Searching for salvation

When he was a young man, Gerald Burns spent 10 years of his life in jail or on probation. A native of California, Burns watched a number of his friends die or receive long prison sentences, which convinced him that, unless he changed, he was destined for the same fate.

Senate committee to hear UM System bill

JEFFERSON CITY — The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to hear a bill Tuesday that would limit how much money the University of Missouri System could receive from the state. The House passed its version of the bill last week. The bill, which would also cap tuition, would limit the level of state funding increases at the fiscal 2002 amount. The legislation, sponsored by House speaker pro tem Rep. Carl Bearden, R-St. Charles, would apply to all public higher education institutions.

The teaching ‘travel agent’

Joseph Hobbs sits comfortably in the cramped corner of his office in Stewart Hall. He is surrounded by two computers, a corkboard displaying photos of his family, and numerous worn-out maps. Sunlight splashes into the basement room from a window behind him.

Volunteers beautify campus gardens

If you have a green thumb, there is a place you can go to make it happy: the Mizzou Botanic Garden.

‘Celebrations’ plans Columbia events

On a night 10 years ago, Michelle Dobbins decided that event planning was going to be a big part of her life. She was in charge of bringing in more than 200 people for her senior high school reunion that evening.

Race awards participants who identify most species

The conservation biology program at MU is organizing BioBlitz, a race to identify as many different species as possible in 24 hours within a defined area, on Friday and Saturday at the Flat Branch watershed.

City replaces sidewalks in First Ward

Wonder what’s up with crews of people jackhammering sidewalks in the First Ward and pulling chunks of them out of the ground?

MUnity to host 20-mile bike ride for education in Africa

MU senior Jordan Smith and MUnity are asking Columbia residents to ride 20 miles to help students more than 8,000 miles away.

Bond catches on for Tigers

The Missouri baseball team had its chances to finish against Oklahoma State on Sunday.

MU water polo club team shows depth of sport

Two years ago, Steve Hughes was not getting everything he wanted out of his college experience.

Bruins claim charmed win

Beau Gambill and Cory Whyers were the only ones left.

Extra Points

The Missouri softball team (20-22, 4-8) lost 8-0 in five innings at No. 15 Texas A&M. The Tigers got just four hits on the day as Jen Bruck (18-16) got the loss. Missouri plays next on Wednesday at Ames, Iowa in a doubleheader against Iowa State.