Columbia public schools cancelled Friday

Columbia Public Schools are cancelled for a second day due to weather.

MU Police searching for flag thieves

MU Police were seeking two men Wednesday suspected of stealing the MU flag from the front porch of the Chancellor’s house at 1:15 a.m. Sunday.

Forte fever

There was an unusual concert in MU’s Fine Arts Building on Wednesday morning, and it celebrated a new arrival to the School of Music: a custom-made fortepiano, a historically accurate reproduction of a 1792 model instrument that is the predecessor to the modern piano.

MU to sell its Medicaid HMO for $19 million

MU has announced it will sell the assets of Missouri Care, a Medicaid HMO currently owned by the university, to a company that has managed the HMO since its creation.

Medicaid reform due by 2008, say Mo. officials

“First, do no harm.” The axiom attributed to Hippocrates, known as the Greek founder of medicine, is one that Citizens for Missouri’s Children hope Gov. Matt Blunt and the state legislature will keep in mind next year as they redesign a Medicaid program that’s set to end in 2008.

KC’s Secret Santa spreads holiday cheer

CHICAGO — Dressed in white overalls, a red turtleneck and a red cap, a once-secret Santa spread holiday cheer and crisp $100 bills to residents of Chicago’s southwest side Wednesday.

AIDS, after the headlines

For Cale Mitchell, a candle not only gives light in the darkness but sheds light on a much more spiritual level.

Providence extension plan expands

From the winding path in John A. Pipes’ backyard on East Thurman Street, he can see summertime’s green trees and foliage surrounding Bear Creek. He’s changed his position­ — more than once — on whether he’s in favor of the Providence Road extension that will replace this view with concrete bridges and a wider street.

City planners hear concerns about 40 sidewalk projects

Columbia city planning and development officials fielded questions and concerns Wednesday night about the department’s sidewalk improvement plan.

Proposed pay raise garners criticism

JEFFERSON CITY ­— Missouri judges, legislators and elected officials will receive a pay raise unless two-thirds of the legislature rejects it. The state’s Salary Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to recommend pay raises that will go into effect July 1, 2007, for judges and elected officials, and Jan. 1, 2009, for state legislators.

Gyms’ grunting policies bring grumbles

Weights clang as they’re returned to the racks. Feet stamp on treadmills. Dumbbells smack the floor. Lifters strain for that extra rep and let out a pant or grunt. Gyms and fitness centers, with their plethora of noises, will never be mistaken for libraries. Just don’t let the grunts be heard across the room.

The big chill

And the adverse weather is expected to continue through today, overnight and into Friday morning. Forecasts indicated the sky could dump as much as a foot of snow on top of a sheet of ice and sleet.

Alumnus donates $2 million to MU

Wednesday was a good day for tigers, thanks to a $2 million gift from an MU alumnus with a passion for wildlife and basketball.

Players pumped for first tough test

The questions about it started when the schedule was first released. More were asked at Monday’s postgame press conference with coach Mike Anderson.

Cougars get strong youth support

During the first game of the Columbia College volleyball team’s win over King College, a crowd of about 60 school children arrived from Eugene Field Elementary School to support the Cougars.

Tigers’ best runner has left his mark on program

Tim Ross stood in Hearnes Center Fieldhouse on Wednesday, the place he’s waited for his team to begin practice so many times before. A teammate walked up to the senior to show off the short yellow running shorts adorned with red chili peppers he was wearing.

Individual performances key for Tigers

When asked about the Las Vegas Invitational this weekend, Missouri wrestler Ben Askren spoke about a meeting with a competitor from a different ring, Ultimate Fighting champion Randy Catoure invited the senior out to see his workout facility during Askren’s free time. It’s an opportunity that Askren admits he may take after his wrestling career has died down.

Freshman plays big role for Stephens College

Tia LaFavor sits in the front row at Silverthorne Arena, her right leg propped on the four seats next to her. At six feet tall, it takes at least four seats to cradle the lanky limb.

Following in father’s footsteps

With a father who had a sixth-place finish in Missouri’s state wrestling tournament in 1978, you would think Rock Bridge senior 171-pounder Chris Masters would be involved in the sport from the day he could grapple at his father’s leg.

BIG meeting postponed

Due to the forecast of bad weather, Thursday's BIG (Big Idea Gathering) meeting has been postponed to Thursday, December 7. Location, times, and transportation details remain the same - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Performing Arts Center, Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Rd.