Five ideas

How would canceled flights from Columbia affect you? Should phone companies share private customer information with the government? What is the best way to ease traffic and preserve neighborhoods? What are you doing to reduce impact on the environment? How concerned should Columbia be about gangs?

Martial arts demonstrate more than self defense

Rebecca Colbert walks with the help of a cane. She began practicing tai chi four years ago because somebody told her, “If you practice tai chi, you’ll be so good you won’t need the cane.”

BOONE LIFE: Treading water

Hans Huenink does not hesitate at all before jumping into the pool at Stephens College. Wearing a now-soaked T-shirt, khaki pants and tennis shoes, the Hartsburg resident quickly starts swimming laps with the other 44 men and one woman wearing the same outfit.

Columbia seeks federal grant for trail system expansion plan

The City of Columbia has identified three trail projects for which it hopes to win federal money through a competitive grant program.

Easter Bunny makes a Columbia stop

Sitting at a craft table full of plates, construction paper and markers, Chuck Miller, 5, and Kenny Miller, 3, search through the clutter for little sticky eyes so each could create his own paper Easter Bunny.

Couple keeps Easter spirit alive for HealthCare residents

Bob and Bonnie Simpson know that nothing says Easter to a child more than a brightly colored basket filled with goodies. Hoping to instill that same feeling of happiness in the patients at Columbia HealthCare Center, the Simpsons deliver special Easter baskets to them every year.

UM curators agree on Lamb as interim system president

ROLLA — As expected, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators announced Friday that Gordon Lamb, senior vice president of EFL Associates, will take over as interim UM System president.

UM curators raise tuition after intense debate; Rolla campus renamed

ROLLA — After heated debate and numerous efforts to find alternatives, the University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved a 3.8 percent tuition increase by a vote of 6-4 at its meeting Friday.

Grapes die on the vine in statewide cold snap

The scene seemed normal for a mid-Missouri vineyard in early April: John Ferrier tooled along on a small red tractor, mowing the grass between rows of grape vines. Abnormal were the smell of a wood fire drifting from Ferrier’s chimney and the brown and shriveled buds on his vines, nascent grapes killed by overnight temperatures in the low 20s.

Developers concerned about new council’s stance on growth

With Karl Skala and Jerry Wade joining Barbara Hoppe on the Columbia City Council, many foresee a new approach toward growth in Columbia that emphasizes planned development and environmental protection.

Slew of costly errors cripples Kewpies

JEFFERSON CITY — Every member of the Hickman baseball team has been fielding baseballs for years.

Bruins confident in young reliever

Taking a line drive off of the pitching arm hurts. For many pitchers, a comebacker is enough to rattle their confidence, and make them take extra time before getting back on the mound.

Tigers’ Kelly low amateur at Masters

Missouri senior golfer John Kelly shot his second consecutive 77 on Friday, missing the cut at the Masters in Augusta, Ga. His 10-over par, two-round score of 154 was good enough, however, to make Kelly the low amateur at this year’s tournament, finishing in a tie for 66th.

A dramatic finish for Wagner, Missouri

For Missouri’s No. 6 singles player Raquel Wagner, it doesn’t get much better than winning the decisive point against Kansas.

Rock Bridge gets hot in doubleheader play

The parents of Rock Bridge tennis players out to watch the Bruins’ matches Saturday knew they were in for a long, cold day, so they created their own warming area. They tied a tarpaulin to two poles to block the wind while Pete and Donna Buchert rented two portable 165,000 BTU kerosene forced air heaters.

New pass rushers getting up to speed

After Brian Smith’s college career ended when he broke his hip against Kansas State on Oct. 21 last year, the Missouri defense just wasn’t the same.

Zagone’s career day leads Tigers

One day after finding itself on the wrong side of a 12-0 thumping by Kansas State (22-9, 4-4 Big 12), the Missouri baseball team’s offense continued to struggle Saturday, managing only three runs off of six hits in support of starter Rick Zagone. But, thanks to Zagone’s nearly perfect day, one run would have been enough to secure the win.

Oswalt keeps Cards guessing

Roy Oswalt pitched a five-hitter and Carlos Lee and Lance Berkman hit home runs to lift the host Houston Astros to their first victory of the season 5-1 over the St. Louis Cardinals.