MU extends funds drive

An additional $400 million that MU plans to raise in private donations will go toward attracting faculty, paying faculty more and creating more student scholarships, Chancellor Brady Deaton has announced. At a “Celebrate Mizzou” gathering Friday in Jesse Hall, Deaton said the goal to raise $600 million in private money in the “For All We Call Mizzou” campaign has been exceeded – and now will be extended to December 2008 to reach $1 billion.

Judge upholds freeze on Islamic charity funds

A federal judge has found “substantial evidence” linking a local charity to an organization accused of funding global terrorism. The Treasury and Justice departments were warranted in their decision to freeze the assets the Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Agency, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled Thursday.

Jail disturbance leads to charge

A Columbia man accused of abusing his baby daughter was charged Thursday with second-degree assault in connection with an altercation in the Boone County Jail last month. Shaetwyn Allen, 24, was in the jail and awaiting trial on a charge of felony child abuse at the time of the alleged assault, Boone County Prosecutor Richard Hicks said. He was released on Aug. 26 after posting a $50,000 bond.

Wine fest celebrates fall with family fun

Families and winemakers celebrated the beginning of fall at the eighth annual Crush Festival at Les Bourgeois Vineyard in Rocheport. Laura Royse, marketing director for Les Bourgeois, coordinated her third festival Saturday. “It’s a way to celebrate harvest and invite the public out,” Royse said.

Federal judge issues temporary hold on new abortion restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY — A federal judge on Friday blocked enforcement of a new anti-abortion law, ruling it would have forced an end to abortions in part of Missouri and created a general chilling effect on abortion counseling. The law requires doctors performing abortions to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. It also lets parents sue people who “intentionally cause, aid or assist” their minor daughters in getting abortions without parental consent.

5 ideas

[1] Abortion bill, [2] Constitution Day, [3] Pedestrian safety, [4] The buck stops where? and [5] Artificial turf.

Re-energized Tigers take care of Trojans

This wasn’t the same Missouri football team that Troy upset last season. Or even the same team that lost to New Mexico last week. It showed in every aspect of the Tigers’ 52-21 victory Saturday at Memorial Stadium, as well as in the locker room afterward, where loud shouts and wide smiles replaced the quiet contemplation and dejected faces of a week ago.

Special teams no longer a liability

Brad Smith? Not bad. Defense? Could be better. But special teams? Enough to make Troy sick. With Missouri’s offense and its star quarterback looking solid but not spectacular and its defense suffering from inconsistency, the Tigers’ much-maligned special teams came through with two key plays against Troy in a 52-21 MU victory Saturday at Faurot Field.

Illness sidelines junior standout

In Rock Bridge’s football game Friday night against Liberty, one of its key players was nowhere to be found in pads or in the game. Junior tight end/linebacker, Aron White was found in jeans on the sidelines Friday night after being diagnosed with mononucleosis on Thursday. Bruins coach A.J. Ofodile said he is expected to miss about four weeks. Looking at White, you can see the pain and disappointment in his eyes as he sat and watched his team from the sidelines.

Kewps win opener with offensive show

In its home opener, the Hickman football team treated its fans to a 33-6 thrashing of Parkway South. The Kewpies (2-1) employed a no huddle offense throughout the game. Andrew Perkins rushed for two touchdowns, and Ricky James and Cortez Thompson each ran for a score. Perkins also hooked up with Ryan Florence on several big passing plays. Andrew Wier picked off two passes (his fifth and sixth of the season), and Aaron Cawlfield blocked a punt and had two sacks.

Cougars win

In the first 45 minutes of the Cougars’ 3-1 victory against University of Mobile (Ala.) Saturday, both teams had as much trouble scoring as the youth teams that took the field at halftime. In the second half, if the No. 14 Rams’ shots weren’t sailing over the goal, they were sinking into goalie Nano Recondo’s waiting hands. That’s when the No. 12 Cougars pounced, scoring three goals in 13 minutes. Marcos Fernandes, Matt Mueller and Mark Wilcox scored for Columbia College, with Mueller and Ivan Navarrete picking up assists.

Holdmeyer a big hit for Cougars’ offense

If Jenna Holdmeyer had her way, Columbia College would play Williams Baptist every game. The Cougars’ 5-foot-6 inch defensive specialist played outsider hitter for Game 3 and had five kills in a 30-10, 30-12, 30-11 victory over the Eagles.

Food, fans and a big bright bus

In the barrage of bland-colored Escalades and Tahoes that filled the Memorial Stadium parking lot Saturday morning, it was hard to miss the bright yellow, black-striped mini-bus parked conspicuously near the stadium’s West entrance. In the lazy morning hours Saturday, before the Missouri football team had locked up a 52-21 victory against visiting Troy, quite a crowd had gathered around the bus, and that was just fine with Rick Burk.