First for Robinson, winner for Cougars

Freshman midfielder Justin Robinson scored on a header for his first goal of his college career Wednesday night.

The score helped Columbia College beat Baker College 2-1 at R. Marvin Owens Stadium. The win improves the No. 7 Cougars to 3-2 on the season.

Tigers expect challenge from Troy’s defense

After taking down Arkansas State on Saturday, the Missouri football team looks to win its second game tonight against a Sun Belt Conference opponent.

The Tigers (1-0) play Troy State University (1-0) at 6 p.m. at Movie Gallery Stadium in Troy, Ala., in a nationally televised game on ESPN2. It is the second meeting between the teams, with Missouri winning 44-7 in 2002 at Memorial Stadium.

Music to Missouri troops’ ears

Eli Gallagher doesn’t want much from his musical career, just world domination. “I think I’d be a good Emperor of All,” Gallagher said. “But that probably won’t happen.”Although Gallagher, vocalist for the band Fall Children, conceded an omnipotent empire is a bit far-fetched, world domination is a step-by-step process. Fall Children will take the first step toward building a global musical empire when it ships some of its music to Iraq.Guitarist Dan Isaac said the band completed its demo July 28.

Nothing likely to distract Cougars

When the Columbia College volleyball team travels to Lamoni, Iowa, this weekend it is probably not looking for an exciting time.

Technology keeps cars in control

In 1900, Columbia residents inched through town by prodding large, hairy animals. By 1950, they could cruise down Broadway in large, roaring machines of steel. Now they can do so without even touching a pedal.

A new technology called Adaptive Cruise Control is slowly trickling into Columbia’s mid-range car market. By automatically adjusting speeds to sync with traffic, ACC will move the car industry nearer to the renowned “K.I.T.T.” robocar that rid society of evil-doers in the 1980s hit television show “Knight Rider.”

Freshmen bolster Stars

A comfortable, relaxed atmosphere filled Silverthorne Arena Wednesday evening at the Stephens College volleyball practice.

Laughter could be heard as the team prepared for its first home match of the season at 7 p.m. against Missouri Valley in Silverthorne.

A protest in memoriam

As American military casualties in Iraq surpassed 1,000 deaths, protesters held several demonstrations Wednesday expressing grief and anger at the continuing U.S. military occupation of the country. While reaction to the protests was mixed, political observers cautioned that the significance of the casualty count would depend on media coverage.

“The media doesn’t tell you what to think, but it tells you what to think about,” said John Petrocik, MU professor of political science. “A lot of stories on 1,000 casualties will have people thinking about the Iraq war and that might be consequential.”

Web site helps truckers to vote

Truckers Ron and Jeremy Ellis are finished making excuses for not exercising their right to vote.

And with the help of a Grain Valley-based company, the father-son trucking team that often works 28-day stretches without a break can now get absentee ballots and even cast votes in this November’s election — from the road.

Academy teaches public about law enforcement

Sometime in the next couple months, Columbia police detective Jeff Nichols will smear diluted horse blood on tile and carpet samples. A group of 15 citizens will watch the blood, diluted until it is invisible, glow when he applies a special chemical used to uncover evidence in crime scenes.

“I’ve heard people say, ‘Wow that’s just like CSI,’” Nichols said, referring to the popular TV program about forensic scientists.

High school runner dies after race

LEE’S SUMMIT — A 15-year-old girl who collapsed after a high school cross country race during the weekend has died.

MU to take on medical investigations

Between a serene pond and a stolid funeral home is a structure that serves as the medical investigator’s office for Boone and Callaway counties.

The building has been used as the medical examiner’s office since 1997. It’s also attached to home of former chief death investigator Jo Fountain.

Historical society names leader

A Missouri native and longtime state historian has taken the reins of Missouri’s largest historical records collection.

Gary Kremer, who has researched Missouri history since the late 1960s, has been named executive director of the State Historical Society of Missouri and director of the University of Missouri system’s Western Historical Manuscript Collection.

Antibiotic study finds fatal risks

A widely used antibiotic, long considered safe, dramatically increases the risk of cardiac arrest, particularly when taken with some popular drugs for infections and high blood pressure, a study found.

The drug is erythromycin, which has been on the market for 50 years and is prescribed for everything from strep throat to syphilis.

Discovery theme for annual talk

MU launched what it hopes will become a tradition Wednesday night when professor John Miles Foley helped those gathered in Jesse Auditorium rediscover their roots with his lecture on oral tradition and the Internet.

Foley, founder and director of the world’s only Center for Studies in Oral Tradition, located at MU, is also a professor of classical studies and English. He was selected by a committee to deliver the lecture in honor of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemoration.

No Guinness record for city’s tagline

The city’s new tourism logo — The smart, innovative, artsy, eclectic, clever, savvy, vibrant, too-dynamic-to-fit-into-a-short-tagline city — made its way into the Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s history books as part of the most extensive advertising campaign the bureau has ever waged.

Woodruff Communications, the ad agency that worked with the bureau to create the tagline, thought it was worthy of even greater recognition.

Holding knowledge in their palms

Lauren Guillory works on her Palm Pilot m130 with fiery grace. Using a slender 3-inch stick, her hand flicks staccato taps across the half-sandwich-sized computer as she etches a memo to a friend.

In a breath, she clicks on an icon, sends the message into cyberspace and feverishly scrolls down the screen to tackle the day’s next task.

Fall Fest promotes minority involvement

Rushing around a circle of tables, students filled their hands with packets and brochures while a crowd gathered to get a good spot to watch the step show. Others were busy enjoying free barbecue. The atmosphere was busy as students of many different backgrounds interacted with each other Wednesday evening, kicking off the year at MU Black Culture Center's annual Fall Fest.