MU Health Care out of the red

It’s a step in the right direction, but by no means a final solution.

That was the message from University of Missouri Health Care officials Monday as they announced an $8 million profit in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The surplus is the health care system’s first in four years, and it comes after suffering more than $30 million in losses between June 1999 and June 2002.

In the wake of a win

For the MU football team, the aftermath of its first win over Nebraska in 25 years was unsurprisingly good. The Tigers moved back into the Associated Press Top 25 poll at No. 24.

Tiger fans did not fare as well.

Event to advise disabled on jobs

Part of Pam Morrison’s job at MU’s Department of Physical Therapy is running errands. But because she travels by wheelchair, things like heavy doors and stairs can stand in the way.

Morrison has been steadily employed in the Columbia area since 1980, so she has learned how to get and keep her job through trial and error.

Orientation may be part of anti-bias rule

Nondiscrimination policies at the University of Missouri could include a new classification — sexual orientation — if the Board of Curators approves the change this week.

The proposed change, subject to a vote Thursday when the governing board meets in St. Louis, was recommended most recently by UM system president Elson Floyd.

Donor covers cost of posts

Success sometimes comes with a price.

Fortunately for the Missouri athletic department, an anonymous donor thinks the value of the Missouri football team’s win against Nebraska is equal to that price tag.

Outdoor school

By opening its new outdoor classroom Monday, Mill Creek Elementary School hopes to offer students a hands-on learning experience unlike any other Columbia Public School. The facility, behind the school, features a butterfly garden, a shelter house, and a walk path that winds through wetlands and a prairie.

Rob Myer, chairman of the outdoor classroom committee, said other schools have outdoor classrooms, but none offers as much as the new facility, located on the school’s 20-acre property.

Williams key in Rams’ shutout

ST. LOUIS — Aeneas Williams made sure Atlanta didn’t score and the Marc Bulger-to-Torry Holt combination took care of the rest.

St. Louis dominated the Falcons in every facet Monday night on their way to a 36-0 win at the Edward Jones Dome. The shutout was the first in the 8-year history of the team’s tenure in St. Louis. The Rams improved to 3-2 with the win and Atlanta dropped to 1-4.

Movie to document MU Antler antics

When R. Scott Murphy attended MU as a naive freshman, a group of clever student pranksters caught his eye. Two decades later, Murphy is a successful advertising executive in Austin, Texas, but he is still captivated by MU’s ornery Antlers.

Murphy, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MU’s journalism school in the late 1980s, wrote a screenplay after being prodded by friends and colleagues to turn his fascination with the Antlers into a movie.

Brand new Big 12

Kansas coach Mark Mangino has been a part of Big Eight and Big 12 Conference football for more than 10 years. This season, though, he has noticed a change in his conference.

“We certainly are not the ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’ conference as we were once called in the Big Eight,” Mangino said on Monday’s Big 12 Conference call.

Soldiers stymie Stars

Stephens’ Freda Runnells could barely use her injured left hand.

Meanwhile, everything St. Louis Christian’s Emily Robinson touched went her way.

Schuenemeyer honors friend in top 10 finish

When Rock Bridge senior Emily Schuenemeyer won a playoff hole Monday afternoon, she did more than medal in the last golf tournament of her high school career. She had honored the memory of a friend.

On the anniversary of the death of Rock Bridge student Kristen Hofen, Schuenemeyer finished ninth to take home a medal in the NCMC Tournament.

School board plans more free lunches

There might be such things as free lunches for the Columbia Public School District in the coming years. The Columbia Board of Education adopted a resolution Monday that supports gradually raising federal eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches.

More families would be eligible for free lunches under the proposed guidelines, and families currently on the reduced lunch program would get free lunches.

Couple enjoys specialty publishing business

If you have lived in Columbia for a while, or even if you are thinking of moving here, you are likely to have seen a book with a yellow oval heading in racks around town. The publication is called The Real Estate Book of Columbia & Surrounding Communities, and it is compiled by Maximum Media Inc.

More than eight years ago, husband-and-wife team Anthony Holmes and Lesha Hageman founded Maximum Media. The Real Estate Book, which comes out every two weeks, was their first project. The book is a franchise, but Hageman and Holmes decided to purchase the rights to the local territory in 1995. Hageman, who was a real estate agent, was advertising in The Real Estate Book at that time. When the owners decided to sell, Hageman and Holmes jumped on the opportunity.

One crabby pet

A hermit crab peers out of its shell and, having decided the path is clear, scurries across the sand to a small pond of water. Using its claws, the crab begins to scoop water into its mouth. As a handful of onlookers watches in amazement, Hasan Zubair steps forward and makes his sales pitch.

“Crabs do a lot of neat things like that,” he says.