Crime victim speaks out

Kate Certain can’t show anyone the worst of the injuries she’s suffered as a victim of two violent crimes. A rape left her with emotional wounds, and an accident with a drunken driver left her with invisible neck, back and hip injuries.

But her voice was left intact.

A family of unions

It’s that time again. Each election year, labor unions come into the forefront as they endorse candidates on a national and local level. But this isn’t all unions do. They are helping working families every day through lobbyists, labor councils and individual labor unions.

Here is a brief guide to how labor unions work and how they help workers and employers. It also provides a glimpse of what labor unions do in mid-Missouri.

From House to home

It was a difficult decision and one not officially made until 5 p.m. the final day of filing.

After careful consideration because of so many people urging her, State Rep. Vicky Riback Wilson, D-Columbia, looked at the clock on March 30 and knew her decision was final. She would not run for the 19th District Senate seat being vacated by Ken Jacob.

Smith blows past Jays

After 113 pitches, Kyle Smith had to throw one more. A strike would win the game for Hickman, a ball would load the bases, and a hit would most likely tie the game.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh inning, Smith threw a fastball by Jefferson City’s Jimmy Cook to give Hickman a 6-4 win Monday at Hickman Field.

Family lobbies City Council to leave its name on city park

Paul E. Albert remembers well his early days of working and playing on his family’s land in northeast Columbia. Some years, he and his family would gather and sell walnuts to make ends meet.

“I have walked every inch of that land, raised cattle there, climbed the trees,” said Albert, now 53 and a resident of Japan. “There’s a very personal history built into it.”

Iraq war focus of local debate

Rick Hocks, English professor at William Woods University, was host, moderator and opposing viewpoint in a debate with U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., Monday night in Fulton.

"I'm hoping to raise consciousness and awareness of the issues," Hocks said. "I've noticed that a lot of people like myself -- hundreds of people that I meet -- are just totally plugged into this issue and understand it inside and out. But a dramatic number of people are pretty much oblivious."

Pinkel expects results

If Missouri is a consensus pick to make a run at the Big 12 Conference title next season, it did not affect how coach Gary Pinkel ran his spring practices.

In a conference call Monday, Pinkel said picking the Tigers to win the Big 12 or ranking them in the top 25 would mean only that national respect for Missouri has grown in the past year.

Men get ‘buzzed’ in more ways than one

Columbia has more than 30 hair salons and barbershops, but its newest might be the most unusual. In fact, The Buzz offers something that no other barbershop in the state of Missouri does. It sells beer.

The spinning blue and red barbershop pole outside The Buzz, 9 N. Eighth St., began turning March 9 after eight months of paperwork and construction.

Paige scolded over school rules

Rod Paige, America’s foremost education policymaker, sat in the shadows of Rock Bridge High School’s cavernous auditorium Monday, fending off attacks over No Child Left Behind — a broad, sweeping education law passed in 2001.

Paige took copious notes. He looked right at his critics. And he said the same thing — many times.

Report says St. Louis will cut Warner

The St. Louis Rams told Kurt Warner he will be cut after June 1, the quarterback’s agent told the New York Daily News.

Mark Bartelstein, Warner’s agent, told the newspaper that Rams coach Mike Martz informed Warner on Monday of the team’s decision.

Model school plan worries parents

Parents supported the staff of West Boulevard Elementary School at a PTA meeting Monday as it faces a coming overhaul of curriculum and personnel.

Parents said it was unfair that the teachers currently in the building either have to commit to the new ideals of the school or transfer without notice or input. West Boulevard is being redesigned into what administrators are calling a model school.

Senate delays bonds bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Political fighting delayed a vote on a bill authorizing bonds for higher education in the Senate Monday.

The bill, which began as an authorization for $90 million in bonds for life sciences in the UM system, has been expanded to authorize $350 million in bonds for higher education across the state. That has upset some senators.

Virtual realty

MU freshman Lisa Zirk cautiously walks up the driveway to her potential home. Her parents have agreed to buy a condominium for her and her sister. After walking through two condos and snapping a few pictures, Zirk has made her decision.

“I think I like the first one better. It sits lower, and it has a spot for a garden,” Zirk said.

Council again affirms Philips

Act II of the Philips development drama Monday night didn’t live up to the theatrics of previous public hearings.

Forced to reconsider the ordinance after the Ozark Chapter of the Sierra Club protested a flawed title in the previous version, the council reaffirmed its previous vote in favor of annexing and zoning the 489-acre Philips property on the southeast edge of the city.