Health fair educates local children

Jane Garrett counted slowly out loud as she poured teaspoons of sugar into a glass of water.

“One, two, three,” she counted up to nine.

Local candidates appeal to voters with disabilities

State senate hopeful Chuck Graham, who uses a wheelchair, had a hard time finding a handicapped parking space Thursday night at the Boone County Government Center. All the spots were taken by people packing in to see candidates for five local races debate issues affecting people with disabilities.

Topics such as how to increase employment among people with disabilities, how to improve transportation availability and whether builders should be offered tax credits for constructing accessible homes were discussed by candidates running for the 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th districts state House seats and the 19th District Senate seat.

Road management, storm-water maintenance focus of commission debate

Sitting onstage in front of a mostly empty auditorium at Columbia College Thursday night, all four candidates for two open seats on the Boone County Commission attended a debate that lasted no more than 15 minutes and allowed little time for disputation

The event, which followed a 90-minute debate between the candidates for the 9th District U.S. House of Representatives, featured Democratic incumbents Skip Elkin and Karen Miller and their respective Republican challengers, Jerry Carrington and Mike Asmus.

Rolen into Boston

ST. LOUIS — The best team in baseball now gets a chance to prove it in the World Series.

MVP Albert Pujols hit a tying double, Scott Rolen followed with a home run and the St. Louis Cardinals suddenly erupted against Roger Clemens, startling the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night to take Game 7 of the NL championship series.

Plays vs. politics

Frustrated after trying in vain for half an hour to get the television to work, Peter Byger ran a hand through his hair and turned the box off. Looking around the circle of 16 empty chairs, he told the three women gathered in Windsor Lounge to go home.

There would no presidential debate watch party.

9th District candidates hash out differing views

While many people in the 9th Congressional District were preparing to watch the final game of the Cardinals-Astros series, three candidates vying to represent the district in Washington in the next term were preparing to debate for the first time this election season.

Libertarian Tamara Millay, Democrat Linda Jacobsen and Republican incumbent Kenny Hulshof met at Launer Auditorium at Columbia College to answer questions formulated by a group of journalists and political science professors. The debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, KBIA/91.3 FM and the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Trench battle key for Tigers

Football games are won in the trenches.

Defensive linemen can disrupt offensive schemes by plowing into the backfield, and offensive linemen are the front line marching the football downfield.

Columbia's clubs seek year-round activism

Political involvement at Columbia College is a lot like the summer Olympic Games — it only occurs every four years.

“Every four years, everyone gets fired up about the issues, but the party-affiliated clubs die down between elections,” said Anthony Claypool, director of student activities at Columbia College. “It is not that we are not politically active on campus; we just have a lot of trouble keeping people involved.”

Bruins miss chance for state three-peat

SPRINGFIELD — A lone racket lay on lower court 3 at Cooper Tennis Complex after Thursday’s state tennis Class 2 semi-final between Rock Bridge and St. Joseph’s.

Left with it were the Bruins’ state championship hopes.

Tigers focus on Homecoming foe

A sellout crowd of alumni, students and fans will fill Memorial Stadium on Saturday for Missouri’s 93rd Homecoming game, a tradition that is one of the oldest in the country.

Although the game is the focal point of homecoming weekend, the Missouri football players have other things on their mind, such as beating the No. 22 football team in the country.

Trick plays earn special status

Even though Missouri was lining up for a field goal attempt, Victor Sesay couldn’t stop himself from being excited.

His excitement came from the fact it wasn’t a normal field goal attempt. The Tigers’ trailed Nebraska 24-21 with less than 12 minutes to play last season. What occurred next became one of the most important plays in recent Missouri history and was anything but conventional.

Finding his game

Shirdonya Mitchell arrived at Missouri with the same dream as most college football players: Make it to the next level, the National Football League.

After two seasons and only eight catches at wide receiver, though, Mitchell decided if he was going to play in the NFL, he needed to make a switch. So, he went to the coaches and offered to play defensive back.

Turnover battle turning tide

Since his arrival at Missouri, Gary Pinkel has consistently emphasized the importance of turnovers in determining the outcome of every game.

This season, his defense looks like it buys into that philosophy.

Cowboy brothers

Donovan and D’Juan Woods grew up competing with and against older brother Rashaun.

That competition led the three Woods brothers to Oklahoma State where they provide stiff competition for Big 12 Conference opponents.

Lawyer backs Islamic agency

The Islamic American Relief Agency, which was raided last week as part of a nationwide terror investigation, has retained lawyer Shareef Akeel for representation. Akeel, a civil rights lawyer from Detroit, is also leading the class action suit filed on behalf of Abu Ghraib prisoners in Iraq. Akeel states that the Columbia charity is not tied to the Sudan-based Islamic African Relief Agency, which the Department states raised funds to support the terrorist activities of al-Quaida and Hamas.

Practicing Politics

Bianca Aaron said she was born in 1946, went to Yale for her master’s and got an MBA from Harvard in 1975.

Her father had been in politics all her life, she said.

Visitors split on Paige

Saturday’s Black and Gold game will be the first chance for most Missouri fans to see the inside of Paige Sports Arena, the Tigers’ new $75-million home, but the basketball arena is getting mixed reviews from some.

The Missouri athletic department held an open house at Paige Sports Arena on Oct. 13, for students. Similar public events will be held Monday though Wednesday.

Columbia fans cheer on Cards

A short walk through downtown Columbia told the city’s mood Thursday night. Chants of “One more strike” preceded jubilant cheers outside of Harpo’s.

The mood seemed warranted. After all, the St. Louis Cardinals had just won Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros and were in their first World Series since 1987. They travel to Boston to face the Red Sox on Saturday.

Bruins facing tough task

Rock Bridge running back Scott Concannon knows the statistic. That’s why he won’t make any guarantees about tonight’s district-opening game with the Jefferson City Jays.

“I would like to win,” he said. “It can put us in the playoffs if we win our district games. Beating them would be a step in the right direction.”

Election observers to return

When a group of international election experts visited Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren in September to look at her office’s election techniques, they liked what they saw.

Now they’re coming back to see those techniques in practice.