After the tsunami

Rocking her baby in her arms, Muthu was sitting among the remains of a house. Her face seemed painfully ashen and emotionless. When I touched her shoulder, she wept uncontrollably.

Behind her, a girl no more than 12 years old was rinsing clothes in a bucket with water that was gray and murky.

Columbia schools rally to raise money for victims

Columbia students of all ages are working in their schools and with the community to raise funds and awareness for tsunami aid.

“It’s a way to teach our children about empathy and charity,” said Linda Bozoian, a fourth-grade teacher at New Haven Elementary.

Rain proves both boon, bane for area businesses

For Lee Riley, the only thing good about the cold is that it means he can get back to work.

Riley, owner of Riley Contractors, said all the precipitation this month has prevented two of his three full-time employees from working.

Blunt seeks cap on malpractice suits

With tort reform at the top of the Republican majority’s agenda in the General Assembly, new Gov. Matt Blunt hopes lawmakers will pass medical malpractice reform that is more substantive than the bill vetoed last year by then-Gov. Bob Holden.

The new laws would impose a limit on payouts of noneconomic or pain-and-suffering damages to $250,000 in medical malpractice lawsuits and restrict where personal-injury lawsuits can be filed. Missouri doctors, who have seen their malpractice insurance rates more than double over the last four years, support the changes.

Pride and privation on MLK Drive

ST. LOUIS — In many cities, they stand as sad, dilapidated monuments to a civil rights hero.

With the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today, the focus in St. Louis and around the country turns to the streets that bear his name.

More laptops spell security worries at MU

The rising number of laptops on campus has prompted security concerns for both Information and Technology Services, and the MU Police Department.

Last semester, IATS began registering residence hall students’ computers and encouraging other MU affiliates to do the same. So far about 10,000 computers have been registered with IATS. About 4,400 are laptops.

Optimism greets diet guidelines

Nutrition experts expect that, in the wake of fad diets, Americans will find the revised governmental nutritional guidelines more useful.

Teri Jo Oetting, a registered dietician with the Missouri Beef Industry Council and member of the Missouri Dietetic Association, said she thinks Americans will take the updated guidelines more seriously than previous guidelines.

Oakland Jr. High hosts tsunami aid activities

The members of the Girls Empowerment Group at Oakland Junior High are on a mission to teach their fellow students about the tsunamis that devastated South and Southeast Asia.

“I think it’s important to know because it can happen to anyone at anytime,” said ninth-grader Whitney Jennings.

Tigers’ progression stalls at KSU

There are two kinds of losses.

There are the losses in which you improve and take positive signs from. Close losses to teams like No. 6 Oklahoma State or No. 1 Illinois are those kinds of losses.

Rams looked little like elite team of past in playoff defeat

ST. LOUIS — In the end, the St. Louis Rams looked more like a .500 team than a dangerous playoff spoiler.

The across-the-board spanking they absorbed in Saturday’s 47-17 playoff loss to the Falcons exposed so many problems that coach Mike Martz might not know where to start. It’s unfamiliar territory for a franchise accustomed to being near the top but one that endured a most dysfunctional season.

Patriots quiet Manning

FOXBORO, Mass. — The quintessential quarterback keeps running into the quintessential team.

For the second year in a row, the New England Patriots made MVP Peyton Manning look ordinary and his Indianapolis teammates inept, this time beating them 20-3 on Sunday behind Corey Dillon’s 144 yards rushing. The Pats held the ball nearly 38 minutes, leaving Manning hardly any time to work his magic.