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Stadium extension study next

Before city and state officials can even think about buying right of way for an extension of Stadium Boulevard, they’ll have to complete an environmental impact statement that could cost up to $1 million and take up to two years.

The problem is, no one knows yet where money for the study will come from or who will do the work.

Public-access channel available

In an effort to appease local groups pushing for a public-access television channel, Mediacom, Columbia’s largest cable provider, has announced its intent to begin accepting pre-produced programming this month.

Gary Baugh, director of operations, said Mediacom has decided to “take the initiative” because of an increase in interest from residents who want to use the public-access channel and the Columbia City Council’s slow pace in addressing the issue.

Christmas family sponsors needed

When the Voluntary Action Center began its Christmas basket program 20 years ago, it provided for about 200 families. This year, more than 1,100 families are ready to be adopted.

Now they just need sponsors.

Helping athletes advance

Grade-point averages, tests, homework — the average college student has plenty to worry about. But when you’re a college athlete, add training, practice and the all-important NCAA eligibility requirements.

In order to balance the worlds of athletics and academia, many college athletes turn to athletic tutoring programs such as MU’s Total Person Program. The program was cast in a negative light this summer when MU point guard Ricky Clemons’ ex-girlfriend said that Clemons had received improper academic assistance from the university.

Holden’s right to cut public school funding challenged

JEFFERSON CITY — An attorney for several school districts argued Wednesday that the governor has no authority to withhold money from public schools even if revenues fall short.

The state countered the governor has an obligation to balance the budget, and the Missouri Constitution expressly grants the governor the ability to withhold funds from any area of government when finances dictate.

Program watches over academic integrity

If students want to cheat, they’ll find a way to do it, said Bryan Maggard, the director of MU’s athletic tutoring program. But the program is designed to stop cheating before it starts.

Since Maggard joined the Total Person Program in 1995, no tutor has been charged with academic dishonesty.

Labs instill teamwork outside of lectures

Instructor Phil Silverman doesn’t seem fazed by the bustling chatter of General Chemistry Lab DD-1.

“It can actually sound like a successful party if you do it right,” said Silverman, lab coordinator for MU’s chemistry department.

Short Talk

The VFW Post 280 has the feel of a grade school cafeteria. The beige linoleum floor and rows of tables bring back memories of 25-cent milk and smashed PB&J sandwiches.

Screen

The Matrix movies are among the most incomprehensible of sci-fi action flicks. It doesn’t help that writer-directors Andy and Larry Wachowski don’t talk about the meanings behind the trilogy. They have, however, acknowledged an interest in mythology, theology and some higher-level mathematics, so let’s use those fancy “ologies” as a key to cinematic nirvana. If you were lost at the end of The Matrix Reloaded (and let’s face it, most people were), here’s a handy guide to understanding the movie in terms of religion, philosophy and mathematics. From Platonic theory to religious imagery, somewhere between the Alice in Wonderland references ...

Fine Arts

Stella comics recline on Vox’s couch and open up about the ’80s and summer camp

Books

Cheese, steak, eggs and Atkins: the ideal dieting combination

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Adults with anorexia or bulimia face a unique set of challenges and must balance family with their own internal struggleswo refrigerators always graced my family’s kitchen: one for my mother and one for the rest of the family. Ours had regular salad dressing and Creamsicles while hers was packed with fat-free this and sugar-free that, a lot of bulk but hardly any calories. She was so afraid that something she was comfortable eating would be discontinued that she hoarded enough to last through a long flood. Anything in the back fridge was Mom’s. If you knew what was good for ...

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Playing amateur psychologist can make for hours of Freudian fun, but be careful before you slap someone with a personality disorder diagnosis — this game isn’t as easy as it looks. There is a common phenomenon in medical school called second-year syndrome. As students read about the symptoms of different illnesses in their second year of study, some begin to imagine that they have rare diseases. A sinus headache is interpreted as a brain tumor. A skin rash from cosmetics is the first manifestation of the Ebola virus.

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Spiders, dead people and the dark sure can be scary, but watch out for the weirdos who suffer from these 10 freaky phobias. Now they’re creepy.

Music

Artists have issues. Lest it’s forgotten,they are human. Unchecked issues can be overwhelming, and, tragically, some who create art in life take a permanent detour to quiet their minds. Over the years, suicide has erased from the world many painters (Vincent van Gogh), poets (Sylvia Plath) and, recently, musician Elliott Smith.

Music

The band legendary for its flamboyant live performances also provides plenty of inspiration for fanatic consumers

NAACP discusses curfew

Even though juvenile crime in Columbia tends to cool down with the onset of cold weather, the Columbia branch of the NAACP is still discussing ways to keep children out of trouble.

The NAACP has been trying to gather community feedback and invited First Ward residents to attend its meeting Tuesday night to discuss alternatives to a proposed curfew.

Utility bonds pass

Flushing your toilet just got a bit more expensive — water and sewer bills are going up.

Capping a campaign that featured a public conversation on the role of sewers in determining growth, Columbia and Boone County voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved two bond issues that will allot more than $20 million to sewer upgrades and extensions over the next eight years.

MU, UM system to combine Extension programs

Consolidation of administration at the University of Missouri system and MU moved forward Tuesday with the announcement that the system’s Outreach and Extension office and MU Extension will merge and become the responsibility of MU’s provost.

Starting Jan. 1, MU Provost Brady Deaton will oversee the new office, which makes the research and knowledge base of the university available to citizens of the state.

Event gets word out on I-70

The Improve I-70 Advisory Group conducted a drop-in center Tuesday to provide information on the effects of widening the interstate to eight lanes in Columbia.

Maps of widening options for the Columbia corridor wallpapered the room inside the Days Inn Conference Center. Engineers hovered over desks explaining the options, while survey specialists helped owners of businesses along Interstate 70 fill out surveys that were distributed to nearly 400 businesses. The surveys are meant to help engineers and Missouri Department of Transportation officials determine potential economic effects of widening I-70 .

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