Turnovers haunt Tigers in first two games

Since Gary Pinkel arrived at Missouri, the Tigers have been one of the best teams in the nation at not beating themselves, by committing penalties or committing turnovers.

Heading into the season, the Tigers led the nation with fewest turnovers since the beginning of the 2001 season, giving the football away only 41 times. Minnesota and Northern Illinois are second on the list with 51 giveaways.

Tigers set for tough crowd at Nebraska

Missouri’s volleyball team needs to play two different games tonight. One is against No. 8 Nebraska. The other is the mental game of facing a two-time national champion.

“Just the name Nebraska is intimidating,” sophomore outside hitter Jessica Vander Kooi said. “They’ve always been a strong program for so many years.”

Kewpies surprise Jays

Being underestimated by an opponent has its advantages. Hickman’s soccer team erupted with a 4-0 win against Jefferson City on Tuesday night at Cosmo Park, bringing their record to 3-1 on the season and 2-0 against district opponents.

After averaging one goal in their first three games, the Kewpies haven’t dominated their opponents.

Rover’s delight

Janet Montgomery bought a special chicken liver cake with peanut butter frosting for her 3-year-old. Yes, that’s right — a chicken liver cake. It may seem strange that a toddling child would enjoy such a pungent dessert, but perhaps it becomes less strange when the 3-year-old has four paws, a tail and a healthy coat of fur.

Buster, Montgomery’s 3-year-old who celebrated his birthday Aug. 9, is a lively Jack Russell terrier.

Bruins complete sweep of Jeff City teams

A windy day at the Rock Bridge tennis courts couldn’t stop the Bruins from blowing past Jefferson City on Tuesday.

The Bruins easily took their second match against a capital city opponent in as many days, winning 9-0. Rock Bridge swept Helias on Monday.

Attacks kill scores, cut electricity in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Guerrillas bombed a Baghdad shopping street full of police recruits and fired on a police van north of the capital Tuesday in attacks that killed at least 59 people and struck at the heart of the U.S. strategy for fighting Iraq’s escalating insurgency.

In Kirkuk, saboteurs wrecked a recently repaired pipeline junction Tuesday, and the fire set off a cascade of power blackouts that underlined the frustrations faced by U.S. engineers trying to upgrade northern Iraq’s creaky oil facilities in the face of relentless bombings.

City is cited for sewage overflow

State environmental regulators have slapped the city of Columbia with a clean water violation over a raw sewage spill into Hinkson Creek.

In a report issued Monday, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources found the city liable for two violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law. The violations involve a sewage overflow behind the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Conley Road.

Making plastic Earth-friendly

Order a beverage to go or a sandwich in a take-out box and you might have just increased the local property tax used for maintaining the city landfills where most of those containers end up.

It leads the consumer to ponder: Just how disposable is that disposable fork?

Missouri fishing expert dies at 93

Virgil Ward, who started making fishing lures as a side business and became one of the nation’s best-known fishermen through his syndicated television show, has died at 93.

Ward died Monday of cancer at his home in Amsterdam, said his daughter, Barbara Ward.

Late goal lifts Cougars on road

The Columbia College Cougars beat Benedictine (Kan.) College 1-0 on the road Tuesday.

The victory comes after the Cougars (4-2) dropped 15 spots, to No. 22, in the most recent NAIA soccer poll.

Missourians pitch in to aid hurricane victims

It has been anything but quiet after the storms.

Within the past month, two major hurricanes have struck Florida. Hurricane Ivan, a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of up to 160 mph Tuesday night, now menaces states on the Gulf Coast. Ivan has left thousands of victims in its wake and follows hurricanes Charley and Frances, which mobilized a national response that has included donations and local volunteers.

Custard shop offers taste of the beach

With surfboards on the walls, inside seating and a variety of food options, The Scoop is a unique addition to Columbia’s ice cream and custard shops.

The employees’ shirts let customers know they are at the “home of the wave,” and the shop’s motif creates an atmosphere that owner Randy Minchew said “makes you feel like you are on a beach in Florida.”

Mental health board pushes for new tax

Mental health advocates in Boone County are gearing up for another attempt to pass a tax to help fund mental health needs, such as a lack of services for children and adolescents or additional programs for mentally ill inmates in the county’s correctional facilities.

Though it has not been determined how much the proposed tax would be or how exactly it would be divided among mental health providers and agencies, the Boone County Mental Health Board of Trustees set a goal to hopefully have the tax on a ballot within the next 18 months. However, not everyone is convinced of its necessity.

High holy days begin this evening

A new year means bidding farewell to the past and looking forward to the future with hope. Tonight, the Jewish community celebrates the beginning of the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashana, and prepares for a 10-day journey that culminates with Yom Kippur, a day of atonement.

“They’re like Easter and Christmas for the Christian religion,” said Casey Goodman, administrator for Congregation Beth Shalom, explaining the importance of the holy days. Beth Shalom serves about 150 families.

FFA students have a field day

Thin, plastic, shoulder-length gloves were all that stood between the arms of hundreds of students and the inside of a steer’s stomach complete with digesting grass.

“I liked sticking my hand in the cow because it made it more fun and active than just sitting around,” said Rachael Shields, Columbia FFA chapter president.

Students nationwide to pray at school flagpoles

The sun rises at 6:51 a.m. today. Nine minutes later, some Columbia-area students plan to pray around their schools’ flagpoles, seeking God on behalf of their nation, their schools and their families and friends.

“My prayer for this Wednesday is that it will be a day of fellowship and evangelism,” Hickman senior Daniela Dupree said.

Takeout boxes used for compost, art

Columbia’s Main Squeeze restaurant has long cultivated an earth-friendly image with organic foods and treats. But now the downtown eatery wants customers to take home that ideal in compostable takeout boxes.

The boxes, made from corn and wheat starch, can be thrown right on the compost pile when the leftovers are gone. The eco-friendly boxes will be featured at Recyclebration during the Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Suspect sought in sexual assault

A 16-year-old reported being sexually assaulted in the parking lot of Hickman High School on Tuesday morning.

The girl told the school’s resource officer that a man approached her and sexually assaulted her in the lot around 10:30 a.m.