County off the hook for city trash pickup

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the county jail and Juvenile Justice Center have had their garbage removed for free by the city of Columbia for the past 20 months. The county has received no invoice from the city since December 2004 and will not have to pay for the months the city missed.

Work begins on new home for biochemistry

When Jerry Hazelbauer became the chair of the MU biochemistry department six years ago, he made a habit of asking faculty members one question: “What would you change?”

Photo workshop descends on Moberly

Every year, photographers from the MU School of Journalism and across the country settle into a Missouri community and attempt to document the lives of its inhabitants.

Blunt’s plan advances to next round

CHESTERFIELD ­­— Gov. Matt Blunt’s appointees prevailed in a divided vote Wednesday as Missouri’s student loan authority endorsed his plan to siphon $350 million from the agency to finance college construction projects.

Police officers learn to talk the talk

George Thompson was working as a police officer in Emporia, Kan., when he noticed veteran police officers calming agitated people with remarkable consistency.

Students demand answers from FBI

The Muslim Students Organization and Students for Progressive Action, waving signs that read “Charity is not Terrorism” and “FBI: We want answers,” vented dissatisfaction Wednesday at Speaker’s Circle over the Sept. 18 FBI search of the home of Shakir Hamoodi, a Columbia Islamic leader and charity activist.

Sixteen horses die after truck crashes

SULLIVAN — Sixteen of 42 horses en route to an Illinois slaughterhouse died after a crash early Wednesday on Interstate 44 in Franklin County.

Sanitary Spinach

Kenny Duzan knows spinach. He’s been growing the leafy green for 10 years and has left his mark on the local food chain by selling 3,000 to 5,000 pounds each year.

Developer sees future for living it up downtown

Ideas and development never seem to stop in downtown Columbia, and now Bob Walters has some lofty plans for the area. Walters, who heads Virtual Realty LLC, launched a Web site,, in early August to investigate bringing loft-style condominiums to downtown.

Panel to address academic freedom

John Galliher encourages his peace studies and sociology students to participate in political discussion in and outside of the classroom.

Cynicism normal given Owen’s past

A career spent courting the cameras doesn’t guarantee control of the script.

Pujols’ blast lifts Cards

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals count on Albert Pujols for big hits. His latest blast might have saved their season.

Redman helps Kansas City break skid

MINNEAPOLIS — David DeJesus and Mike Sweeney hit home runs, Mark Redman pitched eight strong innings, and the Kansas City Royals ended an eight-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory Wednesday night over the Minnesota Twins.

Rapidly learning the strokes

For the past two years, the Missouri Canoe and Kayak Club didn’t go on its annual beginner’s trip to the Spring River in Arkansas because of a lack of interest. But with an increase in participation this year, the club will be returning to Arkansas.

La Russa remains patient

ST. LOUIS — Tony La Russa has always been a sore loser, quick to lash out at the slightest provocation during postgame news conferences.

Crosby is long-range weapon

Colorado kicker Mason Crosby lined up at the 46, his own 46, to try to hit a field goal while practicing before the Georgia game.

Freshman’s crucial kill lifts Tigers

It looked like the Missouri volleyball team was going to have the letdown coach Wayne Kreklow dreaded.

Price keeps game fun

It’s 3 p.m., the beginning of yet another Monday practice on the tennis courts at Hickman. Weary from a long weekend of gown shopping and other pre-homecoming madness, the Kewpies are reluctant to begin.

Celebration irks Cougars

The loss was frustrating, but what happened afterwards angered Columbia College more.

Surging Bruins show Kewpies record no factor

In a game touted as a chess match between city rivals, Rock Bridge couldn’t have picked a better time to play like kings.