Short-term cash, long-term issues

Deanna Eubanks had been working hard to make ends meet. She used the paychecks she earned as a patient service representative at a Columbia hospital to support her family and pay bills, but she often would find herself in need of extra money.

Four or five years ago, she saw the large signs on storefronts along some Columbia streets offering instant cash. She decided to give it a try.

How to spot predatory lending

Nine characteristics of predatory lending.

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Downtown fire damages stores

A fire broke out in the basement of the Best of the West store at 27 N. Tenth St. on Saturday evening. Fire officials said three other buildings sustained smoke damage.

Battalion Chief Steve Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department said the original call came from the Ragtag Cinemacafe at about 8 p.m.

Planners suggest rezoning denial

Inadequate roads are being cited by city planners as the reason to deny rezonings for a 250-acre development east of Columbia.

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will hold separate public hearings and read staff reports Thursday on zoning requests for two properties on Richland Road owned by developers David Atkins and Garry and Drake Lewis.

Harg petitioners’ deadline looms

Opponents of Billy Sapp’s development plans east of Columbia intend to submit a petition Monday to block his latest annexation request, said Ellen Wolfe, a member of the Harg Area Residents for Responsible Growth.

The group of neighbors has not counted all of the signatures, Wolfe said on Saturday, but expects to submit more than the 1,500 required to block Sapp’s 169-acre voluntary annexation plan on the south side of Route WW. Environmental concerns about Grindstone Creek as well as traffic problems are among the neighbors’ concerns.

City Council Meeting

Here are highlights of the Columbia City Council meeting that begins 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway:

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SCHOOL CANDIDATES DISCUSS EVOLUTION, FINANCES: Opinions on evolution as part of school curriculum, and financial equity in schools were the two topics addressed by school board candidates at a Friday meeting of the Muleskinners, a group of Boone County Democrats....

Inconsistency haunted Tigers

DePaul’s Drake Diener tipped in a rebound with 20 seconds left, and the fate of the Missouri men’s basketball team was sealed: an unceremonious first-round exit from the National Invitational Tournament for the second year in a row.

Missouri lost to DePaul 75-70 on March 15, eliminating the Tigers from the NIT and ending their season. The Tigers lost to Michigan 65-64 on March 16, 2004, in the first round of last year’s NIT. The Tigers are 1-8 all-time in the tournament.

Two ex-Tigers are looking to impress in NFL Europe

Zack Abron and A.J Ricker are planning to do a little studying abroad this summer, but they won’t be reading any textbooks.

They will be reading defenses.

MU’s Askren can’t overcome nemesis

ST. LOUIS — If Missouri sophomore Ben Askren is Superman, then Oklahoma State’s Chris Pendleton is kryptonite.

In a rematch of the 2004 national championship match, Akren lost 10-5 on Saturday to finish second in the 174-pound class. Pendleton is now a three-time national champion.

Robinson expects poignant finale

Every senior athlete has to face it. The last time she will ever compete on her home turf. The last time she will have the home crowd to bolster her attitude, drive, and ultimately, her performance.

For the Missouri gymnastic team’s seniors, All-American Alisha Robinson and vault, beam and bars competitor Rachael Dombart, today’s meet will be filled with emotion.

Missouri enjoys Classic victories

Missouri pitcher Jen Bruck knew the voice. She just never expected to hear it over the public address system at University Field.

A man began to sing the first few lines of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the fifth-inning stretch of the Tiger softball team’s second game Saturday.

Tigers’ run production doesn’t falter

Two weeks ago, Missouri beat Eastern Michigan 18-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before struggling offensively to start the second game and eventually losing it. The Tigers weren’t about to make the same mistake twice.

In Saturday’s doubleheader against North Dakota State at Taylor Stadium, Missouri won the first game 11-1 and then made sure there was no offensive hiccup in Game 2.

Lutheran North wins 3A crown

The Class 3 state boys’ basketball championship had a lot of emotion. And a lot of technical fouls.

Lutheran North High School (St. Louis) won 72-63 against Charleston High School. Lutheran scored 14 off free throws and possessions that resulted from four technical fouls issued to Charleston (22-10) in the second half.

Season statistics tell tale

At the first day of practice, the Tigers said they were going to be a shooting team and lived up to that promise by shooting…a lot.

The problem was how few they made.

Columbia swimmers shine

The Hickman girls’ swimming team finished third and Rock Bridge was fifth at the 30-team Independence Invitational on Saturday.

Julie Schenker won the 200 individual medley (2:17.67) and was third in the 100 butterfly for Hickman, which had state meet qualifying times in eight events.

Major intersections plagued by crashes

Even early Saturday morning, there were more cars waiting to turn from Clark Lane onto U.S. 63 than could turn left before the signal changed.

Brian Woodburn, a manager at Steak ’N Shake at the intersection, said flagrant traffic violations cause most of the problems he witnesses from inside the restaurant.

Starting from scratch

Dane Pavlovich is an expert of sorts when it comes to sports talk radio in the Midwest.

As the athletic recruiter at Stephens College, Pavlovich often finds himself on the road alone. To pass the time, he dials in sports talk on his radio.

A heritage of dance

Twice a month, Rijutha Garimella, 9, and Sumidha Katti, 10, take part in a 2,000-year-old Indian tradition. They’re learning the art of Bharatanatyam, an ancient style of dance deeply rooted in Hindu spirituality.

The most orthodox definitions of Bharatanatyam say it’s a means of achieving spiritual catharsis. But the students come for a variety of reasons: to learn about Indian heritage, to make friends and, of course, to dance.