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Erin Schroeder

Columbia Public Schools

Three high school students in space suits huddled around a beaker in a back room of the CASA building behind Hickman High School. As they worked to dissolve sodium carbonate in water, one of the students pulled out his hand to reveal it had been covered in fake blood by the club's moulage team.

The student started groaning in feigned agony, and other astronauts called for medical officers. 


This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year's True/False Film Fest.

In the summer of 1992, Sandi Tan and two of her best friends set out to make Singapore’s first independent film. Just teenagers at the time, they were helped by their enigmatic American mentor, Georges. The film was Shirkers, a story about a teenage killer named S, who goes on the search for five people she likes enough to kill.

After a summer of shooting, Georges disappeared with all the footage, devastating Tan and her friends. 20 years later, the film is rediscovered in near-perfect condition. In this film, also called Shirkers, Tan travels from Singapore to California to New Orleans to retrace what happened and revisit her youth.

Some NTT Contracts at MU Not Being Renewed, Provost Says

Mar 1, 2018

Some non-tenure-track faculty at MU were told Wednesday their contracts will not be renewed for the 2018-2019 school year, according to an email from Interim Provost Jim Spain.

“This is a very hard day for everybody,” MU spokesman Christian Basi said.

The number of affected faculty will differ from school to school, and the total number was not immediately available Wednesday afternoon, Basi said.

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The UM System Board of Curators discussed a third-party review of administrative costs in their meeting this morning.

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For many artists, dreams are a source of inspiration. They can plant the seeds for novels and paintings. And a few weeks ago at Orr Street Studios in downtown Columbia, dreams inspired nearly 70 kids to make art of their own.


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With winter fast approaching, the city of Columbia wants to make sure its residents are ready for the first snow. The city of Columbia will host its first Snow Palooza this Thursday. The event is aimed at educating the public about how the city handles snow and ice storms and attendees will have a chance to look at snow-fighting equipment and ask city staff any questions they have about Columbia’s policy or procedures.

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Bill McKibben will present “Climate Change: The Hottest Fight in the Hottest Decade” in Columbia Wednesday night. The free event is part of the Lloyd B. Thomas Lecture and Performance Series. The author and environmentalist is a major voice in the discussion about climate change and a scholar at Middlebury College in Vermont. McKibben said he wants to bring people up to date about climate change scientifically, economically and politically.

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A lumpy field of mud interrupts an otherwise untouched grassy meadow in a remote section of Mark Twain National Forest near Rolla. Just to the right stands a large, circular cage made of metal. The day before, a 200-pound feral hog followed a trail of corn through the cage’s small opening. 

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For Regina Ruppert, it’s not easy to separate work and home life. She and her husband, Lee, opened Serenity Valley Winery outside St. Louis in 2006. Since 2011, the winery has been run from their property in Fulton.

“Never in a million years would I have dreamed of this, but the year our daughter graduated...I became an empty nester, turned 50 and had cancer all at the same time," Regina said. "And it wasn't a very good year. And my girlfriends suggested we look into doing this since my husband’s hobby was always winemaking.”

The Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital began hosting classes at its new Patient Education Center on January 29. The center is a space within the hospital designated for classes that target veterans’ health. 

Although the majority of the classes were already being offered, the new center makes them more accessible. Additionally, the center is outfitted with a kitchen that makes classes such as a healthy cooking class possible.