Working around the wall

Two years ago, Iman Labadia, a practicing Muslim for 16 years, was surprised by an FBI visit to her home. A few months later, a co-worker at Labadia’s office approached her with a fearful confession: Because Labadia wore a hijab, the traditional facial scarf worn by Muslim women, the co-worker was afraid that one day Labadia might come into work to “blow herself up.”

Help for children affected by meth

With Missouri leading the nation in methampheta­mine production, an initiative was launched Tuesday to help children left in the wake of meth lab busts.

Guaranteed tuition proposal dropped

Guaranteed tuition, which would set students’ tuition for four or five years, will no longer be considered for the University of Missouri System. However, UM system President Elson Floyd will present an alternative proposal to curators when they meet this week in Kansas City.

Senator to propose four ‘pro-life’ bills

JEFFERSON CITY — Restrictions on the morning after pill are part of an anti-abortion package unveiled for the coming Missouri legislative session.

Nixon: Jury duty scam is ID theft

A scam exploiting the age-old distaste for jury duty has caught the attention of Missouri officials who are warning the public against the identity theft hoax.

Mentor program receives national award

In its 37th year of service in Columbia, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri has received its second national award this year.

Over 1,500 Maneater issues stolen

Student staff from The Maneater, MU’s student newspaper, said more than 1,500 copies of the newspaper were stolen from at least eight campus locations Tuesday.

Wall by wall, a building progresses

The walls are going up on the Flagstone Building at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Flagstone. But they aren’t going up piece by piece. They are going up wall by wall.

Author: Segregation lingers in schools

Renowned social justice author Jonathan Kozol warned a packed MU auditorium on Tuesday night that segregation “has returned with a vengeance” to America’s public schools.

Plan to raze 70 Park Avenue homes criticized

Residents, including those of Park Avenue public housing, criticized the Columbia Housing Authority on Tuesday for not addressing their concerns regarding the proposed demolition of the 70 Park Avenue homes.

Washington learns his lesson

To be honest, Sean Washington said he didn’t know much about College of the Ozarks forward Michael Bonaparte.

Tigers dismiss UMKC

Quinton Day should be familiar by now. The University of Missouri-Kansas City standout’s story has been written, as has that of his teammate, Tim Blackwell.

Sluggish opening dooms Kewpies

The Hickman boys’ basketball team knows it will go through some growing pains this year. The team has one senior and its lack of experience showed Tuesday.

‘Pooh’ has poor showing for UMKC

Some things just take on a life of their own.

Seabaugh scores 17 to lead Rock Bridge

Andrea Seabaugh was perfect from the free-throw line and the Bruins girls’ basketball team outlasted Cor Jesu Academy 51-40 in St. Louis on Tuesday.

Kewpies loose to Kirksville

The Kewpies lost to Kirksville 44-32 on the road Tuesday.

MU athletic department donates to Red Cross

The MU athletic department made a donation of $3,431 to the American Red Cross. The money is going to the Red Cross’ hurricane-relief fund. The organization received the donation Nov. 21 and the money represented a portion of the funds collected during the annual Fall Craft Show on Nov. 6.

Sistas and Mentors

The Styling Zone hair salon, a vibrant green building situated across from Columbia College’s softball field, is usually closed on Sundays. Its slogan, “Where Looking Good is Understood,” might appropriately explain the weekend evening transformation of the salon into a meeting place for “Sista2Sista,” a new Columbia girls outreach program. Sista2Sista is geared to assist young girls through awkward stages in their adolescence.

Hard act to follow

Comparisons to an NBA player while still in high school can be a hard thing to live up to, just ask UMKC’s Quinton Day.

New defense sparks Chiefs

KANSAS CITY — The half-eaten hot dog that sat on Gunther Cunningham’s desk overnight was looking awfully stale.