Touched by a tragedy

Mihiri Desilva-Udawatta ended her speech at MU’s tsunami memorial service Tuesday with a Buddhist prayer, blessing those who perished in the Dec. 26 disaster.

Desilva-Udawatta, who spoke as a representative of Sri Lanka and lost a cousin and many friends to the wall of water, lent a personal voice to the global tragedy.

Study finds Columbia is financially fit

Columbia ranked as one of the country’s most “financially fit” metropolitan areas in a new study conducted by the InCharge Institute of America.

The study examined how well 314 U.S. metropolitan areas measured up in promoting financial fitness for their citizens. The criteria for financial fitness included real personal disposable income, employment opportunities, creditworthiness, levels of savings and refinancing activity.

Tigers face Sharp road test

Winning an elusive national championship is why college basketball coaches coach and players play.

It can be the pinnacle of a career or a brutal absence on a college resume.

Syncing to the moosic

The phrase “golden cow” generates looks of confusion from most, but to students at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, the Golden Cow is an event they look forward to the entire school year.

The Golden Cow is an annual lip-sync competition between the two schools to raise money for multiple sclerosis.

3 picked for UM Curators

Gov. Matt Blunt made three nominations Tuesday to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators to replace members whose terms expired Jan. 1.

Doug Russell of Lebanon, David Wasinger of

City group to accept arts funds applications

More than $75,000 will be given to local arts organizations this year through the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Applications for the funds are available beginning at noon today at 13 N. Eighth St.

Last year, 16 local arts groups received money from the city to fund classes, workshops and performances. The largest award, $12,801, went to Theater Reaching Young People in Schools. Other organizations that received awards last year include the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Missouri Review.

Tigers head to Boulder

The last time Linas Kleiza traveled to Boulder, Colo., he returned to Columbia with a loss and a season-ending injury.

Almost one year ago, with 52 seconds left in the game, Kleiza dislocated his right shoulder while coming down over Colorado center David Harrison. Kleiza walked off the court holding his arm to his chest. The rest of the Tigers walked off with an 83-70 loss.

Senate panel OKs SMS change

JEFFERSON CITY — The stage was set Tuesday for round two of the name-change filibuster.

In a 6-3 party-line vote, the state Senate Education Committee approved the Southwest Missouri State University name change and sent it to the full Senate. The bill would change the name of the school to Missouri State University.

Rested Kewpies set for Bruins

Hickman girls’ basketball coach Tonya Mirts is trying to make the best out of an unfavorable schedule situation.

Mirts said a scheduling conflict forced Hickman to move a game against Parkway South from last Saturday to December 16, which created a nine-day layoff for the Kewpies.

State senator tapped to head DNR

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt on Tuesday named veteran Republican lawmaker Doyle Childers to head the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Childers was a moderate voice during his 22-year career in the General Assembly, with a record of supporting clean-water efforts, especially in the southwestern part of the state.

Jays squash Bruins’ hopes early

Rock Bridge coach John Kopnisky said his team needed more heart.

Tuesday night, the Rock Bridge Bruins went out onto the mat with a lack of effort, losing 60-9 to Jefferson City. Seven of the 13 Rock Bridge wrestlers lost by fall or technical fall.

Public welcome to view Saturn

No one is getting married, but rings will be the main topic of conversation tonight at Laws Observatory. Saturn’s rings, that is.

Cougars cruise by Prairie Stars

The Columbia College women’s basketball team maintained their pefect record in conference play with a 95-74 victory against the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Charliss Ridley, the American Midwest Conference Player of the Week, scored 25 points to lead the Cougars (18-5, 5-0).

MU student accused of exposing self

An MU student suspected of exposing himself to children was arrested at his home Monday night, police said.

Jason T. Scott, 22, was arrested on suspicion of exposing himself to children ages 8, 9, 11 and 14 from a car. One of the incidents occurred at the corner of Westwood Avenue and Maupin Road, but police think Scott repeated the crime in at least one other location, said Sgt. John White of the Columbia Police Department.

Fondue fondness

In 1967, seven couples gathered on a fall evening for fondue, wine and the company of other couples in some way related to MU. They called their group Gourmet Dining.

Nearly 40 years later, in the home of charter members Kee and Diana Groshong, another fondue party got under way.

Talent touted at Hickman High School

With bands like The Tipper Gores and Ralph Vader taking the stage, the audience Monday evening at the 2005 Hickman High School Talent Night might have expected a forum for mundane political discussion.

Instead, the audience got to see a showcase of the talents of 57 students who had been itching to perform for more than three weeks.