Parents learn to map out progress

Parents have two opportunities tonight to discuss coming Missouri Assessment Program tests and the No Child Left Behind Act, a federal act initiated by President Bush that set annual goals for standardized test scores.

The Columbia chapter of the National Education Association is hosting a MAP informational session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hickman High School commons, and the MU chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association for educators, will discuss the federal act from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lee Room of Dulaney Hall at Columbia College. Both are open to the public.

Inauguration reflections

Attending an inauguration isn’t about remembering what the president happened to say. Unlike the State of the Union address, which sets the president’s agenda for the year, an inauguration is less about the country’s problems and more about balls, parades, flags, machine guns atop buildings and — most important — gold-embossed souvenir invitations.

That’s the perception of two Columbia residents who sat down Monday to reminisce about their experiences at two inaugurations 32 years apart. They were more inspired by the opportunity to rub elbows with the likes of Don King and Colonel Sanders than by anything Presidents Richard Nixon or George W. Bush said.

Late lapses sink Rock Bridge twice

The Rock Bridge wrestlers did not have quite enough to win.

The Bruins competed in two close duals Tuesday night, losing to Warrenton 41-28 and then to Kirksville 38-31.

Faith sparks home-schooling for some

To the left, a large shelf spans the entire wall filled with education curriculum, history and literature books and rocks labeled with their scientific names.

In the corner of the room sits a student’s desk, there is a globe on another desk, and hanging on the wall is a chart listing all the U.S presidents.

Sizzling first half leads Cougars past Bearcats

The other six conference victories may have been blowouts. But this was a statement.

The Columbia College women’s basketball team defeated McKendree (Ill.) College 113-81 on Tuesday night to gain sole possession of first place in the American Midwest Conference.

Kewpies find new tourney venue

When the Hickman Kewpies lost eight seniors from last year’s state runner-up girls’ basketball team, they also lost their spot in the top basketball tournament in the state.

The KTXR Tournament at Drury University in Springfield invites the best teams from across the country to compete, but the Kewpies were not asked back this season.

Tigers fall to Oregon in tennis tourney final

The No. 69 Missouri women’s tennis team lost 5-2 on Tuesday to No. 27 Oregon in the finals of the Minnesota Court Classic.

The Tigers are 1-1 this season.

Curators to vote on tuition increase

The University of Missouri Board of Curators will vote Thursday on the smallest tuition increase since 2001-02.

A 3.5 percent increase for the 2005-06 school year will be formally proposed by Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri System, when the curators gather at MU.

Gauging the State of the Union

Tonight, President Bush will address Congress, the nation and the world in the first State of the Union address of his second term. The speech serves as the president’s keynote address for the year, an opportunity for him to outline his domestic and foreign policy agendas.

The tradition is rooted in the U.S. Constitution and George Washington’s historic first State of the Union address in 1790, which focused on how to maintain the union of the states and establish the foundation for a successful democracy. Two hundred and fifteen years later, President Bush is likely to discuss the challenges of establishing a democracy in Iraq, the prospect of an independent Palestinian state and the need for Social Security reform.

Filtration Innovation

Wilderness gurus will find the most innovative part of Columbia’s new Bass Pro Shop outside its doors.

IARA waits for ruling on assets

The Islamic American Relief Agency will have to wait at least two more weeks for a judge to determine whether the agency can regain control of its assets and resume its work.

Senator pushes for Reagan day

JEFFERSON CITY — It’s a short list.

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Christopher Columbus. Those are the men Missouri honors with state holidays.

Rock Bridge gets boost from youth

Rock Bridge’s youth served it well on Monday night, and the Bruins had just enough to pull out a win.

Led by two freshmen and a sophomore, the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team defeated visiting Mexico 51-47 in another close game for the Bruins.

County purchases prime real estate

As a committee discusses how to ease a space crunch in Boone County government, county commissioners have acquired or contracted to buy several pieces of prime downtown real estate.

Conley’s play can’t net win

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jason Conley did everything right. He drove, had good shot selection and played strong defense.

Conley’s best efforts still weren’t enough to lift Missouri to its first road win of the season. In a 73-61 loss to No. 3 Kansas on Monday at Allen Field House, Conley scored 20 points, had four rebounds and three steals. Big numbers weren’t the only thing Conley contributed.

A trip through History

From diaries to vinyl records to the most minute happenings in Missourians’ lives, the Western Historical Manuscript Collection in MU’s Ellis Library details the history and culture of mid-Missouri. There are many places to do research at MU, but the collection, arguably one of the best, is often overlooked.

The collection began in Columbia in 1943 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Its materials were combined with those of the State Historical Society of Missouri in 1963. Five years later, the collection expanded to offices on all four University of Missouri System campuses.

Engineers eat fill at free lunch

Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch has not met a member of MU’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Hot dogs, chips and chili filled a long table in front of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering office at MU’s Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall on Friday afternoon. A warm grill and a bag of charcoal sat outside the building in the cold weather. The scene was more reminiscent of a barbecue than a January school day, but for the society, the two are interwoven.

Fading Fast

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s much too late in the season for there to be any moral victories for Missouri.

“There’s no such thing as that for us,” senior Jason Conley said. “We’ve had a lot of those this year, and as time goes on … They feel good as far making a big step as a team, but me and the guys are tired of getting so close, as far as playing these big schools that are ranked and getting close. That almost hurts more. I’d rather lose by 100 points than lose by nine or 10.”

Donate children’s books at MU games

MU athletics fans are asked to bring books appropriate for children up to age 6 to Tiger men’s and women’s basketball games Feb. 12.

The books will be donated to the Mizzou Tigers Children’s Book Drive, sponsored by the MU athletic department, Boone Early Childhood Partners and the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia.

Booze targeted for tax boost

JEFFERSON CITY — A state representative wants voters to quadruple the tax on beer, double the tax on spirits and boost the tax on wine to pay for a program addressing alcohol abuse and underage drinking.