Remembering the dream

It felt like a member of his family died.

Arthur Lewis remembers the day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. Lewis was 15 on April 4, 1968.

Iowa sinks Gephardt, lifts Kerry

DES MOINES, Iowa — John Kerry and John Edwards rode 11th-hour surges to a one-two finish in Iowa’s kickoff presidential caucuses Monday, dealing a stunning blow to favorite Howard Dean. Kerry’s comeback blew the nomination fight wide open, setting the stage for a free-for-all in New Hampshire’s follow-up primary.

Dean finished third, stripped of his front-runner’s mantle but still defiant — “We will not give up,” he told backers.

Lower-priced homes concentrated in one area

For years the city of Columbia has concentrated its affordable housing efforts in the racially and economically segregated neighborhoods that straddle Providence Road, just north of Broadway.

Potential homebuyers in search of an affordable house — one costing no more than $80,000 — are largely confined to searching in these neighborhoods, where residents live apart in communities of their own.

City plans fire station for north side

The city of Columbia will buy a 1.3-acre parcel of land in north-central Columbia for a new fire station, pending the approval tonight of the Columbia City Council.

The new fire station will help the Columbia Fire Department reach its goal of responding to at least 80 percent of its calls in 41/2 minutes or less.

A day of diversity

Children too young to read leaf through colorful images of different kinds of food — accepting without question unusual combinations such as fajitas on waffles. Other pictures showed chocolate houses that reflected the culture and architecture of different parts of the world.

The message was elementary: Diversity enriches and has no boundaries.

MU medical school to hold public forum

A public forum on the future of MU’s School of Medicine will take place at 1:30 p.m. today. The forum will be in Acuff Auditorium at the medical school. MU, medical school officials and local legislators will attend.

— Missourian staff

Tigers hoping to build momentum

Missouri’s win at Oklahoma on Saturday marked several accomplishments.

It was coach Quin Snyder’s first road victory against a ranked opponent. It was his first win at Lloyd Noble Arena, and it could become the turning point of the Tigers’ season.

In her place

Charliss Ridley and Columbia College seemed like a perfect fit.

Ridley gave the Cougars a Division I-caliber talent, and Columbia College presented Ridley with a comfortable environment.

NCAA draws Knight’s ire

Leave it to Bob Knight to shake up the Big 12 Conference.

Knight, never one to mince words, was outspoken when asked about the situation at Baylor, where Carlton Dotson is facing murder charges in the death of teammate Patrick Dennehy. The death led to the firing of coach Dave Bliss and the transfer of most of the Bears’ talent.

Sampson praises Tigers

Two days after his team’s loss to Missouri, Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson had a warning for the rest of the conference.

“Missouri is a team that you better not overlook,” Sampson said. “You better not look at their struggles; you better look at what they’re capable of doing.”

State of your Union

In anticipation of President Bush’s speech to the nation tonight, Columbia-area residents were asked Monday to describe what state their union is in. From the conflict in Iraq to the U.S. economy, here is what some of you said.