Double standards

On July 1, Wanda Saunders stared out the window of her apartment as uniformed men with German shepherds went door-to-door at Columbia Square Apartments. Saunders wasn’t sure what the men were up to, but since they didn’t come to her door she went back to watching TV.

When Saunders later found out the men and dogs were conducting random drug searches of the property, she saw it as just one more intrusion into the lives of Columbia Square residents by Yarco, the private, Kansas-City-based management company that took over the federally subsidized 128-unit complex at 1801 W. Worley St. two years ago.

Groups debate Kemper’s fate

A group dedicated to Kemper Military School in Boonville has begun discussions that could lead to the school’s reopening.

In a closed session Thursday night, the Friends of Kemper Foundation met with Boonville’s Industrial Development Authority to discuss the future of the school, which was founded in 1844.

What a glass: Tough enough for hurricanes

As the heavy rain and 95-mph winds of Hurricane Isabel churned toward the East Coast, many residents in the storm’s path took the time-honored precaution of reinforcing windows and glass doors with tape.

Such measures may not be necessary in the future. An MU researcher is developing a type of glass that could reduce the property damage and physical injuries caused by tropical storms and hurricanes.

I-70 widening project prompts concerns

Along Interstate 70 through Columbia are numerous businesses, parks and neighborhoods. Now that the widening of I-70 in the Columbia corridor is being discussed, people are wondering how those places will be affected.

On Thursday, residents and city officials attended a public meeting at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center held by the Improve I-70 Advisory Group. The advisory group is responsible for gathering public input on the different approaches that could be used to widen the interstate.

Not ‘solely’ for food

A surprise awaited visitors of the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the free pizza delivered by Shakespeare’s every Tuesday and Thursday, visitors were fitted for and given free pairs of Naot brand shoes and sandals. The shoes were donated to the St. Francis House by Yaleet Inc., makers of Naot Footwear. Student volunteers from the Hillel Foundation helped with the fitting.

Sewer district promotes bond issue

In the next few months, groups all over Boone County will spend their lunch hours hearing and talking about sewers.

Representatives from the Boone County Regional Sewer District are making the rounds to build support for a $3.85 million bond issue that Boone County voters, including Columbia residents, will be asked to approve in November.

MU center interviews candidates

Four finalists, including an MU professor, will be on campus over the next three weeks to interview for the first ever Life Sciences director position.

The finalists are: Hans Bohnert, professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois; David Hart, professor of microbiology and infectious diseases and medicine at the University of Calgary; R. Michael Roberts, curators professor at MU and F. Robert Tabita, professor of microbiology for Ohio State University.

Students discuss public policy issues in meeting

An effort is under way in Columbia public schools to help students become more actively involved in the public policy-making process. On Tuesday, Hickman High School students gathered for the first of these discussions designed to resemble town hall meetings.

“It is extracurricular, but it is complementary to the curriculum,” said George Frissell, chairman of the Language Arts Department at Hickman and organizer of the meetings.

Philips tract forum postponed

A public hearing on proposed development of the 489-acre Philips tract was tabled Thursday by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission at the request of developer Elvin Sapp.

The commission has rescheduled the hearing for Oct. 9.

Amnesty for warrants ending

Today is the last day Columbians can settle their arrest warrants without being penalized.

The Municipal Court Arrest Warrant Amnesty program, which gives residents the opportunity to expunge warrants without being arrested and exempts them of additional fees, ends at 4 p.m. today. Those wanting to participate must turn themselves in at Municipal Court, 600 E. Broadway, and pay the tickets or fines assessed by a judge.

BYU seeing if Clemons cheated

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Brigham Young University is reviewing correspondence courses taken by former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons, after allegations by the athlete’s former girlfriend that he received improper academic help, a spokeswoman for the Utah institution said Thursday.

Clemons accumulated nine credit hours by taking three correspondence courses from Brigham Young while he was enrolled during summer 2002 at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.

MTSU tougher than it looks

With Big 12 Conference play and a matchup with Kansas a week away, it would be easy for the Missouri football team to look past Middle Tennessee State.

At first glance, the Blue Raiders are on the same level as Ball State and Eastern Illinois, teams the No. 23 Tigers defeated handily. Middle Tennessee State is 0-3 and plays in the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders’ losses, however, haven’t been to teams like Eastern Illinois, but to two of the nation’s more recognized programs.

Hickman hosts early challenge

Home-field advantage is a luxury the Hickman Kewpies football team has been able to live without, but with the No. 1 team in Missouri coming into town, the Kewpies are hoping it can’t hurt.

The Kewpies (2-0) welcome the Blue Springs Wildcats (2-0) to Hickman for the Kewpies’ first home game of the season at 7 tonight. The Wildcats, the top-ranked team in Class 6, will present coach Greg Nesbitt’s team with an early challenge.

Tigers’ option to challenge Bruins

The first few plays of practice went quietly. Then the offense gained yards, and the coaching staff started working.

The Rock Bridge football team focused on defense in preparation for tonight’s game at Kirksville at 7.

Short bench slows Stars

Stephens College coach Carrie Crossett knows it is difficult to be competitive when your soccer team lacks the depth to field a solid practice.

Harris-Stowe State College defeated the Stars 9-0 at Cosmopolitan Park on Thursday night.

Curators approve $175 million bond issue

The University of Missouri Board of Curators on Thursday approved the sale of $175 million in revenue bonds to pay for projects on all four campuses and to refund bonds issued in 1993.

A maximum of $134 million will be used for construction projects.

MU's Capital Campaign announces fundraising success

Dressed in their best black-tie and gold apparel, alumni, donors and guests gathered in Jesse Auditorium for the historical announcement of the $334.7 million raised since the initiation of MU’s capital campaign in 1999.

Turnovers cost Kewpies

Hickman coach Greg Nesbitt knows why his team lost Friday night.

“Turnovers,” Nesbitt said. “Period.”