Closet cleaning must be hidden from husband

It’s that time of year again when I move the winter stuff to the attic and bring down the spring and summer clothing.

  I have done a fair job of purging my unused clothing, but I just looked at my husband’s side of the closet. Actually, it isn’t quite a side. It’s more like a corner — and he obviously needs an intervention.

Papal election is complex process

Cardinals from around the world have begun to gather in Vatican City for the funeral of Pope John Paul II and to take part in the election of a new pope, a process known as the conclave.

The historic series of events began with the verification of John Paul’s death, at 9:37 p.m. Rome time, by the cardinal carmelengo, Eduardo Martinez Somalo. The carmelengo then sealed the papal apartment and arranged for the fisherman’s ring, the official seal of the pope, to be broken, beginning an official nine-day period of mourning known as the novemdiales.


Women of the cloth

Amy Kay Pavlovich first heard the call of God as a child. When she was 14, she began telling others that she planned to become a pastor —news that didn’t exactly thrill her parents.

“I’m from a farm family that does not favor women in the ministry,” said Pavlovich, 28, an associate pastor at First Christian Church.

Bucknell gains unlikely backers

‘Bison fever’ seems to be contagious.

Support for Bucknell, the tiny liberal arts school in Pennsylvania that pulled off an unlikely upset against No. 3 Kansas in the NCAA tournament, has spread beyond the little town of Lewisburg.

UNC seniors remember much worse

ST. LOUIS – It was midway through Jackie Manuel’s sophomore season, and he had reached his wit’s end.

Manuel, a guard at North Carolina, had just committed five turnovers in a game against North Carolina A&T. The once-proud Tar Heels were on their way to a mediocre season, one that ended with a loss in the National Invitation Tournament.

Many favor new 3-point line

Don’t tell Michigan State guard Chris Hill that basketball isn’t a game of inches.

“An inch here or there can decide the difference in a game, as we found out against Kentucky.” Hill said.

McCants eager to be hero for Heels

ST. LOUIS- Choosing a go-to guy on most college basketball teams can be a difficult task.

In an NCAA tournament filled with desperation threes and overtime magic, there’s been ample opportunity for many players to taste heroism.

Mizzou gives waterskiing old college try

LAKE OZARK — The wooden deck at the Alhonna Resort is warm to the touch. College students lie on their backs and listen to the sounds of Jimmy Buffet.

Once in awhile, they turn their glances from the clear blue sky overhead to the glittering Lake of the Ozarks.

Alumni still competitive

ST. LOUIS – Certain things just don’t change.

Norm Stewart knew as much. After all, he is the one who recruited all 17 of them.

Mizzou offense betters defense

The Missouri football team’s offense had an extra spring in its step Saturday.

Offense dominated the team’s first spring scrimmage.

Digital state of art

There are more ways to create a masterpiece than stroking a paintbrush across a canvas.

In MU art instructor Sabine Gruffat’s introduction to 3D animation class, students sit in front of desktop computers instead of easels and storyboards, adding color and texture to multi-dimensional images using a software program called MAYA.

Tigers’ present and future star in relays

It was common to find schools making their third consecutive appearances at the Missouri Relays on Friday and Saturday.

What was a little unusual was to see a high school team from Wisconsin making such an appearance.

A dedication to interfaith understanding

Beyond Vatican City and the sanctuaries of 1 billion Catholics around the world, Pope John Paul II will be remembered not only as an advocate for his church’s moral beliefs, but also as an eloquent voice for Christian unity.

Local religious leaders, scholars and adherents of various faiths all point to significant moments in the papal legacy that have improved interfaith relations.

School board candidates critique funding proposal

A district official and school board candidates are concerned that a new school funding formula for the state would not be fully funded, but they also said that it’s hard to tell how the formula would affect Columbia Public Schools.

The school funding formula has been said to be under-funded and has received criticism for its inequitable distribution of money to school districts across the state.

Preis tops spending in school board races

First-time school board candidate Darin Preis raised and spent $3,652 for his campaign — a figure far greater than any other candidate for Tuesday’s elections and several hundred more than his own goal of $3,000.

Possible cut looms for library service sharing Mo. books

The new computer areas and closed-off stairwells of MU’s Ellis Library show a building under renovation and in the midst of progress. Plastic sheets block off the old in preparation for the new. But, despite the renovations, the library might be on the sharp end of a cut that could hinder its technological progress.

Last month, Gov. Matt Blunt suggested $240 million in cuts to the state budget. If approved, funding for the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System, commonly known as MOBIUS, would be eliminated. The cut of almost $650,000 would be MOBIUS’ entire state appropriation for the service that links the four University of Missouri campuses, along with St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and 54 others. It would additionally force fee increases by at least 40 percent.

Missouri keeps lead in Big 12

A night after Max Scherzer and Michael Cole threw Missouri’s first no-hitter in 24 years, Nathan Culp knew he wasn’t going to repeat the act.

He just wanted to help the Tigers set some history of a different kind.

Late-inning outburst dooms delayed Tigers

Steve McCown emerged from the umpires’ locker room and sauntered out onto University Field.

He took his position a few feet behind third base, his legs straddling the baseline. McCown adjusted his cap and slid his feet across the dirt.

Crayton anticipates third term on council

Representing Columbia’s most impoverished community brings no rewards, says First Ward City Councilwoman Almeta Crayton, but she is used to challenges.

“I’ve been poor all my life, so I know what poor people need. I do this to give a voice to families like mine,” said Crayton, a 45-year-old single mother.