Tigers’ starter suspended

Missouri linebacker David Richard is suspended for disciplinary reasons for Saturday’s game against Colorado, coach Gary Pinkel announced Monday at his weekly press conference.

Richard, 21, was arrested at 2:40 a.m. Sept. 11 on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Richard was not listed on the depth chart released Monday. Marcus Bacon will start in his place.

Legal aid is on way for abused kids

Neglected and abused children who are in Boone County’s court system will have more advocates soon.

Court Appointed Special Advocates, a national, nonprofit program that recruits volunteers to represent the child’s best interest in abuse and neglect cases, is starting a local program this fall.

Drama still thrills Columbia WWE fans

Imagine if every confrontation culminated in a last-second shot, a 3-2 pitch or a fourth-quarter comeback.

Picture a world where competition is always personal, good and evil are clearly defined and the drama of sports is cranked to a feverish pitch.

Strength in numbers

Some of Columbia’s independent businesses have officially decided to depend on each other.

After months of discussion, about a dozen local business owners are ready to form an independent business alliance.

Bruins rebound against Tigers

The Rock Bridge soccer team erased any negativity that might have lingered after its first loss of the season.

The Bruins beat Smith-Cotton 5-0 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park, scoring three goals in the first 18 minutes.

Defensive mistakes hamper Hickman

With five games to play, Hickman is still trying to work out the kinks.

The Kewpies lost to Pilot Grove 10-8 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park in a game that included six Kewpie errors.

Tech looks for fast start

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach didn’t really enjoy talking about his team’s record-breaking comebacks the past two weeks, but he will take the wins.

The Red Raiders’ second-half comebacks became a topic of discussion during the Big 12 Conference coaches’ teleconference on Monday.

Bruins no match for Crusaders

Two days after its first loss of the season, the Helias softball team decided to take out its frustration on Rock Bridge.

The Bruins suffered their worst loss of the season Monday, falling 18-1 to the defending Class 4 state champions at Rock Bridge Field.

Rios to get new judge for trial

The murder trial of former Columbia police officer Steven Rios has been reassigned to Circuit Judge Ellen Roper, who replaces Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton.

Rios, 27, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the death of 23-year-old MU student Jesse Valencia, who was found with his throat cut June 5.

Focused Stars get fifth win

Dane Pavlovich, the Stephens College volleyball coach, knew visiting Messenger College would put up a fight.

“We knew they were going to be scrappy,” Pavlovich said. “We definitely didn’t take them for granted.”

Knocking on Hearnes’ door

Bob Dylan will perform at the Hearnes Center on Oct. 27. Tickets go on sale this Thursday.

Kevin Walsh, store manager of Streetside Records, plans on seeing Dylan perform with his band for the fourth time next month in Columbia.

Northup to take Jeffries’ place

Columbia Republican Bob Northup filed papers in Jefferson City on Monday to replace Joel Jeffries on the ballot in the 25th District state representative race.

Jeffries pulled out of the election last week after he was appointed to Missouri’s Board of Probation and Parole by Gov. Bob Holden. Jeffries also said he was unwilling to wage a negative campaign against Democratic candidate Judy Baker.

Senate blocks bill to import Canadian drugs

Eight years ago, FedEx lost a package filled with expensive epilepsy medicine. Without the money to purchase the drug at U.S. prices, a family from the southeastern Missouri town of Jackson turned frantically to representatives in Congress to help find the cargo that disappeared between a pharmacy in Canada and Missouri.

“That’s when I first found out you could even do that,” Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., said about ordering medications abroad for lower prices.

Car detectors

About five years ago, small cameras began sprouting up at intersections around Columbia.

Some drivers have mistaken the new additions as red-light cameras, which are used around the world to record traffic violations.


Lawrence Ries is known for his entertaining lectures and his ability to cure students of their aversion toward numerical data.

“I try to keep in mind who my audience is and to design my lectures so that they will be accessible to that audience,” Ries said. “Most of the time that I’m lecturing I’m having fun, and I just think that comes across to the students.”

How do I?

Go to the desk at the entrance of the Student Recreation Center and fill out an application form. Have their Social Security numbers ready.

Your spouse can use facilities at the center for about $40 a semester or $9.99 a month. Children between 16 and 18 years old need a junior membership, which costs $31 per semester.

Teach tolerance instead of hatred

What I hate most about the kind of politics that are presently poisoning our social climate is the way it will affect future generations of children. There is something absolutely dismal about thinking of children growing up hating all other children who do not think the way they do.

I heard someone quoting a young man in our community the other day, saying, “We’re the baddest country in the world. We can kick everybody’s behind.” For a long time I believed our civilization had advanced beyond that point.

New e-mail filters at local colleges limit spam

In late August, U.S. law enforcement began a crackdown on unwanted spam e-mail and other questionable online activities with about 100 arrests nationwide. The arrests targeted people who spread viruses, sent large amounts of unsolicited mail and stole other users’ personal information.

Unsolicited commercial messages make up about 65 percent of all e-mail, according to computer security company Symantec Corp. Some spam senders use the bulk messages to spread viruses and trick people into giving credit card numbers and other personal information — a technique called “phishing.”

Cookbook to feature foreign recipes

For one week in November, leaders of MU’s International Center hope that international cuisine will find its way to the hearts of Columbia residents.

During International Education Week, which begins Nov. 14, the center will publish a cookbook titled “From Many Lands.”