Woes leave Alden ‘ticked’

KANSAS CITY — Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden said Thursday he was embarrassed and “ticked off” over controversy surrounding the university’s basketball program, but disputed reports of a rift between him and coach Quin Snyder.

In a speech before the Tiger Club of Kansas City, Alden said investigations that began after basketball player Ricky Clemons was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend in January have “consumed” the athletic department for months.

Game day parking won’t be restricted

Thousands of football fans rushing to MU’s home opener Saturday against Eastern Illinois University should have no trouble parking at fraternities, sororities or downtown churches.

Although a city law bars nonprofit organizations from leasing parking spots on their properties, neither the Columbia nor MU police departments plan to enforce the ordinance.

State Farm’s future unclear

State Farm Insurance has had a home in Columbia for nearly half a century. The nation’s largest insurer, which opened its first office in Columbia in 1956, now employs 785 people at the company’s Missouri operations center at 4700 South Providence Road. But State Farm’s future in Columbia is suddenly uncertain. The company has initiated a “top to bottom” examination of its operations in three states, including Missouri.

Two years later

Two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Columbia residents commemorated the tragedy with two separate events Thursday.

In a morning ceremony at the Boone County Courthouse, people honored Columbia rescue workers who traveled to ground zero in the days after the attacks. An evening rally at Peace Park, sponsored by the Columbia Peace Coalition, mourned the victims of Sept. 11 but also carried a more political message.

Even I-AA teams cost Pinkel sleep

Gary Pinkel’s memory serves him well. That’s why he isn’t sleeping well this week.

Pinkel knows all too well how easily an NCAA Division I-AA team can sneak up on a Division I team, and as he prepares for Missouri’s home opener against Eastern Illinois on Saturday, he has good reason to be nervous.

Sheriff says he’ll uphold the law

In 30 days the Boone County Sheriff’s Department could begin issuing right-to-conceal handgun permits for the first time since the 19th century.

On Thursday, the Missouri Senate voted to override Gov. Bob Holden’s veto of legislation that will allow Missourians to carry a concealed handgun.

Agency celebrates 30 years of helping seniors

Once a month, Dean Larrick takes time from his busy schedule and drives to Rocheport to deliver food to low-income seniors with no means of transportation.

The food, mostly canned goods, frozen food and a few fresh vegetables, all comes from the Central Missouri Food Bank Pantry, and Larrick ensures it gets to the right people.

Bruins expect tougher Moberly

It should be closer than last year.

Tonight’s game at Rock Bridge between the Bruins and Moberly almost has to be closer than the 76-0 pounding Rock Bridge put on Moberly last year.

Override refuels abortion debate

Thursday’s vote by the Missouri Senate to override Gov. Holden’s veto of a bill that requires 24-hour waiting periods for abortions drew opposite reactions from Columbia’s pro-life and pro-choice camps.

The new law, which will go into effect Oct. 11, will also require women to discuss with a doctor the physical, psychological and situational risk factors of the procedure before an abortion can be performed.

Beth Shalom congregation to celebrate new location

Columbia’s only Jewish synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, will hold an inaugural ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the dedication of its new home. Beth Shalom recently moved from the MU Hillel Foundation to 500 Green Meadows Road, on the south side of the city.

The congregation had rented space from the Hillel center since it opened in 1975. Since then, the congregation has grown from 92 people to 160 families — making it the largest Jewish synagogue in mid-Missouri.

Senate trumps Holden

Overriding two vetoes by Gov. Bob Holden, state lawmakers on Thursday granted most Missourians the right to carry concealed guns and imposed new restrictions on women seeking abortions.

Rock Bridge squeaks by

Rock Bridge goalkeeper Tanner Mills used more than his hands to help the Bruins earn a victory Thursday night.

Bruins face Kansas champion

High school tennis crosses borders today when two state champions meet for the fourth annual Missouri-Kansas Border War.

Rock Bridge (5-1), the defending state champion, is looking for its fourth victory against Blue Valley North High (4-1), the defending Kansas 6A champion.

Bruins seek third title in a row

As Rock Bridge prepares to host Osage, Tipton and Warrenton in its annual volleyball tournament Saturday, Bruins coach Vicki Reimler said her team will head into this weekend not quite sure what to expect.

Kewpies’ Pleimann extends winning streak to three

Pleimann, a junior, helped Hickman breeze by the Jefferson City Jays 169-197 on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell Golf Course. All five Hickman golfers shot a better score than the lowest Jays round.

Tough games fill schedule for MU women

Tough competition awaits the Missouri women’s basketball team this season in its quest to reach the postseason for the fifth straight year.

The Tigers will face eight teams that appeared in the NCAA Tournament last year and three teams that played in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.

Hickman putting it all on the line

For most football teams, the game is fought and won along the line of scrimmage. The Hickman Kewpies’ game tonight at Park Hill South will be no exception.

Kewpies seniors get revenge against Jays

The night ended much better than it began for the seniors on the Hickman volleyball team.

The Kewpies, after falling behind in both games against Jefferson City on Wednesday, rallied to defeat the Jays 25-18, 25-20 at Hickman.

MU's South Quadrangle rededicated to honor Carnahan

Despite the rain, a crowd of more than 100 people gathered Friday on MU's South Quadrangle to rededicate it in memory of Mel Carnahan, the "education governor" who died in a plane crash in October 2000.

The crowd, which included several members of the Carnahan family and Gov. Bob Holden, watched the unveiling of a small monument honoring Mel Carnahan placed near the center of the quadrangle.