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Monks to continue making famous fruitcakes

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:48 Published in Local News

 AVA, Mo. (AP) - A southwest Missouri abbey famous for its Christmas fruitcakes was in danger of closing because the Trappist monks who live there are aging and no other monks have moved in to take their place.

But that will soon change, when four monks from Vietnam arrive to live at the Assumption Abbey in Ava. Four more are expected to arrive next year at the Abbey which is about four hours southeast of Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star reports that sometime in the next decade Assumption will change from the Trappist to Cistercian order. The Trappist order is a reform version of Cistercian.

The Vietnamese monks plan to carry on the tradition of making fruitcakes, which are sold across the country and help finance the Abbey.

St. Louis Art Museum makes major purchase

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 08:31 Published in Local News

 ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Art Museum's governing board has signed off on spending $825,000 for a 110-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright chandelier.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the purchase approved Monday will add the 1903 chandelier in brass, bronze and leaded glass to a Frank Lloyd Wright chair the museum already owns.

Museum curators call the chandelier purchase with private donations a "rare opportunity" and something that's "been top of our wish list forever."

The chandelier is one of two from the master bedroom of the Wright-designed Francis W. Little House in Peoria, Ill.

Wright, who died in 1959, designed 1,141 architectural works, including everything from houses to bridges and museums.

More than one-third of his buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places or are in a National Historic District.

 

Holiday travelers can find inner peace at O'Hare

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 07:04 Published in Local News

 CHICAGO (AP) - Find your zen air travelers: Chicago's O'Hare International Airport now has a yoga room.

The Chicago Department of Aviation announced Tuesday that the airport yoga room is open on the mezzanine level of the Terminal 3 rotunda at O'Hare.

The department also plans to open a yoga room at the city's Midway International Airport in the near future.

Aviation commissioner Rosemarie Andolino calls the yoga room an "oasis for passengers."

The 15-foot by 16-foot room has sustainable bamboo wood flooring, a wall of floor-to-ceiling mirrors and exercise mats.

One side of the room has frosted windows to let in natural light. There is a video monitor to play yoga techniques or nature images and audio plays soothing sounds.

The room is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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