Hunters allowed access to tracts

Hunters concerned about losing their right to use land annexed into Columbia got a break Monday night.

The Columbia City Council passed an ordinance at its meeting that will permit hunting on 20-acre tracts of privately owned, newly annexed land.

Agricultural research threatened

Proposed federal budget cuts for agricultural research funding could have a significant effect on MU programs, said Chancellor Brady Deaton Monday.

“Depending on the severity of the cuts, this could have a very pronounced impact,” Deaton said.

Spiritual recentering

The beginning of John Fonville’s new life began with the end of his sister’s.

When Luticha Griffin opened the doors of Shalom Christian Academy on June 9, 2003, she fulfilled her dream of starting a Christian school in Columbia. Two weeks later, however, she died of unknown causes because an autopsy was never done.

Kewps bury Lakers

The Hickman girls’ basketball team has won its district championship the past five years in a row.

After an up-and-down season, the 13-14 Kewpies have their eyes set on No. 6, and after a convincing 57-18 win Monday night, they’re looking like they might make it.

Seeking balance in benefits

Eight years ago — the first time they filed for benefits for their respective partners — LeeAnn Whites and Mary Jo Neitz went to the MU Benefits Office together.

Whites, an associate professor of history and women’s studies at MU, recalled that the secretary looked at their forms and said, “You should get this!”

Kewps’ time to improve

The Hickman boys’ basketball team is struggling, and coach Jim Sutherland has demanded progress.

The Kewpies (7-17) have had more than a week to improve for their first-round game in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament at host Hickman. The Kewpies play the Camdenton Lakers (12-11) at 7:30 p.m.

Tigers seek revenge against Roby, Buffs

Colorado freshman Richard Roby ran free and knocked down a 3-pointer with just under 20 seconds left. It was a shot that would echo through the Missouri season.

Missouri lost that game to the Buffaloes 64-62 on Jan. 26, but the shot cost the Tigers more than a game. It cost them their confidence, and until a week ago it looked like it might have cost them their season.

City, county leaders train for disasters

A weeklong training exercise in Maryland last week challenged 70 city and county leaders to deal with a scenario in which a tornado whizzed through the community, damaging businesses, historic buildings and public facilities.

The event in Emmitsburg, Md., was facilitated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The training also involved two other simulations: a winter weather disaster and the twister’s aftermath.

Politics make trust a thing of the past

The latest scandals concerning radio commentator Armstrong Williams and other journalists accepting money from government agencies and administration officials to promote their issues, I’m sure, comes as no surprise to anyone. In recent years, journalists have become so buddy-buddy with politicians that much of the public is so jaded that they no longer expect fair and objective reporting at the national level. It only takes one read or one listening session to determine with which party the writer or speaker is affiliated. After the what, when and where of a news story, a lot of us are ready to fold the paper or tune the set out because we are unwilling to stick around for the spin. This is one more way our world has changed. Consequently, we are becoming less trusting every day. I agree with a man I spoke to last week who is a former elected official. He said he didn’t like the person he saw himself becoming. He said that in the past, there had always been politicians he liked better than others, but he admitted he had never experienced such active dislike toward certain political viewpoints as he did these days.

Political tolerance does not seem to me to be as easy as it once was. Personally, I have become proficient at changing the subject whenever certain topics of conversation arise. I’ve always been a person who would rather save the friendship than win the argument. And I have been criticized a great deal on that score. Unfortunately, I have found that certain political opinions reflect other character traits that make maintaining some friendships these days undesirable. I have to accept that sharing the same planet will be the full extent of my relationship with some individuals, many of whom consider themselves Christians. Heretofore, we may have been able to discuss our differences with mutual respect. I find that is no longer possible.

Road ahead difficult for skidding Jayhawks

Two weeks ago, Kansas seemed to have the Big 12 Conference regular-season race under control.

At 9-0 in conference play, the Jayhawks held a two-game lead over second-place Oklahoma State. The picture has gotten dicier since.

Maneater celebrates a half-century of reporting

The Maneater, an MU student newspaper, celebrated its 50th anniversary Friday. To mark the occasion, Maneater adviser Becky Diehl and staff members served green-and-white-colored cake — the newspaper’s colors — to passers-by in Brady Commons from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Joel Gold started The Maneater in 1955 as a way to revamp the The Missouri Student, MU’s student newspaper at the time. Gold thought The Missouri Student was not tough enough and focused too much on Greek activities. He changed the paper’s focus and titled it The Maneater.

Missouri Hall

Missouri Hall, at Columbia College, was built more than 80 years ago. Built in Tudor-gothic architectural style accented by large bay windows and steep vaulted roofs, the hall was first used as a residence hall.

Completed in 1920, Missouri Hall has maintained its style. Original plans for the hall were adapted from a hotel in Mississippi so that upon completion, it could house 110 women. This was done to reduce crowding in the other residence halls on campus, such as St. Clair Hall. The name was chosen to honor donors from the state of Missouri.

Competition brings out Missouri diver’s best

Missouri’s Evan Watters stood backwards on the board, ready to make his last dive.

It was a dive he had only tried six times in practice. Each time, his coach didn’t score him more than a 4.

Concerns raised on MU proposal

With MU’s development of guidelines for incentive compensation, some faculty fear individuals will be enticed to increase their pay by fee-for-service activities — resulting in less emphasis on their educational mission.

“This is changing the way we do business here,” said Faculty Council member Eddie Adelstein, associate professor of pathology.

Now you know

What was learned: Scientists at MU are using a Veterinary Medical Database to identify cancer links between dogs and humans. The database was created in 1964 by the National Cancer Institutes of Health to catalog information about cases that had been discharged from U.S. and Canadian veterinary medical teaching hospitals. The database, housed at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine, holds more than 6.5 million case abstracts.

Why it matters: Researchers are studying the cases to answer questions about cancer that affects both dogs and humans — in hopes of finding treatments for humans.

Budget scrutiny to begin

JEFFERSON CITY — The General Assembly is in the early innings of this year’s budget season, and politicians are swinging away.

While Gov. Matt Blunt is batting a thousand for his young career — the Springfield Republican has never lost an election — the 34-year-old rookie governor faces a new test in his first budget.