Art of a connected culture

Lampo Leong started his art career by producing propaganda posters and murals for the Chinese government.

“I was working as a professional before I even had a chance to formally study art,” said Leong, assistant art professor at MU and exhibiting artist, “but as a result I got a real good foundation in the basic ideas of art in drawing and painting.”

Grant will help train librarians of the future

A federal grant of $446,574 will help fund the training of nine students in library science education at MU.

The allowance is part of a grant of a little more than $14.7 million, given to 26 library schools and library service organizations to counteract what the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) called “a looming national shortage” of librarians.

Barnyard, aquarium draw families to fair

Sticking her head through the fence, Millie the goat seemed poised to amuse her onlookers as she stepped in her water and tried to climb the fence. She splashed in front of her audience, causing giggles to erupt from the children who were watching her intently.

“She is definitely the most outgoing animal,” said volunteer Joanne Beavers, an office support assistant with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. “We give water to them and then five seconds later it’s gone because they’re bathing or playing in it.”

Partnership could advance nuclear research

The UM Board of Curators will decide Friday whether the Columbia and Rolla campuses can form a partnership with a management group to try to win a federal contract worth $2.6 million a year to the UM system.

If approved, the motion would allow the campuses to form a limited liability corporation with the Shaw Group, based in Louisiana. The corporation would then submit a proposal to the Department of Energy to manage and operate the to-be-established Idaho National Laboratory.

Accusations fly during debate

KANSAS CITY — Gov. Bob Holden and his top Democratic challenger, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, battled out their differences at Kansas City’s Union Station Monday night. It was the first of two debates featuring the two candidates.

With the primary only two weeks away, the debate was heated as McCaskill accused Holden of allowing outsourcing of government jobs to India and Holden said McCaskill was “nowhere to be found” as he and other Democrats were fighting Republicans for education funding.

Study will evaluate effects of chemo

Kathy Windmoeller didn’t miss more than two and a half weeks of work for her chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer five years ago. She continued to work 40-hour weeks as a cytotechnologist for University Hospital throughout the six months she received intravenous chemotherapy treatments.

But there were some things that slowed her down.

Memory research supports mind displacement theory

The key to unlocking the mystery of human memory may be to ask someone who can’t remember.

Nelson Cowan, an MU psychology professor, and researchers from Italy and the United Kingdom have used amnesia patients to study how information is lost in a person’s short-term memory. Their study tackled two competing theories about memory. The decay theory holds that information is lost after a passage of time. The displacement theory claims that information is lost when other information is presented to replace it.


A story Monday on the sighting of a rare bird misidentified Edge Wade, a Columbia bird enthusiast. Wade is a woman.

A story and a photo caption on page 1B on Sunday misspelled Dale Elletson’s name.

There she is...Miss Boone County

Jessica Dawn Wilson, a third-year student at Moberly Area Community College, was crowned Miss Boone County Monday night.

Wilson, 19, won the title over 10 other contestants and will represent Boone County in the State Fair Queen contest at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia in August.

Soy farmers want facility

About 100 Missouri farmers have invested in a cooperative to build a facility that will manufacture high-protein, low-carbohydrate soy ingredients.

Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of low-carb foods, the group’s aim is to raise $3 million for the cooperative, which is named 1Soy Inc. The proposed facility would also manufacture finished soy products like energy bars and snacks.

Historic playhouse razed at Stephens

A trip down College Avenue by Stephens College on Friday gave travelers a different view of the campus. A cloud of dust rose steadily. Sitting atop a pile of splintered wood, large wooden trusses and faded orange theater seats was the source: A 35,000-pound hydraulic excavator was stripping down the red brick walls of one of the college’s oldest buildings.

Built in the late 1890s, Old South Auditorium had been used as the playhouse and theater until the mid-1980s, but it had not been used since. Sagging beams, a leaking roof and safety issues prompted the college’s decision to level the building, said Amy Gipson, a Stephens spokeswoman.

