Left with no home

Over the past several years, the number of home foreclosures in Boone County has nearly quadrupled. In 1997, banks and other lenders foreclosed on 38 homes, according to county records. In 2003, lenders foreclosed on 151, nearly four times as many. In one year alone, from 2002 to 2003, foreclosures rose 53 percent.

A host of factors likely contribute to the rising numbers, but two reasons seem to emerge above the rest: More people are borrowing themselves into trouble, and at least in some cases banks and mortgage companies are helping them do it.

Balancing act

In many ways, Jacquelyn Litt is a continual living subject of her own research.

Litt, who mainly studies motherhood, is the new director of MU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, an associate professor of sociology and women’s studies, a wife and a parent.

Students seek early admissions for college

For Katie Bauer, getting an early start is habitual.

The Rock Bridge High student wakes at 5:15 a.m. to catch an aerobics class before school. She arrives at appointments 10 minutes ahead of time. She took the SAT 10 months before any college application deadline.


From mid-July to early August, MU classics professor David Schenker started his days with a morning swim in the St. Lawrence River.

Schenker spent three weeks on Halfway Island, N.Y., a strip of land in the middle of the river that is on the border between the United States and Canada. The island has no drinking water, electric wiring or telephone lines.

Columbia College ranks in top tier

Columbia College has earned bragging rights from U.S. News and World Report for 2005.

“Columbia College, for the first time in its history, ended up in the top tier of baccalaureate degree institutions in the Midwest,” said Terry Smith, vice president and dean of academic affairs at the college.

Maternal-intrusion ideas challenged

Jean Ispa, professor of human development and family studies at MU, found discrepancies in the typical ideas about the effect of maternal intrusion into a child’s play, according to an MU News Bureau press release.

The commonly-held belief is that a mother should not direct or stop her child’s play because the child’s creativity and social skills as well as the mother-child relationship will be harmed. However, Ispa found this idea doesn’t necessarily apply in nonwhite families.

Eagles soar at home

The road to Southern Boone’s football field runs through town, past the American Legion and community swimming pool, next to the high school, then into a parking lot with enough asphalt for a few hundred cars.

On Friday night, about 1,000 spectators, nearly half of Ashland’s population, rushed to Southern Boone County High School’s first varsity home game.

MU database to aid in creation of drugs

MU researchers developed a database search engine that will aid in the development of protein-based drugs that combat diseases such as cancer and AIDS.

The system, named ProteinDBS, which was featured Sept. 3 in the journal Science, consists of more than 50,000 3-D chains of protein structures.

Smith shows triple-threat ability in win

After leading Missouri on two scoring drives to start the Tigers’ game Sep. 9 at Troy, Brad Smith and the Missouri offense stalled. The Trojans’ defense kept Smith in the pocket and the Tigers away from the end zone.

Smith finished the game with 36 yards rushing. He also attempted 46 passes, the most for Smith since he was 28-of-50 in a 51-28 loss against Bowling Green in 2002.

Truth gets stretched in race for governor

Propose, rebut. Attack, counterattack.

In the coming weeks, voters are likely to become weary of this pattern of political campaigns. Yet many will end up basing their votes on the candidates’ proposals and criticisms.

This was quite a task in the Missouri governor’s race last week.

Supporters of Republican Matt Blunt and Democrat Claire McCaskill accused each other of being soft on criminals, harmful to schoolchildren and in violation of election laws.

Confidence builder

Missouri’s victory Sunday was a boost in confidence for the Tigers with Big 12 Conference play nearing. The win meant even more, though, to sophomore midfielder Lauren Vineyard.

Missouri beat Loyola-Chicago 2-1 at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex to improve to 3-4-1 with games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State approaching next weekend.

Travels will challenge Rock Bridge

The undefeated Rock Bridge soccer team will go a long way this week to test itself.

After winning the Parkway Tournament on Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, the Bruins (9-0-1) will return there for the 50th annual Catholic Youth Counsel-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament.

Policing in central city could get more muscle

The Columbia Police Department plans to re-establish a central-city community policing program in January if the City Council approves an increase in manpower in the 2005 fiscal budget. The council is expected to vote on the budget today.

Extra Points: Tigers golfers finish 13th

Junior Chris Mabry shot a four-over 74 on Sunday and the Missouri men’s golf team finished 13th at the 15-team Notre Dame Invitational at Warren Golf Course.

Mabry’s 74 gave him a three-day total of 226, 17 strokes behind individual medalist Ryan Yip of Kent State.

City looks into adopting Fulton’s trash plan

In Fulton, the need for workers to ride on the back of a trash truck is obsolete. The city of about 12,000 is one of a growing number across the country with an automated trash-collection system.

Panel dissects conservatism’s rise

In his book “What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America,” Thomas Frank addresses the shift of working-class voters to the political right using his home state as an example of the shift.

Frank discussed his book and what he calls the “great backlash” with an audience of about 300 people Saturday night at The Blue Note. The event, “Bread and Butter: The Conditions of Employment,” brought together several panelists to discuss employment. KOPN/89.5 FM and Pacifica Radio sponsored the event. Frank was joined by a panel that included Rachel Write of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, Ronald McClanahan, an unemployed worker from Doe Run Co. in Glover, and Bruce Herman, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. Judy Ancel, director of the Institute for Labor Studies, moderated the event.

Pagan Pride

Part of Elm Street was closed most of Sunday afternoon, and Peace Park was filled with information booths, crafters and festival-goers at the third annual Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride Day Festival.