Unusual relays excite Missouri

At a recent Missouri track and field practice, coach Rebecca Wilmes brought out a golden baton. Although the baton itself was nothing out of the ordinary, its familiarity depends on the carrier. On Wednesday, even the distance runners were practicing handoffs in preparation for the Tigers’ trip to the 97th-annual Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

extra points

The Columbia College softball team won its first two games of the American Midwest Conference Tournament on Thursday at Springfield-Illinois.

Police warn of online sex predators

Zach Wade, a 17-year-old Rock Bridge High School junior, often logs onto right after school. Then he does his homework, eats dinner and is usually back on the Web site in the evening.

Ugandan children focus of march

Working toward an end to child abduction and war in northern Uganda, Columbia students and residents will join people from 142 cities across the nation Saturday to participate in Global Night Commute. The students will march downtown to sleep at Courthouse Square.

MySpace enables networking, but poses risks for young users

MySpace, a free Web site created as a cyber community where people can meet and correspond, announced several weeks ago that it removed 200,000 members’ profiles because of objectionable content.

Senate will consider tighter eminent domain restrictions

JEFFERSON CITY — After Sara Barwinski sat through a committee hearing last month on a bill to change Missouri’s eminent domain regulations, she said she overheard a lobbyist and a developer talking about the progress of legislation.

Terrace tenants get extension

University Terrace Apartments residents were informed Thursday that UM System President Elson Floyd’s request to extend the relocation deadline from December 2006 to June 2007 was accepted by UM Health Care CEO Jim Ross.

For faithful, debate rests on origin of life

The scientific and political communities aren’t the only ones weighing in on stem cell issues. Followers of the world’s major religions also have a take, which can in turn influence the scientists and the politicians. The following chronicles central beliefs of Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam concerning the issue of stem cell research. It doesn’t take into account polar sects or variations of each religion.

In stem cells, researchers see hope for cures

The following is a list of diseases for which researchers say embryonic stem cells could potentially lead to cures through somatic cell nuclear transfer. This process takes isolated somatic cells from a patient and tranfers them to a donated egg. The created embryo is allowed to grow into a blastocyst, from which cells are plucked and cultured. These cells can then be turned (or differentiated) into tissue cells for the same patient.

Rooted in memory

A sweet gum tree in the full leaf of spring, its boughs overarching Lowry Mall and just cresting the Fine Arts Building roof, was dedicated Thursday in memory of an MU researcher who was murdered last year in a campus parking garage.

Columbia-bred director anxious for film opening

After nearly 10 years of working and waiting, Tricia Brock’s dream project is about to hit theaters. Her first major movie, “Killer Diller,” opens today at Stadium Theatres in Columbia, as well as select theaters in St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis and Nashville.

Legislators have little time to agree on scholarship bill

JEFFERSON CITY — A proposal to cap state funding for colleges and universities at 2002 fiscal year levels is still a possibility, even as the legislature enters its last two weeks of the session.

Adult stem cells used to treat 64 diseases

The following is a list of the 64 diseases that researchers have used adult stem cells to treat. Adult stem cells are different from embryonic stem cells in that they usually form other stem cells identical to themselves.

Two killed in Interstate 70 accident

Two people were killed when a semi truck rear-ended a car and a van on Interstate 70 between East St. Charles Road and U.S. 63 about 9:15 Friday morning.

MU players want to talk after their quiet finish

The Missouri volleyball team learned a lesson in communication from a team whose language they could not understand.

Kewps, Bruins will have to share

The Hickman track team is used to walking out the back doors of its school and down a small grassy hill for practice on the track at Hickman Stadium. On Wednesday, though, the team traveled by bus across town and up a slightly larger hill to the Rock Bridge track for its daily practice.

Gridiron girth

Tony Palmer has always been large. His mother, Adrianne Gaines, said she noticed that when Palmer was just days old.

Bruins’ rally saves streak

When two undefeated teams face each other, strange things can happen.

Friends meet in rivalry matchup

For Thomas Schuenemeyer and Kyle Kovar, Wednesday’s round of golf together was typical. Schuenemeyer and Kovar go out to play golf with each other, usually once a week. They play even more in the summer.

Cougar translates hockey to softball

As a catcher for the Columbia College softball team, Stephanie Stowe is used to people barreling down the third base line at her so they can get to home plate. But, in the other sport that Stowe grew up playing, physical play was also a part of the game. There were body checks and fighting and spearing, not to mention a frozen puck flying through the air at speeds in excess of 100 mph.