Filtration Innovation

Wilderness gurus will find the most innovative part of Columbia’s new Bass Pro Shop outside its doors.

IARA waits for ruling on assets

The Islamic American Relief Agency will have to wait at least two more weeks for a judge to determine whether the agency can regain control of its assets and resume its work.

Senator pushes for Reagan day

JEFFERSON CITY — It’s a short list.

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Christopher Columbus. Those are the men Missouri honors with state holidays.

Rock Bridge gets boost from youth

Rock Bridge’s youth served it well on Monday night, and the Bruins had just enough to pull out a win.

Led by two freshmen and a sophomore, the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team defeated visiting Mexico 51-47 in another close game for the Bruins.

County purchases prime real estate

As a committee discusses how to ease a space crunch in Boone County government, county commissioners have acquired or contracted to buy several pieces of prime downtown real estate.

Conley’s play can’t net win

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jason Conley did everything right. He drove, had good shot selection and played strong defense.

Conley’s best efforts still weren’t enough to lift Missouri to its first road win of the season. In a 73-61 loss to No. 3 Kansas on Monday at Allen Field House, Conley scored 20 points, had four rebounds and three steals. Big numbers weren’t the only thing Conley contributed.

A trip through History

From diaries to vinyl records to the most minute happenings in Missourians’ lives, the Western Historical Manuscript Collection in MU’s Ellis Library details the history and culture of mid-Missouri. There are many places to do research at MU, but the collection, arguably one of the best, is often overlooked.

The collection began in Columbia in 1943 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Its materials were combined with those of the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1963. Five years later, the collection expanded to offices on all four University of Missouri System campuses.

Engineers eat fill at free lunch

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch has not met a member of MU’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Hot dogs, chips and chili filled a long table in front of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering office at MU’s Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall on Friday afternoon. A warm grill and a bag of charcoal sat outside the building in the cold weather. The scene was more reminiscent of a barbecue than a January school day, but for the society, the two are interwoven.

Fading Fast

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s much too late in the season for there to be any moral victories for Missouri.

“There’s no such thing as that for us,” senior Jason Conley said. “We’ve had a lot of those this year, and as time goes on … They feel good as far making a big step as a team, but me and the guys are tired of getting so close, as far as playing these big schools that are ranked and getting close. That almost hurts more. I’d rather lose by 100 points than lose by nine or 10.”

Donate children’s books at MU games

MU athletics fans are asked to bring books appropriate for children up to age 6 to Tiger men’s and women’s basketball games Feb. 12.

The books will be donated to the Mizzou Tigers Children’s Book Drive, sponsored by the MU athletic department, Boone Early Childhood Partners and the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia.

Booze targeted for tax boost

JEFFERSON CITY — A state representative wants voters to quadruple the tax on beer, double the tax on spirits and boost the tax on wine to pay for a program addressing alcohol abuse and underage drinking.

Trip to prepare officials for disaster

To better deal with everything from tornadoes to terrorist attacks, about 50 officials from Columbia and Boone County met Monday morning to prepare for a trip to a Federal Emergency Management Agency training session in Maryland.

Frosty first half cools Stars’ hopes

The ball wouldn’t fall for Stephens College in the first half Monday night.

The Stars lost 67-55 to Avila University at Silverthorne Arena after shooting 16 percent in the first 20 minutes.

McKinney hampered by hand

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jimmy McKinney had the hot hand Saturday and a hurt hand Monday.

McKinney, who scored Missouri’s first seven points against Kansas State on Saturday, had an inauspicious start in Missouri’s 73-61 loss against Kansas on Monday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Cougars up against tall task tonight against McKendree

The Columbia College women’s basketball team might have to look up to their opponents for the first time in more than a month.

After three undersized American Midwest Conference opponents, the Cougars will face McKendree College, a team with five players who are 5 feet, 11 inches or taller, at 7 tonight at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

A month of memories


An exhibit on civil rights will be featured through the month of February at Missouri State Museum; contact 751-2854.

Fear could lead us to make changes

Weather has been a major newsmaker for the past several months. Tsunamis, mudslides and snowstorms have made the headlines. People-against-nature stories abound.

People are amazed that others continue to choose to live in places where natural disasters occur almost every year. As one who has lived in an area struck by two major tornadoes, I know that everyone has his or her own reason for choosing to rebuild and hope for the best. Since the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, there’s been more focus on the desire to “live safe.” Some people actually live in constant fear of being the victim of a terrorist plot. Sadly enough, I know some folks who have given into their fears, thinking that everyday life constitutes a virtual landmine of dangers.

Committee examines cloning, stem-cell ethics

JEFFERSON CITY — The issues of cloning and stem-cell research found themselves under the microscope at a state Senate hearing Monday night.

Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Jackson County, presented a bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee to outlaw human cloning in Missouri by defining the creation of a human as the egg of a human female fertilized by the sperm of a human male.