Community counters hate

A member of the National Socialist Movement faces off with a demonstrator outside MU’s Hitt Street garage Saturday. Police stepped between the two men. Seven demonstrators were arrested during the 30-minute march. Five of those arrested were from out of town.

The parade by white supremacists, about 20 in all, covered less than four blocks and lasted only about 30 minutes. But it stirred a community outpouring that spanned most of the day and included a large contingent of counterprotesters.

Courthouse rally

Representatives from the NAACP from across Missouri joined about 100 Columbia residents outside on the Boone County Courthouse steps at 11 a.m. Saturday to rally against the National Socialist Movement march.

Park gathering

Rosie Robinson came home from Jefferson Middle School earlier this week a bit uneasy by what she’d heard from teachers and classmates about the neo-Nazi march planned for downtown on Saturday. Her mother, Aerial Robinson, said this posed a challenge: How to explain hate and intolerance to an 11-year-old.

Ameren to raise natural gas rates if state agrees

A settlement reached Thursday between state officials and Ameren Corp. would raise natural gas delivery rates for Missouri customers.

Marijuana activist groups hold conference at MU

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and Students for Sensible Drug Policy held their 2007 state conference at the MU Arts and Science building Friday and Saturday.

Ask the candidates: Council pay

Columbia City Council members say they are donating an increasing amount of time and expense to their volunteer posts, prompting debate about whether they should be paid. The Missourian asked council candidates on the April 3 ballot for their views about the issue.

Preparation for presentation

Terry Reese has toured the country with her best friend Missy, participating in contests and making new friends.

Traffic, growth, council functions among issues cited by Fourth Ward candidates at forum

The Fourth Ward candidates for Columbia City Council are taking different approaches in their campaign for the spot that will be filled in the April 3 election.

Man charged in connection with Boone County National Bank robbery

A House Springs man was charged Friday with one count of second-degree robbery in connection with the robbery of Boone County National Bank earlier that day, police said.

MU hurting from unexpected loss

As Missouri guard Keon Lawrence sat by his locker after Missouri’s loss to Baylor on Thursday in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament, his eyes began to water. But he was careful not to let any tears fall from his face.

Kewpies’ title hopes end in late-game collapse

It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Tigers’ bright spot Pratzel has big-time reputation

After a lackluster performance in a 6-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday, Missouri tennis coach Blake Starkey found few bright spots in the first outdoor match of the season for the Tigers. However, when asked about the play of senior Amanda Pratzel, Starkey’s expression brightened, and his tone changed drastically.

Gymnastics team's advanced chemistry

It was a familiar scene for the Missouri gymnastics team on Friday night at Hearnes Center. Senior Whitney Crater, described as the team’s “voice,” cheered her teammates through their routines when she wasn’t wowing on vault and floor. Dependable senior Amanda Pezzullo, described as the team’s “rock,” hit solid routines without so much as a waver. And senior Ali Gilmore, the team’s “inspiration,” received the night’s loudest cheers when she hit her final bar routine in front of a home crowd.

Decathlete’s heart transcends body’s limits

He collapsed in the 1,500 meters.

Five ideas

Do you talk on your cell phone while driving? How do we treat diversity in the college application process? What do we go to keep illegal immigrants from being employed? What’s better for Missouri, local or state control of agricultural operations? Does the goal of a modernized downtown justify the use of eminent domain?

Law sheds light on government’s practices

Today begins Sunshine Week. You already knew that, I expect. But just to avoid confusion, I should clarify that this has nothing to do with the arrival of spring, or even spring training.