Kerry at the Capitol

Using his knowledge of Missourians’ lifestyles — and their struggles — Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry told a Jefferson City audience Thursday that he has the ability to find solutions and “reach for the next horizon.”

A crowd of several thousand rallied to see Kerry and vice presidential nominee John Edwards’ speeches, held outside the state Capitol.

Police look for missing woman

Boone County Sheriff’s detectives searched Thursday night for a man and the Columbia woman they say he kidnapped Thursday morning.

Detectives say Andrew David Viggers may have taken Sara Riebold, his ex-girlfriend, to Kansas City. They have called several law enforcement agencies to help with the hunt, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Boone County finds almost 800 missing ballots

The ballots of nearly 800 Boone County voters were not counted until Thursday morning, after election night confusion left them mixed among other materials, County Clerk Wendy Noren said.

“It was a serious breakdown of our procedures,” Noren said, accepting responsibility for the mistake. “Although we have checks to this on election night, it did not pick them up. And that is a serious problem.”

It’s a softer summer

Columbia residents who stepped outside Thursday morning might have felt as if they’d been transported to another time or place.

Sixty-two degrees with a crisp breeze out of the north? In the first week of August? You’ve got to be kidding.

Ehrenreich to speak at MU

Students and community members who included “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” in their summer reading will soon have the chance to see author Barbara Ehrenreich in person.

Ehrenreich is scheduled to visit MU on Sept. 30. She plans to give a lecture followed by a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium.

Bowling store remains even after lanes close

The end of the line for Oakland Plaza Lanes was not the end for Matt’s Pro Shop.

The store reopened at Parkade Plaza on Sunday, the day after Oakland Plaza Lanes on Vandiver Drive ended an almost 30-year run. On Wednesday, a drop cloth spattered with paint was still on the floor of the relocated business as owner Matt Buxton served customers. He expects the shop to be completely set up by Monday.

Columbia Art League’s party is an opportunity to meet, learn

The Columbia Art League will hold its third artist networking event from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

The event, called “It’s a pARTy!,” will be an informal meeting where artists and art enthusiasts can get information, such as how to make prints from original works of art and how to participate in the league’s Community Exhibits Program as a business or artist.

Hiroshima-Nagasaki attacks to be remembered Saturday

Mid-Missouri Peaceworks will hold its annual commemoration of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki nuclear bombings at 6 p.m. Saturday in Columbia’s Bethel Park.

The organization has been holding a commemorative ceremony to remember the nuclear bombings for the last 18 years.

Post 202 uses hitting spree to come back

SEDALIA — Columbia Post 202’s offense was dominant Thursday.

Post 202 overpowered McDonald County Post 392 in its first game of the American Legion State Championships, earning a 13-6 victory at Liberty Park Stadium in Sedalia.

Columbia All-Stars move into semifinals

The Columbia All-Stars kept their dreams alive Thursday at Little League Baseball’s 11-and-12 year-old Midwest Regional in Indianapolis.

Columbia, the Missouri champions, defeated Minnesota 8-1. Minnesota was 3-0 in the tournament, but Columbia (2-2) needed the victory to advance into the semifinals after losing 8-3 to Iowa on Wednesday night.

Reactor Field will be used for parking

Driving on Providence south of Stadium it’s easy to see that Reactor Field is changing.

The open area between Taylor Stadium and the Green Tennis Center will no longer be available for football tailgating or recreational sports.

Columbians are drawn to rally

Thousands of people lined the streets outside the Capitol building on Thursday, waiting for the chance to hear presidential candidate John Kerry speak. Their reasons for coming were as diverse as the parts of Missouri they represented.

“I’m a big supporter of Kerry,” said Lisa Bogdon of Mexico, Mo. “But, I brought my daughter here to hear Teresa because she’s great, and I believe that behind every great man there is a woman.”

Protesters say Kerry flip-flops on issues

A man wearing a giant waffle suit stood across the street as John Kerry spoke in Jefferson City on Thursday, symbolizing the Republican message that the Democratic presidential candidate has been known to change his mind on a variety of issues. The man standing next to him held a sign that read “Waffles are for breakfast — not presidents.”

The men, who identified themselves only as Missouri Republicans, were part of a small protest demonstration as Kerry addressed a crowd of thousands by the steps of the Capitol building. An hour before Kerry was scheduled to speak, about seven protesters had gathered across the street from the campaign event. By the time Kerry took the stage — two hours behind schedule — the number of protesters outside had increased to about 15.