Dentistry in motion

Chris Graham, 24, arrives with his mother, Sandra Graham, for a visit to the dentist’s office.

He stands quietly, nonchalantly, like he has been here before. He sits in the waiting “room” in his usual seat by the steering wheel — no apparent signs of nervousness or displeasure.

Nash quits football team after tumultuous season

The Missouri football team’s lost season took another hit Monday when leading rusher Damien Nash quit the team.

The team announced Nash’s decision in a release which included a statement from coach Gary Pinkel.

Tigers get time to improve play

After finally ending a three-game losing streak, the Tigers could use some time off.

For the first time since the season began for the Missouri men’s basketball team, coach Quin Snyder and his team are getting an extended break. The Tigers played six games in a two-week span, twice playing games on consecutive nights in the Guardians Classic. The strain of a hectic schedule has taken a toll according to Snyder, who said little time to make corrections has been a problem.

Group protests postal woes

A long line wasn’t all that greeted customers at the downtown post office at lunchtime Monday. For the fourth time, representatives of Grass Roots Organizing were in front of the Walnut Street building collecting signatures for a petition demanding a better post office.

It wasn’t a hard sell. Scores of customers, some carrying what appeared to be holiday packages, reached eagerly for the petition asking for more staff and funding to remodel the 38-year-old facility.

AIDS network focuses on women

The face of AIDS isn’t what it used to be.

Fifteen years ago, most new HIV and AIDS cases were reported by men.

Sports one way to fight social ills

It never ceases to amaze me how the sports world can bring the real world’s biggest problems to the forefront.

Take racism, for instance.

Sooners eye strong finish

There is no room for mistakes this year for Oklahoma.

The No. 2 Sooners (11-0, 8-0 Big 12 Conference) lost in embarrassing fashion in the Big 12 championship game last year, falling 35-7 to Kansas State. The game meant little, though, with Oklahoma guaranteed to play in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship regardless of the outcome.

Tomato buyers are feeling the squeeze

Burgers, sandwiches and salads are missing them, and grocery store customers are paying three times the normal price for them.

The sign posted at Wendy’s on Bernadette Drive says it all: “Tomatoes by request only.”

Tigers’ size trouble for Aces

It might take considerable time and patience before the Missouri women’s basketball team works out all of its early season kinks.

Coming off of a bumpy four-game stretch, the team hopes to right itself today in a 7 p.m. home opener against Evansville at Mizzou Arena.

Hunter, Vander Kooi named All-Big 12

Missouri volleyball players Lindsey Hunter and Jessica Vander Kooi were named to the All-Big 12 Conference Team and teammate Shen Danru earned honorable mention.

Hunter, a junior who was an All-Conference selection a year ago, leads the Big 12 in assists per game (14.36) and is ranked fourth in the nation in the same category.

Court debates medical pot use

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court questioned whether state medical-marijuana laws might be abused by people who aren’t really sick as it debated on Monday whether the federal government can prosecute patients who smoke pot on doctors’ orders.

Watching the argument was Angel Raich, an Oakland, Calif., mother of two who said she tried dozens of prescription medicines to ease the pain of a brain tumor and other illnesses before she turned to marijuana. She and another ill woman, Diane Monson, filed a lawsuit to protect their access to the drug after federal agents confiscated marijuana plants from Monson’s yard.

Hindman: No need to rush vote on tax

Columbia officials are worried they’re running out of time to place initiatives on the April 5 ballot that, if approved, would increase taxes to pay for millions of dollars in road work.

A group of developers, government officials and other community leaders, known as the Transportation Finance Committee, are tasked with recommending ways the city could raise $10 million a year in new taxes for the next 25 years to pay for road work.

Columbia schools given top honor

High marks for MAP scores, ACT scores and attendance helped the Columbia Public School District earn its place on a list of 158 districts in the state that earned the Distinction in Performance honor.

The district was recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday for its efforts to improve academic achievement among its students.


As costume director and designer for MU’s theater department, Kerri Packard, 37, would have liked her two children to have the greatest possible Halloween costumes.

“I’d like to say I always make my kids’ Halloween costumes, but I don’t,” Packard said. “My poor son always picks something I can easily buy.”

Now You Know

A 7-year-old rule is causing confusion among some MU professors.

In December 1997, the MU faculty adopted a mandatory plus/minus grading scale, but the change was not recorded in the Faculty Handbook, according to Bill Lamberson, chairman of the MU Faculty Council Academic Affairs Committee.

Balancing Act

The halls of MU’s two engineering buildings are filled with men. Males constitute close to 90 percent of both students and faculty in the College of Engineering. In a discipline historically dominated by men, however, there is a growing presence of female students.

Ashley Stieferman, a senior industrial engineering major and president of the Society of Women Engineers, said she is not intimidated by the predominance of men in the school.

Taking the next step

Ann Brill has been called many things in her life. She was called a Tiger for the eight years she spent teaching at the Missouri School of Journalism. She has been called a Jayhawk for the past four years since she joined the faculty at the University of Kansas’ journalism school.

Now, just call her dean.

Lathrop escort policy goes to night shift

MU’s Lathrop Hall has changed its escort policy from an around-the-clock watch to a night shift.

Until Oct. 23, the all-female dormitory had a 24-hour escort policy — meaning that anyone who is not a resident of the hall could not leave the lobby area without a female escort.

Money talks if you choose to listen

We’ve heard the saying that the golden rule means that he who has the gold rules. Lots of us, who have fought against accepting this idea for most of our lives, have finally had to cave in. It’s true; money talks.

But now that we have come to the understanding that things really are that way, we need to define how this philosophy works in our lives by examining what money can and cannot buy.