UM's first choice for system president turns down offer

The UM System Board of Curators’ first choice for system president turned down the offer in favor of a position in the private sector, Board chairman Don Walsworth announced Friday.

Home crowd sparks Tigers

A record-crowd of 3,481 at Taylor Stadium gave the Missouri baseball team the momentum it needed for a 10-2 win over Kent State on Friday night in its NCAA regional opener.

It’s good to see America regaining the courage to protest

I’m proud when the Missourian digs deep to find stories others would just as soon keep quiet. I worry, though, that journalists haven’t done enough to stand up to the avalanche of sound bites coming from Washington, and we citizens don’t demand enough from our politicians and our media.

How much is this vaccine worth to you?

Pincered by rising costs and eroding reimbursements, and resentful of what they regard as a long-standing and unfair financial burden, some doctors are refusing to buy it or restricting who receives the shots.

Activists cite Quran to end ritual

NAIROBI, Kenya — Trying to stop a bloody ritual undergone by millions of Muslim women in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, health activists are trying a new appeal: They’re citing the Quran.

Praying for a shot

Robert Stewart rests a basketball on his lap and his forearms on his knees. Size 10½ Starbury Ones peek from beneath his jeans. Tidy rows of braids line his bowed head. Stewart pulls himself to the edge of the sunken sofa and lifts his soft brown eyes. Seven fidgeting junior high and high school students — members of the youth group of Barry Christian Church in Kansas City — wait to hear from their new youth pastor, a former MU Tiger basketball player.

Is that smoky movie a coincidence?

I appreciate our indoor smoking ban as much as the next person, assuming the next person isn’t a bar owner or a tobacco heiress. But when I heard that adult smoking could potentially give a movie an R rating, I confess I snorted.