Petitioners urge city council to act on mayors climate protection agreement

While city officials say local government is making good strides toward the goals outlined in the national Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, a group of Columbia residents has submitted a petition urging a more concerted effort.

Officials to tackle rezoning schools

Those involved in the Columbia public school rezoning efforts of the late 1990s still remember the obstacles they encountered.

Report cites influence of special interest money in Mo. judge races

In November 2006, Cole County Circuit Judge Tom Brown, who had served on the bench for 19 years, was defeated in his bid to retain his seat by Jon Beetem.

Iran-U.S. meeting breaks silence

BAGHDAD, Iraq — There were no major breakthroughs Monday as U.S. and Iranian diplomats held their first formal direct talks in more than a quarter of a century to discuss security in Iraq. But no one had expected any.

Not for sale

The walls of Zach and Jane Rippeto’s business are covered with large blueprints of plans to grow their enterprise on a 10-acre tract in southern Boone County.

Outdoor summer festival kicks off

The Belairs, Chump Change and The Fried Crawdaddies — groups The Blue Note and Mojo’s owner Richard King calls “great fun, really good and the perfect kickoff” — will launch Ninth Street Summerfest on Wednesday.

Program lets teens make a difference

Instead of spending last summer swimming at the pool, cruising the mall or going to the movie theater, 13-year-old Jessica Diestel decided to make a difference.

Today’s graduates: beware of the world

Frankly, I was relieved that there were no high school graduates among my family members this year; I would have been hard-pressed to offer them any degree of encouragement.

To speak up and out is to live freely

My dad is a World War II hero, a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, so not much scares him. He does not, however, talk about politics.

Midwifery success a step to freedom

The citizens of Missouri, especially those who love freedom, should laud John Loudon. Sen. Loudon is the architect of the recently enacted substitute legislation that will permit midwifery in Missouri.

Republicans need true conservative

With the current sentiments of the American people toward the war in Iraq, I feel that the Republican Party is headed down a dangerous path.

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Baltimore rides slam to victory

KANSAS CITY — A little extra work between starts helped Steve Trachsel pitch an unusual complete game.

Late goal secures Ducks’ win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Travis Moen helped shut down Ottawa’s big three, then scored a goal that trio would have been proud of.

Duncan, Ginobili carry Spurs in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Foul after foul, free throw after free throw, the San Antonio Spurs won Game 4 of the Western Conference finals the hard way.

Duke’s title defeat emotional ending

BALTIMORE — There were hugs, handshakes and plenty of tears. The Duke lacrosse team had run through a myriad of emotions over the past 14 months, and now it was over.

Vanderbilt earns top national tournament seed

Tim Corbin caught himself daydreaming for a moment after his Vanderbilt Commodores were selected as the top-overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament.

Cardinals rocky again on the road

DENVER — Jeff Francis doesn’t want to analyze why he’s pitching so well in May. The Colorado Rockies feel the same way about their six-game winning streak.

Tournament Field Set

On Sunday, the Missouri baseball team learned an NCAA baseball regional tournament would be held in Columbia for the first time since 1965. The announcement washed away any doubts about the team’s postseason chances.

Patriotism on parade

Hundreds lined Broadway on Monday to honor veterans and those serving in the military at the Memorial Day parade. The event capped off the Salute to Veterans weekend.