Author speaks on 21st century ethics

The United States needs to be more ethically fit, author and law professor Anita L. Allen said Monday.

House tackles spam charge

Some state legislators want to permanently delete spam from Missourians’ e-mail in-boxes.

A bill presented to the House Utilities Committee on Wednesday would outlaw the transmission of “deceptive and unsolicited” commercial e-mail. The bill would make it a felony for anyone sending e-mail to put misleading information in the subject or sender fields of a message. Repeat offenders would potentially face prison time.

Cougars get NAIA tournament bid

The Columbia College men’s basketball team may have snuck in the NAIA tournament’s backdoor, but that hasn’t diminished the Cougars’ excitement about playing for a national championship.

“That’s the reason why we play, just to make it to the national tournament,” junior forward Nahowan Saxon said. “It’s a good opportunity for us and hopefully we can take advantage.”

Former Ecuadorean chief criticizes U.S. policies

Former Ecuadorean President Rodrigo Borja expressed pessimism about Latin America’s future and criticized U.S. policies toward the countries to the south in a discussion at MU on Wednesday.

The Spanish-language palaver with a dozen students, faculty and Columbia residents was the first event in Borja’s two-day visit to MU. Borja, who was president from 1988 to 1992, affirmed his support for forgiveness of international foreign debt and characterized military support for Colombia’s war on drugs as futile.

Stretch of Nifong to close

The Missouri Department of Transportation will permanently close Nifong Boulevard between Grindstone Parkway and Ponderosa Street at noon today, creating a cul-de-sac. This closure will prevent access to Ponderosa Street from the east side of Nifong Boulevard.

Transportation Department crews will shut down the route unless severe weather makes the area unsafe. Although message boards will be in place to alert drivers and residents, customer support from the Transportation Department will be available at 888-275-6636 for further assistance.

Religious diversity up at MU

Next year, MU students may be able to request excused absences for religious obligations.

Now, it is up to the teacher.

Now you know: Fragrances aid brand recognition

A group of researchers, including MU marketing professor S. “Ratti” Ratneshwar, discovered that smells can enhance brand recall and recognition.

Probe targets MU police chief

Complaints filed by University of Kansas students against MU Police Department Chief Jack Watring after Sunday’s basketball game in Mizzou Arena have led to an independent investigation by the MU Office of Administrative Affairs.

KU student Chris Kaufman filed a police report Sunday that said Watring grabbed him by the shirt and shoved him during an argument at the men’s basketball game. Watring was off-duty and out of uniform at the game.

Postseasons start and stop: Men's basketball

KANSAS CITY — The silence that filled Kemper Arena during Nebraska’s hour-long practice didn’t last when the Missouri men’s basketball team took to the floor at noon.

The Tigers, who were greeted by the applause and cheers of about 100 fans, ran an interactive and energetic hour-long practice Wednesday, during which there was constant talking between the players and coaches.

Backlogged files hinder background checking

Capt. Timothy McGrail pulled a fingerprint card file from one of the bulging gray boxes, which have piled up in his work space in a division at the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

“November 12th,” he said, matter-of-factly.

Tigers hoping to leap from Arkansas into nation’s elite

The Missouri gymnastics team has a lot to accomplish this weekend.

The Tigers will compete at No. 15 Arkansas on Sunday. After recording its top three scores at Hearnes Center the team is heading south in with hopes of solidifying its place in the regional tournament. The Tigers need to beat their previous away-meet scores in order to regain their position in the top 20.

Robb offers school funding strategy

It was a short debut for a plan to overhaul the formula for funding public education, but the idea probably will get a curtain call.

The plan, designed by Rep. Ed Robb, R-Columbia, would eliminate property taxes in favor of an income tax as the engine for funding public schools.

RFK Jr. talks green policy, blasts Bush

Attorney and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spared no words about environmental ethics when he spoke to a full house at Columbia College on Wednesday night.

Kennedy’s speech, “Our Environmental and Ethical Destiny,” covered the effects of coal-burning plants, the faults of the Bush administration and the protection of the environmental infrastructure.

Pitch for redemption made

For Missouri pitcher Doug Mathis, Wednesday night’s game against Illinois State meant more than an early-season nonconference game usually does.

It was a chance to redeem himself for what he considered a poor performance in his last start. Mathis did just that, working out of early jams and shutting out the Redbirds through five innings to lead the Tigers to a 15-2 win at Taylor Stadium. Missouri improved to 10-4.

Horton to play against Huskers

Coach Quin Snyder confirmed after Wednesday’s practice that Jason Horton, Missouri’s freshman point guard, will play Thursday against Nebraska after serving a one-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

“Jason is with our team, ready to play (today),” Snyder said. “We’ve got standards for our players both in practice and in games. He’s not the first guy that has had to learn from some of those things. I think he is excited to be back with the team and it will make him better.”

Scientist profiles embryo history

A group of academics spoke about embryos and stem cell research Wednesday night in MU’s Monsanto Auditorium, and despite the potentially controversial topics, the discussion was anything but heated.

Jane Maienschein, regent’s professor of philosophy and biology and director of the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University, presented ideas from her book “Whose View of Life?: Embryos, Cloning, and Stem Cells.” Moving beyond what has often become, she said, a science versus morality debate, Maienschein presented some of the historical, biological and political issues pertaining to embryos.

Group discusses U.S. Patriot Act

Hickman High School students heard various opinions about the U.S. Patriot Act in an open forum Wednesday night.

Teachers, parents and about 50 students gathered in the high school’s commons to hear speakers talk about the act and related issues, such as racial profiling, national security and the infringement of basic civil liberties.

Season’s close brings optimism for future

KANSAS CITY — Freshman Angela Tisdale, Baylor’s backup point guard, dribbled the ball slowly across half court. There were 12 seconds left, and Missouri was losing by 18.

The end of the game would mean the end of the season for the Tigers, whose 11-18 record merits neither an NCAA nor NIT berth.

Letters in the limelight

Albert Devlin has dedicated almost 10 years of his life to the life of a famed playwright and former MU student. This month, Devlin’s commitment will again come before the public when his second collection of Tennessee Williams’ letters is staged in New York.

30-year-old park to get face-lift

Developed in the 1970s, Paquin Park is now showing its age.

A washed-out wooden privacy fence partially encases the small, little-known park on Waugh Street, tucked between Paquin Tower and Lee Elementary School. Directly across from the wooden gazebo, which is damaged from the impact of a partially fallen tree, are aging shuffleboard courts with painted white stripes so faded that they’re nearly indistinguishable.