October 30, 2013
The MU Department of Physics and Astronomy held its haunted observatory event Wednesday at MU's Laws Observatory. Columbia parents and children were invited to visit the "Hogwarts Astronomy Tower" where they could meet staff and students who were dressed as dead astronomers, including Galileo, Einstein, Sir William Herschel, and hear about the discoveries they had made while they were alive. Other faculty and staff members dressed up as "Harry Potter" characters, including Professor Snape, Luna Lovegood and Hermione Granger.
Maude Vintage has lots of options for Halloween costumes, including hats, wigs, jewelry and face paint.
Community members at a drop-in meeting observed and offered opinions about two plans for renovation of Douglass Park. Matt Boehner, senior planner for the Parks and Recreation Department, said about two-thirds of the attendees on Thursday preferred Plan A, which has a different parking design.
October 29, 2013
Missouri women's basketball got off to a slow start before moving to a commanding 79-53 win over visiting Southwest Baptist University in Tuesday's exhibition.
The criminal homicide rate for the year to date is 2.9 homicides for every 100,000 residents, based on a countywide population of 170,071. This year’s rate so far is higher than any of the previous four years but lower than the 2008 rate, 3.2 homicides for every 100,000 residents.
Boone County’s rates of aggravated assault and robbery are both at five-year lows for the year to date.
Per capita crime rates are calculated by dividing the number of crimes reported by the number of residents during a given time period. These rates are based on the number of crimes reported from January through September for a given year.
Crime rates in Boone County have increased, decreased or stayed the same over the past five years, depending on the type of crime.
October 28, 2013
A vigil and rally for Brandon Coleman was held Monday at St. Luke Methodist Church. Ministers, family members and supporters expressed a call for justice in Coleman's death and a review of issues pertaining to race in Columbia.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri is preparing to move from East Stadium Drive to East Lansing Avenue. The new facility will offer more space and an elevator, which the current house lacks.
Tim Lavy started learning about the workings of the dairy industry when he was 10. After years of selling milk from his farm in Silex, Mo., to manufacturers, he revamped his farming methods to produce the best raw milk for his customers.
October 27, 2013
Columbia resident Michele Spry practices the pay-it-forward philosophy with regular acts of kindness such as paying for others' drinks at Starbucks. Her commitment to bringing positivity to others began when her friend Tom Trabue was diagnosed with Stage 3A Hodgkin's lymphoma and she wanted to help.
October 26, 2013
Missouri football plays South Carolina in Saturday's Homecoming game at Memorial Stadium.
The Black and Gold Alumni match pitted current wrestlers against former MU wrestlers Saturday at Hearnes Center.
Missouri football fans gather at various tailgating sites and anticipate Saturday's game against South Carolina. "It's time to win," MU graduate Jimmy Mello said. "I'm excited."
Saturday's MU Homecoming Parade in downtown Columbia featured the marching band, floats, clowns, Homecoming royalty and more.
October 25, 2013
Hickman lost 21-6 to Rockhurst on Friday night. Coach Arnel Monroe said the players need to put it behind them and focus on the playoffs.
The Missouri men's basketball program and its fans welcomed back former head coach Norm Stewart and the rest of the 1993-1994 undefeated Big Eight Championship team in the "Return to Hearnes" scrimmage against Oklahoma City on Friday. The Tigers won 73-48.
Rock Bridge lost their 2013 Homecoming game against Jefferson City 31-21.
Members of each Greek house at MU work together Friday to create decorations for MU's 2013 Homecoming celebrations. The theme is major cities around the U.S., and each house or team of houses built decorations to represent a different city, including Memphis and Washington, D.C.
Carol Guzy, a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist for The Washington Post, shot these five images in Albania, Germany, West Africa, New York and New Orleans. In an accompanying article (see below), Guzy discusses these photographs and her experiences in detail.
October 24, 2013
Rock Bridge swept Thursday night's volleyball matchup against Hickman 25-13, 25-22. Both teams will enter postseason play, Rock Bridge seeded second in its first tournament and Hickman seeded sixth in a different tournament.
English Country Dance instructors Bridget Whitehead and Kyle Hardman met each other at an English Country Dance camp. After getting married, they have been teaching this style of dance at Unity of Columbia.