Springfield mosque linked to terrorism

Muslims are fighting to keep their mosque as the federal government investigates a link between the Islamic Center of Springfield and a benefactor accused of financing terrorism around the world.

Greene County real estate records show the prayer house was deeded to Saudi-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in June 2000. But supporters of the center claim the Saudi charity was simply a one-time donor whose name ended up on its property title.

Speaker stresses importance of social interaction

Compelled by concern about fast-paced consumer culture and its impact on the environment, about 300 people attended the second annual Sustainable Living Fair on Saturday at the Unity Center of Columbia.

The main attraction was a lecture by Mark Lakeman, the project coordinator and board director of the City Repair Project of Portland, Ore. His lecture, “The Village Lives,” focused on the importance of social interactions between community members in creating more sustainable communities.

Tigers overcome mistakes to end CU’s domination

Big plays, big calls and combinations of the two were the determining factors in Missouri’s win Saturday against Colorado.

The Tigers won 17-9, snapping a five-game losing streak against the Buffaloes, but for the second straight year controversial calls by the officials and penalties were integral to the outcome.

Green Meadows proposal up for City Council action

The Columbia City Council will hear public comment tonight on proposals to rezone land in southern Columbia to accommodate high-density residential development.

The rezoning requests for three tracts of land off Green Meadows Road have led to discussions between developer Don Stohldrier and concerned residents of the Greenbriar and Trailridge neighborhoods since May. Despite multiple meetings, the two sides haven’t agreed on how development should proceed.

Green machines

With oil prices rising and gas mileage hovering in the single digits for sport utility vehicles, more local consumers are going electric.

Hybrid vehicles, which combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor to increase gas mileage and decrease emissions, are gaining popularity.

Changing with the times

Columbia College is having one of the busiest years in its history. Almost 1,000 men and women attend classes during the day and more than 1,500 at night.

That’s a far cry from its founding 153 years ago. In 1851, the school opened as Columbia Christian College and became the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River, said historian Polly Batterson.

Some heads-up play

Sophomore midfielder Elyse Nikonchuk’s ankle injury didn’t prevent her from doing what she does best: use her head.

Nikonchuk headed junior forward Jennifer Nobis’ throw-in into the goal to give Missouri a 1-0 victory against No. 23 Colorado on Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex.

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in Nov. 2 election

Wednesday is the last day to register to vote in Columbia for the Nov. 2 elections.

Registration postcards are available at most grocery stores, the Associated Students of the University of Missouri office at MU, the Boone County Clerk’s office and the city clerk’s office. The cards must be postmarked by Wednesday or dropped off at the Boone County clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Friday to be valid.

MU takes in $130.6 million

MU set a new record in private fund raising, school officials said Thursday.

The university said it raised $130.6 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The school set its previous record of $121.5 million in fiscal year 2002.

Colleges miss mark on voter registration

Universities across the nation are breaking the law, according to a study conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The crime: not getting students registered to vote.

Kewps’ Pleimann no newcomer

Golf is a way of life for Hickman senior Payge Pleimann.

Even before her first birthday, she had been around golf courses. Her father Dale Pleimann’s love of the sport influenced Payge Pleimann, her brother Wayde, 19, and her sister Taylor, 21.

Faces: Kandace Woods

Kandace Woods is a diva. She knows it, and her friends know it.

“My style is sassy, really sassy, that’s how I got the nickname ‘Diva,’ ” said the Stephens College freshman. “My friends recognized my sassiness and figured the name was appropriate. I even had this jacket in high school that I bleached and stitched the word ‘diva’ on the back.”

Injury can’t stop Fischer

Leslie Fischer tried other sports, but golf provided the challenge she sought.

“It really tests your knowledge,” she said.

Fischer’s knack for the sport didn’t hurt either. When other sports began to have an effect on her golf game, they had to go.

Fewer disabled referral options at MU

Jamie Stober planned to study journalism in college and said he knew MU was the place to be. But after transferring from State Fair Community College in Sedalia and spending only three days on campus, Stober had to leave.

“As a disabled student, I’d heard good things about (MU) — that the campus was accessible and they were very helpful,” he said.

Show leaps from radio to Internet

Tom Hutchinson had a large wood lathe to sell. So when he got up Sept. 25, he tuned his radio to KFRU/1400 AM for “The Trading Post,” the call-in show on which he had bought and sold countless items over the years.

The retired MU anthropology professor and 36-year Columbia resident was surprised and disappointed to hear another show in its place.

A rustic affair

In 1969, Larry Forkner, a freshman at MU, and a group of men walked into Schurz Hall with a goat in tow. The group greeted a young lady, and Forkner asked her to Barnwarming. She had two choices: kiss Forkner or kiss the goat.

The reminiscence was one of many Saturday evening as more than 225 Aggie alumni from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources celebrated a centennial Barnwarming in the Trowbridge Livestock Arena at MU. Forkner, a 1973 animal husbandry graduate, described Barnwarming as an event that happens every fall to provide an opportunity for students to celebrate all things agricultural.