Mending a marred mosaic

Almost two years and three months ago, the Tiger Spot mosaic on MU’s campus was unveiled during Homecoming to a crowd of students, faculty and alumni beneath a shining sun. Now, in the midst of winter and daily below-freezing temperatures, work has stopped on the donation by local artist Paul Jackson.

Lewis and Clark on One Read’s list

This year marks the bicentennial of the beginning of Lewis and Clark’s expedition to explore America’s newly acquired Western territory. An account of that journey is under consideration for Columbia’s next One Read program.

“Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose is one of 10 books under review by a panel of 14 volunteers for the 2004 program, which begins in September. The One Read program is one in which community members all read the same book and discuss it in various forums. The adult-oriented program, which started in Seattle and gained national notice in Chicago, has taken off in cities around the country.

Ragtag becomes nonprofit

Ragtag Cinemacafe, Columbia’s independent theater where you can sit on a sofa and have dinner while watching a movie, now operates as a nonprofit organization.

Charlotte Overby, a member of Ragtag’s seven-person governing board, said becoming a nonprofit organization means Ragtag won’t pay taxes on ticket sales and equipment. It also allows the theater to accept tax-deductible donations.

Disappearing signs

They’re green and white and read all over.

Street signs from Aaron Drive to Zinnia Drive tell Columbia residents where they are, but increasingly those signs are disappearing. Last year, about 1,800 street signs were replaced by the Traffic Division of the city’s Public Works Department. And at $150 a pop, the costs to taxpayers are adding up — to about $270,000 in 2003.

Unions get best work conditions

As I listened to a young woman complain about her job as she waited ahead of me in the check-out line at the grocery store, I was wondering how long it would be before the labor union movement would become popular again. I kept quiet while she went on and on about low wages and unsafe working conditions. I’ve learned over the past few years that bringing up suggestions about how things came to be the way they are is not a subject people particularly want to hear about. Folks don’t really want to hear about how we, as a society, sometimes threw the dishes out with the dishwater. A lot of them are convinced that everything is better than it has ever been, and they are not willing to compromise on the subject.

According to some, of course, the only labor union they ever heard about was the Teamsters Union and the antics of Jimmy Hoffa. And as far as many employers are concerned, the less people hear about organized labor, the better they like it. Who needs a pension, right, now that they can have a 401K and a profit-sharing plan? Actually, a lot of people do because it takes a lot of money to survive retirement. Workers usually find these things out the hard way.

A friendly forecast

On Saturday, when it was cold enough to see your breath, 14-year-old Tommy Hendricks and his 10-year-old brother, Kenny, were assigned the task of deflating a 6-foot Christmas teddy bear. They had to shake off the ice and snow.

But as Sunday topped out at 56 degrees, a barefoot Tommy helped his brother and father, Scott, wrap up the red and white rope lights that had lined their Hidden Creek Road driveway during the holidays.

Tigers fall short

It wasn’t the start Missouri gymnastics coach Rob Drass expected.

After finishing 2003 third in the Big 12 Conference, the highest league ranking in school history, the Tigers were set for another unprecedented season.

Tigers face big tests

Regardless of whether Missouri is ready, the big boys are coming.

Even though the Tigers (6-5, 1-1 Big 12 Conference) have not consistently found their stride offensively or defensively, they have reached a crucial stretch of games. It begins tonight at 8 at Hearnes Center when defending national champion Syracuse meets the Tigers.

K.C. can’t overcome Manning, errors

KANSAS CITY — Record days from Kansas City’s Priest Holmes and Dante Hall weren’t about to stop Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning from going to his first AFC Championship Game.

More important, the Chiefs’ defense couldn’t stop him, either.