Former state judge speaks out against death penalty

Saying it is possible that innocent people have been executed, a former state Supreme Court judge said Wednesday night that a moratorium should be placed on the death penalty in Missouri.

Charles Blackmar, a judge on the Missouri Supreme Court from 1982 to 1992 and the Court’s chief justice from 1989 to 1991, spoke to a group of 60 people at Calvary Episcopal Church in Columbia.

MU rolls in second half

With only four days to go until the Missouri men’s basketball team opens its regular season at home against Brown University, the Tigers were looking for one last preseason tuneup when they took on Northwest Missouri State at Paige Sports Arena on Wednesday.

All of the Tigers’ pistons appeared to be firing, but the timing leaves something to be desired.

Two guards join MU

The combination of a new arena and a highly motivated team played an integral role in attracting two recruits to Missouri.

Keaton Grant, a senior guard at Gateway High in Kissimmee, Fla., signed a national letter of intent to attend Missouri on Wednesday, the first day recruits could sign.


RAMALLAH, West Bank— Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people’s plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75.

The French military hospital where he had been treated since Oct. 29 said he died at 3:30 a.m. The Palestinian leader spent his final days there in a coma. Doctors would not disclose what ailment killed Arafat.

Columbia College fails to reach goal

Columbia College fans that braved the rain and cold at Owens Soccer Stadium had their hearts broken Wednesday.

The Cougars men’s soccer team has to wait another year to earn the program’s first Region V title.

Fewell steps down as Hickman’s coach

Kent Fewell announced Wednesday he is resigning as Hickman baseball coach, ending a 27-year coaching career in the Kewpies’ program.

Fewell said he told athletic director Doug Mirts about his decision in early June but didn’t made it official until Wednesday.

Football: Tigers look forward to much needed bye week

Missouri’s second bye of the season has come at a perfect time.

Mired in a four-game losing streak, the Tigers (4-5, 2-4 Big 12 Conference) have a week to step away from the field and forget about football.

Shooting woes costly for Cougars

JEFFERSON CITY — The Columbia College men’s basketball team overcame a sloppy night of shooting, but still couldn’t pull out a win, falling 63-59 at Lincoln University.

With the No. 23 Cougars trailing 59-57 and a little less than 20 seconds left, Malcolm Mahogany missed an uncontested layup that would have tied the game. After a quick Columbia College foul, Lincoln’s DJ Hogue went to the free-throw line and made both shots, giving the Blue Tigers a 61-57 lead, shutting the door on the Cougars.

Tigers’ Kleiza lacks only defense

On Wednesday night, Linas Kleiza played wing, forward, center and even a little point. He did everything.

Everything but play defense.

Missouri volleyball sweeps past ISU

The Missouri volleyball team won against Iowa State for the 16th straight time Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa.

Coming back from a five-point deficit in the third game to win 30-22, the Tigers (16-6, 11-4 Big 12) swept the Cyclones for the 13th time in the past 16 meetings.

Amendment paves way for $400 million highways upgrade

A portion of tax money set aside for road work in the newly approved Amendment 3 might pay for improvements to some of Columbia's busiest highways.

Those improvements are part of a plan announced Wednesday by the Missouri Department of Transportation to upgrade 2,200 miles of state roads by December 2007.

MSA election results in runoff

MU students voted this week to choose the leaders of their governing body. The result: a runoff election.

The outcome of the Missouri Students Association Executive Election, which was held Nov. 8-10, was announced Wednesday evening in front of Jesse Hall. The runoff election will take place because none of the four presidential tickets received more than the required 35 percent of the vote.

Marijuana prosecutions scaled back in Columbia

The Columbia city prosecutor’s office announced new policies on handling marijuana cases Wednesday.

Following voter-approval of Proposition 1 on Nov. 2, marijuana cases will not be prosecuted if defendants have written statements from their doctors allowing marijuana use for serious illnesses. Voters also passed Proposition 2, which effectively decriminalized misdemeanor marijuana possession cases.

A veteran's reflection

Bob May knows his three years in the Navy during World War II could have ended differently.

“I was on the list to go to Midway Island and get ready to invade Japan,” May said. “The dropping of the atomic bombs saved my life and probably thousands others like me.”

Bottled Up

This fall, for the first time, public safety officers at St. Louis University began arresting students for underage drinking.

In the past, the campus engaged in collaborative efforts with city police to sweep the campus for violators, ran educational trainings with Missouri’s liquor control board for vendors and started up an alcohol task force in 2001. Bu tat worst, students were punished with a referral to a school judicial board.

Stephens alums fund new fence

Along Old Highway 63, a horse grazes behind a new white fence purchased for Stephens College with a portion of an $80,000 donation made by Friends of the Equestrian, a group of alumnae that lends support to the equestrian department.

Seventy donors — a mix of alumnae and friends — have made donations and given gifts to the equestrian program.

Faces: Michael Holland

Michael Holland has a job that few people notice but many benefit from — working with library archives.

Holland, university archivist at MU and interim head of special collections, has worked in five archives over the past two decades.He has two bachelor’s degrees, one in physiology and one in chemistry, as well as a master’s degree in European history, all from Oklahoma State University. He pursued a doctorate in science history at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he discovered his current profession. “I decided that I was interested in archives essentially by doing research in them for class and seminar papers,” he said. “It was very inspiring to look at records and documents that had never before been examined and interpreted and being able to say something new about an established historical topic.”

Musician paints jazz as spiritual

Jazz music may not be the first thing on the minds of MU religious studies students, but according to Chicago-based jazz singer Kurt Elling, there is a strong relationship between jazz and the study of the divine.

On Monday, Elling spoke to nearly 100 religious studies students, faculty and community members about the relationship between jazz and spirituality. MU’s Department of Religious Studies and the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series sponsored the free lecture.

Veterans decry cost of war, cutbacks

The recent “carnage” in Iraq brought back Thomas Hovey’s nightmares about war. Only veterans can understand how terrible war is, he said.

Hovey devoted 34 years, seven months and 17 days of his life to the military. He’s a disabled veteran. He fought in Korea. He fought in Vietnam. And this Veterans Day, those memories are in his thoughts.

Nixon files for delay in lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s Democratic attorney general wants to delay a lawsuit challenging the state’s formula for funding public schools so the Republican legislature and governor-elect can have time to fix the problems.

The motion filed by Jay Nixon asks the Cole County Circuit Court to postpone action on the lawsuit, which says the foundation formula is unconstitutional because it distributes money to school districts inequitably.