Character development

Strutting back and forth across the gymnasium floor, 11-year-old Antonio Ingram is getting into character. As “Anthony” in Columbia’s Moving Ahead Theatre Troupe’s production of “Lil’ Man & Mookie,” Ingram is doing his best impression of a lawyer, wearing his nicest shirt, neatly pressed and tucked in, and pacing in front of the “jury” with his hands folded behind his back.

Scientists seek assurance from state for stem cell research

Coffee to go. Arrive early. Take a cell phone call. Be enthusiastic. That’s how one of Popular Science’s Brilliant Ten, Dr. Kevin Eggan, prepares for a lecture on identifying and curing neurological diseases.

Boone County to lose its state-certified interpreter; need for services increases

No matter the language they’re spoken in, facts are facts: The demand for foreign-language court interpreters in Boone County is increasing, just as mid-Missouri is about to lose its only state-certified interpreter.

Funding uncertain for construction at intersection

The planned construction of an intersection at Route K and Scott Boulevard might be delayed if the city, county and state cannot cover cost overruns.

Nixon to file Missouri River suit this week

WASHINGTON — Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon said Wednesday he will file a lawsuit this week to stop plans for a man-made spring rise on the Missouri River.

Judge says O’Neal photos must be released

A 13th Judicial Circuit judge ordered the Columbia Daily Tribune on Wednesday to turn over unpublished photos that show the last practice of MU football player Aaron O’Neal’s life to attorneys on both sides of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Columbia business does green renovation

Peckham and Wright Architects on Tenth Street celebrated the eco-friendly renovation of its building with an art show and silent auction Wednesday to benefit the Central Missouri Food Bank, Alzheimer’s Association Missouri Chapter and the Rainbow House.

Full circle

Shopping online has its limitations. Buyers may be hesitant to purchase without full view of the product.

Skaters raise money to improve park

Not the most likely coupling you’d see, but cops and skateboarders are uniting (gasp) in the name of cleanliness, safety and the good that is the Skate Park, part of Veterans Park in Fulton. OK, not cops exactly, but the community powers that be.

Easing pump pain

WASHINGTON — President Bush offered a plan Tuesday to contain soaring gas prices, but he acknowledged that he can’t stop driving from being expensive this summer.

Stem cell issue on costly trek toward ballot

If you’ve spent any time in Missouri since January, then you’ve probably been approached by petitioners gathering signatures. They are working to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November to protect stem cell research. They have until May 9 to gather the 150,000 signatures needed to put this issue to a vote.

Park plan gets positive reaction

City Manager Bill Watkins said the stadium proposal submitted Monday by the Mid-Missouri Mavericks entails “almost zero risk” for the city.

Fire and Ice

Derrick Ming stands at the edge of his dream.

MU faces Chinese squad in exhibition

For the past week, Missouri volleyball has hosted a team from BeiHang University of Beijing. The visit is part two of an exchange system between BeiHang University and MU.

Jefferson City rules at Hickman Relays

On a 45-degree night with scattered showers and chilling wind, Hickman held the fifth annual Hickman Relays, hosting Rock Bridge, Jefferson City, Helias, Mexico and Rolla. The meet turned individual events, such as discus and long jump, into relays by combining the top three scores from one school in each event. Medals were awarded for each event.

Survivor recounts Holocaust horrors

For a quarter of a century, Mendel Rosenberg couldn’t talk about the almost four years he was forced by the Nazis to live in ghettos and concentration camps. Now, he shares his story with anyone willing to listen.

NAACP voices concerns on racial profiling

Members of the Columbia chapter of the NAACP met with a representative of the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday night in an early effort to take action in response to several complaints regarding police brutality and racial profiling involving the Columbia Police Department. The meeting was called after several black citizens of the community voiced concern over various incidents.

Outfielder combines skill, luck in batting

Rock Bridge junior Brandon Gerau may be the luckiest guy on the Bruins’ baseball team. And he’s the first to admit it.

Extra points

Columbia College (36-13) ended its regular season by losing both legs of a doubleheader to NCAA Div. II Central Missouri State in Warrensburg.

Bruins tie, don’t play OT out of courtesy

Despite taking a lead 10 minutes into the second half of their game Monday night against Quincy Notre Dame, the Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team is still looking for its first home victory in over a month.