Bringing Bollywood to Columbia

Backstage at Jesse Auditorium on Saturday, dancers for MU’s “India Nite” fussed with their costumes, preparing for a diversity of dance performances.

A troupe of children started the entertainment by singing the national anthems of India and the United States.

Diplomat shares Cold War memories

Political science students at MU got a rare first-hand account of the end of the Cold War when the last American ambassador to the Soviet Union, Jack Matlock, visited their class Friday.

Matlock wrote “Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended”, in which he gives a detailed first-person account of the final days of the Cold War.

Reeling in the trout season

Mike Hanauer of Ashland has loved fishing his entire life, but he took up trout fishing just last year after he retired from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City.

Instead of traveling to the trout streams of southern Missouri, Hanauer only had to drive to Cosmo-Bethel Park in south Columbia.

Kewps, Bruins eye new season

The high-pitched squeak of basketball shoes pivoting and shuffling filled the Hickman gym Monday night.

It didn’t feel like the first practice of the 2004-05 season for the Hickman girls’ basketball team.

Realism addicts video athletes

In their three years as a couple, Columbia’s Erica Ainge and Alvin Banks have gone through the same experience each fall.

To Banks, the annual August release of the best-selling “Madden” NFL videogame is like a national holiday.

Complete election results take time, manpower

JEFFERSON CITY — From the ballot box to the election returns on the evening news, the responsibility of counting each Missourian’s vote will fall upon the state’s 114 county clerks and the office of the secre-tary of state.

Individual votes are counted at the county level, where ballots are collected from each polling place and taken to a central location, usually the courthouse or a county government center.

Peterson running for Heisman

Adrian Peterson does not act or play like a freshman.

Perhaps that is why he is being mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy winner with three games left in the regular season for No. 2 Oklahoma.

Extra Points: Cougars win season opener on road

The Columbia College women’s basketball team opened its season Monday night by beating Purdue-Calumet 74-51 in Hammond, Ind. Columbia College led the defending Chicagoland Conference champions by 13 at halftime and held on for an easy victory in the second half.

It was the seniors who led the No. 13 Cougars. Forward Mindy Mitchem led Columbia College on defense. She recorded 12 rebounds and six blocks. Four other seniors scored in double figures for the Cougars. Guard Tiffany Foote led the team with 18 points, and forward Charliss Ridley scored 15, followed by guard Lisa Kowalewski with 13 and forward Tilly Payne with 12.

Politics takes toll on civility, unity

One outcome of this election season for me is that I’ve learned a lot about people in my community. As most everyone knows, I take a lot of pride in being a Missourian. I love being around folks who have grown up close to the soil. I’ve always felt I could find a way to get along with the kind of people who make a creed of common sense.

Somehow, something has sneaked into some people’s thinking that I can’t recognize. We are the kind of people who grew up going to Sunday school. Every year at every church, we did the Christmas pageants, where we dressed up like the wise men and Mary and Joseph and talked a lot about peace on Earth and good will toward men. We learned at home how to say “thank you” and “please” and, in kindergarten, how to play together in harmony. Since then, we’ve worked together, had meals together and shared the same goals for our community.

Two historic buildings up for renovation

More than $2 million will be spent to renovate two city buildings to make them compliant with fire and building codes.

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved a $2.3 million renovation plan on Monday for the Howard and Gentry buildings downtown. They also asked the architects to work on detailed specifications for the project.

A discount on a jolt for your vote

With 30 cents and an 18-year-old’s idealism, Timothy Kiefer turned Election Day into more than just his first opportunity to participate in democracy; he turned it into a test of his capitalist mettle.

Kiefer has worked for Lakota Coffee Co. for all of a month. He came up with a business idea early Tuesday morning that would result in skyrocketing sales and increased recognition for the coffee kiosk he runs at the Columbia Public Li-brary, which served as a polling place Tuesday.

Volunteers provide rides to the polls

Sitting behind the wheel of a large, empty bus with five vacant green seats, Daryll Watkins’ wide-eyed reflection shines through a rearview mirror with a small American flag appropriately hung next to it. For Watkins, the drive is work as usual. But today, his destination could help decide the course of a nation.

“I can go to these places and I show up with my mind and body, and I’m pretty good at it,” said Watkins, transportation coordinator for Services for Independent Living. “But I like going to places that my mind, body and heart is into.”

Drivers share opinions via bumper banter

From foreign policy to flip-flopping, Columbia drivers are adopting personal spins on the campaign season’s political debates.

Boonville resolution keeps up hope of saving bridge

Efforts to save the historic railroad bridge that spans the Missouri River at Boonville have new life.

The Boonville City Council has passed a resolution to preserve the bridge that Union Pacific plans to demolish as early as December.

Volunteers in small, big towns face different campaign challenges

In the final days before Tuesday’s highly anticipated election, campaign volunteers have been fighting to bring the last few undecided voters to their side.

The challenges vary, however, for volunteers in small towns such as Moberly and those in bigger cities such as Columbia.

KC seeks bigger slice of travel pie

As far as the airport’s administration is concerned, all that stands between Kansas City International Airport and domination of mid-Missouri’s air travel market is 30 minutes.

According to, that’s how much longer it takes to drive the 145 miles from the intersection of Providence and Broadway in Columbia to Kansas City Airport versus the 122 miles to Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

Cardinals dismiss hitting coach

ST.LOUIS- The St. Louis Cardinals, fresh off their World Series loss, have dismissed their hitting coach because of an alcoholism problem, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Mitchell Page, the Cardinals’ hitting coach for 3 1/2 seasons, was informed of the team’s decision Thursday by general manager Walt Jocketty and manager Tony La Russa, according to, the Web site of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Kewps’ Huckla tough in goal

Hickman’s Drew Huckla, at 5 feet, 10 inches and 190 pounds, looks more like a football team’s fullback than a soccer team’s goalkeeper.

Opposing strikers are finding out that Huckla brings the physicality of football to a sport known more for finesse and touch.

Shootout in K.C.

KANSAS CITY- On a day dominated by offense, it took a defensive back to settle things.

Indianapolis star Peyton Manning had thrown five touchdown passes when he lofted the ball into Kansas City’s end zone with just under 2 minutes left Sunday. This time, the catch in the end zone belonged to Chiefs safety Greg Wesley, who returned the ball 65 yards to seal Kansas City’s 45-35 victory.

Tigers’ defense shines despite ’Huskers’ win

LINCOLN, Neb. – As bad as it played against Nebraska, Missouri’s offense had chances to get back in the game.

With a little more than five minutes left Saturday, the Tigers had their best chance, a first-and-goal at the 8-yard line. Although the offense failed to score, it never would have had those chances without the defense’s continued stout play. The defense again proved itself and highlighted an otherwise disappointing 24-3 loss to the Cornhuskers.