Tragedy strikes Colts’ Dungy

LUTZ, Fla. James Dungy, the 18-year-old son of Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, was found dead of an apparent suicide in his Tampa-area apartment early Thursday, the sheriff’s office said.

Pedestrian-friendly plan speeds up

Plans for making Columbia a more pedestrian-friendly city are gaining momentum.

New country, new life

Simple words fill the four walls of the classroom: paper, map, computer, shelf. Nine students from all over the globe, sit attentively as the instructor reviews different types of clothing, colors and patterns.

Columbia rallies to aid adopted city

Columbia received two donations of more than $2,700 Wednesday for its newly adopted city, Pascagoula, Miss., which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Solstice means longer days are here again

If the short days and long nights have got you down, take heart. There’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Honoring mom by giving help

In a living room overflowing with Christmas decorations of all sorts — teddy bears, Santa dolls, poinsettias, snowmen, wreaths and angels — a small army prepared on Wednesday night to take to the streets of a north central Columbia neighborhood, their arms loaded with Christmas cheer.

Alley work to finish Dec. 30

Every time Christy Welliver approaches an alley off Hitt Street, south of Broadway she prepares for a rough ride.

Officer wins hero award for Torch Run

Columbia police Capt. Zim ­Schwartze has received the highest honor offered by the Special Olympics Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Nixon questions Blunt’s school funding plan

JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Jay Nixon asserted Wednesday that it would be harder for him to defend the state’s school funding method in court if a plan backed by Gov. Matt Blunt is enacted mandating an amount schools must spend on student instruction.

The sound of salvation

Terry Angenendt is a holiday tradition within a holiday tradition in mid-Missouri.

Braggin’ rights go to Illinois

ST. LOUIS — Dee Brown was supposed to be in the NBA. He had entered his name into the NBA draft pool and was committed to at least seeing what happened.

Grimes’ game inspired

ST. LOUIS — It’s hard to find many good things in Missouri’s 32-point loss to Illinois on Wednesday, but the play of sophomore Kalen Grimes offered some solace.

Pro Bowl returns bolster Pace, Holt

ST. LOUIS — Orlando Pace’s reward for another stellar season, a seventh straight Pro Bowl berth, eased the sting Wednesday of some critical comments directed at the St. Louis Rams’ entire offensive line by their interim coach.

Weird holiday wonders

Frank Costanza on Seinfeld could be credited for labeling the movement. “A Festivus for the rest of us,” he called it.

MAP standards to be lowered for next school year

Under proposed revisions of definitions used in the Missouri Assessment Program, known as the MAP test, many more students will achieve levels of “proficient” and “advanced.”

Simpson suspended for big game

Things will be far quieter when Missouri’s defense takes the field for the Independence Bowl against South Carolina on Dec. 30.

Lost mortgage data found

Columbia customers of mortgage lender ABN AMRO are among the 2.5 million people whose personal financial information was on a computer tape misplaced by the company’s courier last month.

Teacher up for national award

Patricia Avery was shocked when she opened the letter declaring she had been named a finalist for the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Program helps teachers learn from one another

As a math teacher at Oakland Junior High School, Teresa Barry believes classroom management skills and building interaction with her students are as important as the lessons she teaches. Barry, who has taught for 23 years, focuses on relationships with students, especially with those who might not have their eyes on learning.

Holiday light hunt

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