Read Arranging

Rachel Brekhus has made a top cut.

A reference librarian at MU’s Ellis Library, she and other reference staff have spent the past months creating a list of reference books they think should make the move into the library’s new James B. Nutter Sr. Family Information Commons, under construction now and scheduled to open in the fall. The commons will replace the library’s reference section as a space for students to gather and share information.

Bill would not decrease school aid

JEFFERSON CITY — Monday’s rally for more public school money was greeted Tuesday by a House bill that would effectively hold steady state aid distribution to public schools.

The House Committee on Education Appropriation heard a plan Tuesday that calls for funding public schools at almost exactly the same levels they received during the 2002-03 school year.

Commission, county clash over sign rules

Boone County officials have worked off and on for years to establish new sign restrictions. So when the Boone County Commission shot down a proposal from the county Planning and Zoning Commission, one can imagine the frustration that followed.

Boone County Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin cited last-minute opposition as the reason he and his fellow county commissioners declined to act on the proposed regulations late last year.

CDC director touts disease awareness in lecture at MU

When it comes to communicating about disease, there is a thin line between informing the public and creating a panic. With recent illnesses such as mad cow disease and SARS, public exposure to disease information has become critical.

It is Glen Nowak’s job to keep disease communication in perspective, and increase public awareness by helping the media stay focused.

Home heartbreaker for MU

Missouri home games against Big 12 Conference opponents are becoming a recurring nightmare for the Tigers.

Following an all-too-familiar script, Missouri mounted an impressive comeback but fell short in the final seconds against No. 9 Texas Tech on Tuesday at Hearnes Center.

Drug law angers groups

Members of Columbia’s Grass Roots Organizing and a group called the Concerned Citizens of Missouri voiced displeasure to a representative of Sen. Kit Bond, R-MO., on Tuesday.

The groups were upset with a new Medicare prescription drug law set to take effect next month. They presented a petition against the law to the representative at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

V-Week aims to enlighten

Organizations on the MU campus aim to educate on issues ranging from sexual-health to self-defense as part of V-Week. The V stands for vagina, victory and Valentine.

The week will culminate in two productions of “The Vagina Monologues.”

Bruins stop Kirksville

Rock Bridge’s defense through most of the game helped it survive a late-game letdown.

The Bruins held off a Kirksville rally and won 60-50 on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

No one injured in house fire

No one was injured by a house fire at 2233 Lakeland Drive on Tuesday evening. Tim Blackford, the renter, and two of his stepdaughters, Kirstin Baker, 14, and Kasey Hull, 12, were in the home when the fire started.

Kirstin called 911 on Blackford’s cell phone, and the call was received at 5:18 p.m., Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Steve Paulsell said.

Major point of concern

When Missouri coach Quin Snyder mapped out this season for his crew, he packed the essentials.

His four seniors added experience, and he bagged shooting power in a preseason All-American in Rickey Paulding and his protégé, Thom-as Gardner.

Foes upset after delay on Philips

The Columbia City Council’s agreement Monday night to table its vote on the proposed annexation and zoning of the Philips farm has opponents crying foul.

The council, which after months of discussion was scheduled to take a final vote on the proposal, tabled it instead after attorney Dan Simon presented a 10-page memorandum detailing last-minute changes in the proposal from developer Elvin Sapp. Simon also warned that Sapp would withdraw his plan if the council failed to approve it by March 15.

Robot brought in for meth bust

Suspicious materials that police and firefighters thought might be radioactive explosives inside a Columbia home were the makings of a methamphetamine laboratory, police said.

Columbia police were called to 707 W. Sexton Road about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday by construction workers who were about to begin renovations on the one-story house. The workers told police they had stumbled upon fuel canisters and labels depicting radioactive symbols inside the vacant house, said Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp.

Canine Couture

If you have walked outside recently, you may have seen more than people bundled in coats and sweaters. Now dogs also have the opportunity to strut their fashionable winter attire while keeping warm.

During the winter months, remaining warm yet stylish has been a challenge for people and dogs alike.

Kirksville defense smothers Bruins

At least Rock Bridge looked good for the first two seconds.

After that, everything went downhill as Kirksville cruised to a 61-38 girls’ basketball victory Tuesday night at Rock Bridge.

The always stylish martini

Cocktail hour has arrived. The martini re-emerged from the smoky jazz clubs of the 1920s a few years ago and has since made a name for itself as the new “in” drink. Bars and restaurants now offer staggering menus that go beyond the basic cocktail.

Columbia bartenders say martinis are the most popular cocktails around, with the Cosmopolitan heading the list. For the non-martini drinkers, classics like rum and Coke, as well as newer drinks like Red Bull and vodka, are also popular.

Dental hygienists balk at legislation

A bill that would expand the responsibilities of dental assistants, including allowing them to clean teeth, has drawn protest from Missouri dental hygienists.

Dental assistants with at least three years of clinical experience and who have completed a minimum of 72 hours of clinical training would be permitted to remove tartar and plaque from patients’ teeth under the proposed bill.

Reese plays role of fall guy

J.P. Reese has a unique wrestling style that allows him to earn a lot of falls. So many falls that he owns the Missouri record.

Missouri coach Brian Smith said Reese (141) is one of the most dangerous wrestlers in the nation because of his ability to get a fall in any situation.

Case dismissed against basketball coach

The case brought against MU assistant basketball coach Tony Harvey has been dismissed from Boone County Circuit Court.

Ken Hensel, a house painter, sued Harvey for close to $5,000 and accused him of failing to pay Hensel for the paint job he did on Harvey’s house.

Not enough muscle for MU

Missouri knows to expect tough inside play in the Big 12 Conference; dealing with it on the other hand is being worked on.

Aggressive inside play helped No. 9 Texas Tech defeat the Missouri women’s basketball team 73-68 on Tuesday at Hearnes Center.

Wrestling brotherhood

Tony Pescaglia’s parents might have found the perfect way to curb horseplay around the house.