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COLUMBIA, Mo 6/17/15 (Analysis) -- Neighbors near a proposed, city-sponsored "homeless drop-in center" on North Eighth Street in Columbia are voicing concerns about the potential for crime, loss of privacy, and other problems .
If recent history is any guide, their concerns are justified.
A homeless drop-in center at 702 Wilkes Blvd. -- a church roughly one long block from the 8th Street location -- has been plagued with assaults, harassment, theft, peace disturbances, trespassing, and arrest warrants since it opened last April , according to Columbia police dispatch logs .
Neighbors have also complained -- about petty theft, drug dealing, fighting, and public intoxication . With nowhere else to g o, often after a foot or bike trek in bad weather, homeless persons wait on nearby str...
LIONs and Tigers and news, oh my!
COLUMBIA, Mo 6/15/15 (Beat Byte) -- This Tiger Town news site has just become a LION.
After a months-long approval process, LION -- the Local Independent Online News association -- accepted the Columbia Heart Beat into the roughly 125-member organization. The group hosted a national conference in Philadelphia this month.
Local, independent (not connected to an existing media outlet) online news sites serve 31 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. "It’s probably one of the fastest growing areas of journalism in the country," LION's interim director, Matt DeRienzo , told the Poynter Institute for a story this month about the phenomenon . "We hear from new people planning independent local news startups on a weekly basis."
Like the Heart Beat, LIONs fill ...
Lost, found -- and maybe, perfected
COLUMBIA, Mo 6/10/15 (Feature) -- Before Princeton mathematician and game theory pioneer John Forbes Nash, Jr. died in an auto accident last month, he reportedly told friends and colleagues he found an equation that would improve or even "replace" Albert Einstein's famous work on gravity, the General Theory of Relativity.
Einstein explained how big objects -- stars, planets, asteroids, moons -- behave in the cosmos. But he wracked his great brain for decades trying to apply General Relativity to tiny objects -- atoms, photons, and such.
Nash had reportedly made a big discovery about how to resolve Einstein's dilemma.
Reports about the claim -- e.g. here , here , and here -- emerged around the world, but with few details about Nash's "replacement equation". Fren...
A global road trip
COLUMBIA, Mo 6/2/15 (Beat Byte) -- People love top ten lists, and if I made a list of the top ten most upbeat people in Columbia, Yoga Sol founder Polly Sweitzer would undoubtedly be on it.
It's good news that she has sold her well-known yoga studio to a trio of equally upbeat folks: Susan Nagel , Allen Cass , and yoga instructor Liz Klug .
“My family and I are embarking on a 2-year journey around the world ," Sweitzer explained. "I’m so happy that Susan, Allen and Liz have decided to acquire the company, maintain the Yoga Sol programs and grow Columbia’s yoga community."
Husband Steve -- who co-founded Columbia-based creative and advertising agency Woodruff-Sweitzer -- seventh-grade daughter Sadie , and Polly start their journey -- a longtime dream they've called a "semi-retirement" -- t...
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