Police struggle with loss of fellow officer

The 3 p.m. shift change at the Columbia Police Department was unnaturally quiet on Thursday, as police starting or ending their shifts learned that fellow officer Molly Bowden had died earlier that day.

“It is something we have all braced ourselves for,” Capt. Sam Hargadine said. “And while we hoped for the best, we are now faced with dealing with it.”

Police: Suspects returned to scene

Jeong Im’s killer or killers most likely returned to the scene of the crime about one hour after the slaying to set the 72-year-old MU researcher’s car on fire, MU police said Thursday.

After weeks of investigation, police have also narrowed down the time of Im’s stabbing to sometime between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 7. His body was found by police in the trunk of his 1995 Honda at 12:24 p.m. on the third level of the Maryland Avenue parking garage on the MU campus.

Horror film escapes the living dead

Chip Gubera was in a serious bind.

It was the first day of filming for “Song of the Dead” — a musical about zombies — that was shot in Columbia and Rocheport, and the director had no leading lady.

Reception to honor contest participants

Columbia Public Schools will celebrate the diversity of Boone County and MU alumni on Monday at an awards ceremony and reception held for the participants of the Celebrating Diversity poster and essay contest.

The MU Association of Black Graduate and Professional Students, with the help of a number of other organizations, sponsored the contest, which was open to all students in the district.

Culinary arts teacher chosen

Inspired by his father, Brook Harlan began cooking before he was even 10 years old. His passion for food continued to develop as he grew older, and in 2002, he graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Now, he is a culinary arts teacher at Rock Bridge High School, through the Columbia Career Center, as well as the assistant wrestling coach.

Next week, however, Harlan will leave his cooking classes and wrestling team to someone else. Harlan, 24, will travel to New York to begin filming for Food Network’s new reality show “The Next Food Network Star.” Selected as one of eight contestants, Harlan will compete in cooking contests and other challenges for the chance to win his own Food Network series.


It divided a nation and was one of only two wars fought on American soil, and in 1862, the Civil War came to MU. On Jan. 2, 1862, a division of Union cavalry, Merrill’s Horse, came to MU and garrisoned the school. For the following years until the end of the war in 1865, Union troops would be a standard sight on the campus in downtown Columbia.

Tim Hausman, a development officer in the MU School of Health Professions, said the decision to garrison the school was motivated by the war.

RFK Jr. to speak at Columbia College

Next month, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak as part of this year’s Schiffman lecture series at Columbia College.

Kennedy, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Council and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, will speak on “Our Environmental Ethical Destiny” at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in Launer Auditorium. The event is free and open to all.

Athletic Legacy

As thousands of patrons file into Mizzou Arena, they pass by a tribute to MU’s greatest athletes. The Walsworth Family All-American Plaza, on the arena’s north side, honors past and present MU athletes who were named All-Americans.

“The idea behind the plaza is to recognize and honor our student-athletes who have brought prestige and great achievement to the university,” said Chad Moller, media relations director for the athletic department.

Relatives, friends, city mourn Bowden’s death

After Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden was shot in January, her family called upon the Rev. Michael Burt for counsel and to help them maintain their privacy during their daughter’s very public struggle for survival.

Her parents, David and Beverly Thomas, asked a member of their church to record updates of their daughter’s condition on the answering machine at their Rocheport home.

Tigers seek smooth start

Disastrous early-season road trips have prepared Ty Singleton for the worst.

Since he began his tenure as Missouri’s softball coach in 2003, his team’s travel schedule has seldom got off on the right foot.

Steinem accepts award

Activist and writer Gloria Steinem emphasized doing what is important to you as she spoke to a crowd of more than 200 people Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre.

“Do what you really care about,” she said. “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

Ashland library vote delayed

The Daniel Boone Library Board of Trustees decided Thursday night that it needed more information before voting to purchase property to build a permanent Ashland library facility.

Tommy Tomlin, chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, recommended the library staff continue gathering details about the cost of two potential locations before the final land-purchase decisions are made.

MU considers fee-for-service policy

As groups of MU professors begin entrepreneurial activities on campus, faculty and administration have struggled with how to distribute the revenues from such activities. A model outlining the distribution of revenues generated from fee-for-service activity was presented to the Faculty Council on Thursday. Under the proposed model, revenues from fee-for-service activities would be split between the faculty members involved in those projects and the university.

Commission approves of Dillard’s addition

Dillard’s Department Store is looking to expand upward – and the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approves.

The commission passed Dillard’s proposal Thursday to add a second floor to the Columbia Mall location. The measure will now go before the City Council on Feb. 21.

MU hospitals fearful of Medicaid cuts

Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed Medicaid reforms have some medical professionals worrying about the stability of the MU Health Care system, which recently became profitable after a prolonged financial upheaval.

For fiscal 2004, the health-care system reported a record $26.4 million profit, compared to a $30 million combined loss over the past five years. A reduction of Medicaid eligibility levels of only 5 percent to 10 percent would cause estimated annual losses of $4.5 million to $9 million, system spokeswoman Mary Jenkins said.

Stutter step

The Columbia College men’s basketball team might have committed the ultimate sports taboo Thursday: overlooking one’s opponent.

“You never want to admit that,” said sophomore guard Ryan Steinhoff after an unimpressive 80-60 win against Harris-Stowe.

Seniors cap big victory

Rock Bridge was inspired in its last regular season home game of the season Thursday night.

A strong effort made it possible to play the team’s four seniors, and they stole the show. All four helped their team to a 59-29 victory against Hannibal.

Tigers searching for leadership

After a spirited performance to beat Colorado 55-53 on Wednesday, a question remains for Missouri women’s basketball fans. Which team will show up for the rest of the season? The one that beat Colorado with heart or the one that passively accepted a 60-42 thrashing by Kansas at Mizzou Arena?

Against Colorado, the Tigers came out with fire in their eyes. Associate head coach Betsy Yonkman, who served as head coach in Cindy Stein’s absence Wednesday, said she thought the team came out and played hard for 40 minutes.

Wrestlers take new path to state meet

The Hickman and Rock Bridge wrestling teams will be competing in one less postseason tournament.

With the Missouri State High School Athletic Association expanding wrestling from three to four classes this year, the sectional tournament has been replaced by a longer district tournament.

Bruins, Kewpies attack state meet

John Hamilton doesn’t know what to expect from his swimmers at this weekend’s state boys’ swimming and diving championships. He just hopes they have fun.

“I told the swimmers there is no pressure,” said Hamilton, who coaches the Hickman and Rock Bridge teams.