Donors flock to Bowden blood drive

Scott Ewing does not like to use the term “law enforcement community.”

For Ewing, a deputy with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the society of local police officers and sheriff’s deputies is more like a family.

Remembering MLK

The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day memorial service at Second Missionary Baptist Church downtown seemed to reach its peak Monday with former Missouri Rep. Lloyd Daniel.

A Democrat from Kansas City, Daniel evoked King’s legacy in the event’s keynote address by speaking of not “biting one’s tongue,” but rather speaking the truth even when it is not the popular thing to do.

Social Security overhaul’s impact on disabled is unclear

WASHINGTON — Social Security disability benefits may not be safe from the across-the-board cuts that are likely in President Bush’s proposal to allow personal investment accounts.

Retirement and disability benefits are calculated using the same formula, so if future promised retirement benefits are cut, then disability benefits also would be reduced — unless the program is somehow separated.

Colorado struggling with young roster

Colorado knows where it is.

“They have a sense that this is not their year,” Colorado coach Ceal Barry said. “They know it’s not their year.”

Better on the inside

It might seem surprising, but Columbia College men’s basketball coach Bob Burchard’s wasn’t pleased with the Cougars’ torrid first half 3-point shooting.

In Columbia College’s 77-56 victory against Lindenwood on Monday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex, the Cougars made eight first-half 3-pointers while opening up 49-29 halftime lead. But it was the decision by Burchard to force the ball to the post that kept the lead stable.

Foreign students run into red tape

Changes in the rules for receiving Social Security numbers could cause problems for some international students.

“Our rules have become more restrictive on who we can issue Social Security numbers to,” said Robert S. Duncan, manager of the Social Security Administration in Columbia.

Providing comfort

As a volunteer in the early 1980s, Stephana Landwehr would often overhear inmates talk about going to hell.

Vietnam veterans serving time at the Correctional Facility in Moberly would talk about their fear of moral condemnation. They were haunted by their actions in the line of duty.

St. Louis teachers close to striking

ST. LOUIS — On the verge of a strike that would violate state law, St. Louis teachers received support Monday from an unlikely source: three members of the school board.

Dissident board members Bill Haas, Amy Hilgemann and Veronica O’Brien met with union leaders over the weekend and then called a Monday news conference to say the majority of the board and the district were not doing enough to avert a strike in the state’s largest school district.

In 37 years, no one has replaced King

In the nearly 37 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., many of us would have believed that several individuals of equal stature would have come on the scene.

Although some have found a few people they have felt worthy of great distinction and monumental praise, none seems to have risen to become the recipient of the kind of universal respect and admiration as did King.

Homecourt edge

After a couple of weeks of conference play, the Big 12 Conference has shown much parity. A lot of credit belongs to the fans.

Most Big 12 coaches agree that conference venues are some of the toughest places to play in the nation. Big 12 fans have made it tougher than ever this year. For the first time, the Big 12’s nonconference record broke the .800 mark with 109 wins and 27 losses.