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Column prompts rally for diversity

Over and over, MU students protesting a lack of racial and ethnic diversity on campus quoted the same old proverb: “This is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

The protest, which followed a racially charged column last week in MU Student News, drew more than 150 people Monday morning to the south steps of Jesse Hall.

Council stays up late over Philips

The Sierra Club knows how to rally supporters, but developer Elvin Sapp proved Monday he might be better at it.

About 150 Sapp supporters gathered Monday night as the City Council was set to vote on Sapp’s proposal to annex and zone the Philips farm, 489 acres just southeast of the city limits. Sapp wants to put a mix of homes, businesses and office buildings on the land, which if approved would be home to one of the largest developments in Boone County history.

Lawmakers tout marriage measures

JEFFERSON CITY — U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., spoke out Monday to bolster support for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Missouri.

Akin joined state Sen. Sarah Steelman, R-Rolla, and state Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, in an afternoon news conference in the Capitol Rotunda. Both Steelman and Engler have sponsored measures that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Familiar ground greets Tigers

Missouri has come full circle.

After beginning its regular season with a reunion in Michigan, it will have another to begin its postseason.

World of business

Exchange programs generally bring to mind images of high school and college students backpacking across foreign countries. But last month, a group of local business professionals traveled to India as part of a Rotary International exchange.

On Feb. 10, the last group member of the exchange program returned home from the group’s tour of Maharahatra, India.

So Good It’s Scary

Tyler Hansbrough doesn’t say much, but then, he doesn’t have to. His game speaks volumes.

The shrill sounds of Hansbrough’s talent reach a fever pitch as he scores at will in the post, rips down rebounds like a hungry beast and swats shots away with the greatest of ease. It is that kind of talent that has made Hansbrough become Poplar Bluff’s all-time leading scorer and the No. 2 junior in the nation according to Rivals.com.

Perkins, Bond key for Tigers

Missouri needs its point players to produce if it wants to win.

Guards MyEsha Perkins and LaToya Bond are performing well for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Filling space

Old or new, commercial buildings in Columbia are still filling up, despite a four-year rise in office vacancy rates nationwide.

From the fourth quarter of 2000 through the third quarter of 2003, office vacancies around the nation doubled to more than 18 percent in suburban areas, according to a study by Los Angeles-based commercial real estate firm CD Richard Ellis. In the fourth quarter of 2003, the national rate fell back to 18 percent, its first drop in three years. This indicates that a turnaround may finally be in sight, much to the relief of real estate executives around the country.

Colorado not pleased with NCAA selections

Colorado’s Ricardo Patton, the coach of one of three Big 12 Conference bubble teams not invited to the NCAA Tournament, spoke about his displeasure in Monday’s Big 12 conference call.

“We certainly have a great deal of regret that we weren’t selected,” Patton said. “I will always believe that the fourth-best team in the Big 12 is worthy of an NCAA bid.”

Losses for MU seen in land-lease deal

A land appraisal ordered by Columbia hotel owners puts MU on the losing side of a land lease meant to fund a proposed performing arts center.

The appraisal says MU would lose a little more than $100,000 per year if it carried out its plan. MU officials and supporters of the lease said that the appraisal was irrelevant and that some of the figures are not accurate.

The art of cooking

Dishes clinked, stovetops flared and 10 anxious chefs in the heat of competition kept glancing at the clock at MU’s University Club kitchen Monday.

Two five-man teams of apprentice chefs from Johnson County Community College in suburban Kansas City and St. Louis Community College at Forest Park were locked in a competition held by the staff of the University Club and its executive chef, Daniel Pliska.

Harrington adjusts to move

When Dedrick Harrington was recruited, he knew it was possibility.

He had the framework.

Meeting seeks to stop violence against women

Community members discussed what Columbia needs to prevent violence against women at a meeting Monday night.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services presented its plan to prevent violence against women so it can be evaluated by Columbia residents.

Philips tract will be developed

It's a done deal. The 489-acre Philips farm will be developed.

Despite some fervent public opposition over the past year, the farm's fate was sealed Monday night as the Columbia City Council voted 5-1 to approve Elvin Sapp's controversial annexation and zoning request.

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