Huskers, MU not strangers

Sara Parks knows almost everybody on No. 10 Nebraska’s roster. She keeps in touch with many of them.

Nicole Wilson and Melissa Allerby played with three Cornhuskers last summer on the Nebraska Juniors volleyball club team.

Plan calls for linking sewer lines, trails

Sewer lines and trails should be like peas in a pod, city officials believe, and an effort is under way to better coordinate the two.

Legislators ready bills for session

Columbia’s legislators are gearing up to tackle bills on issues ranging from toll roads to gay rights, from rock climbing to science research. With the Dec. 1 deadline for pre-filing bills for the next legislative session approaching, senators and representatives are putting the finishing touches on bills they plan to introduce.

Bruins relaxed in final triumph

SPRINGFIELD — Having some fun on the bus must have helped Rock Bridge.

The Bruins ended their season on a positive note, beating Kickapoo 42-21 on Thursday in Springfield.

Ricker ready to snap record

Durable doesn’t quite describe A.J. Ricker, though that’s how he wants the Missouri football team to remember him. Ricker is sturdy, yet animated.

When No. 22 Missouri plays Colorado at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Folsom Field, Ricker, a senior center and two-year captain, will start his 43rd straight game and break the school record for consecutive starts.

New health building means expanded services

The inside of the old Nowell’s Food building is nothing more than a maze of wall frames, but by mid-April the transformation of the former grocery store at Worley Street and West Boulevard into a modern, comprehensive health facility will be complete.

And baby makes three

When expectant mother Tabitha Ndegwa finally goes into labor, she’ll be able to give birth in the same building where she receives her prenatal care.

Ndegwa receives prenatal care at Columbia Regional Hospital. Starting Monday, birthing services will be offered at Columbia Regional Hospital instead of University Hospital. The newborn intensive care unit has moved there, too.

Kewps, Jays vie for playoff spot

For the past three years, Kyle Nuelle has waited to play a major role on a district championship team. Tonight, Nuelle will have his chance.

Coalition seeks sewer panel

Groups that opposed Tuesday’s city sewer bond issue are still longing for an oversight committee to eventually give the public more say in Columbia’s expansion.

That committee would oversee sewer line extensions — long regarded as the most important factor in regulating growth. By helping determine where sewers are extended, members of the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition argue, residents could have more input in development on Columbia’s fringes.

Depth little concern for Missouri

After last month’s Black and Gold Scrimmage, Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder was asked whether this season’s squad was the most talented in his four years at Missouri.

Two players from the Snyder era have advanced to the NBA, and four others are playing professionally overseas. Despite that, he didn’t exactly say no and mentioned that a former Tiger, now part of his coaching staff, might disagree.

Foster father denies shaking toddler

A foster father accused of murder testified Thursday he never abused his foster son and does not believe he did anything to cause the brain damage that allegedly killed the boy.

Speaking softly to jurors, John Wesley Dilley said a police officer put words into his mouth during a videotaped interview, during which Dilley acknowledged shaking 2-year-old Dominic James on several occasions.

Cornell chasing All-State honors

Hickman junior Tim Cornell isn’t likely to fall short again after coming so close last year.

Cornell finished 31st at last year’s state cross country meet, one spot away from earning All-State honors.

Former victim battles against abuse in Russia

If he hits you, it means he loves you.

Offense will fuel Tigers

Scoring should not be a problem for the Missouri women’s basketball team. Whether it will be able to hold opponents to fewer points is the big question surrounding the Tigers.

A question of periods

Beginning this month, women can obtain birth control pills that have been FDA-approved to serve a dual purpose: suppressing menstruation and preventing pregnancy.

But the arrival of Seasonale, an oral contraceptive that limits women’s periods to four times a year, has rekindled debate over whether or not it is natural or even healthy to menstruate.

Take your workout cues from Navy ROTC

For those who don't have a lot of time and don't have access to a gym, consider the Navy way. Of course, you don't have to do it at 6 a.m.

Diabetes education could save lives

About 17 million people in the United States have diabetes, and many more might not realize they have the disease. Tomorrow is National Diabetes Day, and experts at University of Missouri Health Care encourage everyone to learn more about the condition and assess their risk level.

The Chase for Chase

Chase Patton's weekly musings on football, high school and the impending college choice.