Family’s first college graduate instills dreams

As a 14-year-old who sometimes had trouble sleeping, Timothy Lopez lay in bed at night reading law books to try and make himself fall asleep. It didn’t work: He found the material fascinating. Now he’s 28 and scheduled to graduate from Columbia College on Saturday with a degree in criminal justice, the first member of his family to graduate from college.

Curators to consider athletics task force

ST. LOUIS — A pair of University of Missouri System curators on Thursday called for greater oversight of campus athletics amid continuing fallout over the botched resignation of former MU men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder.

New test for breast cancer probed at MU

Three MU researchers are expanding their research into a noninvasive, needle-free method of detecting breast cancer.

Mo. House passes bill to require photo ID to vote

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House passed a bill Thursday that would require Missourians to show a state or federally issued photo identification card to vote.

Kewpies nab narrow district win

The scene at A.L. Gustin golf course could not have been more contradictory. Framed by dank, slate clouds and rolling, green hills, Hickman golf coach Clark Swisher stood beaming, with a hunk of polished wood tucked under one arm.

Twists in MOHELA plans snag legislative action

JEFFERSON CITY — The governor’s plan to use the profits expected from a college loan sale ran into a couple of serious glitches just one day before the state’s deadline for approving a final spending plan.

County collects an extra hand

A growing county and a wider range of services are putting a strain on County Collector Pat Lensmeyer and her five-person staff.

Weekend triathlon chance for rookies to test their ability

Completing a triathlon can be grueling. Tackling three sports at once for the first time, with no time to rest between events, can seem like a brief lapse in sanity. However, it can be addicting to conquer the challenges that each race holds, constantly pushing beyond perceived limits.

McKee enjoys taking many for the team

When he is at the plate, John McKee doesn’t move out of the way.

Passionate pitching

Rock Bridge pitcher Erik Darkow leans at the waste awaiting the call from the catcher during the Bruins’ practice on Tuesday. He shakes off the first call, then nods to the second. His 6-foot-5 frame takes a big stride from the mound as his hand comes around with a semi sidearm throw. The only sound is the ball smacking the catcher’s mitt.

Hickman will count on defense this weekend

The Rockhurst lacrosse team has demolished plenty of opponents this season.The Hawklets are 21-0 and ranked No. 1 in the LaxPower state poll. They have scored in double digits in all of their games and won 16 times by 10 or more goals. Things were no different when they beat Hickman 14-2 on April 25. But the Kewpie defense left a lasting impression on the Hawklet coaching staff.

Legislature passes sex offender bills

JEFFERSON CITY — More people would have to register as sex offenders, and more information about the offenders — such as their vehicle license plate and where they work — would be available to the public under legislation the Senate passed Thursday.

Rural clinicians taught by video

The MU telehealth program, which helps people with brain injuries receive care from people closer to them, matched 70 traumatic brain-injury patients from rural communities with clinicians who received training from neuropsychologists through video teleconferencing

Outdoor cinema debuts tonight

As in summers past, films will be screened at Flat Branch Park. By ALYSSA APPELMAN The disappearance of drive-in theaters in recent years has made it difficult to enjoy the tradition of watching movies outdoors. But Columbians have another option beginning tonight, when the 2006 Flat Branch Outdoor Cinema Series debuts with a showing of “Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” The movie will be shown at Flat Branch Park at Fourth and Cherry streets. The series will continue throughout the summer with three more movies planned for June, July and August. In addition to “Wallace ...

Sketch of theft suspect released

Columbia Police released a sketch Thursday of one of the men suspected of stealing a car at gunpoint from a man at a Columbia car wash Wednesday afternoon.

Natural talent

Without taking any warmup shots, Landon Willett lines up on the first tee at the Country Club of Missouri. Only five seconds after setting up, he swings, his arms moving like the pendulum of a grandfather clock.

Oswalt gives Cards third straight loss

HOUSTON — Roy Oswalt pitched eight strong innings and Lance Berkman drove in three runs to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Open for business

A stroll down Broadway reveals “for lease” or “for sale” signs in prominent store fronts that once were full of products or mannequins wearing the latest fashions.

K.C. remains winless on road

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins finally are showing signs of pitching to their potential.

Interfraternity Council helps gays come out in Greek community

Bill Dickey silently celebrated two years ago when the MU Greek community added “sexual orientation” to its anti-discrimination clause.