Weather has MU feeling confined

Through no fault of its coaches or players, the Missouri baseball team may be less prepared than in previous years for its season opener tonight against Florida International in Miami.

Recruits finalize decisions

Nine Rock Bridge football players and one Hickman player signed college letters of intent Wednesday.

MU drops charges against 3 scientists

MU has dropped charges of research misconduct against three scientists, including lead researcher R. Michael Roberts, Curators’ Professor of animal sciences and biochemistry. The scientists had been under investigation for allegedly doctoring photographs that accompanied research published in a prominent scientific journal last February.

Boston-based firm prompts zoning pause

Any proposals for new developments or rezonings downtown will face an uphill battle with city officials until a long-term vision for the area moves forward.

Mo. Right to Life remains opposed to MOHELA bill

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Right to Life said Thursday it remains opposed to Gov. Matt Blunt’s college construction plan, despite legislative changes intended to ease its fears that some buildings could be used for embryonic stem cell research.

BOONE LIFE: Helena's odyssey

As Liberian refugees, the Glay family spent 13 years in Ivory Coast refugee camps waiting for an opportunity to come to America. When the time came to leave, they couldn’t track down their daughter Helena, who had left the camp two years earlier to earn money for the family.

Bulldogs not straying far for a change

On Jan. 11, the Douglass Bulldogs boys basketball team defeated the visiting Chamois Pirates 56-49.

Tigers fight for fans as well as victories

With a couple of sold-out games at Mizzou Arena, coach Mike Anderson is looking more like the savior of Missouri men’s basketball he was predicted to be. Add a few more conference wins, especially one against Kansas, and he’s looking at a future filled with possibilities.

Tale of two Cougar teams

The exasperation and frustration on Columbia College men’s basketball coach Bob Burchard’s face was evident as he ran his hand through his hair, attempting to explain the inconsistencies that Columbia College has experienced this season.

Foul trouble costs Cougars

Something happened inside Columbia College’s Arena at Southwell Complex on Thursday night that hasn’t occurred since Feb. 21, 2006. The women’s basketball team lost a game.

Only refs can slow Stephens

Rarely does a basketball referee get applause from players and fans, especially when walking into a gymnasium.

Bike race riding into Columbia

Columbia has been named an official host city for the Tour of Missouri bicycle race.

Third Ward hopefuls address city growth

Two candidates for City Council in the Third Ward discussed their position on various issues Thursday night in the gymnasium of Benton Elementary School with members of the Benton-Stephens Community Association.

Superintendent says system is to blame for achievement gap

In her address Thursday evening, Phyllis Chase, superintendent of Columbia Public School District, spoke about the achievement gap within the educational system and called on teachers, parents and students to close it.

Indicted chairman leaves position

JEFFERSON CITY — A lawmaker indicted along with 16 other people announced Thursday that he is stepping down from his leadership position in the legislative Black Caucus. Rep. John Bowman said the move is not permanent.

Symphony ‘Titan’ to make its debut

After last year’s performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Alex Innecco, music director at Missouri United Methodist Church, decided he wanted to again bring something big to the people of Columbia. That something is Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan,” which will be the church’s largest orchestral performance to date.

Lecture examines religion’s role in westward expansion

Bob Priddy, a regional historian, will present a lecture Sunday on the role religion has played in shaping the state of Missouri. The lecture, “In the Footsteps of Alexander,” is part of the First Christian Church’s 175th anniversary celebration.

Drumming group, poet offer show at Missouri Theatre

Morgan Mastiga grew up in Zimbabwe, and he strives to keep the spirit of his home country alive in his life in Columbia. Mastiga does this through music in the group he founded and now directs, Universal Drum Appeal.

Capitol safety update planned

JEFFERSON CITY — Tighter safety measures proposed for Missouri’s Capitol could cost more than $1 million.

Shields explains school funding

JEFFERSON CITY — In a new stage of the fight over how Missouri funds its public schools, the head writer of the state’s current education funding law testified before a Cole County Judge on Thursday.