Suit aims to block gun law

JEFFERSON CITY — Opponents of Missouri’s new concealed-gun law are trying to shoot it down before it takes effect. They plan to file a lawsuit today claiming it violates the Missouri Constitution.

The lawsuit seeks both an injunction blocking the law from taking effect Saturday and a permanent declaration striking it down.

Davis out, Schwarzenegger in

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seething over taxes and red ink, voters dumped the unpopular Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with political novice Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood action star who now faces the colossal challenge he asked for: jump-starting California's flagging economy.

Davis, the Democrat who presided over California's economy as it careened from boom to bust, was recalled Tuesday less than a year into his second term. According to partial returns, more than 54 percent of voters called for his ouster.

How to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons in Boone County

Information on how to get a concealed weapon once the new law goes into effect.

Sweet Options

It’s that time of year again. Bright yellow school buses pick up children, orange leaves fall from trees, sweaters adorn store shelves and plump red apples hang from the trees. Good for eating, baking, decorating and giving to teachers, the apples are ripe and ready to be picked.

Smarr chases record

Rock Bridge’s Stephanie Smarr continued her chase on the Bruins’ record book Tuesday afternoon.

Smarr won her 102nd singles mat-ch, defeating Amy Trae, which helped the Bruins to a 9-0 win at Hickman. Smarr beat Trae 10-0.

Tigers show improvement after KU loss

If the Missouri football team were a lawn mower, its best selling point might be its zero-degree turning radius.

In a matter of hours, the Tigers went from a team on the rise to a downward spiral, suffering their first loss, 35-14 to rival Kansas no less, and plummeting out of the polls and into mediocrity. It got worse before it got better.

Hickman stays perfect with sweep of Lakers

After Brenna Schlader started Hickman’s scoring with consecutive kills, the Camdenton defense shifted its focus to the middle.

Hickman then went outside and used a balanced attack to defeat the Lakers 25-16, 25-14 on Tuesday at Hickman.

Rally scoring draws divided reactions

When the high school volleyball season started in late August, the game was a little different.

Prommoon’s goal lifts Kewps

Hickman junior Bank Prommoon plays soccer wearing a piece of protective gear on his right forearm. He said it causes him to lose his balance during games.

It didn’t stop him from becoming the hero Tuesday night.

Cougars remain unbeaten in AMC

It will be impossible for American Midwest Conference teams to beat Columbia College if they don’t score.

So far, opponents haven’t figured a way to do either.

Kewpies struggle for runs in finale

The book closed on a familiar chapter for Hickman on Tuesday.

In the final softball game of the regular season, Hickman lost 3-1 to Salisbury at Cosmopolitan Park.

MU receives $10 million math grant

MU has been awarded a $10 million grant to find ways to improve math education across the country. The grant from the National Science Foundation will run over five years and will be used to fund a new Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum.

The center, scheduled to start operating in January at Townsend Hall, will have three goals, said Barbara Reys, professor of mathematics education and director of the center:

Winterize your home and garden early

Although warm weather has not fully turned its back on Missouri, now is the ideal time to prepare your home for the cold months ahead.

No complete background gun checks

Friends and family might be the only thing standing between mentally incompetent Missourians and a gun-carrying permit.

While the background check for Missouri’s new conceal-and-carry law provides a look into the applicant’s criminal history, there are a few items that won’t be checked.

Columbia Creole

Muriel Battle prepared meals “fit for a king,” according to her widower Eliot Battle.

Brown lawns still need care

As the leaves change color and begin to fall, many Columbians are more than ready to leave lawn care behind. However, experts say the next several weeks are actually the most important to resurrect and prepare your lawn for next year.

Tourists could bunk at old prison site

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Penitentiary, once home to the likes of gangster Pretty Boy Floyd and boxer Sonny Liston and one of the country’s longest-running gas chamber units, may be the state’s next tourist trap.

Three 250-room hotels are just a few of the amenities being proposed in the master plan for the 167-year-old complex, which will close in 2005.

Rediscovering classicists

Michele Ronnick’s loyalty to the late Meyer Reinhold — MU professor emeritus and, later, Ronnick’s Boston University dissertation adviser — caused her to bring her photo exhibition, “12 Black Classicists,” to MU on Tuesday.

A Haven for Hummingbirds

Troy Gordon has been interested in birds since his freshman year in college, when he took a trip to Squaw Creek National Refuge and saw his first eagle.

“I was just enthralled that you could see a real-life eagle out in the wild,” he said.