Final Respects

Officer Molly Bowden’s police cruiser was draped in black as its radio

crackled in the crisp air at Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia on Tuesday afternoon.

Housing Authority tables vote on solicitation

For the second month in a row, the Columbia Housing Authority tabled a resolution Tuesday that would restrict door-to-door solicitation in Oak and Paquin Towers.

A standing room only crowd of about 30 people filled a meeting room in the Housing Authority building. Most were present either in support of or opposition to resolution 2277, which would ban all uninvited visitors from the residential hallways of Oak and Paquin Towers. Certain groups would be allowed to set up tables in the lobbies of the two buildings with permission from the Housing Authority’s executive director.

SMSU bill unfrozen with Floyd’s OK

Although it appears the bill allowing Southwest Missouri State University to drop the “Southwest” from its name will clear the Senate today, it has a long way to go in the House of Representatives.

Members of Boone County’s delegation in the House oppose the name change and said Tuesday they were unsure how it would work its way through the lower chamber.

House bill seeks limits on punitive damages

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House debated a measure Tuesday that would limit the awards Missourians can expect in civil cases.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Richard Byrd, R-St. Louis County, would cap most punitive damages at $250,000 or three times economic damages awarded in the case, whichever is higher. It would also limit the trial venue to the location of the injury, unless the injury occurred outside the state.

New ruling backs tax rate

The Missouri Supreme Court sided against anti-tax activist Henry Lane on Tuesday and upheld the legality of the Columbia Public Schools’ method for setting its tax rate in 2001.

The seven-member court ruled unanimously in favor of the district and Boone County Collector Pat Lensmeyer.

Honoring the fallen

The notes of “Ode to Joy,” the heavy steps of friends and family, and muffled whispers and sobs were the only sounds inside Mizzou Arena on Tuesday afternoon. A gym so full of people is rarely so silent. A single-file line wound slowly down from the top of the bleachers, across the gymnasium floor and ended where Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden’s body lay in her dress uniform, adorned with a medal.

Before the service began, more than a thousand mourners had stopped to stand before the casket. Some left flowers on the floor beside it.

Bond, Tigers seek stability

Streaky is an adjective used to describe something that is unreliable.

This season it is an accurate description of the Missouri women’s basketball team.

Preparing after the proposal

Sandy beaches, quaint chapels and winery grounds are among the locations couples often choose for a wedding site.

These are not the only options, and they certainly are not the only decisions to be made while planning for one of the most important days a couple will share.

Cougars win big again

For Charliss Ridley, it was a long road to 1,000.

Ridley, a senior at Columbia College, scored her 1,000th point Tuesday night as the Cougars beat Williams Baptist (Ark.) 74-49 at Southwell Complex. Her milestone comes after only a year and a half at Columbia College.

Family of the badge mourns

They did not even know Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden, but they still came to honor her.

Hundreds of law enforcement officials from all over the Midwest came to Columbia on Tuesday to offer their support for Bowden and her family.

Missouri focused on Mocs

There was a confident attitude on the fourth floor of the Hearnes Center on Monday.

A certain swagger, not cockiness but confidence, ran through members of the No. 13 Missouri wrestling team.

Gardner back to bench

Despite one of his strongest performance of the season in Missouri’s 68-65 overtime win against No. 16 Oklahoma, sophomore guard Thomas Gardner will start tonight’s game on the bench.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder wants to send a message.

The Diamond Search

Although men are becoming more involved in weddings, it seems popping the question with the perfect ring is their primary role.

Unfortunately, diamonds can be as confusing a subject as the wedding. There are many factors to consider when buying a diamond, such as color, clarity, cut and price.

Utley ready to give back to MU golf

Missouri men’s golf coach Mark Leroux is looking to give his program an “incredible boost” with the newest addition to his coaching staff.

Leroux announced Feb. 9 that MU alum Stan Utley, a PGA Tour veteran and respected golf instructor, will join the team as a volunteer assistant. The move is the culmination of what Leroux said was mutual interest since he was named coach in the fall.

Cougars land in Top 25

After seven straight wins, the Columbia College men’s basketball team is ranked in the NAIA Division I poll for the first time since the preseason.

The Cougars (18-10, 7-1) learned Tuesday that they reentered the Top 25 at No. 19, the highest ranking among American Midwest Conference teams.

In memory

Remembering a life of service

Law enforcement officers from across the Midwest came to Mizzou Arena on Tuesday to honor Officer Molly Bowden. Even with thousands of people in the arena, only quiet sobs and whispers could be heard during the funeral.

Services included a photo montage of Bowden’s life; speeches by her family, fellow police officers and Rep. Kenny Hulshof; and ended with an emotional salute to Bowden.

Scott shoots 3-under par in final round, ties for top spot

Missouri junior Ben Scott shot a final-round 69 Tuesday to earn a share of first place at the Matlock Collegiate Classic at the Grasslands Country Club in Lakeland, Fla.

Scott, the first Tiger to earn medalist honors since 2001, began the day two shots behind co-champion Matt VanCleave of Kansas State. His final-round score was the second-lowest score in the tournament.

Sage Advice

Countless movies have been made involving weddings, and often they include some dramatic element to make the viewer cringe.

Whether it’s a horrible wedding singer, an objection during the ceremony or a missing bride, movies often perpetuate the stereotype that something must go wrong at a wedding.

Wear your heart on your wrist

If you walked around any mall, visited any classroom or turned on any TV this fall, you saw people wearing yellow. It was as though everywhere you turned you saw a friend, a neighbor, a celebrity or a politician wearing a yellow plastic Live Strong wristband.

Popularized by Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong to raise awareness about his battle with testicular cancer, the wristbands are part of Live Strong, an educational program of the Lance Armstrong Foundation aimed at educating survivors and their friends, families and caregivers about cancer survivorship. People also are wearing wristbands in pink, blue, orange, green, red and many other colors. These plastic wristbands have become the latest craze in promoting a cause, making a political statement or making a profit.

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