U.S. policies focus of local debate

About 50 Columbia residents participated in a protest of a different sort when they joined “The People Speak: America’s Role in the World,” a series of public discussions held in more than a thousand cities across the country during October.

Participants debated U.S. foreign policy and the occupation of Iraq on Friday as part of the series, which is organized under the umbrella of the United Nations Foundation, a group that is supported by the United Nations. The talks were locally sponsored by the Association of Master of Public Administration Students and MU’s European Union Center.


NORMAN, Okla. — There it was. The ball, the momentum and maybe the game were there for the taking.

All Nino Williams II had to do was come down with the ball.

Instead, Oklahoma receiver Mark Clayton snatched everything, leading the No. 1 Sooners to a 34-13 win against No. 24 Missouri on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

MU weighs merging chancellor, president seats

Looking to save money, the University of Missouri system is exploring ways to consolidate some of its operations with MU.

The plans were made public in July when MU Chancellor Richard Wallace announced his plans to retire in August 2004.

District hoping to spark business

The Central Columbia Association wants you to discover the District of Columbia, but you’re more likely to see Booches than the Bushes.

The new advertising campaign, “Discover the District,” is intended to lure more people to visit downtown and its shops, restaurants and events. Sponsored by the CCA, whose members include downtown businesses, the campaign’s logo features a downtown skyline against a sunset. Businesses were given pins and window decals with the new logo as well as “talking-points” — explanations of the changes — to inform customers about the campaign.

OU’s stingy defense ends upset dreams

NORMAN, Okla. – For 1 1/2 quarters, it was last season all over again.

Brad Smith was running rampant through the Oklahoma secondary, and No. 24 Missouri was hanging around and waiting for a big play to spark a major upset.

Depth welcome sight as Tigers open season

During the 2002-03 Missouri men’s basketball season, the Tigers learned it was difficult to win relying on a handful of core players.

MU suffered from its lack of depth at times, but the 2003-04 Tigers possess a supporting cast that might cause as many problems for opponents as the starters. The Tigers gave fans their first look at the team at Mizzou Madness, an entertaining light practice that began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and signaled the start of the season.

Here come the gowns

Donators and fashion enthusiasts came to Stephens College’s Davis Art Gallery on Saturday to see wedding gowns but not brides.

Zoning plan’s rejection a symptom of obstacles to growth

Traffic. Safety. Privacy.

Boone County residents echoed the typical concerns about urban growth during Thursday night’s four-hour meeting of the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission. Neighbors worried about the increased of traffic, the decrease of safety, the loss of privacy, utility capacity and conservation of green space.

Bruins breeze to state tennis meet

It has become a familiar routine for Rock Bridge.

For the fifth straight year, the Bruins cruised into the state tournament Saturday.

McCaskill could split Democrats

Claire McCaskill will return to her alma mater — Hickman High School — at 12:30 p.m. Monday to announce her intentions to run against incumbent Bob Holden in a primary race for the democratic gubernatorial nomination. Winning the nomination and subsequent race would make her Missouri’s first elected female governor. The current Missouri state auditor will begin her campaign trail in Kansas City where she was elected assistant county prosecutor in 1978. Before being elected to her current position, she served as the 42nd District state representative for three terms, and later became the first woman elected as Jackson County ...

Fourth man now charged with rape

A fourth Columbia man will be arraigned Monday in connection with a reported rape.

Frank Kalvin Mosley Jr., 20, had been at University Hospital for undisclosed health reasons, but has now returned to custody in Boone County Jail.

Struggles for piece of post pay off

Have you ever wanted anything so badly you’ll put yourself in a lot of discomfort to attain it?

You just have to keep telling yourself that whatever you want is worth the inconvenience. That’s what I kept thinking Oct. 11, the night I spent 1 ½ hours under two strangers’ armpits.

Carey starts campaign

Dwayne Carey pays attention to detail. Five minutes before his official campaign for Boone County Sheriff kicked off, he was replacing popped gold balloons lining the drive to Midway Exposition Center’s patio.

“It’s for Tiger football,” said Carey, a Democrat. His campaign kickoff began one hour before the MU Tigers kicked off in Oklahoma. Carey’s campaign colors will be brown and gold, the same colors as the current sheriff, Ted Boehm.

The passion of Bishop Bill

Every morning, Bishop Bill Rogers wakes up about 4 a.m. He prays, reads the Bible, takes a walk and eats oatmeal and a bowl of Cheerios for breakfast. At age 80, his cholesterol is an impressively low 125, and his doctor jokes that the only way to get rid of him would be to shoot him.

Rogers, the preacher at the one-room Church of God in Fulton, has devoted himself to his faith — and after 53 years of preaching and 88 missionary trips, he has no intention of slowing down any time soon. His has been a life of passion for his work, in which he has been nudged by a machine gun in Cuba, run for president of the United States, and prayed for hours at a time for a single soul.

Missouri earns sweep in softball exhibition

It might be only October, but don’t blame Missouri coach Ty Singleton for looking forward to softball season.

“I’m very excited,” he said.

The Tigers swept a fall exhibition doubleheader Saturday against Johnson County (Kans.) Community College 2-1, 3-2 at University Field.

Ekwerekwu offers bright spot

NORMAN, Okla. – Memories of Justin Gage might fade a little sooner than expected.

Freshman Brad Ekwerekwu could be Missouri’s next big-play wide receiver.

Ekwerekwu, from Arlington, Texas, made two second-quarter catches for 66 yards in the Tigers’ 34-13 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday.

QB White’s efforts cover dreaded jinx

NORMAN, Okla. – It seems nothing can stop Oklahoma quarterback Jason White. The fabled Sports Illustrated cover jinx didn’t faze him.

White continued to make his case for the Heisman Trophy in the No. 1 Sooners’ 34-13 victory against No. 24 Missouri on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Class bond still strong at reunion

I just got back from my husband’s high school reunion. I’m not allowed to tell which one, but suffice it to say he’s way past his 25th. And, quite frankly, I dreaded going with him. After all, I’m an outsider. And the place where he graduated is teeny.

The town of Bloomfield, Iowa, has a population of 2,600. It boasts one of the most magnificent courthouses in America. Half the population are farmers. There are wrought iron posts in town where the Amish tie their horses and buggies. You can walk from one end of the town to the other in 10 to 12 minutes, depending on your gait. There is not one fast-food restaurant; the town is famous for its loose meat sandwiches, which I don’t have the space to explain. Wal-Mart is 20-some miles away in the big town of Ottumwa.

Kewps coast to victory

The Hickman Kewpies dismantled the Webb City Cardinals 30-3 on Friday night at Hickman High.

Using big plays on offense, defense and special teams, the Kewpies put the game out of the Cardinals’ reach before the end of the first half.

MOMS' night out

As the sun sinks toward the Missouri River, the picnic tables at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport fill up one by one. A few women hold spots for the rest of the group. Some show up right on time at 6 p.m., but most trickle in at their leisure.

That's just fine, though. Leisure is exactly what this night is all about. For the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Northern Boone County, this is the one night a month they all spend away from their children.