Ethics investigator quits in protest

Phil Harter, MU’s Earl F. Nelson professor of law, resigned his position as chair of MU’s standing committee on research responsibility Thursday. The resignation came on the same day MU announced it had dropped the charges of research misconduct against three scientists.

Ice, at last, for skating fans

Steve Smith and his daughter Ashley used to ice skate every weekend until they moved to Columbia four years ago. Andrew Matheney travels to Jefferson City or Hallsville to play in a hockey league. Seth Smith has only skated once in the past eight years.

Ex-curator says funding may cost in freedom

In the midst of legislative wrangling over higher education funding, MU leaders must decide whether buildings are worth the loss of independent governance and academic freedom.

Columbia schools to file for FEMA relief

Columbia School Board members will meet Monday night to discuss the fiscal impact of the January ice storms that forced administrators to close schools for two days.

Annual city program to donate 40 home computers to families

As part of the program “Homes for Computers,” the Voluntary Action Center, the Downtown Optimist Club and the city of Columbia have joined forces to donate about 40 used computers and related equipment, such as monitors, keyboards and mouse devices, to eligible families.

Not in shouting distance

Winning a game against Kansas can salvage a Missouri men’s basketball season. As the fans rush the court to celebrate a win against the Jayhawks, the rest of the season seems to leave their minds.

Mixture of brawn, beauty a little overwhelming

When Smucker’s introduced Goober in 1968, it combined two favorites into one jar: peanut butter and jelly. For one low price, you could save yourself the unbearable hassle of walking all the way from the pantry for the P.B. to the fridge for the J.

Reigning cats and dogs

When Buddy went shopping last week, he sampled nearly as many treats as his owner Laura Zimmerman bought for him.

MU hosts swim stars

Eight-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and five-time medalist Natalie Coughlin are expected to headline a field of 21 former Olympians competing in the Missouri Grand Prix beginning Friday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center.

Semitrailer fire leads to I-70 closing

A semitrailer crashed on Interstate 70 on Friday night, causing a fire and shutting down one lane of eastbound traffic for nearly three hours, the Columbia Fire Department stated in a news release.

Stein holds tongue in loss

With 10 seconds left in Missouri’s women’s basketball game against Oklahoma State, coach Cindy Stein began walking to the Cowgirls’ bench to shake hands with coach Kurt Budke.

MU offense lifts Jamieson past milestone

Tim Jamieson’s 400th and 401st career victories as head coach of the MU baseball team couldn’t have been much stronger offensively than they were this weekend against Florida International in Miami: two games, 27 runs, 28 hits, two comfortable wins.

Cougars women’s basketball team wins ninth in AMC

The Columbia College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start to beat Missouri Baptist 93-89 on Saturday in St. Louis. The Cougars (21-4, 9-1 AMC) led just 46-45 at halftime but used 56 percent shooting in the second half to push past the Spartans (11-14, 2-8).

Early guidance

Jeff and Rebecca Reno often spend evenings on the floor with their children, Bennett, 4, and Cooper, 18 months. It’s the time after dinner and before Jeff reports to his night shift at FedEx, the time when the family can unwind a bit.

Bathroom humor

The assignment was a fiasco. The story I was sent to cover was about an actor, Kevin Babbitt, who was performing in an upcoming play. I was under the impression that Babbitt was having his final dress rehearsal. In reality, he was directing someone else’s dress rehearsal­ — in the pitch dark. He felt bad for me and let me stick around and photograph him directing someone else’s play.

Tigers sweep field in unusual competition

Missouri did its best to produce a storybook event Friday night at Hearnes Center.

Beastly boys

Julian Wright has a special name for the kind of performance he had Saturday.

Bruins, Kewps send nine to state tourney

JEFFERSON CITY ­— The Class 4, District 3 wrestling meet Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City had its fair share of quality storylines for Hickman and Rock Bridge; The schools combined to bring nine state qualifeiers, Drae Cox earned his first trip to state after two near misses, and the Pescaglia familycontinued its dominance.. However, the smallest qualifier of the group had a unique story all his own. With his third place finish, Rock Bridge 103-pounder Will Evans was the first Bruins freshman to advance to the state tournament since Andy McVey in 1994.

Boone boosts Douglass

The basketball hoop is broken now.

Stephens gains valuable experience

Stephens’ women’s basketball game Saturday night at Silverthorne Arena against one of its toughest opponents of the season, the Avila University Eagles, changed quickly as the game progressed. The Stars jumped to an 18-6 lead to start the game, then the Eagles began the second half with a 28-8 run.