Category: Features

UCM Gallery of Art presents new exhibits

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The University of Central Missouri’s Gallery of Art and Design opens the spring semester with three new exhibits planned for Jan. 23-Feb. 15. Tanya Alexander: Are You Really My Friend? Photographer Tonja Alexia Hollander examines the social dynamics of the world of Facebook friendships in the Outer Gallery with her exhibit, “Tonja… Read more »

Chuck Berry earns lifetime achievement award

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — Chuck Berry can add yet another award to his trophy case. The 86-year-old St. Louis native and rock ‘n’ roll legend received a lifetime achievement award Monday from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council. The event was at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. Berry is one of the pioneers of… Read more »

Celebs gather to promote arts education

By JOCELYN NOVECK (WASHINGTON, AP) — For all the talk about fewer celebrities making it to Washington this time for the inauguration, you would have had a hard time not bumping into one — literally — at a packed downtown restaurant Sunday evening. Munching on traditional Russian food at the “night before” dinner party thrown… Read more »

King ‘content of character’ quote inspires debate

By JESSE WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This sentence spoken by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted countless… Read more »

Defendant seeks bail reduction in murder case

Story by ANDY LYONS, News Editor— On Jan. 11, attorneys for Ziyad T. Abid requested that the bail amount be reduced from $2 million to Abid’s “release on his own recognizance or given a reasonable bond,” according to court documents. Abid is accused, along with Reginald L. Singletary, of first-degree murder and armed criminal action… Read more »

Utah avalanche survivor recounts experience

By BRADY McCOMBS (SALT LAKE CITY, AP) — A 43-year-old Utah woman who survived an avalanche says she felt a ‘strange serenity’ while trapped under the snow before she went unconscious. Elisabeth Malloy suffered frost bite in her toes and fingers, but lived to tell her harrowing story thanks to her boyfriend, avalanche rescue beacons,… Read more »

Mo. Eagle Scout earns all 134 merit badges

(WELDON SPRING, Mo., AP) — A suburban St. Louis Eagle Scout has achieved a rare distinction — earning every merit badge offered by the Boy Scouts of America. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( reports that Michael Carter of St. Charles County recently achieved his goal of earning all 134 merit badges. He is believed to… Read more »

Presidential strut is iconic inaugural moment

By JESSICA GRESKO (WASHINGTON, AP) — At some point on Inauguration Day, if all goes as expected, the president’s limousine will slow to a stop on its journey down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. A Secret Service agent will open the rear passenger door, and the newly sworn-in president and the… Read more »

Hindus now have a fellow believer in Congress

By DEEPTI HAJELA (NEW YORK, AP) — When Dr. Uma Mysorekar looks at the members of the new Congress, the Indian immigrant and practicing Hindu can see that, for the first time, there’s someone who shares her ethnicity and someone who shares her faith. To her surprise, they’re two different people. Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard… Read more »

Gun debate: Video game industry defends itself

By ERICA WERNER and JULIE PACE (WASHINGTON, AP) — The video game industry, blamed by some for fostering a culture of violence, defended its practices Friday at a White House meeting exploring how to prevent horrific shootings like the recent Connecticut elementary school massacre. Vice President Joe Biden, wrapping up three days of wide-ranging talks… Read more »