Category: Features

Disabled parents face bias, loss of kids

By DAVID CRARY Millions of Americans with disabilities have gained innumerable rights and opportunities since Congress passed landmark legislation on their behalf in 1990. And yet advocates say barriers and bias still abound when it comes to one basic human right: To be a parent. A Kansas City, Mo., couple had their daughter taken into… Read more »

Why must we buy? Black Friday’s strong pull

By JESSE WASHINGTON (BEAVER FALLS, Pa., AP) — Gravy was still warm. Dallas Cowboys were still in uniform. Thanks were still being given across the country as the pilgrimages to the stores began, heralding a new era of American consumerism. Lured by earlier-than-ever Black Friday sales, people left Grandma and Grandpa in search of Samsung… Read more »

Turkey, pie and politics? T-Day family friction

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP — Ah, Thanksgiving. A little turkey, some cranberry mold, maybe apple pie with ice cream, some football on TV. Getting together with the cousins. Catching up beside the fire. Togetherness. On second thought: Scratch that. What were we thinking? This was an election year. “The Thanksgiving table will be a battleground,”… Read more »

KMOS-TV provides books for Angel Tree

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Many local children can count on a good book for Christmas thanks to a recent donation from the University of Central Missouri’s public broadcasting station. Rosemary Olas, UCM’s interim director of Broadcasting Services, and Mary Clevenger, outreach coordinator for KMOS-TV, presented nearly 900 children’s books for children of all ages to volunteers… Read more »

Art’s perfect theft: the ‘Ghent Altarpiece’

By RAF CASERT (GHENT, Belgium, AP) — The main suspect in the legendary art heist is said to have whispered with his dying breath: “Only I know where the ‘Adoration’ is…” More than seven decades later, the whereabouts of a panel belonging to one of Western art’s defining works, the “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,”… Read more »

Hunting: How to prepare and be safe

By KATIE DOUGLAS (Fredericktown, Mo., digitalBURG) — Beep, beep, beep. The alarm clock sounds. Stars are still in the sky as Ian Rowland checks the time – 4:45 a.m. The rest of his family is already downstairs, discussing the forecast for the day. This is not just any day for Rowland, this is opening day… Read more »

KMOS renovates with grant from USDA

  Story by Mitchell Brown, for The Muleskinner— The initials USDA, meaning United States Department of Agriculture, are often associated with Hereford beef on supermarket shelves and family farms, but through the USDA, KMOS-TV, UCM’s public broadcasting station, has been awarded a grant totaling $269,069. The funds from the grant are to be used to continue… Read more »

Missouri youth museum wins national medal

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Ten libraries and museums across the country are being honored at the White House for contributions they have made to their communities. They will receive the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service on Wednesday. The 10 honorees range from school libraries and children’s museums to a park conservancy. This year’s… Read more »

Tonic Sōl-Fa headlines UCM holiday concert

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The a cappella group Tonic Sōl-Fa takes to the Hendricks Hall stage for the University of Central Missouri’s Performing Arts Series Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. As a special added feature for the holiday concert, the Warrensburg High School Chorus will join Tonic Sōl-Fa on stage for a special… Read more »

KC-area women to start female American Legion post

By SANGEETA SHASTRY, The Kansas City Star (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — In a corner of American Legion Post 21’s bustling hall, women slowly began filling up a table at the back of a dining area set aside for taco night. The table echoed with questions: “When were you in?” and “What branch?” The women… Read more »