Ivy League quarterback saves Rams

ST. LOUIS — Out of high school, the choice was easy for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Honor takes Tigers’ Ailes by surprise

Throughout the season Missouri volleyball player Tatum Ailes has sacrificed her body to dig balls that appeared unreachable, and at times she has been brought to tears after landing in awkward positions.

MU dean to resign, promote novels

Richard Schwartz, dean of MU’s College of Arts and Science, will step down from his position this summer. With extra time in his schedule, he said he plans to promote his four crime novels, which are being reissued over the next year by Midnight Ink.

Study shows repeat DWI offenders common

Despite an overall decrease in drunken driving among college students, a study by an MU researcher has found that many will drink and drive despite the consequences.

Columbia to aid city hit by Katrina

When the people of Pascagoula, Miss., woke on Aug. 30, many had just experienced the most terrifying event of their lives: Hurricane Katrina. Most of what they owned had been torn to pieces in the previous day’s maelstrom or was being slowly eaten away by the corrosive mixture of salt water and sewage that had flooded their home as they helplessly waited, wondering whether anything would be salvageable.

Park Ave. tenants safe until 2008

Public housing residents on Park Avenue will not have to move out of their apartments for at least two years, even if the Columbia Housing Authority decides to demolish and rebuild the 70 existing homes as has been proposed. Consultants to the housing authority task force told residents Monday that any construction would most likely not begin until 2008.

County commission reviews plans to expand courthouse

Boone County prosecuting attorney Kevin Crane said he would like to hire a new assistant prosecutor to lighten the workload in the office. Although there is funding available for the new position, the prosecuting attorney’s office in the Boone County Courthouse does not have enough space to accommodate another staff member.

Police identify man killed in car crash

The identity of a 21-year-old man who was killed Sunday after driving his pickup truck off the road on Old 63 South was released by Columbia police Monday morning.

A home for the holidays

Halfway down Andy Street in northeast Columbia, the road looks like a dead end. The pavement remains unfinished and a brown Dumpster sits across from two modest houses. The unfinished subdivision looks more like an abandoned project than an ongoing construction site.

Head-on crash claims life of 34-year-old man

A Columbia woman faces charges of involuntary manslaughter after the SUV she was driving struck a car early Sunday and killed the driver. Columbia police believe the woman was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

One-car accident on Old 63 kills man, injures passenger

A 21-year-old Columbia man was killed early Sunday, police say, when the pickup truck he was driving left the road and struck a metal barrier and trees.

Internet monitoring rule raises concerns

A new law enforcement tool to monitor e-mail and Internet traffic could cost MU and Columbia’s colleges the price of an extra server or two — or millions — while raising new concerns over privacy.

Club seeks recycling incentives

Columbia residents should have more incentive to recycle beverage bottles and cans rather than chuck them onto the street or send them to the landfill, members of the Sierra Club say.

Shaping a profession

Marcia Shannon has three passions: her family, education and swine. A native of Red Oak, Iowa, Shannon grew up on her family’s generations-old farm raising hogs, cattle and row crops. Ventures in 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs sparked her early interest in agriculture — a passion that would make Shannon a minority throughout her education and into her career.

GRE to change format, emphasis

The Graduate Record Examination, an entrance exam taken by thousands of prospective graduate students nationwide, will undergo its first major change in its 55-year history next October.

Author will speak on educational inequalities

Forty years ago, Jonathan Kozol was fired from his first teaching job after reading a book by black poet Langston Hughes to his fourth-grade class.

Wait pays off for volleyball team

After almost 20 minutes of waiting, the Missouri volleyball team received the news it was hoping to hear.

Tigers women’s basketball team earns tournament championship

The Missouri women’s basketball team defeated Pittsburgh 69-60 to win the Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday.

Chiefs pick apart Patriots

KANSAS CITY — It’s time for people to start taking notice when Greg Wesley makes bold predictions.

His driving force

Robert Hamilton focuses on the road as he talks. In the rearview mirror, his eyes peer back, soft and brown; his hair is now considerably more salt than pepper. The fresh interior of Columbia Paratransit bus No. 1938 smells like new shoes: clean, untrodden rubber flooring and leather-like seats. Hamilton’s strong, tan arm maneuvers the giant steering wheel five days a week.