Renowned economist Galbraith dies at 97

BOSTON - John Kenneth Galbraith, the Harvard professor who won worldwide renown as a liberal economist, backstage politician and witty chronicler of affluent society, died Saturday night, his son said. He was 97.

Bridging continents

More than 250 people from multiple generations and ethnicities gathered at Rock Bridge High School on Saturday to enjoy the music and art of Africa and to discuss issues facing the continent today.

Alzheimer’s Association alters plans

The Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is one step closer to establishing a new resource center.

BioBlitz a blast for curious nature lovers

Six-year-old Joseph Magee says he likes animals and wants to find out more about them.

Three in county quarantined as suspected mump cases

Three Boone County residents suspected of having mumps were asked to quarantine themselves at home pending lab results to confirm whether they contracted the virus, which continues to spread throughout the Midwest.

Cause of Friday night house fire still unknown

The cause of a Friday evening house fire in the 1300 block of St. Andrews St. was still under investigation early Saturday evening and probably won’t be known until later in the week, fire officials said.

Hospitals set stricter smoke-free policies

The tension in Carol Bell’s face is unmistakable. But when she presses her lips to her cigarette and inhales just a few feet from the entrance of Boone Hospital Center, her anxiety seems to disappear.

Forum focuses on vision for future

By the mid-1980s, Chattanooga, Tenn., needed something new. Downtown was deteriorating, the economy was struggling and affordable housing was hard to find.

Providence Road sobriety checkpoint nets 21 arrests

For the first time, four Boone County law enforcement agencies joined forces Friday evening in Columbia to operate a single sobriety checkpoint.

Injured man hopes for lung transplant

David Hartman’s first memory of his neighbor Cheryl Card was of the “mother-like figure” who brought him cinnamon rolls as he moved into his new home six years ago. The last time they talked, as they often did in their backyards in Lincoln, Neb., Card was getting ready to travel with her ill husband to St. Louis where they hoped he would be approved for a life-saving lung transplant.

Couple injured after hitting tractor-trailer

The driver of a late-model Buick LeSabre was apparently unable to stop in time before plowing into the back of a tractor trailer stopped or slowed in westbound traffic on a rain-soaked Interstate 70 about a mile east of the Route Z exit, officials said.


George Harris works weekends, lots of weekends.

Edwards rises in Busch standings

Carl Edwards finished 10th in Saturday’s Busch Series race. Martin Truex Jr. won the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Edwards, a Columbia native, moved into third in the Busch point standings with the finish, 372 behind leader Kevin Harvick.

Scherzer family gives MU fan support

Rain or shine, the Scherzer family drives from St. Louis to watch the Missouri baseball team’s home games.

Extra points

Micaela Minner seems to be a friendly person.

Rainbow Connection

Dan Vestal has been umpiring slow-pitch softball for 15 years, four of which have been behind the plates at Cosmopolitan Park.

Hickman 10, Owensville 4

The Hickman baseball team defeated Owensville 10-4 on Friday night in the Sells Development/Red Weir Classic Tournament.

Life struggles shape opinion on stem cells

On a picturesque farm, complete with low-rising hills, a quaint house and expansive skies, is a young family dealing with ugliness and suffering. For two years, Kara Clardy has been struggling with multiple sclerosis, an inflammation of the central nervous system, which includes the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

Fair play stressed in steroid talk

Thomas Murray says the most valuable attributes in sports are natural talent and the way in which an athlete works to perfect that talent. Steroid use undermines the spirit of sports and disrupts the beauty of hard work and natural ability, Murray said in a Thursday lecture at MU.

New beginning

A lone temporary tent was erected on the north concourse of Memorial Stadium in mid-April for an autograph session before the Black and Gold game. Brad Smith, Missouri’s star quarterback over the past four years, was making his last public appearance before this weekend’s NFL draft.