Category: Features

$588M Powerball tickets sold in Ariz., Mo.

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Two lucky ticket holders — one in Arizona and another in Missouri — are waking up Thursday to new lives as multimillionaires after the largest Powerball jackpot drawing ever. Powerball officials said two tickets matched all six numbers to win the record $587.5 million jackpot. The numbers drawn for Wednesday… Read more »

Department of Theatre presents one-acts

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — It’s BlackBox Theatre time again, when UCM students get to present their creative works to the public. The University of Central Missouri Department of Theatre & Dance is presenting four one-act plays as part of its Studio Theatre series. The plays are set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 in the BlackBox Theatre… Read more »

Shakespeare’s Globe building indoor theater

By JILL LAWLESS (LONDON, AP) — Shakespeare’s Globe, the open-air London playhouse that helped win modern audiences over to all-weather outdoor theatergoing, is embracing the great indoors. The Globe on Tuesday unveiled details of a new indoor venue that will sit alongside the O-shaped Elizabethan-style theater on the banks of the River Thames. Built from… Read more »

Cyber Monday may be busiest online sales day

By MAE ANDERSON (NEW YORK, AP) — Bye-bye Black Friday. So long Small Business Saturday. Now, it’s Cyber Monday’s turn. Cyber Monday, coined in 2005 by a shopping trade group that noticed online sales spiked on the Monday following Thanksgiving, is the next in a series of days that stores are counting on to jumpstart… Read more »

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 »