Interesting start, solid end for MU

Jason Conley had never seen it before. It was something unique, and it gave Missouri a different pregame attitude.

Sparked by a brisk pregame practice with coach Quin Snyder, the Tigers came on late in the second half to beat Colorado 77-65 on Tuesday night at Hearnes Center.

Bryant does it all for Tigers

Travon Bryant isn’t ready to give up on his senior season, and his play Tuesday night proved it.

Bryant, a 6-foot-9 senior from Long Beach, Calif., did everything necessary to help Missouri to a 77-65 Big 12 Conference win against Colorado at Hearnes Center.


Don’t throw away price tags — they can be turned into a work of art.

M. Laine Wyatt of DeLand, Fla., used old price tags to create a jacket for the annual “Paper in Particular” art exhibit under way at Columbia College.

Watershed protection

Columbia officials have agreed to make significant changes to their storm-water management program in the midst of controversy over land-disturbance permits in the Hinkson Creek watershed.

City Manager Ray Beck, Assistant City Manager Bill Watkins and other city representatives met Tuesday with officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to work out problems with the city’s permit process.

Harris helps Hickman survive Jefferson City scare

JEFFERSON CITY — When Emily Light’s shot went through the basket, Jefferson City fans erupted and Hickman fans breathed a sigh of relief.

The final buzzer had sounded and Light’s 3-pointer left the Jays short of upsetting the Kewpies, who won an up-tempo, hard-fought game 44-43 on Tuesday at Jefferson City High.

Missouri defense steals win

With one look at the Missouri game plan, anyone can tell Quin Snyder sets his squad’s standards on defense.

It took a while for that strategy to translate on the court from the drawing board.

Tainted city sites

While the EPA deemed Hinkson Creek impaired in 1998, neither the federal government nor the state has done enough study to determine what the pollutants are or where they are coming from. Those questions contributed to a Department of Natural Resources decision to sit on 27 construction permits out of fear that further development could pollute the creek even more.

The Biological Assessment Report on Hinkson Creek done by the DNR in 2002, however, sheds some light on the pollutant problem. According to the report, the DNR tested eight sites along Hinkson Creek through Columbia and cited five sites suspected of being major contributors to pollution that compromises the creek’s ability to sustain aquatic life. Those sites include:

Dreaming of a bigger bathroom

In America, we love luxury, and what denotes luxury more clearly than size? Think limousines, SUVs and computer hard drives.

  “It seems that we’ve equated progress with the amount of whatever it is that we can do,” said Angela Nelson, chair of the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. “If we’re moving forward, then we’re doing something bigger and we’re doing something better.”

Building collapse leads to fines

Two local contractors that were constructing a steel frame building when it collapsed in September have been cited for serious violations of federal worker-safety codes. The collapse killed one worker and injured two others.

Prost Builders and J.D. Builders failed to maintain the structural stability of the building — the future Columbia Transload Terminal at 6501 Brown Station Road — according to a report issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Police tell public of date rape dangers

A man drives home from a bar after drinking three beers. He knows this amount of alcohol should not affect his driving ability, but he has to pull over halfway home because he feels ill. This is an example Sgt. Danny Grant gave of how “club” or “date-rape” drugs have affected people in Columbia.

Grant was unable to give exact numbers to show increased use of the drugs at a Tuesday press conference. But as supervisor of the Columbia Police Department’s Community Services Unit for the past eight years, he said that he has encountered many informal reports of date-rape-drug victims during the last three or four years.

Ramada party accounts vary

Saturday night at the Ramada Inn, Marlon Ward, who says he was a bystander when fighting broke out at an overcrowded sorority party, was arrested.

“I was just watching, and they (the police) just came up and maced me,” he said. By the time the Mace wore off, he was at the police station with the other seven people arrested.

Reynolds institute to link journalists, public

The dean of the Missouri School of Journalism is not ashamed to admit journalism has gone astray from the public it is supposed to serve.

“One of the accusations is that we (journalists) might have become too arrogant in relation to our audience,” Dean Mills said Tuesday, a day after the Journalism School was given

Missouri looks to build on resume

With five seniors returning to a team that finished fifth in the Big 12 Conference and advanced to the WNIT last season, Missouri coach Cindy Stein insisted the Tigers were capable of surpassing the media and coaches’ preseason expectations.

Polls forecast a seventh-place finish for Missouri, but Stein said she expected her team to finish in the top half of the conference and challenge for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001.

Poor sales force gallery to close

In a sculpture toward the center of the room, at least a dozen heads erupt from a metal base. Oils, pastels and acrylics line the walls, and blown glass vases of every color create rainbows in giant windows. The scene is colorful, eclectic and powerful, to say the least.

However, at the end of May this unique element of downtown Columbia and the city’s art community will close.

Renovations to force Young Life out of office

For the third time in a year, the Columbia chapter of Young Life, a nondenominational Christian organization that ministers to teens, will have to move, and its director is searching for a permanent home.

This time, in about two weeks, renovations will force the ministry from its home on Cherry Street.

Bruins’ defense stymies Mexico

Every time the Mexico Bulldogs turned around Tuesday night, there was a Bruin in their face.

The tough defense of the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team helped it fight its way to a 68-56 victory at Rock Bridge.

Low-cost lunches

Do you save ketchup packets? Have you ever stolen a pepper shaker before? Don’t be bashful. You’re not the only frugal gourmand around.

Many restaurants in town offer you a chance to save face and money. A complete lunch for $5 may be a rare species, but it’s not extinct.

Riley highlight of WIN awards

Reaching New Heights was an appropriate theme for an awards luncheon with a 6-foot-4 1/2 center as its keynote speaker.

The theme also says something about how far women’s athletics in Columbia have come in the past century and where they are going.

Stephens swamped

The pregame shoot-around was painful for sophomore guard Elisa Cash.

It was obvious to everyone in Silverthorne Arena on Tuesday night. She winced with every jump-er, repeatedly grabbing the brace around her left ankle.

Ridley carries Cougars

Rebounding, defense and balanced scoring gave the Columbia College women’s basketball team a 71-61 win against Missouri Baptist University on Tuesday for the Cougars’ 10th straight win.

Charliss Ridley (28 points, 10 rebounds) led the Cougars, who improved to 9-0 in American Midwest Conference. Tiffany Foote scored 21 and grabbed seven boards for the Cougars (18-7), and Lisa Kowalewski added 10 points.