The Sport of Wings

"The Book of St. Albans,” a 15th century text, lists a hierarchy for the sport of falconry. Kings flew large and rare gyrfalcons, knaves used smaller and more common kestrels, and every rank in between used different breeds of falcon and hawk.

Whether the rules were strictly enforced or simply represented economic realities is unsure, but since then, falconry has become the most regulated field sport in the world. Now, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is trying to make falconry more accessible to everyone by simplifying federal regulations.

U.S. lawyers ask IARA suit be dismissed

KANSAS CITY — Government lawyers are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a Missouri charity accused of having terrorist ties.

The Islamic American Relief Agency is seeking to have its assets unfrozen. The assets were frozen in October after federal agents raided the charity’s headquarters in Columbia as part of a criminal investigation. The Treasury Department also made it illegal for people to send contributions to the charity.

Blunt’s budget threatens Alzheimer’s research

JEFFERSON CITY — James Galvin has spent four years investigating how the brain changes as adults grow older, trying to uncover what triggers dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Washington University assistant professor credits a $26,000 seed grant from the state in 2001 for launching his study by giving him the money he needed to start collecting basic data. He then used that data to secure $1.2 million in federal grants to fund his research.

Ten copycats repeat local activist’s act for Schiavo

Ten people followed the example of Columbia activist, Lana Jacobs, who crossed a police line in front of the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., to bring water to Terri Schiavo, said officials with the Pinellas County Jail.

Schiavo, brain-damaged and unable to speak or eat without assistance, has not been given food or water for five days. Her feeding tube was removed by court order Friday.

Caravan brings Tigers coaches to fans

Face-to-face conversations with the Missouri athletic director are rare for Tigers fans.

But the Mizzou Caravan, a promotional tour featuring Missouri athletic officials and student-athletes, offers such a situation on an annual basis.

Kansas upset loss still haunts coach

KANSAS CITY — Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday he called Bucknell coach Pat Flannery to apologize for his players not shaking hands after the Jayhawks’ unexpected loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Only a handful of Kansas players stayed around for the traditional handshake last week when the 14th-seeded Bisons shocked the No. 3 seed Jayhawks 64-63. The Jayhawks first opening-round loss since 1978 brought a bitter end to the careers of four seniors and some upset fans called it the worst defeat in school history.

All-American Wecker leaves void at Kansas State

KANSAS CITY — Kansas State had hoped to play in this weekend’s NCAA regional in Kansas City, just 120 miles from campus and well within driving distance for the Wildcats’ loyal fan base.

Instead, the college careers of All-American forward Kendra Wecker and 3-point shooting star Laurie Koehn ended in Seattle, with a 63-60 loss to Vanderbilt in the second round. That continued a pattern of disappointment for the Wildcats, who have risen to national prominence in recent years but still haven’t cracked the Final Four.

Recreating the past for the future

Olin Fugit braved 30-degree temperatures and donned a purple, cotton cap under a navy blue hard-hat covered in stickers Wednesday, all for a good friend and a good cause.

Fugit and four volunteers began dismantling the Easley Store, a 114-year-old country store in the Easley area of southern Boone County. The Boone County Historical Society is sponsoring the project and plans to use parts from the original building to reconstruct the store on its land near Nifong Park.

Candidate champions tutoring, parents, exercise

Rhonda Garland is running for the Columbia School Board to let her daughter know that “she has boundless opportunities.”

She wants her daughter to know she can be whatever she wants to be, the impossible can happen, and she can make a difference.

Van Buren man considered person of interest in trooper's death

MALDEN, Mo. (AP) - A Van Buren man arrested Wednesday on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal November accident is considered a "person of interest" in Sunday's shooting death of Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Carl Dewayne Graham, the patrol said.

The patrol said Graham initially investigated the Nov. 26 crash for which the 28-year-old was arrested. The patrol said information gathered in the investigation of Graham's death led to the man's arrest for leaving the scene of the fatal Carter County crash.