Crossing borders

Pictures and artifacts from around the world line the walls just inside the front hall of Barbara Bauer’s southwest Columbia home. She has had to add pages to her passport, which has been stamped in many places — including Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan, Israel, Albania and Afghanistan.

Bauer, a psychologist, began volunteering for humanitarian missions with the MU International Center for Psychosocial Trauma in 1994. Her work — helping people who have been traumatized by war or abuse — took her to many war-torn countries, usually for no longer than 10 days or two weeks. Then Bauer would return to Columbia and her private practice.

Man, 42, found dead behind Supercenter

A 42-year-old man was found dead behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Monday after police received a call at 9:56 a.m. from a Wal-Mart employee who reported that an unresponsive man was lying in an icy area behind the south end of the store, the Columbia Police Department said.

The man, identified as David J. Willingham of Columbia, was found lying near a fence wearing blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt, a blue flannel shirt and one glove. Police described him not as homeless but as a “transient” and said he owned a car.

Council OKs development on north side

After almost an hour of debate, the Columbia City Council approved Forest Ridge’s site plan, stating that development should come before infrastructure.

Many residents living along Brown School Road, the site of the planned-unit development, expressed concerns about traffic, flooding and storm water conditions in the area.

Meth’s growth outstrips prevention efforts

The Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force fills two rooms of the senior citizens center in the town of Fortuna, 50 miles south of Columbia. The center is in an old schoolhouse with creaking floors and dark hallways. The stalls in the bathrooms are fitted with painted wooden doors.

In the main task force office, tallies and flow charts cover the green chalkboards. Lines are drawn diagonally from J.P. who makes meth to A.R. who sells, and vertically from A.R. to T.R. and D.P. — all of whom use. Across the hall is the meeting room of the Fortuna Ladies’ Knitting Club.

Horse owners arraigned on felony animal abuse charges

The Hallsville couple charged last week with felony animal abuse in connection with the death of a horse appeared in Boone County Circuit Court for the first time Monday.

Brandi and Thomas Phillips said nothing as Associate Circuit Judge Jodie Asel informed the couple, who are free on bond from the Boone County Jail, that they face two counts each of felony animal abuse. Each count carries a maximum punishment of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Mischief and politics

John Ballard likes to stir up trouble.

If you can’t tell that by the mischievous glint in his eye, he’ll tell you so.

Big 12 season calls for top play

Almost every coach in the Big 12 Conference is hoping for one aspect of his team’s play to improve during league competition: consistency.

“I think we could be a more consistent team,” Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. “Obviously it’s still relatively early in the season, and we’re very respectful of the great competition that’s coming our way.”