Reaching new extremes

Adrenaline junkies love it. It might give you a natural high, but it’s the last activity most people would ever choose to do.

The sport is adventure racing, best described as a triathlon, and then some, and then some more.

Stiff new identity theft law passes

JEFFERSON CITY— Identity thieves would risk increasingly harsh penalties — up to life in prison — under legislation given final passage Thursday.

The House approved the bill on an announced vote of 126-3 and sent it to Gov. Bob Holden. The sponsor, Republican Rep. Jason Brown of Platte City, said more than 2,500 Missourians were victims of identity theft in 2002.

Cougars outhustled in home loss

Great shooting and hustle have helped the Columbia College men’s basketball team ascend to national prominence this season, but Missouri Baptist used the Cougars’ successful formula against them Thursday night.

The Spartans beat the Cougars 84-73 and handed Columbia College its first loss at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The Cougars and Spartans are tied for the American Midwest Conference lead.

Parking meters take cards

Change may be good, but on the streets of Columbia, plastic is better.

Since Monday, some parking meters downtown have been accepting prepaid cards in addition to quarters, nickels and dimes.

None better than Big 12

Missouri coach Brian Smith said he is confident his wrestling team can beat the best teams in the nation. To win the Big 12 Conference Tournament, it’s going to have to.

Smith said he thinks this season’s Big 12 Tournament could be the toughest to date. The five teams in the conference will meet Saturday at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum.

Seniors have led Missouri into top 20

Four years ago, Missouri gymnastics was a weak program that had competed in one regional meet since 1994.

This season, behind a strong senior class entering its final home meet, the No. 18 Tigers are a threat to post a strong regional performance and could finish high enough to qualify for the national finals for the first time since 1981.

Hearnes’ legacy beyond building

Gov. Warren Hearnes made many contributions to education, but the building Missouri athletics has called home for the past 32 years is his best-known contribution.

In 1966, Hearnes went to see Missouri play football at the University of Illinois. The trip changed Missouri athletics. After lunch with Illinois chancellor George Russell, who became Missouri’s university president, they went to see Illinois’ new basketball arena, Assembly Hall. Hearnes knew right away that it was what Missouri needed.

Some businesses voluntarily stamp out smoking

Linda Cooperstock said she’s looking forward to the day when Columbia has smoke-free restaurants. Her wish may soon become reality if the early results of an ongoing survey are an indication of things to come. So far the survey shows 50 restaurants have already voluntarily banned smoking.

Cooperstock, co-director of the Boone County Coalition for Tobacco Concerns and a member of the Board of Health, is in charge of the survey that is asking the owners of about 300 local restaurants and bars whether they would consider going smoke-free.

Play takes racial stereotypes to court

On Wednesday night, the cast of “The Trial of a Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae” debuted to perhaps their toughest critiques: 35 girls from the No Limit Ladies, a support group for young African-American women at Hickman High School.

“I don’t get why the girl is suing the two ladies,” said one student.

Going public

Any kind of production by anyone could be aired on Columbia’s future public-access channel.

Local music videos, cooking shows, talk shows, faith-based programming, political programming, documentaries and independent films are only some of the things that viewers might expect to see on the channel.

Miscues too costly for Tigers

LUBBOCK, Texas – Despite all of Missouri’s maturation, Wednesday’s game at Texas Tech, in some ways, resembled the losing pattern of late December.

In their 87-76 loss at the United Spirit Arena, the Tigers committed 16 turnovers. Those turnovers allowed Texas Tech to stay with the Tigers and eventually take control. The Red Raiders turned the Tigers’ turnovers into 27 points.

Bolerjack driven to do better

Jodi Bolerjack wasn’t 100 percent and it bugged her.

It was the 2003 Class 5 quarterfinals against Kickapoo. It was the biggest game she had played in since returning from anterior cruciate ligament injury on her left knee.

Gauging the truth

In the scientific community, it’s been known for sometime that the tipping-bucket rain gauge, the most popular type of automated rain gauge, was in need of a design revision.

The present design, which uses two chambers in a tipping device to catch water from a suspended funnel, has remained virtually unchanged for more than 300 years. Unchanged, and essentially inaccurate during heavy rains, that is.

Commission OKs Bass Pro Shops’ new store plan

Almost 18 months since Bass Pro Shops announced it would build a new store in Columbia, the retailer’s development plan is headed to the city council for final approval.

At Thursday night’s public hearing the city planning and zoning commission decided on a 7-1 vote to recommend the plan to the council.

Tigers’ backfield will have new look

Calling Marcus Woods quick is like calling Bill Gates rich.

Woods put on a show as one of the return men on a punt coverage drill during the Missouri football team’s first spring practice Thursday at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Gandhi: 'Right' should win over 'might'

Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, shared his grandfather's teachings with an enthusiastic crowd Thursday night at Columbia College.

In an address titled "Lessons Learned from Grandfather: The Ethics of Nonviolence," Gandhi discussed nonviolence as an approach to all aspects of life. The conference was sponsored by the annual Althea and John Schiffman Ethics in Society Lecture Series.

Public-access factions will create a compromise plan

A compromise is to be drafted for public-access programming in Columbia.

That was the unanimous decision of the Columbia Cable Television Task Force at its meeting Thursday night.

Sowing seeds in people's hearts

"I compare myself to a sower. With my words I strive to plant seeds in hearts. I pray for the seeds to germinate and not to rot or be swept away."