A town apart

Gathered around a table early Tuesday, members of the Pierpont Store Coffee Club discuss playoff baseball and lawn care. The possible incorporation of Pierpont, a small settlement nuzzled up against Rock Bridge Memorial State Park in unincorporated Boone County, is absent from the conversation.

Some members of the coffee club might not care about Pierpont’s political future because they live outside the settlement. But in Columbia, officials are paying attention to Pierpont and once again have expressed misgivings about the incorporation of small communities.

Lawsuit challenges Missouri voting laws

In 2000, Steven Prye was a successful attorney and law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A year later, after the deaths of his mother and brother, Prye was living on the streets of Memphis, Tenn.

Eventually, Prye, 52, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, which depletes his concentration and makes it difficult for him to remember to take a bath or comb his hair.

Woods runs with start

When Damien Nash didn’t start against No. 8 Texas on Saturday, Missouri football fans might have worried about a drop off at the tailback position.

Redshirt freshman Marcus Woods calmed those fears with his best performance of the season. After a shaky start to the season, Woods gained 53 yards on 16 carries in the 28-20 loss at Texas and appeared more comfortable with the ball.

Pitt boosts turn-out for Kerry film

Actor Brad Pitt and Director George Butler II were in attendance for the screening of the film “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry” on the MU campus. The screening took place in front of a full house at Jesse Auditorium Wednesday evening. Reasons for attending the event were diverse, including wanting to watch the film, to support Democrats and to see Brad Pitt. Shari Korthuis and her daughter, Alaina Boyett, are both John Kerry supporters but admit that Pitt’s appearance persuaded them to come to the event.

“I’m a John Kerry supporter. I wanted to see the film and Brad Pitt,” Korthuis said. “She’s loved him since he was five,” Korthuis said of her daughter. “Alaina has seen all of his movies.”

Experience English

Putting together puzzles, playing Scrabble and discussing current events may seem like simple activities, but when done in an unfamiliar language, they can be much more challenging. At MU, foreign students are using these activities to practice language skills.

Students in the Intensive English Program visit Lenoir Retirement Community every other week to socialize with residents and practice English.

Faces: Janet Howard

The need for employment is the reason Janet Howard drives 100 miles from Hannibal to Columbia every day.

Howard has worked at MU for two years. She is the administrative assistant for the Black Studies program, handling all fiscal work necessary to keep the program going.

Columbia fans give Cardinals good cheer, good chances

Amidst a throng of cheering Cardinals fans at Campus Bar and Grill, on the corner of Ninth and Elm streets, Ryan Lynch, 21, had no choice but to take off his Houston Astros hat following the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory Wednesday.

Lynch, a Chicago native, was the main antagonist cheering wildly for every play that went the Astros’ way.

Mystery of Stephens’ missing bras solved

The case of the missing bras has been solved. Here’s what happened:

On Monday morning, Stephens College students and faculty strung up a banner adorned with 40 decorated bras at College Avenue and Broadway.

Coach’s work lifts Bruins

A light mist begins to fall, with a brisk wind tapping at the

coach’s back. The elements penetrate his sweatshirt but his psyche holds determined.

Cards blast by Astros

Jim Edmonds skipped around the bases, jumping into a cluster of St. Louis Cardinals waiting for him at home plate.

Now, waiting for all of them is Roger Clemens in an all-or-nothing Game 7.

Tigers too many for Raiders

Texas Tech’s volleyball team has two good offensive players but Wednesday night, the Red Raiders faced a Missouri team that has many.

The Tigers beat Texas Tech at Hearnes Center 30-20, 30-15, 26-30, 30-20 with four players in double figures in kills. The Red Raiders had two players combine for 37 kills but no other player had more than four.

New ballots inspire voter education tour

The rules governing provisional ballots are as confusing as they are dynamic. In five different battleground states, lawsuits over how to count provisional ballots have resulted in five different methods.

Provisional ballots, which enable voters whose names are not on voter rolls to cast conditional ballots, are one of several major federal reforms passed in the wake of the last presidential election. They are supposed to make voting easier — helping those left off voter rolls in error — but election officials worry they may instead turn this November into another fiasco.

Deaton: Research and global outreach are key

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton has a top 10 list, and he’s not laughing when he reads it. But sometimes he does grin with excitement when he talks about his priorities for MU.

“We are all part of a global knowledge base,” he said in a meeting with reporters Wednesday, commenting on MU’s focus on research and global outreach. Deaton has added two priorities to his list: increasing outside research investment and expanding global outreach.

Candidates juggle personal and political lives

Though U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Columbia, was in New York to watch President Bush’s speech at the Republican National Convention, the event kindled fond memories of his hometown.

“It was a great feeling,” he said. “All the protesters were out there, and everyone inside was on the same side. It’s like when you go to Faurot Field and you know that yes, you are in a hometown, partisan crowd. You know you’re a Mizzou Tiger.”