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Coming attraction: Ragtag, showing on two screens

Act I, Scene I: Setting: Ragtag Cinemacafé, 23 N. Tenth St.Premise: Ragtag and Uprise Bakery are moving to the former Kelly Press location, 10 Hitt St., next summer.

Potluck attempts to unite Jews, Muslims

More than 50 Muslims and Jews gathered in MU’s Gwynn Hall on Thursday night to break their fasts for the day and share their beliefs with one another. The potluck dinner, sponsored by Boone Tikkun, was held on the second day of Ramadan, a month-long period of fasting and reflection for Muslims, and on Gedalya, a minor Jewish fast day that follows Rosh Hashana.

Collecting lettuce in a carrot suit

The man in the carrot suit sat behind a metal table sprinkled with papers with local food-drive information. Beside the papers sat three Folgers coffee tins. The cans, once packed with brown grounds, slowly filled up with greenback dollars and silver coins. The man in the carrot suit braved the chilly winds at MU on Thursday for a good cause, he said. It’s harvest season and while some Columbia residents can look forward to fresh fruits and vegetables, others are not so fortunate.

MU one of 10 stops for Edward’s tour

Former U.S. senator and vice-presidential candidate John Edwards has a goal: to eradicate poverty. And he thinks college students can make it happen. The former senator from North Carolina will stop at MU Oct. 18 as part of his two-week, 10-campus tour to launch Project Opportunity. The organization aims to mobilize young people, specifically college students, to fight poverty and make eradicating poverty the goal of their generation.

48 Hours to cover trial of Tribune editor’s murder

Recent coverage of Kent Heitholt’s murder in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune in November 2001 has caught the attention of a national television network. Researchers from CBS’s 48 Hours arrived in Columbia on Monday after stumbling upon a series of columns by Tony Messenger of the Tribune that raised questions about the roles of Ryan Ferguson and Chuck Erickson, who are each accused of killing Heitholt.

Struggling Reid leads Cowboys

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was in a candid mood Monday. It was two days after his then-unbeaten Cowboys lost their first game of the season, a 34-0 whitewashing from Colorado in which Gundy’s freshman quarterback Bobby Reid threw footballs like a sprinkler — sprayed all over the place — and ran as if he were going the wrong way on a escalator — lots of steps, little progress.

Hazelwood East a memorable foe

Last year’s Class 6 championship football game produced memories Hickman players won’t soon forget. Byron Bundy, then a sophomore wide receiver playing mostly junior varsity, remembers the devastating block he delivered when he was put in at the end of the Kewpies’ 34-7 rout of Hazelwood East.

Conyers improves with his sibling on the sideline

At the Rock Bridge football team’s practice Tuesday, senior Josh Conyers stood at his safety position while his defensive coordinator looked on behind him. Conyers said to his coach, “Watch how a real man hits.” His coach approached him and said, “Watch how a real man is going to hit you,” while jokingly jerking Conyer’s face mask.

Kewpies, Bruins stop teams cold

Although the calendar says it’s October, it certainly felt like December on Thursday night at the Rock Bridge softball field. With temperatures dropping into the low 40s, the Hickman and Rock Bridge softball teams were forced to adjust to the weather in the Class 4 District 10 tournament.

Busy schedule doesn’t slow Miles, Kruse

Rock Bridge tennis players Ashley Miles and Karla Kruse have spent the past week singing karaoke, running around the school selling “random things”, being escorted in Jeeps and enjoying a bonfire. “This week has been crazy,” Miles said. “But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Sea of support

The Missouri volleyball team had created a buzz this season with its No. 7 ranking and a 12-game winning streak heading into Wednesday’s game at Hearnes Center. Although the Tigers lost their first match of the season against No. 1 Nebraska, the buzz around the MU volleyball team should remain and get louder. A buzz became a roar during the match. A record 7,298 people attended. The team had been averaging 1,241. The crowd filled sections A, B and half of C at Hearnes Center.

‘I was born to be an organizer’

Robin Acree was in sixth grade and living in a trailer park when she organized a carnival to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Jerry’s Kids. “I was born to be an organizer,” she said. “It comes very natural.”

Airport manager search narrows

Columbia Regional Airport could have a new manager as early as Monday, said outgoing manager Bill Boston at his last airport advisory board meeting Wednesday. Boston, whose last day is Oct. 14, said 43 people applied for the airport manager position. Nine were interviewed by telephone, and of those, four were selected to travel to Columbia today and Friday to interview with City Manager Ray Beck and Public Works Director John Glascock. Each candidate will also tour the airport.

Proposed tobacco tax stirs debate

JEFFERSON CITY — Opposition to a proposed 80-cent cigarette tax increase is emerging from some groups that support a higher tobacco tax, but oppose the way the revenue would be allocated under the proposal. The proposed constitutional amendment would raise the tobacco tax to 97 cents per pack of cigarettes, with a 20 percent tax on other tobacco products. The revenue would be spent on anti-smoking programs and health care services for Missouri’s poor and uninsured.

Hunter can’t propel MU past Huskers

This isn’t what Lindsey Hunter had in mind for Wednesday night. Hunter’s 55 assists weren’t enough for the No. 7 Tigers to upset the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the top team in the country. The Tigers lost 30-26, 22-30, 30-23, 30-27 at the Hearnes Center.

No stopping for Palmer

Tony Palmer, a senior offensive lineman on the Missouri football team, doesn’t care if it’s his longtime friend and teammate Lorenzo Williams in practice, or a Big 12 Conference foe on a Saturday. He gives all defensive linemen the same, tough treatment. “He’s a person who uses all of his strength all the time,” said Williams, the Tigers’ sophomore starting defensive tackle. “He has a very strong upper body and once he gets his hands on you, you’re not going anywhere.“

Senior not afraid to take command

Senior Stefani Worley understands it’s win or go home for the Hickman softball team. This is Worley’s third year preparing for the district tournament and she wants to make sure the whole team knows the situation. So Wednesday after practice, she called a team meeting, without the coaches, to re-emphasize the importance of the tournament.

MU freshman swimmers will contribute

Jake Hoffmann is entering the 2005-2006 season with an impressive track record. In his case, it is more of a pool record, which is not to be confused with the seven high school swimming records that he has broken. Hoffmann is one of 25 freshmen who were not only recruited for MU’s Swimming and Diving team, but were expected to start swimming as freshmen.

City budgets for art

Eleven-year-old Austin Hein smiles with delight as his fingers playfully mold the gray clay. With the help of his mom, Lugine, Austin is making a bowl, decorated with the imprint of a gumball-tree leaf, in a pottery class for people with special needs. The class is one of several offered by Access Arts, an educational arts program sponsored by the non-profit School of Service. Austin, who is living with Batten disease, a neurological disorder that causes mental impairment and progressive loss of motor skills, has been attending the pottery class once a week for the past year.

Officials spray city after virus infection

City health officials began spraying pesticides in a southwest Columbia neighborhood Wednesday after a man tested positive for the West Nile virus. This is the first human West Nile case in Boone County this year, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. City health officials expect the man to recover but are taking precautions by spraying pesticides in a half-mile radius around his home, near West Boulevard and Rollins Road.

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