Developer backs off rezoning plan

Residents who went to the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night to protest a rezoning request for land off Green Meadows Road got a surprise when the developer’s lawyer withdrew the request instead.

In front of a packed, tense crowd, Dan Simon, a lawyer representing developer Don Stohldrier, withdrew a request that would have put a mix of homes and townhouses on about 16 acres. Simon said his advice to develop townhouses in the area had been in error.

Black Panther founder calls for revival of activism, progressivism

Bobby Seale, a founding member of the Black Panther Party and the keynote speaker of MU’s Cultural Discovery Week, spoke at Jesse Auditorium on Monday night to a crowd of about 250 people.

In his lecture, Seale outlined the history behind the founding of the Black Panther Party and its princi-ples. Seale used the formation of the party as a parallel for how commu-nities should organize themselves today.

Cyclist group aims for better roads

Bicycling is Laura Vie’s ticket to freedom. Since childhood, riding has been the 43-year-old’s escape from daily life’s responsibilities.

“When I ride, my mind is free to think clearly,” said Vie, an exercise physiologist at Progressive Spine Care & Rehab in Columbia. “It’s very satisfying being able to travel miles down quiet rural roads.”

Looking for more

Winning wasn’t enough for Payge Pleimann on Monday at the Class 2 District 4 tournament.

Although her 78 was the best out of 45 golfers, she said she could have done better.

Hoenes takes punting job for Harvey

When Missouri punter Brock Harvey left Saturday’s game with a broken left collarbone, Sheri Hoenes added one more thing to her list of things to worry about.

“Mom’s definitely not enjoying the high stress of her children right now,” Matt Hoenes, her son, said.

Academy honors its old cadets

Students in the Missouri Military Academy’s junior school had an opportunity Saturday to outshine older cadets. The event: handmade homecoming decorations.

Karen Youst is an expert when it comes to barracks decorations. Youst, one of four judges, has been doing this since she married her husband, the academy’s Alumni Association president, 22 years ago.

Ferguson sets sights on records

Michael Ferguson has a chance to make history this week. But he has been there before.

Ferguson is within one goal of the Rock Bridge school record of 28. That record was set in 1993 by Kevin Brooks and equaled by Ferguson last season. His 61 points (27 goals, 7 assists) are two shy of the mark Brooks set in 1993. Ferguson fell one point short last year.

Another pro team attractive possibility

The likelihood of a new professional sports team in Kansas City is increasing each day. The hot debate not only in Kansas City, but throughout the state, is whether an NBA or NHL franchise would be more successful.

On Aug. 3, Kansas City voters approved fee increases to fund the construction of a new arena, the Sprint Center.

Mo. considers drug cost relief

JEFFERSON CITY— Missouri is considering whether to join Illinois and Wisconsin in a new Internet program that will help residents buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and Europe.

The I-SaveRx program, launched Monday, works through a Canada-based clearinghouse to deliver about 100 prescription medicines at claimed discounts of up to 50 percent off U.S. retail prices.

Discussions on change

Edmund Pellegrino’s list of titles and bestowed honors is long enough to fill this entire page, but the experienced man of medical ethics prefers the more unassuming title of physician.

At a Thursday morning lecture, MU’s Acuff Auditorium was filled with men and women, many in white lab coats, who had come to hear Pellegrino’s thoughts on whether the profession needs new medical ethics. Beepers went off incessantly, but Pellegrino talked on without taking notice.

Two Bruins reach state

Rock Bridge’s Lindsay Martin had a feeling it wouldn’t be a good day after an errant drive on the par-4 first hole resulted in an eight.

That feeling didn’t last for long.

Scholar earns alumni award

In his 33 years after receiving a doctorate in sociology and social psychology from MU, Kjell Tórnblom has become an internationally renowned scholar in social justice. He has built upon theoretical models and carried out studies of justice judgments and reactions to injustice.

For his efforts, Tórnblom, a native of Sweden, was selected by the Department of Sociology as this year’s recipient of the annual Noel P. Gist Distinguished Alumni Award. The presentation Thursday at the Life Sciences Center marked Tórnblom’s first visit to campus since 1971.

Party begins early

The celebration started early for Hickman’s tennis team Monday.

With plans to go out for pizza after the match to mark the birthday of two team members, the Kewpies also had something to celebrate on the court beforehand.

Kewps can’t gain fourth straight win

The Hickman softball team fell short of its fourth straight victory Monday.

The Kewpies lost to Eugene 4-1 at Cosmopolitan Park.

Dallas hosts ‘Shootout’

Dallas is home to the biggest college football matchup of the week with Texas playing Oklahoma in a game with Big 12 Conference and Bowl Championship Series implications.

The No. 2 Sooners (4-0, 1-0) have beaten the No. 5 Longhorns (4-0, 1-0) in the past four Red River Shootouts, including a lopsided 65-13 win last year when Texas was No. 11 in the nation and Oklahoma was No. 1.

Car crashes through gas station

Joanna Jacobs was inside the Phillips 66 convenience store at 101 E. Nifong Blvd. paying for a tank of gas Monday afternoon when she saw her Ford Crown Victoria coming straight toward the building.

The car, driven by her friend Janice Hooker, jumped a curb and ripped through the two front doors of the gas station. The car slammed into shelves full of snacks before crashing into the soda fountain on the back wall.

Bad food points to societal problems

The latest reason I’m grateful that I’m underweight is the low-carb craze.

  Because the two slices of bread that wrap any delicatessen sandwich are the only part I consider worth eating, I’m not willing to give them up. For me, homemade deli sandwiches involve baking a ham, a beef roast and a turkey to get meat that can’t substitute for shoe leather. Of course, my vegetarian friends would suggest I eliminate the meat altogether and order veggies, which would be all right, provided I could find decent vegetables.

Faces: Leonard Riskin

MU law professor Leonard Riskin meditates at least once a day for 30 to 45 minutes. His favorite meditation hours are in the morning or early evening.

Changes: Stephens welcomes two additions to staff

Stephens College recently hired Douglas Lange as vice president for operations and facilities and Beth Climer as director of health information administration, a press release from the Stephens College News Bureau said.

Lange will oversee the Department of Facilities, which manages building maintenance, custodial services, the college grounds and renovation projects, the release said.