More family than team

The bond between brothers is one of the strongest. The Rock Bridge soccer players say their bond is just as strong.

Tonight, the Bruins’ “Band of Brothers” (21-1-2) hopes to gain a berth in the Class 3 quarterfinals by beating Francis Howell North (20-7-1) in a sectional game at 7 p.m. at 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City.

Aurora borealis coming into view

A misty light arching up to form a green rainbow with a streak of pink on the end might be visible in the northern horizon later this week.

Thanks to a large geomagnetic storm on the sun that began around 5 p.m. on Sunday, the northern sky will dance with shades of orange, pink and green for the next few nights. The phenomenon is known as the aurora borealis, or northern lights.

Pinkel’s fate should not mirror Onofrio’s

This statement might be hard for MU students to believe, but once upon a time, Missouri football fans and the university’s administrators were arguably spoiled by success.

During the 1960s, Missouri was a legitimate football power. The Tigers were 77-22-6 in the decade, including wins in the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl and two Big Eight Conference championships.

Walking for a cause

Autumn Campbell, a senior at MU, traveled halfway around the world to learn a lesson she could never be taught in a classroom.

Campbell spent Oct. 3-10 walking through South Africa for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Walk for Hope. In the course of that week, Campbell saw first hand the ravages that the AIDS epidemic has wrought.

Postseason pressure not new experience for Columbia College

In the language of postseason play, experience is a bit of a paradox.

To win, many people believe a team needs to have played far into the postseason before, but to gain that experience, a team must win.

Organizations raise money, support

When 33-year-old Missy Montgomery decided to enroll in Columbia College’s evening program for a master’s in business administration, she found that her classes weren’t the only new use of her time.

After a semester, she decided to use her flexible schedule to get involved in the community.

A Tiger in the city

ST. LOUIS — When Alpachino Hogue, an MU admissions representative, spoke to 30 juniors and seniors at Soldan High School in the Union-Delmar neighborhood of St. Louis, he got their attention by telling them he graduated from Soldan only five years earlier.

The students knew they were going to meet with a recruiter from MU, but they didn’t know he would be from the world they know.

Martz says his players at fault for Rams' woes

ST. LOUIS — Consecutive dispiriting losses have left the St. Louis Rams at .500 and their coach near the boiling point.

A day after a 40-22 loss to the New England Patriots, Mike Martz said Monday he is tired of taking the heat for the team’s failures. He said it is time for Rams players to stand up and be counted.

MU research program helps AIDS patients easily locate resources

The Public Health Informatics program at MU conducts demographic research that allows people with HIV/AIDS to pinpoint the locations where health care is available and to identify the locations that focus on their specific needs, whether they need a dentist, a case worker or any other service.

MU professor Chris Fulcher is leading this research with Catherine Kaukinen of the University of South Carolina.

Dangerous reputations

Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson is a one-man nightmare for Big 12 Conference coaches.

When opposing coaches begin to game plan for the No. 6 Longhorns, it begins with how to keep the senior playmaker from disrupting their offense. Although, like Kansas coach Mark Mangino said during the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference Monday, that is “easier said than done.”

Summer school focus of discussion

Although it’s nearly the beginning of winter, summer school was the main topic of discussion at the Columbia Board of Education meeting Monday night.

The board voted to give Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase authority to negotiate a contract with Newton Learning Systems, a private educational company responsible for more than 70 Missouri summer school programs.

GOP tightens grip on Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY — Election Day 2004 was a dream come true for Peter Kinder.

Not only did the Republican state senator from Cape Girardeau narrowly win the race for lieutenant governor, he also saw his party gain control of the governor’s office for the first time in more than a decade, win the state treasurer’s race and increase its majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.

Whistle-blowing remains a concern

There is a way of knowing when something of value goes out of one’s life. I knew. The moment I realized that 30 years ago, I would never have debated with myself over the issue of whistle-blowing. In those good/bad days, if a person had evidence that people were skirting the law or committing a crime or endangering lives, he/she reported them to the proper authorities.

But when I picked up the newspaper the other day and read the story about Bunnatine Greenhouse, a contracting officer for the Army Corps of Engineers who is attempting to advise her bosses about concerns she had over an extended troop support contract with Halliburton, I felt a griping sensation in the muscles in my stomach. She has publicly alleged that favoritism had been shown toward Halliburton, which was formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney. This was an action which I once would have applauded but now only fills me with a sense of dread. Situations like this always take me back to the Karen Silkwood case in 1974.