Columbia pays tribute to Bowden’s memory

An estimated 3,000 people are expected to gather at Mizzou Arena today for the funeral of Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden. At a news conference Monday, police gave a detailed plan for today’s activities in response to the expected turnout.

Police and Columbia Public School District officials also made plans for managing traffic disruptions due to a procession after the funeral.

UM system gets slightly lower return on investment

The University of Missouri system’s endowment investment return for 2004 was below average compared to other institutions with similar total assets and was outperformed by the University of Kansas investment teams.

Filibuster stalls SMSU name change

JEFFERSON CITY — No love was lost in the Missouri Senate this Valentine’s Day.

A long-awaited debate over changing the name of Southwest Missouri State University to Missouri State University stretched late into the night Monday. Columbia Sen. Chuck Graham and other Democrats stalled a vote by holding the floor with a filibuster.

Rock Bridge student charged in Hickman vandalism

A Rock Bridge High School senior has been charged with vandalism in connection with damage done to the Hickman High School athletic field in early January.

Aaron Nichols, 17, was charged with second-degree property damage on Feb. 1.

Frustrating night

Late in the third quarter of Monday night’s game, Douglass’ Anthony Massengale streaked from the left wing to intercept a pass at midcourt.

Massengale, a 6-foot-5 junior, was all alone as he raced toward the basket. As Massengale elevated, so did the Bulldogs’ fans. They applauded his one-handed dunk even before it happened.

Coping With Cuts

Each morning, Steve Mabbitt helps his longtime friend, roommate and boss, Tammy Jennings, out of bed.

He helps her to the toilet, bathes her, dresses her, feeds her and gives her the pills she needs to treat the cerebral palsy she has had since birth.

Senate committee advances measure against cloning

JEFFERSON CITY — Just before the state Senate Judiciary Committee prepared to vote on anti-cloning legislation Monday evening, Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, wiped tears from his eyes.

The bill, which passed 7-2, would halt cloning and somatic-cell nuclear-transfer research in humans, which some Missouri scientists say has the potential to cure many degenerative diseases.

Stephens fades fast after losing first half momentum

Down by five late in the first half, Missouri Valley women’s basketball coach Bill Wolf called a timeout to motivate his team.

“We missed a couple of shots and they started to hang their heads and I said, ‘We can’t get frustrated, we can’t hang our head, we’ve just got to keep shooting and our shots are going to fall.’”

Schools refuse cell-tower offer

The Columbia School Board turned down a proposed contract between Cingular Wireless and Columbia Public Schools for a cellular tower at West Boulevard Elementary School at its meeting Monday night.

Board member Elton Fay motioned to deny consideration of the contract and said he had concerns about leasing school property to private companies and the safety of cell phone towers.

Kansas City politician paid for paper’s support

KANSAS CITY — A reporter and columnist for The Call, a newspaper targeted at the city’s black community, accepted $1,500 from the congressional campaign of the Rev. Emanuel Cleaver while also reporting on the election.

Eric Wesson also wrote editorials praising Cleaver and criticizing his opponents, Democrat Jamie Metzl and Republican Jeanne Patterson. Cleaver, a former Democratic mayor, defeated both en route to replacing Democratic Rep. Karen McCarthy in Missouri’s 5th Congressional District.

Diverse beliefs, varied conclusions

I remember as a child that people in my family who raised issues simply for the purpose of causing conflict were accused of fostering “cold water arguments.” Consequently, only visitors were likely to enter a debate in which neither wins nor losses had any validity, and discussion was considered a waste of valuable time. I suppose that early memory of my family’s rules of verbal exchange account for my less than lukewarm response to the creation versus evolution controversies raging in some parts of the country.

After careful listening to all sides of the issue, I came to the conclusion that we don’t all begin our examination of the subject from the same point, and therefore, the possibility of us arriving at the same conclusion is highly unlikely. Personally, I have to begin my investigation of the matter with who I think God is. Since I believe God to be omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, I can accept that he created human beings and, therefore, understood their capacity for boundless curiosity and provided them with scenarios by which they could pursue various avenues leading toward a natural history. This way they could explain themselves to themselves. I can understand other people not subscribing to this theory in the same way that I can accept people who, without a qualm, board a 747 jetliner firmly believing that they will land safely but disbelieve the possibility of a virgin birth. You see, it all depends on the individual’s concept of what constitutes reasonable belief.

MU in fourth with Scott’s ace

Junior Ben Scott hit a hole-in-one in the first round of the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Monday in Lakeland, Fla., helping the Missouri men’s golf team to finish the day in fourth. They trail leader Georgia College and State University by four strokes after two rounds.

Scott is in third, two strokes off the lead. Sophomore Shawn Jasper iss in a tie for eighth, seven strokes back.

UM manages funds more centrally

While other institutions delegate investment management to nonprofit organizations or corporations, the University of Missouri System centrally manages the investment of endowment funds under the approval of the UM Board of Curators.

This management involves setting targets for how much money from the endowments will be invested in different sectors, such as equity, real estate and hedge funds; hiring investment managers for the different sectors; and making decisions concerning the distribution of funds each year to university programs.

Memory of officers lives within community

Columbia hasn’t grieved for a local fallen law enforcement officer for more than 70 years. It has been that long since an on-duty officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on this town’s soil.

On June 14, 1933, Sheriff Roger I. Wilson, grandfather of former Gov. Roger Wilson of Columbia, and Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Ben Booth were killed on what is now Business Loop 70. The officers were shot as they approached two men who had committed a robbery in Mexico, Mo.

Kansas dealt first Big 12 loss

LUBBOCK, Texas — Darryl Dora hit a 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in the second overtime to give Texas Tech an 80-79 victory against No. 2 Kansas on Monday night, the Jayhawks’ first conference loss this season.

Aaron Miles’ desperation shot bounced off the backboard as the buzzer sounded and the fans flooded the court and began to chant “Bobby, Bobby,” for coach Bob Knight, who beat Kansas for the first time in his four seasons at Texas Tech. The win improved the Red Raiders’ all-time record against Kansas to 2-15.

MU gets new signs around campus

Setting a new look for the next 50 years, MU campus facilities installed new metal signs identifying residence halls, buildings and parking garages on campus.

Not only will these signs identify recently constructed buildings, but they will also replace 50-year-old wooden signs designed like ones found on park grounds, said Phil Shocklee, associate director of campus facilities.

Bill touts younger ages in legislature

JEFFERSON CITY —Turning 21 in Missouri might soon mean more than throwing out the fake ID and having a legal beer.

The Financial, Governmental Organizations and Elections Committee heard testimony Monday concerning a bill proposed by Sen. Maida Coleman, D-St. Louis, which would change age requirements for members of the General Assembly.

Big 12 entering defensive zone

It’s not Texas coach Rick Barnes’ defense of choice, but he will use it when necessary.

At Baylor, coach Scott Drew uses it exclusively.

MU fraternity penalized for opossum prank

MU handed down five sanctions Monday morning to a fraternity for a September stunt involving a collection of opossums. The sanctions require members of Alpha Gamma Rho to complete 640 hours of community service for the Missouri Department of Conservation, which amounts to eight hours per member. They must also develop an animal abuse and cruelty education program for the community.

The fraternity has been placed on social event probation through the fall 2005 semester and university disciplinary probation through the fall 2006 semester.

Two Columbia men are charged in robberies

Two Columbia men have been charged in connection with three robberies and an attempted robbery on Feb. 8 and another robbery on Saturday, police said Monday.

Police said the men were arrested after one of them used a stolen credit card to buy tools at a store at 1910 W. Worley St.