Employees march for pension plans

Raising red cardboard signs with the words “just practicing” printed in white, more than a dozen Tribune Publishing Company employees marched outside the building Friday afternoon protesting the terms of a work contract unresolved for more than 21/2 years.

Kruse key for Bruins

Rock Bridge couldn’t help but enjoy the game.

Rock Bridge beat Marshall 42-6 on Friday at Rock Bridge Field in a game that many said was the Bruins’ best performance of the season.

Kewpies can’t slow Keenan

NORTH KANSAS CITY — Having played the No. 1 team in the state of Missouri in Blue Springs last week, the Hickman Kewpies rationalized this week’s opponent, No. 4 Oak Park, couldn’t be as difficult. Unfortunately for the Kewpies, they were wrong.

Carried by running back Michael Keenan, the Northmen defeated the Kewpies 37-17 on Friday at District Stadium.

Answering the call

The town of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu is guarded by a lush, majestic face of volcanic rock. Across town is a gently sloping beach that travel critics have named one of the nation’s 10 best.

With a boyish smile that rarely leaves his face, Dick Millspaugh recalled the years he spent between these landmarks as pastor of a United Methodist church.

Clergy weigh impact of new hate crime bill

While triumph might be on the minds of some gay men and lesbians in Canada, some religious conservatives fear that a new bill extending protection in hate crime laws to include sexual orientation may threaten fundamental freedoms of speech and religion.

The bill, awaiting approval in the Canadian Senate, was proposed by the first openly gay member of Parliament, Svend Robinson, member of the New Democratic Party. The law would ban “the incitement of genocide or hatred against an identifiable group defined by color, race, religion, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”

The wrath of Rock Bridge

Revenge can be sweet.

Rock Bridge got its revenge by beating Marshall 42-6 on Friday at Rock Bridge Field.

Texas company wants to buy Jefferson Commons

Texas-based developers JPI want to sell their Columbia luxury apartment complex, Jefferson Commons, to a Texas nonprofit corporation that specializes in low-income housing.

Panel backs ban on public smoking

A cigarette with your dinner could become a thing of the past.

Columbia plans reconstruction for roads near downtown

John Clark is excited that Columbia has begun a reconstruction project to improve the dilapidated streets near downtown.

This time, more at stake for Missouri against Kansas

The first 50 people Gary Pinkel met at Missouri greeted him the same.

"How ya doin'? Beat Kansas," Pinkel recalls.

All-American Barker kicked off wrestling team

All-American Scott Barker has been kicked off the Missouri wrestling team for breaking team policies, coach Brian Smith confirmed Thursday. Smith would not comment further on the situation.

A national runner-up in 2003 at 18-2, Barker helped Missouri finish No. 16 in the nation. In March, he won the Big 12 Conference Championship at 184 pounds, defeating Oklahoma State's Jake Rosholt. Barker qualified for the NCAA Championships, but he lost to Rosholt in the national final.

Campaign opens doors

What started out as a bad day for Peter Freidin snowballed into a yearlong struggle for accessibility to the downtown post office.

Lost toddler wanders nearly a mile to house

Minutes after hordes of police officers and firefighters scoured Rock Quarry Park in a lunchtime search for a lost 2-year-old boy, he was found safe nearly a mile away at his day care. He had walked there alone.

The search lasted for about 40 minutes in the park, near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway. The boy was found at 3805 Churchill Drive, a home where the boy attends day care.

New testing methods for deer ailment

While chronic wasting disease has yet to appear in Missouri’s white-tailed deer herd, state wildlife researchers remain persistent in their testing for the fatal illness.

This deer season, Boone will be one of 30 counties in Missouri randomly selected as a testing site for chronic wasting disease, the neurological disease that has crippled deer and elk herds in several Midwestern and northern states.

Stephens to focus on next five years

Stephens College is planning for the future. Its Board of Trustees has passed a resolution to begin a major strategic planning initiative.

State to alter I-70 guardrails

Even though it will be years before the Improve I-70 project comes to fruition, the Missouri Department of Transportation plans to make costly safety changes to sections of the corridor in mid-Missouri during the next year.

The transportation agency has two projects in the works in the central Missouri district. The first one, already under way, will replace 41,000 feet of damaged and outdated guardrails along a 70-mile stretch across Callaway, Boone and Cooper counties. A separate project, tentatively set for next summer, aims to prevent vehicles from crossing the center median by installing 37 miles of guard cables from eastern Columbia to Montgomery County.

New group to raise cash for police

The Columbia Police Officers Association, local businesses and Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm have established a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise money to support additional programs and purchase equipment for the Columbia Police Department.

The nine-member Board of Trustees, which works with the police to identify areas of need, includes Boehm, former Boone County presiding judge Frank Conley, local attorney Dan Atwill, and Randy Wright, vice president and general manager of KMIZ/Channel 17. The co-chairs of the board are Jim and Billie Silvey, longtime supporters of the police department, who Officer Steve Rios, the foundation’s administrator, said were a unanimous choice.

Alliance calls price of cable access too steep

A Mediacom proposal for public-access television that calls for users to pay hourly fees for studio and airtime is “ridiculous,” a leader of the Columbia Media Resource Alliance said.

The cable television company on Sept. 15 submitted a proposal to the Columbia City Council that provides a public-access channel and studio through an agreement with KMIZ/KQFX. It requires users, however, to pay $80 per hour for studio production time, $35 an hour for program editing and $30 an hour for broadcast time.

Maximizing their potential

It’s 9 a.m. and time for school.

But for 7-year-old Ian McEuen, there is no bus ride involved. McEuen, who has cerebral palsy, is being educated in his family’s living room. His curriculum consists of coordination exercises, as well as speech and physical therapy.

MU tight end looks to catch on

Victor Sesay isn’t a typical tight end. Everything about him screams wide receiver. He runs quickly, jumps high and catches almost everything within reach.