Course to focus on financial ventures

MU graduate student Brian Adams has an idea for a business venture: He wants to grow biomass for biological refineries and power plants to create bioenergy.

The Hollywood touch

For the LaZebnik brothers, the reinvention of Stephens College is about more than career opportunities; it is about family.

Road hazard

When they were only 19, newlyweds Harold and Jane Foley bought a 3½-acre homestead and built their house at the top of a rocky bluff along Creasy Springs Road, a narrow dirt lane that snaked around and down their hill and across the springs at a wooden bridge.

MOHELA sale drawbacks are uncertain

JEFFERSON CITY — A generation ago, when a college education cost just a fraction of what it does today, students nonetheless faced a problem getting financial aid.

Two seek mayoral seat in Ashland

Ashland is certainly “Growing Beyond Tomorrow,” as its city motto states. In the last four years, Ashland’s population has nearly doubled, increasing from approximately 1,600 residents to 3,000 residents.

Community services in transition

Marie Glaze, chairwoman of the Office of Community Services’ Human Rights Commission, knows an era has ended. She began the commission’s Jan. 25 meeting by recognizing that.

Home-court advantage

Carlynn Savant knows what life on the road is like for any basketball player. The constant boos and trash-talk from unruly fans can sometimes be enough to affect anyone’s game.

Big 12 gets tight with OU’s big win

KANSAS CITY — Even without the newly crowned Miss America sitting courtside in her tiara, Oklahoma’s upset of No. 4 Texas would have been a thing of beauty.

Seahawks find few fans

DETROIT — The Seahawks were fortunate to arrive in Detroit one day ahead of the Steelers. It gave them an extra few hours to get used to seeing so much black and gold in the Super Bowl city.

Center gets $200,000 pledge

Friday night at the Columbia Boxing Club was business as usual. The seven young men practicing that night changed clothes in the Bear Creek Community Center’s bathrooms, ran laps outside and met back at the center’s makeshift ring for warm-up exercises.

Boonville casino bets on 140-room hotel

Fonja Runer has been managing the Homestead Motel for three years. She’s never known a Boonville without a casino. But as the closest hotel to Isle of Capri, the Homestead has certainly seen its share of tourists in town for the riverboat’s bright lights.

Accident stops traffic on I-70

A Saturday morning accident stopped traffic on eastbound Interstate 70 for about two hours.

Fire District board president remembered

Five somber men of the Missouri Task Force stood silently on the lawn outside the Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Friday afternoon while fire Chief Steve Paulsell spoke about Willis Smith, former president of the Fire District’s Board of Directors. It was Paulsell’s first time publicly speaking about Smith, a man some said was a father figure in Paulsell’s life, since Smith’s death.

Brady project approved by Board of Curators

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators on Friday placed the final stamp of approval on the Student Center Project, more commonly known as the Brady Commons expansion.

MU’s global reach expands with office to network in China

MU is taking a step to further establish its global connections by opening the first U.S. environmental and energy technology — ENTECH — office in Beijing on March 13.

Drawing on their strengths

Dayton sits isolated in the corner at a desk of his own. But don’t assume he’s in trouble; he just works better without the distraction of neighbors. The two children standing don’t have trouble seeing the board; they just concentrate better vertically. The scratching sound you hear isn’t a class pet; it’s Amy, compulsively sliding her hand across a strip of Velcro secured beneath her desk to help her focus. And, the gum cracking that can be heard over the hum of the white noise machine doesn’t bother the teacher. In fact, neither do the children spread on the floor reading or painting with a partner or talking quietly in groups.

Nobel Prize winner discusses his ‘green chemistry’

The discovery of a new chemical reaction led Robert Grubbs to a life changing career. It won him the Nobel Prize in chemistry and international recognition.

CNN analyst encourages blacks to strive for dreams, much like Martin Luther King Jr.

Carlos Watson, a political analyst for CNN, said regardless of skin color, the only way for people to succeed in the new century is to discover what they love to do regardless of risk.

Tigers have no answer for Huskers

LINCOLN, Neb. — What happened?

Husker trades soccer cleats for high tops

LINCOLN, Neb. — College basketball was the furthest thing from Aleks Maric’s mind growing up in Sydney, Australia.