Officer smiled on all life’s challenges

To hear friends describe her, Columbia police Officer Molly Suzanne Bowden was as tough as nails and as gentle as God’s touch.

“When I think of Molly, it always brings a smile to my face, as I think of her constant smile with the little extra bit of life that so few seem to know,” said W.A. Locke III, an MU ROTC instructor who taught Bowden.

Injured ribs don’t deter Davis

Wearing a vest of tape, Rock Bridge’s Justin Davis winced as he breathed heavily. There was obvious pain with each breath, but Davis would not let up on his opponent.

After injuring his ribs in a dual against Kirksville on Feb. 1, Davis (33-8 at 103 pounds) has been forced to wrestle through pain. It didn’t seem to bother him much. He won a 4-2 decision against junior Brant Loyd (36-7) of Joplin to secure third place at the District 3 tournament Saturday at Jefferson City.

Wrestling talent flowing in from North

The Wisconsin pipeline has brought Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith something valuable.

Smith has signed five Wisconsin natives in the past three years and, more importantly than adding to the tally of “W’s” in states represented on the team’s roster, Ben Askren, Matt Pell, Chase Wetenkampand Josh Wagner have contributed to put “W’s” in the box score.

Columbia responds

Among the prayers said every Sunday at Calvary Episcopal Church, one is for people in civil authority.

The Rev. Fred Thayer said his church supports these officials because of the nature of their work. On Friday, after learning of the death of Officer Molly Bowden, Thayer sent a letter to police Chief Randy Boehm expressing his personal condolences.

Tigers Break Through

Defense sparked offense. Noise broke through silence. Hugs replaced heartache.

Finally there were some smiles.

Life of service honored

Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden will be honored with a full police funeral on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

The service will include a 21-gun salute and ceremonial last call. A police honor guard will act as escorts and be present during the service.

Difficult times ahead for police

The loss of a colleague can be difficult, even for those whose profession demands toughness and bravery.

“There can be very strong personal reactions on the part of police officers,” said Wayne Anderson, professor emeritus of psychology at MU and adjunct professor of criminal justice at Columbia College.

Columbia schools respond to Bowden’s death

From Mill Creek Elementary to Hickman High School, the death of Officer Molly Bowden has inspired an outpouring of support from students and faculty throughout Columbia.

Handmade cards from elementary classes, banners with student messages of appreciation for the police and weeklong fund-raisers for the Officer Down Fund are some of the contributions that have grown from some of the community’s youngest members.

City planner job still vacant after 8 months

It doesn’t bother City Manager Ray Beck that Columbia has gone without a planning director for more than eight months. Beck said it’s not unusual to take this long to fill such a high-profile position.

The job has been vacant since Roy Dudark stepped down in early June. To date, 12 people have applied, city spokesman Robert Ross said.

Horton gets high marks from Snyder

All year long, Missouri coach Quin Snyder has told Jason Horton he could judge his play by his team’s performance.

If that’s the case, Horton had the best game of his short career against Oklahoma.

Group aims to save stem-cell studies

JEFFERSON CITY — More than 60 research groups and foundations from across Missouri have united under one name in an effort to protect stem-cell research.

The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures formed last week to oppose a legislative proposal to ban human cloning as well as a procedure known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. The procedure uses a nucleus extracted from a human egg to study its stem cells, which some scientists say could cure many diseases, such as diabetes.

Gardner’s clutch shooting sparks Tigers’ comeback

Emotions ran high after Missouri defeated No. 16 Oklahoma 68-65 in overtime at Mizzou Arena on Saturday.

As fans rushed onto the court, sophomore forward Linas Kleiza peeled off his jersey and threw it into the air.

Farmers’ market building examined for sports use

A farmers’ market located in the same building as recreational basketball courts could present a fresh take on the concept of after-game treats.

That’s one scenario facing the Columbia Farmers’ Market, which hopes to create a permanent, year-round home, as it nears a city-imposed deadline.

Face of women’s movement doesn’t like to stress looks

Gloria Steinem, whose spoken and written words have influenced history for decades, knows that how she looks has played a part in her success.

But she doesn’t like it.

17 report abuse by former priest

Five more people have come forward stating they were abused by former priest John Degnan, said Sister Ethel Marie Biri of the Diocese of Jefferson City. Seventeen abuse cases have been reported to the diocese as of Friday.

The diocese made announcements Jan. 15 at the Montgomery City parish and Jan. 22 at Pilot Grove, Boonville and Westphalia that Degnan, who turns 80 this week, might have sexually abused at least a dozen boys during the 1960s and 1970s in mid-Missouri parishes. They asked those who knew of such abuse to come forward.

Contentious elections compared

Recent reports by non-governmental groups on the Iraqi election and the Jan. 9 Palestinian presidential election reveal similar problems and stress the need for high levels of security.

Election officials and international observers focused on reports of poll-worker preparedness, freedom of movement and the importance of widespread civic participation. Security issues in Iraq prevented international organizations from directly monitoring the elections and limited the monitoring capacity of domestic groups.

Schools to decide Cingular contract

On Monday, following up on its January meeting, the Columbia Board of Education will review its contract with Cingular Wireless and the company’s proposal to build a cellular tower on the grounds of West Boulevard Elementary School.

The tower would be a 60-foot flagpole-type tower. The contract between Cingular Wireless and Columbia Public Schools “will not be executed until both parties agree upon the actual location of the tower, an appropriate fence and completion of contract,” according to a press release.

Missouri wins one for its coach

The Tigers cannot be with their coach to help ease her grief.

Instead, Missouri is sending a long- distance consolation to Cindy Stein.

Special day for MU team doctor Kane

Just call him Dr. Dad.

For Missouri women’s basketball team doctor Steven Kane, every home game is “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” Kane and his 13-year-old daughter Lauren are some of the team’s most dedicated fans.

Lee’s Summitt sophomore gives top performance against Hickman

For at least one game, Lee’s Summit’s Danielle Adams was the Moses Malone of girls’ high school basketball.

“I was pretty impressed with what I did today,” Adams said after her team’s 60-47 win against host Hickman on Saturday.