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No Chair at Graduation for Joplin Tornado Victim

Randy Turner | Posted 02.02.2017 | Education
Randy Turner

There's a continuing controversy surrounding the request by Zach Williams' mother to have a chair draped with a cap and gown when Joplin High School graduation ceremonies are held May 22, 2016, the five-year anniversary of the tornado that took her son's life.

Reflections on Oscar Taveras

Randy Turner | Posted 12.27.2014 | Sports
Randy Turner

The magic swing that could draw gasps of astonishment even when he failed to make contact has been shut down forever. The eternal promise of spring gone in a flash.

Mystery Donor Hits $500,000 In Anonymous Salvation Army Red Kettle Donations!

Posted 12.06.2013 | Impact

A Secret Santa has struck a red kettle once again, bringing his (or her!) total donations to $500,000. For the past eight years, one incredibly gen...

A Night That Rocked My Soul

Melissa Manchester | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Melissa Manchester

Last week, I had an evening that reminded me not just of the power of music, but of that greater power only to be found in theatre, where story emboldens the songs and familiar melodies are suddenly lifted and filled with new purpose, seizing the intention of a specific moment.

Animated Janis Joplin Interview Might Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.27.2013 | Arts

On Sept. 30 1970, four days before Janis Joplin's death, she gave what would be her final interview. Forty-three years later (almost to the date), tha...

How Far Will You Go to Protect Your Emails?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.17.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

How far will you go to protect your emails? As individuals we can't really answer that question. That's because we're at the whim of our email provide...

Scars From the Tornado: One Year at Joplin East Middle School

Randy Turner | Posted 05.14.2013 | Books
Randy Turner

One of the things I never really said out loud until recently was how reluctant I was to return to teaching at Joplin East Middle School after the May 22, 2011, tornado.

Service Strengthens America

AnnMaura Connolly | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
AnnMaura Connolly

As we begin another countdown to looming federal funding reductions, decision makers in Washington are looking for creative ways to avert the impact of potentially devastating cuts.

When Technology Isn't the Answer

Randy Turner | Posted 03.13.2013 | Education
Randy Turner

Next year, my eighth graders, for the first time, will have iPads. Technology is here, no matter what trepidations we have with it. With all of the world's information at our fingertips, the future is here, but at what cost?

Yes He Did - Romney Opposed Federal Disaster Relief

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Mitt Romney's comments on disaster relief, a week after the Joplin disaster, and his refusal today to answer any questions about FEMA and federal efforts in the wake of the devastation caused by Sandy, are useful bookends -- providing as clear a window into the man's conscience as we're likely to have.

Another Miracle In Joplin: $250,000 Raised To Replace Burned Mosque

Randy Turner | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Randy Turner

Again, the people of Joplin, people of all faiths, banded together to show the Islamic community its support, showing that the miracle of the human spirit is alive and well in Joplin.

Burning Mosques and Building Mosques

Kelly James Clark | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Kelly James Clark

It's time for Christians to regain their heritage, reaffirm their compassion, and fight mightily for freedom and justice for all. That means ceasing opposition to the building of Mosques and condemning attitudes that fuel the flames of Mosque-burnings.

Dear World, From Joplin With Love at Spiva Center

Artwrit | Posted 09.10.2012 | Arts

Two separate exhibits of photography at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado that tore through Joplin on May 22, 2011.

Joplin: Rejoicing, Remembering and Rebuilding One Year Later

Laela Zaidi | Posted 07.25.2012 | Teen
Laela Zaidi

Generosity has been given a new meaning for the people of Joplin. From across the nation and around the world, individuals have put their lives aside to take part in the efforts.

WATCH: Joplin Boy With Autism Saved Family From Tornado, Said 'I Love You' For First Time

Posted 05.23.2012 | Impact

"I hear the horns." Those were the four words with which Maddox Prier, a nine year old with autism, woke his family before the EF-5 tornado struck ...

A Year Dedicated To 'Living Life Like Will'

Debby Guardino | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Debby Guardino

One of the things I remembered hearing in Joplin was Will's mom saying to, "Live Your Life Like Will". Her loss and message helped guide me in those early days.

Remembering Joplin's Heroes 1 Year Later

Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact

On the one-year anniversary of the tornado that claimed 161 lives and injured 1,150 people, Joplin, Mo., residents can take comfort in reflecting on t...

5 Ways You Can Help Joplin 1 Year After Tornado Hit

Posted 05.22.2012 | Impact

May 22, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of the tornado that ripped through southern Missouri, changing lives for thousands of people in the densel...

ONE YEAR LATER: Images Of Joplin's Recovery

Posted 05.22.2012 | Green

One year ago, an EF-5 tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people and causing nearly $3 billion in damage. The tornado, which was the de...

My New Pacemaker: Some Teachers Will Do Anything to Get Out of State Testing

Randy Turner | Posted 06.17.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

Later today, after my students have completed the second day of MAP testing, my big test will begin. I have faith that my eighth graders and I are going to excel.

A New Hope High School for Joplin

Randy Turner | Posted 06.04.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

When the tornado took this city's beloved high school May 22, 2011 all we had left was hope, as so memorably created on that broken sign. Now that hope will become a reality.

Damage Remains, But Hope Prevails in Joplin

The Kentucky Kernel | Posted 05.28.2012 | College
The Kentucky Kernel

Ten months ago, a tornado leveled miles of the city, leaving homes flattened and lives changed forever. Hundreds of people died and thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed, but Joplin has not been left behind.

ASPCA Saves 52,484 Animals, Plus Other 2011 Accomplishments

Ed Sayres | Posted 03.01.2012 | Impact
Ed Sayres

As 2011 rapidly draws to a close, I marvel at all the great work that has been done by animal welfare organizations this year. Throughout the country, more individuals are volunteering, adopting and advocating for animals.

Twist of Fate Makes Christmas Dance Symbol to Joplin Middle School Students

Randy Turner | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

The Christmas dance was another sign of the resilience that East Middle School students have shown after this year's hurricane.

SLIDESHOW: The Top 11 Heroes Of 2011

The Huffington Post | By Emily Heinz | Posted 12.08.2011 | Impact

When it comes to the tragedies that defined this year -- from Jared Loughner's shooting rampage to the tornadoes that ravaged Joplin -- the stories of...