Snapshot of a tragedy

Even though Bud Wiest still keeps the film negatives in his dresser drawer, the photographs he shot of the Sept. 27, 2003, sunset over the Missouri River will never be used as his wife intended.

He remembers shooting the pictures of Phyllis, 45, holding their 18-month-old daughter, Katherine, standing on the Isabell train trestle that spans Big Loose Creek near Frankenstein.

All that jazz

Tom Andes’ fingers dance up and down the keys of the piano. Wearing a crooked smile, his eyes half shut in concentration, Andes is oblivious to the steady murmur of conversation in the crowded room.

It’s Saturday night at Murry’s, and as Andes and his trio finish up a jazz standard, few people seem to notice. Other than the people at a handful of tables and three enthusiasts at the bar, everyone else in the restaurant seems to have delegated the music to background noise.

Naturally inspired

Sometimes, during a walk in the woods, a leaf is all it takes to inspire fiber artist Vicki Smith. At other times, it’s the walk itself.

For Smith, life is interconnected with nature, and so is her art. Smith, 54, creates handmade paper bowls and collages from plant material and found objects. She says her pieces tend to develop themselves.

A place for the heart

A brightly lit, bushy Christmas tree stands in a corner of Heart to Heart Christian Supply, draped in gold ribbon and adorned with ornaments strategically placed upon its branches.

Couches sit on either side of the tree — overstuffed invitations to patrons to relax and read. Small tables and chairs, available for customers to sip a cup of coffee and chat, complete the scene.

Cardiac concerns

Marilyn Petersen hurries into University Hospital’s Fit for Life center, pulling a T-shirt over her head and lacing her sneakers in preparation for her new routine.

A freshly minted health nut at 62, Petersen boasts that she’s the picture of wellness. With her intense daily regimen of walking, biking and weight lifting, it’s hard to argue.

Getting under the skin

Holograms — 3-D images created by lasers — have been around for about 30 years. But it is only recently that scientists, including an MU physicist, have started to think about using the technology to photograph live tissues as a way to detect diseases.

Though his work is still in initial laboratory stages, Sunder Balasubramanian, a post-doctoral fellow in the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy, hopes it could lead to one of the first noninvasive methods to screen for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Fans want Stewart’s name on MU arena

The Board of Curators may choose Mizzou Arena today as the new name for MU’s basketball building, but, in an informal poll, Columbia and Kansas City fans resoundingly chose — Norm Stewart Arena.

The beloved basketball coach already has had the court itself named after him. Stewart led the Tigers for 32 seasons. He earned a 634-333 record, including eight Big Eight Conference titles. Stewart was also an All-American player from 1954-56 and is one of six Tiger players to have his jersey retired.

Light workload

Ahhh, the holiday season … when families set out in search of the perfect tree, Christmas cards are written, cookies are baked, and Mom and Dad threaten to divorce each other over the annual ritual of hanging the lights.

What some see as the most irritating ritual of the holiday season is a business opportunity for the increasing number of landscapers who will put up and take down lights in the holiday season.

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT Festive spirit amid turmoil

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian Stuhlman is a native Missourian and a graduate of MU. For the past two years he has lived in Kiev, Ukraine, where he teaches at an international school. The country has made recent international headlines after thousands of people took to the streets — just a short distance from Stuhlman’s apartment — in protest of this year’s presidential election results. Here are some of his observations.

Ukraine, the city of Kiev in particular, has been thrown into social and political turmoil this week with this year’s presidential election, the most important election since 1991 when Ukraine won its independence. The elections, held on Sunday, featured a run-off between current prime minister and Russia-backed Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader and Western-backed Viktor Yushchenko.

Turkey, fixin’s and all

For the seventh year, First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton transformed Lou’s Palace on East Walnut Street into the site of a Thanksgiving dinner for Columbia’s needy.

A few extra tables clothed in white, flowers donated from local flower shops and a few handcrafted center pieces combined with a jovial, family-like atmosphere were all that was needed to create a Thanksgiving holiday for those without a place to go.

Mo.’s unclaimed tax refunds total $660,000

Thirty-six Boone County residents could have some extra holiday shopping money this year — if only they’d ask the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS announced last week it is still waiting for 1,082 Missourians to claim their 2003 federal tax refunds. The refunds, totaling $6,954 in Boone County and more than $660,000 statewide, have been returned to the IRS as undeliverable. Amounts range from $1 to more than $60,000 with an average per-check amount of $612. Nationwide, 87,485 refunds totaling $73 million were bounced back to the IRS.

Columbia’s fire score under review

Columbia’s fire-protection rating — which helps determine insurance rates and can attract businesses looking to relocate — is under review by the Insurance Services Office, now called ISO.

On a standardized 10-point scale, with 1 being nearly ideal fire protection, Columbia rated a 3 when last reviewed 15 years ago. That rating earned the city a spot in the top 4 percent nationwide.

Seasonal feasts need reining in

It happened again, didn’t it?

Despite your promises to cut the carbs, trim the fat and count the calories, Thanksgiving came and the turkey wasn’t the only thing that ended up stuffed.


A story on page 1A Friday incorrectly spelled the name of the Kroenke family.

New arena gets new name

Three days after the Laurie family gave up naming rights to Paige Sports Arena, UM curators re-named the venue Mizzou Arena. In a conference call Friday afternoon, the University of Missouri Board of Curators unani-mously passed a motion made by MU President Elson Floyd to re-name the center.

The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes and passed the motion with little discussion among the nine board members.

Your Guide to Thanksgiving Day


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MU curators to rename sports arena

Mizzou Arena could become the new moniker for MU’s new basketball building, but the label is already drawing opposition from state Sen.-elect Chuck Graham and Tiger basketball fans who want the arena named after longtime MU basketball coach Norm Stewart.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators will vote at

Snow puts skids on travel plans

Snowball fights and sledding mixed with tough commutes and numerous weather-related accidents Wednesday as Columbia saw its first snowfall of the season.

Between four and six inches of snow had fallen by late afternoon when the snow stopped, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis. As the temperature hovered around 32 degrees, the snow fell in large, wet flakes that on pavement were quickly reduced to slush.

Just plumb busy

Today will be a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie for Columbia families, and a feast of potato skins, turkey grease and pumpkin strings for Columbia’s drains.

Columbia’s plumbers agree: Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for those in the business of keeping drains unclogged.

Stores expect large sales early on ‘Black Friday’

Die-hard shoppers will be out of bed Friday before the sun comes up for one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and retailers are ready for the arrival of the masses.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in the retail business — traditionally regarded as the day when the retailer’s balance sheet goes from red to black. Last year it was the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.