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Aboard the trolley

Move over city buses. Downtown may get a blast from the past.

The possibility of starting a downtown trolley service has Mayor Darwin Hindman excited. Hindman said he would like to see the issue before the City Council “as soon as possible.”

College leader bars same-sex benefits

Columbia College President Gerald Brouder said Wednesday he opposes a faculty proposal to provide benefits to same-sex partners of college employees.

“The college is not at a point in its history, certainly not with me as president, to entertain further the notion that we might one day offer such benefits,” Brouder said.

UMR head to retire after school year

Gary Thomas, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Rolla, announced Wednesday he will retire after this school year. Thomas’ announcement follows MU chancellor Richard Wallace’s retirement two days ago.

“I thought it would take me about five years to make an impact, and I’m now in my fifth year,” Thomas said.

Gartner evaluates year in The District

It’s been one year since the marketing campaign was launched that turned downtown Columbia into “The District.” While Carrie Gartner, director of the Columbia Special Business District and the Central Columbia Association, has some qualitative impressions of how downtown is doing, it’s today’s Twilight Festival that provides downtown merchants and her office with the only hard numbers by which they can measure progress.

Gartner talked to The Missourian earlier this week about the next steps in The District’s marketing, what businesses themselves are doing and the importance of the festival to The District.

Delegating GOP authority

As the Republican National Convention nears its final measure tonight, three Boone County delegates are hoping President George W. Bush will strike a particular chord in his speech accepting the party’s nomination.

The local delegates say the president must convince voters that the United States is more secure and prosperous under his leadership.

Deaton moves minority affairs

On his first day as interim chancellor, Brady Deaton is reorganizing some of MU’s most controversial departments.

“The area of minority affairs will report to Mike Middleton, deputy chancellor” effective today, said MU spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken. Minority affairs, which includes black studies, women’s studies and programs to recruit and retain minority students, previously reported to Vice Provost Handy Williamson.

Defense at the four front

For a team to have a good defense, it needs a strong front four.

For Missouri’s season to be a successful one, it needs its front four to excel on a consistent basis.

Generating buzz for MU

Partnership in a more than $400 million contract to operate a nuclear laboratory would further boost MU’s nationally recognized nuclear science program, campus leaders say.

The Columbia and Rolla campuses of the UM system, along with the Shaw Group, a Louisiana-based management company, have formed Shaw Missouri Idaho LLC with the intent of managine and operating a federally owned nuclear laboratory in Idaho for 10 years.

The right fit

When faced with the errand of getting slacks hemmed or a dress altered, there are several details a customer should look for in a tailoring shop.

Rosie Moon, of Downtown Alterations, had several suggestions for new customers at a tailoring shop.

Bruins roll past Kewpies

Every player has a bad day.

For Rock Bridge tennis player Kara Hickey, Tuesday wasn’t one of those days.

Bankruptcy filings on the rise in Missouri

“Financial stress,” breathes a female voice in the radio ad. “It starts out as an irritation, and over time it grows larger, scarier and uglier.”

“You’re paralyzed because it’s sitting on your chest, its weight pressing down,” the voice continues, building to a nervous, high-pitched climax.

Twilight Festival to debut DNA kits

It became a household term during the O.J. Simpson trial, and it’s a constant theme in popular forensics dramas like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Now, DNA sampling will be a feature at Columbia’s Twilight Festival. A new program, sponsored by the Columbia Police Department and U.S. Cellular, will allow parents attending the festival to obtain samples of their children’s DNA.

County Commission allows new stables

Columbia horse enthusiasts should prepare for a little equine diversity in the area.

Tuesday night, the Boone County Commission granted permission to Knipp Farms LLC to open a 305-acre equine boarding facility at 10600 Hardwick Lane.

Paulding signs to play in Israel

It wasn’t his first choice, but Rickey Paulding will play pro basketball overseas next season.

Paulding’s agent, Doug Neustadt, said on Tuesday that Paulding signed a one-year contract to play basketball in Jerusalem.

Bruins upend Red Devils

The Rock Bridge boys’ soccer team sent a message to the rest of the state: We can beat you.

Striker Michael Ferguson scored the game’s only two goals and the Bruins knocked off state runner-up Chaminade Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Reactor big asset for research at MU

The 10-megawatt MU Research Reactor off south Providence Road, which began operations in 1966, is the largest university-operated research reactor in the United States.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in second with a reactor half the size of MU’s. Rolla’s reactor is 0.2 megawatts.

Popularity of online classes grows

This semester, Columbia College junior Amanda Burfield is taking all of her classes online.

“I used to take evening classes, but it got to be too much,” said Burfield, who works full time at a bank. “Sometimes I would not get out of class until 10 p.m. and then I would have homework. I just got tired.”

Consistency key to Bruins’ turnaround

If there were a pill for golfing consistency, the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team must have filled the prescription on Tuesday.

Rock Bridge finished second at a tri-meet with solid rounds from each of its top four golfers, for a total of 173. The Bruins finished one stroke behind Rolla and four ahead of Hickman at L.A. Nickell Golf Course.

Bruins let leads slip away as Jays rally

The Rock Bridge volleyball team dug hard for its first victory Tuesday against Jefferson City but came up empty-handed.

The Bruins won the first game 25-22 but dropped the next two, 26-24, 26-24, because of their inconsistent play and the inability to hold several leads.