Carnahan’s book speaks volumes

Former U.S. Senator and First Lady Jean Carnahan was in town the other day on a book tour. Her recent book “Don’t Let the Fire Go Out” was published by the University of Missouri Press. I had met Mrs. Carnahan several years ago, had read one of her previous books and was looking forward to the opportunity to visit with this remarkable woman.

Those who have met Mrs. Carnahan already know about the charm and grace of her presence. She really is one of those people who makes you feel as if you’re the most important person she has spoken with that day. She makes you wish that someone could bottle her personality and distribute it to every politician on the planet.

Inspiration Strikes

Surrounded by flowers, a bowling ball is suspended a foot off the ground in front of the house. About 60 more have been placed on the porch, on the lawn and in the flowerbeds.

Only local bowling alleys can compete with the quantity of balls owned by Meg Gibson. Gibson, however, rarely sets foot in a bowling alley. She uses her bowling balls to decorate her home near Stephens Park. Some are faded from the sun, weather beaten and cracked. The longer the balls are exposed to the elements, the more they blend in with the landscape.

Veterans go for gold

With detailed play-by-play of unforgettable, against the odds victories , Rudy Kelley talks about the National Veterans Golden Age Games the way most men talk about their glory days on the high school football team. With one exception: He can return each year to create more memories.

Kelley and three other local veterans are representing Truman Veterans Hospital in the 18th annual games next week in Fresno, Calif. The group of athletes prepares and trains for about six months prior to the games and typically they bring home top medals, said Kelley, who is in his 10th year as coach and coordinator of the team.

Fair gallops toward 58th annual opening

Andreya Evans sat on her horse, Kaypasa, her teal English daycoat flashing brightly on top of the horse’s dark brown, shiny coat. Kaypasa pawed the ground and shifted his weight, impatient for the event to begin. Andreya rode him out of the arena to get him ready to go into the ring, but she was not nervous as he was.

“I’ve been riding for so long,” she said. “I look at it more as a practice.”

Candidates set for TV showdown

As cartoon boxing gloves smack and animated flames spurt, a mid-Missouri TV announcer hypes next week’s Democratic debates between Gov. Bob Holden and primary challenger Claire McCaskill: “Don’t miss the Show-Me State Showdown!”

But who will actually tune in to a political debate on a warm summer evening, with sunshine casting long golden slants across baseball diamonds, swimming pools, soccer fields and patio parties?

Hopefuls differ on state’s economic needs

JEFFERSON CITY — Their diagnoses are different, and so are their proposed remedies.

The three leading candidates in Missouri’s gubernatorial race hold divergent beliefs on whether the economy is good, bad or mediocre. And they promote varying plans to strengthen it.

Democratic incumbent Bob Holden views Missouri’s economy as improving, citing the job-creating policies and actions of his administration as part of the reason. He wants another four years in office to work toward a rather lofty goal.

Lieutenant governor candidates differ on fund-raising techniques

The disparity in campaign contributions collected by the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor is reflective of their different campaign styles.

“My campaign is very much a grass roots kind of campaign,” said Pat Secrest, a Republican from Manchester. “I’m out there on the road and going door to door.”

Search proves unnecessary

After responding to reports of a possible abduction, the six-hour search for a transient man and a young girl was called off early Friday evening once authorities found the subjects in question -- and learned that the female involved was a small-framed, grown woman.

Shooting inspires Falun Gong supporters' trip to South Africa

Sara Effner of Jamestown sat on the floor of the Boone County Commission Chamber on Friday with four other Falun Gong practitioners. With slow-moving hands, they demonstrated the exercises of Falun Gong after announcing Effner's planned trip to South Africa.

The reported shooting of Falun Gong practitioners in South Africa inspired her to make the trip to raise awareness in the South African government about the Chinese spiritual practice of meditation called Falun Gong.