Officials voice confidence in Philips plans

Without further testing, it might be impossible to ensure development on the Philips farm will not damage the environmentally sensitive Gans Creek and Clear Creek watersheds, Columbia officials said Monday.

Nevertheless, Public Works Director Lowell Patterson said developer Elvin Sapp’s storm-water management plans are probably sufficient to protect the area.

School board hopefuls speak

Five candidates competing for two school board positions in the April 6 election began campaign conversations about student achievement and improvement in a forum Monday night at Hickman High School.

The Columbia Community Teachers Association and the Columbia Council of Parents and Teachers Association held the forum to introduce the candidates to the public.

‘Passion’ film offers opportunity for local rabbi

After a night of soul-searching, Rabbi Yossi Feintuch, the only rabbi in mid-Missouri, had a change of heart and accepted an invitation to see “The Passion of the Christ.”

After originally turning down the offer last week from the Rev. John Baker of the First Baptist Church for a group from the synagogue to attend the film with a group from Baker’s church, Feintuch has reconsidered. Although he was concerned that the film would perpetuate the stereotype that the Jews killed Jesus Christ, Feintuch began to realize the possible benefits of seeing the film to help open lines of communication with the Christian community.

Third time no charm

Three was not to be.

Rock Bridge failed in its attempt at a three-game sweep of Camdenton on Monday.

DynaMed scans more than 400 journals

Call it computer karma, but while the Internet has found new ways of infecting our computers with viruses, it is also being used as a tool to cure human viruses. Doctors use the Internet as a valuable source of medical information. It’s updated more often than journals and textbooks, which can become outdated during the time it takes to edit them.

Many Web sites are designed for professional medical use, and some of these are search engines for medical journal articles.

No deer allowed

You may not see them or hear them, but you can usually tell where they have been. They can turn a vegetable garden, a field of crops, or even a plot of Christmas trees into a disaster area.

Deer are the No. 1 cause of crop damage in Missouri, and R. Scott Brundage has spent years trying to keep them from munching on his trees and soybeans. If he has his way, producers will soon be able to spend less money, time and labor in protecting their crops from deer.

Cowboys could end Tigers’ run

Even though Eddie Sutton has won 315 games as coach of Oklahoma State, this year’s team might be his best.

Sutton has the No. 6 Cowboys at the top of the Big 12 Conference and in position to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

A new exercise facility opens its doors to women

Women in Columbia now have a new option when it comes to fitness.

Females In Training, a new women-only fitness center, opened Feb. 7 in the building that used to house Club Woodrail. The building is attached to the Missouri Athletic Center.

Dressler enjoying her legacy

Ashley Dressler has big shoes to fill.

Size 13 to be exact.

Moo Cow medic

MU’s expert on so-called mad cow disease says it is “an almost nonexistent risk for people.”

“The risk of transmission is very, very small,” said Dr. Jeffrey Tyler, a professor of veterinary medicine and surgery in the food animal division.

Conley shows potential’s real

Coaches around the Big 12 Conference have noticed Jason Conley’s recent offensive excellence.

After Conley, a 6-foot-5 guard, scored 24 points in Missouri’s 70-66 win at Baylor on Saturday, some of the Big 12’s coaches discussed Conley’s impact in the weekly teleconference.

New labor group hopes to sway local politics

The United Working People of Mid-Missouri hopes to restore labor’s effect on the political process, at least in Boone County.

The new political action committee, composed mainly of people who also belong to labor unions, served chili with a side of politics Sunday at its kickoff event, which doubled as fund-raiser and pep rally. The chili cook-off attracted about 150 people, many of them union members.

Reactions to Nader are mixed

Some love it. Some hate it. But Ralph Nader’s independent candidacy for president is real, and voters will have to deal with it.

Four years ago, Nader suffered a barrage of criticism and was accused of taking vital votes from Democrat Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election. While he’s running as an independent and not as the Green Party nominee this time, the question remains the same: Will Nader undermine the Democratic effort to claim the White House?

House panel votes to keep MAP funding

JEFFERSON CITY — The House Education Appropriations Committee voted Monday to reinstate money earmarked for the statewide Missouri Assessment Program testing regimen after learning that roughly $343 million of federal education aid was at stake.

The committee adopted an amendment to a funding bill last Wednesday that would have taken $5.1 million in state money — dedicated for funding MAP testing only — and put it into a discretionary pot. From that pot, local school boards would have had broad control over how that money was spent.


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Roundtable at Stephens College discusses U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security

Iraq, Afghanistan, Colombia, South Korea and Haiti were a few of the countries mentioned Monday night at the Roblee Lecture Series’ "Roundtable on U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security."

More than 50 people attended the 90-minute Stephens College event in Windsor Auditorium, 1407 East Broadway. The roundtable was open to the public and followed by a reception.