Nearing the end zone

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Some Missouri Tigers football fans spent Tuesday night in a field outside Independence Stadium. Barb Dillon and her friends have spent three nights there — in an RV.

Dillon, her husband, Harry, and three others arrived Sunday night from Portland, Mo., and took up temporary residence in an RV park set aside for fans in town for tonight’s Independence Bowl game against Arkansas.

Benefits of bond touted at MU

The MU School of Medicine typically receives $100 million less in research grants than more prominent public medical schools, largely because it does not have the necessary laboratory space.

But a state bond issue proposed Monday could lead to a massive revamping of the medical research program, including the addition of a 411,000-square-foot Health Sciences Research Center, said Associate Dean for Research Bill Folk.

3 injured when car and train collide

Three people were injured Tuesday morning when a vehicle traveling north on U.S. 63 collided with a COLT train at a railroad crossing just north of the Route B overpass.

Emergency crews arrived at 11:43 a.m. and evacuated three people from the vehicle. Kathryn Toal, 53, and Shannon Toal, 19, both of Clarence, suffered moderate injuries, according to the Columbia Fire Department. The driver, Robert C. Toal, 73, also of Clarence, suffered minor injuries. All three were transported to the trauma center at University Hospital.

Reality House resident dies

A resident of Reality House, an alternative sentencing facility, died Monday from extensive coronary artery disease, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said.

“The death appears natural, but toxicology is still going to be done,” said Boone County Sgt. Tom Reddin.

Columbia man is sentenced in sodomy of daughter

James Roger Davis II, the Columbia man convicted of sodomizing his 15-year-old daughter, was given the maximum penalty of two concurrent seven-year prison terms Tuesday.

Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton sentenced Davis, who had waived his right to be sentenced by the jury that found him guilty on two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy Oct. 9.

3-for-all: Bruins shock Tigers

Preventing the open 3-pointer and avoiding defensive lapses at key times have plagued Missouri all season.

Those problems caused the Tigers to lose two straight heading into Tuesday’s game, and they continued.

Zeroed in on nine

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Independence Bowl doesn’t mean anything to the Missouri football team. It means everything.

The Tigers haven’t been to a bowl since the 1998 Bowl, so it would make sense if they were just happy to be involved. They could have easily come to Shreveport, enjoyed the gifts the bowl gives them and taken in the sights.

Missouri’s defense key in win

Missouri’s first-half defense was the deciding factor against Iowa on Tuesday.

The Tigers kept the Hawkeyes’ offense off-balance throughout the first half with an energized defensive effort that guided Missouri to a 75-65 win at Hearnes Center.

County Commission approves $41.7 million budget

Boone County Commissioners approved a $41.7 million budget for fiscal year 2004 Tuesday, an increase of about $200,000 over the previous year. Costs related to coming county elections, employee health care and inmate health care account for the increase. Southern District Commissioner Karen M. Miller said the change in this year’s budget was the smallest she had seen in her 10 years in office.

— Gillian O’Brien

How to get festive fast

Maybe it’s a recent break from your significant other that changed your plans, or perhaps the temperature outside is just too low. Maybe Aunt Louise broke her leg or your best buddy ditched you to take a Hawaiian cruise. Or maybe you didn’t have any plans at all.

No matter what the reason that got you here, just because you’re home on the 31st doesn’t mean you can’t ring in the new year with style. True, you may have to pass up some of your traditional ceremony and cobble together an unusual guest list, but a party is still a party. After all, this is the season of fellowship, and what better way to celebrate the passing of time than to share it with the ones you love?