Blunt looks to the future

As Gov. Matt Blunt stood on the Capitol steps taking the oath of office to become Missouri’s 54th governor Monday, Columbia resident Pat Tull couldn’t help but notice Blunt’s youth.

“He talked a lot of about the future,” said Tull, 76, “Well, he is pretty young and I am pretty old, so we will have to see if all that vim and vigor he has will make him successful.”

Student’s killer gets 25 years

Taron Crawford, 20, of Kansas City, Kan., was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the shooting death of MU sophomore Charles Blondis.

Taron Crawford has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the shooting death of an MU student.

Tsunami aid is early tax break

The federal government has decided to be charitable with those who have been charitable.

President Bush signed a bill into law Friday that allows taxpayers the option of deducting tsunami-related donations made before this Jan. 31 on their 2004 or 2005 tax return.

Slain scientist recalled as thoughtful, kind

Many of Jeong Im’s friends and co-workers still talk about him in the present tense, as if he might show up any minute at the laboratory where he worked or at a neighbor’s doorstep, vegetables from his garden in hand.

They remember him as a kind and thoughtful man with a sense of humor that reflected his intellect, a hard worker with a passion for science and a respected elder in Columbia’s tightknit circle of Korean immigrants.

Police seek answers in stabbing

Police on Monday were still trying to sift through conflicting stories about what sparked a disagreement that ended in a fatal stabbing at a Columbia convenience store Thursday afternoon.

“At one point, we heard that it involved some type of road rage incident,” said Capt. Mike Martin, investigative commander for the Columbia Police Department. “At another point, we were told it involved some type of money issue.

Suspects sought in violent robbery

Two Columbia residents were robbed at gunpoint Saturday evening in the 1700 block of Monroe Street. One victim suffered serious head injuries and is in critical condition at University Hospital.

The victims reported that they answered the door to a young female who asked to use the phone. Three men wearing masks and armed with handguns then entered the home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

One-party system needs one more

Some of my neighbors are absolutely delighted that one of the things we left behind in the old year was two-party government. They are thrilled with the idea that there are no more worrisome checks and balances that have to be dealt with. A concerned friend keeps trying to warn people about the dangers of that kind of situation to no avail. She keeps talking about what happened in Hitler’s Germany, but of course, that’s history and thought to be therefore dead and buried. Still, I’m glad she has the courage to keep trying, even though it seems like a hopeless case.

One party government has always been a mistake, even though it works in favor of some individuals. I remember how thrilled people were in the Reagan era when they felt everything was coming up roses. Personally, I believe that the corporate corruption that we have been experiencing in the past few years has is roots in the deregulation process that symbolized for me, the Reagan years. The reality of a handful of individuals owning the huge chunk of the nation’s wealth, while the rest of the people struggle over a tiny part of it, I find morally and ethically unhealthy.

Win helps Hickman gain momentum

The Hickman girls’ basketball team took another step toward regaining their form of last season.

The Kewpies beat Kirksville 48-38 on Monday night at Hickman.

Sutton adding to long legacy

When Oklahoma State hosts Missouri tonight, Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton will play for one of the most prestigious honors in his school’s basketball history.

If Sutton gets a victory, he will tie OSU legend Henry Iba with 767 career victories. It will also move him into seventh place on the all-time winningest coaches list. It would only be fitting if Sutton tied Iba’s record at home in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Tigers’ Brooks back where she started

After last year’s mid-season transfer, Tiffany Brooks is traveling back to Manhattan.

Tonight, the Missouri women’s basketball team (7-6, 1-1) takes on No.23-ranked Kansas State (10-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.

Hard not to notice Kansas success

Most Big 12 Conference coaches are impressed that Kansas keeps winning despite the loss of powerhouse senior forward Wayne Simien.

Simien underwent surgery on his left thumb to repair a ligament that had pulled away from the bone on Dec. 19. Estimates said he would be out for four to six weeks.

Suspect charged in cop shootings

Richard Thiel Evans, 23, of Columbia was arrested Tuesday morning and charged in connection with the shooting of two Columbia police officers during a 9½ -hour span Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Officer Molly Bowden was shot three times while conducting a routine vehicle stop of a 1998 black Mitsubishi Galant at the corner of Forum and Nifong at 9:50 p.m. Monday. Evans, the lone person in the vehicle, reportedly shot at Bowden with a handgun. Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said the shot missed Bowden, who then ducked behind Evans’ vehicle. Boehm said Evans walked to the back of the car and shot Bowden. While she was on the ground, Evans shot her two more times at close range, Boehm said. One bullet hit Bowden in the neck and two hit her in the upper torso. All three shots were located above the bullet proof vest she was wearing. Two people driving east on Nifong spotted Officer Bowden lying on the ground and notified police dispatcher of the officer’s injuries. Bowden was She was taken to University Hospital where she is listed in stable but critical condition.