Four arrested in home homicide

Three men and a woman were arrested Thursday morning in connection with the death of a 48-year-old Columbia man who was fatally beaten on Jan. 8 during an invasion of his home.

Police charged Michael Williams, 24, Julian Jackman, 28, Walter Harris, 40, and Amy Garrison, 32, with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the death of Fernando Olivares, a Mexican immigrant.

Bowden in stable condition

Injured Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery Wednesday in an attempt to remove bullet fragments from her body.

Doctors at University Hospital also inserted a tube into her trachea and wired her shattered jaw closed.

Bush starts second term amid fanfare

WASHINGTON — George W. Bush embarked on an ambitious second term as president Thursday, telling a world anxious about war and terrorism that the United States would not shrink from new confrontations in pursuit of “the great objective of ending tyranny.”

Four minutes before noon, Bush placed his left hand on a family Bible and recited 39 tradition-hallowed words that every president since George Washington has uttered.

Board looks at adding preschool

The Columbia Public School District’s Board of Education is considering a proposal that would create an early childhood education program for children who have not yet entered kindergarten.

“It’s something being weighed and considered because we value those early years in childhood development,” said J.C. Headley, president of the Board of Education. “This proposal deals with a lot of issues trying to close the minority achievement gap.”

Ashland man known for fun-loving attitude

One photo that greeted people as they entered the Ashland Optimist Club to donate blood Thursday hints at the personality of the man they were there to remember.

In it, Arcie Sapp sits next to his wife and first grandchild, teasing smirk on his face for the photographer to capture.

Local Bush opponents hold anti-inauguration ball

As President Bush celebrated the beginning of his second term in Washington Thursday night, some Columbia residents gathered to represent the community that opposes his presidency.

Organized by the Columbia Peace Coalition, dozens gathered at Missouri United Methodist Church for the “People’s Inaugural Ball,” which included live music, speakers and a positive mood that contrasted their distaste for the Bush administration.

Both sides mark abortion ruling

Saturday is the 32nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in the United States. To mark the anniversary, some MU students will march to abortion clinics in support of abortion rights while others will be in the nation’s capital to participate in a rally opposing abortion rights.

Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom is sponsoring 12 students to be present at abortion clinics Saturday in the St. Louis area to support abortion rights. They will also attend an evening fund-raiser sponsored by the Freedom of Choice Council.

Hajj’s end brings celebration

Local Muslims packed into the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Thursday, one day after millions of Muslims worldwide completed their pilgrimage to Mecca.

The end of the pilgrimage, or hajj, marks the beginning of a three-day holiday called Eid al-Adha, or feast of the sacrifice. Men and women began filing into the mosque around 8 a.m. Some were already quietly intoning “God is great” as they slipped off their coats, scarves and shoes.

Ferguson trial date changed

One of two Columbia men charged in the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt has been given a new trial date.

The trial for Ryan W. Ferguson, 20, has been set for 9 a.m. on June 6. Ferguson’s defense attorney, Scott McBride, had asked for more time earlier this month. Circuit Judge Ellen Roper granted that request and set the new date last week. Ferguson will appear before a jury selected from Lincoln County.

Terms expire for UM curators

Gov. Matt Blunt will appoint three new members to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators within a month.

Spence Jackson, Blunt’s communications director, said the governor is approaching a decision, but Jackson declined to release names.

TV anchor Malicki to leave KOMU for Iowa in March

KOMU viewers only have a couple months left to watch TV anchor Beth Malicki on weekday broadcasts.

After six years with KOMU, Malicki, 28, will be leaving in March to fill a position at TV station KCRG, an ABC affiliate, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Two more file for Fifth Ward vacancy

Joseph Vradenburg and Stephen Reichlin filed petitions to run for the Columbia City Council’s Fifth Ward seat on Thursday.

The seat is currently held by Councilman John John, who will not run again. Three have filed to run for his seat.

Proposal on fans’ behavior dropped

The MU Faculty Council on Thursday dropped its proposed policy regarding the behavior of students at athletic events.

The board had asked Rex Campbell, a council member and professor of rural sociology, to draft the policy after the council’s chair Gordon Christensen received complaints about the Antlers, a student fan group not sponsored by the university.

Recall issued after foreign material found in Schwan’s egg rolls

Pagoda Egg Rolls, believed to contain foreign material, have been recalled by the Schwan Food Company. The Class 1 recall involves two varieties of Pagoda Egg Rolls, the chicken and the pork and shrimp. Schnucks is among retailers that carry these products. Schnucks and the Schwan’s company want customers to check their freezers for certain packages of these products.

The Pagoda Pork and Shrimp Roll will have a UPC of 0-72180-69274-0 with code dates of either 384314 or 384315. The Pagoda Chicken Egg Rolls will have a UPC of 0-72180-69274-0 with a code date of 384315. Each package will also have the establishment number of 5630, which can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Bruins edge Pirates

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team is learning how to win. Thursday night’s 42-41 victory against No. 6 Boonville, though, could be the Bruins’ toughest lesson so far.

Clutch shooting by Rock Bridge standout Ashley Dressler and a missed last-second shot by Boonville’s Lisa Simmons combined to give Rock Bridge its third consecutive win against a ranked opponent. The home victory moved Rock Bridge to 13-2 overall and 1-0 in District 10 after last season’s 6-20 record.

Gymnasts compete for cancer research

Sophomore Whitney Crater has a special interest in tonight’s gymnastics meet.

When she was 6, she lost her grandmother to breast cancer and now, through her team’s collaboration with University of Missouri Health Care, she can contribute to research for the disease.

Tigers in a confidence game

Nebraska assistant coach Doug Novsek said a close loss to Kansas on Wednesday helped boost the Cornhuskers’ confidence and he hopes the momentum will stay with the team in its game Saturday against Missouri.

The day after a 59-57 loss to No. 2 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., the Cornhuskers went right to work to prepare for the Tigers, who face Nebraska at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Rivalry new to KU coach

Tiger and Jayhawk fans know about the rivalry between their schools, but one important person was clueless.

“I wasn’t aware when I took the job,” Kansas women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “I anticipated that (the big rival) would be Kansas State and not that it’s not, but I didn’t realize the intensity of the Missouri rivalry, but I do now.

Indians’ defense dogs Douglass

Simon Shavers-Hall screamed at himself in frustration. The Douglass basketball team’s leading scorer was having an off night.

His three first-quarter field goal attempts had rattled in and out of the basket. The opposition was intercepting his usually crisp passes.

Cougars’ rally not enough

The Columbia College men’s basketball team showed Thursday why it will continue to be a force in the American Midwest Conference.

Its fight.