Not exactly free rent

Andrew Cobb and Carl Giacchi watch TV as they wait for emergency calls at Station 14 of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Cobb, an MU political science major, has been living at the station free for a year and a half. Although Giacchi no longer lives at a station, he’s lived at stations for a total of five years. He is now the lieutenant of Station 14.

Jeep fire no accident

The Columbia woman who was badly burned Monday in a vehicle fire survived her second round of surgeries Thursday. Meanwhile, investigators have ruled that the fire was intentionally set using an accelerant.

“We eliminated unintentional causes such as mechanical failure,” said Steven Sapp, battalion chief with the Columbia Fire Department. “So we drew the conclusion that it was an intentionally set fire.”

Missouri MAP test standards reviewed

JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri legislators proposed a plan Thursday to stop penalizing Missouri schools for being too tough in testing students.

A House and Senate bill to rework various components of Missouri’s MAP testing regimen will help allow schools to meet a federal standard that is actually lower than the goal than Missouri educators set for themselves.

Democrats from Missouri going to Iowa

Stacy Silverman has never worked in politics before. But in the past five months, Silverman has made two trips to Iowa and one to New Hampshire, and she will make another trip to Iowa this weekend.

An assistant professor with the communications science and disorders program at MU, Silverman will travel to Iowa, just in time for Monday’s caucuses, to canvass for the Democrat who she favors in the presidential race: Missouri native Dick Gephardt.

Bush has little-known challengers

Blake Ashby and Bill Wyatt know they are political lightweights, challenging a reigning champion who has the approval of about 65 percent of the nation.

Although Republican leaders say most Missourians support President Bush, Ashby and Wyatt will run against the incumbent in the Missouri Republican presidential primary on Feb. 3.

National Guard to deploy soldiers

Three young men sat in black plastic chairs around a table at Mojo’s on Wednesday night. The table closest to the stage is cluttered with their musical instruments.

A sense of excitement surrounds the members of Mile 48, a Columbia band, and tonight is their farewell show. Twenty-one-year-old bassist Roby Hopkins is being deployed.

Diversity and community

George Frissell, a teacher of classical ideas and world religions at Hickman High School, had an “excused absence” from proctoring the beginning his own exam. His excuse: He was one of several people nominated for the Columbia Values Diversity Award.

At Thursday’s breakfast, Frissell and Clyde Ruffin, a professor at MU’s Department of Theatre and pastor at Second Baptist Church, were presented the 2004 Columbia Values Diversity Award for individuals.

Forum to discuss medical school rumors

JEFFERSON CITY — A forum to address rumors about MU’s medical school making a move to Kansas City has been scheduled for next week in Columbia.

The forum, which was requested by Rep. Chuck Graham last October, is scheduled for

Whose land?

Since arriving on the market in 1970, the popularity of all-terrain vehicles soared. Originally designed as recreation vehicles for outdoor enthusiasts, ATVs later became the vehicle of choice for many farmers.

These days, ATVs are once again attracting thrill-seekers looking for an adventurous way to experience the outdoors.

Deer management forum draws about 170 people

Fewer does and more big bucks were the clear desires of hunters during Thursday night’s public discussion on deer management at MU.

Beyond that, people in the audience expressed different views on how best to manage Missouri’s deer population. Unlike at the other two forums held in the state, no consensus of how to accomplish that goal was apparent. About 170 people turned out at Thursday’s forum.

Suspect arrested in knife robbery

Columbia Police arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of a Jan. 4 robbery.

A 60-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint in the area of Melbourne Street and Richardson Street after he believed the man was going to help him carry some groceries, according to Sgt. Stephen Monticelli.

Amos more than hotshot

Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior, gives some spectators an inaccurate first impression.

His seemingly unlimited shooting range makes labeling him a 3-point specialist easy. He made 12-of-18 3-pointers combined in the Cougars’ Jan. 8 win against Peru State (Neb.) and their defeat of Lyon (Ark.) on Saturday. He scored a career-high 38 points, including 26 in the first half, against Lyon.

Time to make move

The clock is ticking.

At 6-6, the Missouri basketball team’s season’s downward spiral is getting closer to rock bottom.