Feds raid Islamic relief agency

Federal agents seized cars, scores of boxes and 14 computers in a raid on the Islamic American Relief Agency near Providence and Broadway that began Wednesday afternoon and ended about six hours later. No arrests were made.

FBI Special Agent Jeff Lanza said the raid was part of a long-running, ongoing investigation of the agency.

Nixon sues city officials in Boonville

BOONVILLE — Attorney General Jay Nixon sued Boonville city officials Wednesday, saying they violated the state’s open meetings law.

The suit charges the Boonville City Council approved a salary offer for a city administrator at a Sept. 30 meeting, but that on Oct. 2, Boonville Mayor Danielle Blanck called council members for their approval to increase the offer.

23 Texan Tigers ready for trip home

Although Missouri’s Homecoming game is Oct. 23 against Oklahoma State, Saturday’s game at Texas will be a homecoming for many of the Tigers.

There are 23 players on the Missouri roster who will face old high school opponents when the Tigers travel to Texas to play the No. 9 Longhorns.

Red tide of Cardinals fans rises in Columbia

The world of staunch St. Louis Cardinals fan and 9-year-old Colin Glennon turned upside down on a winter day in 1988.

As he walked into the kitchen of his family’s Columbia home before school one morning, he heard the news: The Cardinals traded beloved second baseman Tommy Herr to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Tom Brunansky.

Extra Points

Texas snapped Missouri’s four-match winning streak Wednesday night in Austin.

Missouri dropped to 10-5 on the season and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

Agency eyed by U.S. for 5 years

Since 1999, the Islamic American Relief Agency has been the object of U.S. government scrutiny. The group has consistently maintained that its activities are strictly related to its mission as a relief agency. According to a profile in GuideStar, a national database of nonprofit organizations, the relief agency — which changed its name from the Islamic African Relief Agency in 1997 — provides funds for relief and development in Bosnia, Herzegovina, Kosovo, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.

Striving to achieve

Royce Russell is a bit of a perfectionist; he says his imperfect body and feet have made him that way.

“My foot doesn’t arch naturally the way a really good dancer’s should,” Russell, 18, says. “It never will, and that’s the type of thing that can set you back years.”

Faces: Amy Moeller

Amy Moeller is learning more than how to create art this semester.

Moeller, a junior art major at Columbia College, is taking a special problems course that allows her to be the student curator for the Larson Gallery on the Columbia College campus. art professor and supervisor Ben Cameron set goals, objectives and expectations for her curator experience.

Campus Updates: Director honored

Rick Finholt, executive director of MU’s Missouri Research Park, received the Career Achievement Award from the Association of University Research Parks in San Antonio on Sept. 30.

Under Finholt’s direction, the Missouri Research Park became home to 15 high-tech companies and two federal agencies.

19th district state Senate: Veteran Graham faces newcomer Ditmore

Democrat Chuck Graham begins almost every conversation with a countdown to Election Day.

“Thirty-nine more days,” he said recently, with a trace of anxiety.

Campus in Brief

Award recipient to speak at MU

By Dan Nejfelt

Voters list health care as top priority

Across age groups, communities and genders, the No. 1 issue surfacing among voters in the 19th District state Senate race is health care.

At the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival last weekend, as kids lined up for face painting, patrons indulged in funnel cakes and apple pie and families searched for the perfect pumpkin, some mid-Missourians talked about the issues important to them in the Senate election.

Raids make Muslims wary of charitable giving

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — As Muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan, a period in which they are supposed to donate to charity, many are finding themselves torn between their faith and their fear of being accused of terrorist ties.

Over the past three years, federal authorities have raided and shut down four Islamic charities, and many American Muslims say the crackdown has them worried that writing a donation check could bring FBI agents to their doors.