Six arrested in pedophilia case

Six men, including two from Boone County, have been arrested as a result of a covert investigation into child pornography by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The suspects include a former youth ministry volunteer, a commercial airline pilot, a career military man and a business owner.

“It seems from this investigation that some of the people who are the greatest danger are not the people we tend to recognize,” Detective Andy Anderson said.

Prison staff uses video games to baby-sit inmates

JEFFERSON CITY — Although the Missouri Department of Corrections decided earlier this month to ban violent video games from its prisons, Missouri remains one of only three states that allows any such games at all.

A survey by the American Correctional Association lists Missouri, Maine and West Virginia as the only states that allow prisoners to play video games. All three permit inmates to play sports and science-fiction games.

Woman dies after fall from garage

A woman fell to her death from a parking garage on the MU campus Wednesday afternoon.

MU Police Capt. Brian Weimer could not say why the woman fell, but said MU police were conducting an investigation into the death.

Different path for Hickman

It pays to concentrate on all facets of the game.

On a night when shots weren’t falling, the Hickman girls’ basketball team found other ways to produce in a 63-45 win against Helias on Wednesday at Hickman.

MU attends worldwide digital video conference

Last week, MU participated in Megaconference VI, the world's largest videoconference. With people communicating from 340 different sites and 33 countries around the world, the conference in its fourth year had its largest turnout ever. The conference promoted the use of videoconferencing in education and research.

‘Out in the cold’

Cries of outrage from residents of the Park Avenue public housing complex, who fear their homes might be razed in a redevelopment project, are a bit premature, city and housing officials said Wednesday.

“We’re not going to tell them to get out on the street,” said Doris Chiles, executive director of the Columbia Housing Authority.

Cougars net Ridley happiness

When Charliss Ridley signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Indiana in 1999, the highly regarded recruit had never heard of the Columbia College women’s basketball team.

That is because the team did not exist.

Extra Points: MU’s Hunter 2nd team All-American

Lindsay Hunter, a junior setter on the Missouri volleyball team, was named second team AVCA All-American on Wednesday.

She is the second player at Missouri to be named to an All-American team. Christi Myers was a third-team selection in 2002.

Stephens to offer new business minor

Thanks to a $48,500 grant from Coleman Foundation, Stephens college will be offering an Entrepreneurial Studies minor for the semester of Fall 2005. Freshman survey results demonstrated the growing need for an entrepreneurial program and a pilot class two years ago in entrepreneurship received positive feedback. The minor will be tailored to the student's field of study.

Historical society eyes museum

Downtown Columbia could get another infusion of culture as talks for a new museum in the area continue.

The State Historical Society of Missouri recently asked the city and MU if they would consider allowing it to become a tenant of a proposed archaeology museum on city-owned land in the Flat Branch area.

Rivals ready for rematch over Supercenter site

With 4,600 signatures and the approval of numerous neighborhood associations, a community organization opposed to rezoning land for a Wal-Mart Supercenter on West Broadway is gearing up for a showdown at a public hearing before the Columbia City Council on Monday.

At a Wednesday news conference at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center, members of Community First urged residents opposed to the rezoning to contact their City Council members and to attend Monday’s meeting.

School district waits for state budget data

The Columbia School District, it seems, is involved in a waiting game.

District officials must wait for information from the state before finalizing the 2005-06 budget.

Gov. Holden awards Columbia teachers

Teachers from Stephens College, Columbia College and MU will be recognized by outgoing Gov. Bob Holden and will receive the Governor's Award for Excellence and Teaching and Performance Excellence in Education. Recipients were chosen for their innovation, effectiveness, commitment and service to classes and their students.

Going deep

William Busch, professor emeritus at MU has been teaching a class on scuba since since he assisted in designing the Natatorium upon his arrival at MU in 1964. In Busch's class, he does more than give individuals the required training to earn a recreational C-card, or basic diver certification. It requires students to take 64 hours of water work and 64 hours of theory, as well as pass the YMCA Physical Fitness Land Test.