men’s basketball team came apart Friday night against Davidson in the new Paige Sports Center, a story about the arena’s namesake unraveled on primetime television.

ABC’s “20/20” news program aired a report called “Big Cheats on Campus,” which featured a claim that Paige Laurie, for whom the arena is named, paid a college roommate about $20,000 over three-and-a-half years to complete Laurie’s class assignments.

Greek community mourns death of restaurant shooting victim

George Godas went to sleep Tuesday content and at peace with the world. By morning, his life had been turned upside down.

Godas, owner of George’s Pizza and Steak in Columbia, was at his restaurant Wednesday evening when police announced the arrest of two teens for the shooting death of his longtime friend, Komninos “Gus” Karellas.

Schools seek more funding from state

The Columbia Board of Education met Friday with state legislators to discuss its priorities for the upcoming legislative session: No. 1 is funding of the state’s foundation formula that pays for schools.

The session begins Jan. 5, and district officials wanted to ensure representatives from Boone County are aware of the issues district officials said they feel strongly about.

Harg locals oppose annexation for Columbia development

A developer’s request that would add much of the unincorporated Harg community to Columbia has met fierce opposition from some Harg-area residents, threatening to delay or stop the largest proposed annexation in Columbia’s history.

Developer Billy Sapp, who is planning more than 1,000 acres of homes, condominiums, shops and a golf course in the area, wants his development to receive city services such as police protection and street lights.

Excess of attorney ads sparks debate

Open the phone book, and there’s a fair chance you’ll find a lawyer staring at you.

In the 27 years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared it legal, attorney advertising has become a popular, multimillion dollar activity. It has also touched off debate within the legal profession, with some hailing advertising as a way to inform the public and others condemning it for hurting the profession’s dignity.

26 come to public access TV orientation

Hosting two television shows might seem difficult, but Carlton Flowers does it every week in addition to working for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Flowers’ shows, geared toward self-improvement in a “fun, quirky but educational way,” have been running on the Jefferson City public access channel for several years. Now that Columbia Access Television is off the ground, he’s ready to spread his message to Columbia. Flowers is not alone in wanting face time on the new station.

He’s no Superman, just supervisor

Mike Thomas walks to the back of a white hallway illuminated by glaring fluorescent light. Plastic and metal machines line the walls.

Then comes Thomas’ office and a shock of color. Taped carefully to the wall are abstract crayon scribblings and jaggedly drawn pictures.

Abuse & the law

Detective Jeff Westbrook of the Columbia Police Department heads to a crime scene in his unmarked Impala. Three days ago, a man bent his girlfriend’s fingers back so far she thought they were broken. Westbrook is on his way to question the victim.

“He was arrested for third-degree assault,” Westbrook says. The woman’s fingers were X-rayed. No breaks.

Violence with guns

Of Missouri’s 56 murders and murder-suicides related to domestic abuse in 2003, roughly half were committed with guns.

In at least 10 percent of the cases, a restraining order was in effect.

All decked out for the holidays

The light taps of a hammer break the silence in the front yard of Linda Wyatt’s Hallsville home.

She and three of her children line up beside the white front porch, piles of garland in hand. It’s 2 p.m. on Halloween, and the family is already putting up winter holiday decorations —12 boxes of tiny white lights and 13 strands of thick, forest-green garland.

Family caught between the winter holidays

My house looks as if it’s been hit by a bomb. This is the “tween” time of the year, with Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving lurking around the corner and Christmas waiting in the wings. I still have a few stray witches to put away, and a Santa I just bought is lounging in a corner of my dining room. I have early Christmas presents piled on my treadmill, which makes using the thing impossible. (That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking by it.)

I’ve decided to do away with my conviction to not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. This year, our two daughters and their families will be here for turkey day (something that hasn’t happened for at least a decade), and we will celebrate Christmas with them the next day.

Watergate case files donated to MU

Scholars, historians and political scientists studying the Watergate period will now have reason to stop in Columbia to continue their research.

A collection of personal papers from a former Senate lawyer involved in the Watergate investigation was recently donated to MU. The papers belonged to Don Sanders, the deputy minority council for the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. In 1973, it was Sanders who indirectly asked whether there was a recording system in the White House, perhaps the most important question in the Watergate hearings, the university said in a news release.

Mental Health Board hopes to get property tax passed

In 1994, 72 percent of Boone County residents voted against a tax to advance local mental health service needs. But the Boone County Mental Health Board is mobilizing again, hoping a more specific plan will help the measure pass this time around.

“(The board) didn’t prioritize. They didn’t know how the money would be spent,” Board Chairman Roldan Mienert said. “We will not move ahead this time until we are confident this tax will pass.”

Two teens charged with killing

The mother of one of the two Mexico, Mo., teens arrested and charged in the Tuesday night killing of Komninos “Gus” Karellas, 60, told a Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad detective that she helped the defendants destroy evidence, according to a probable cause statement obtained from the Audrain County courthouse.

Lance Lee Berry, 17, and Quinton O’Neal Canton Jr., 17, were arrested without incident in Hermann at 4:35 a.m. Thursday on warrants in connection with the killing, according to a Mexico Department of Public Safety news release.