Two women robbed at gunpoint

Two women were robbed at gunpoint by a pair of men in northeast Columbia late Saturday night, the Columbia Police Department said.

Man injured in crash on I-70

An Iowa man was seriously injured Saturday when his truck overturned several times on Interstate 70 in Columbia.

Celebrating diversity

The Missouri United Methodist Church was one of many Columbia organizations promoting diversity and tolerance at the fifth annual Mid-Missouri PrideFest on Saturday. The theme of this year’s festival was “United for Diversity,” a sentiment shared by Mary Ann Shaw, co-founder and chairwoman of Open Door Ministry, a Missouri United Methodist Church group started by parents and friends of gays and lesbians.

Council retreat results in rough draft agenda

The Columbia City Council members and city staff entered this weekend’s annual retreat with a thick agenda of serious issues likely to affect the city in the coming year. But after three days of presentations and discussions, they adjourned Saturday to the chipper sound from a Staples’ novelty button: “That was easy.”

Traffic proposal hopes to cut off driving scofflaws

The Columbia Police Department has proposed an amendment to the city code that would make it illegal for anyone to drive across public or private driveways, parking lots, alleys or yards to avoid stopping at intersections.

$164 million school budget up for vote

Consideration of a $164 million budget for the 2007-08 school year will be the main order of business for the Columbia Public School District Board when it meets Monday night. Also on the agenda are handing out awards and finishing paperwork for the 2006-07 budget.

Lift the veil on selection of UM president

Our university’s Board of Curators hasn’t managed, as far as I know, to hire a new president yet; but it has given us a perfect demonstration of the evils of excessive secrecy.

On the agenda

NAACP honors five cited for community involvement

Five Columbians were presented with awards Saturday night for their contributions to the NAACP and to the advancement of the black community.

About 130 people gathered at the Courtyard Marriott south of Columbia to recognize the award recipients at the Freedom Fund Banquet.


What qualities do you think make a candidate the “best man or woman” for UM System president?

If you were to draft a new health care plan for the U.S., what would you include?

Where would you draw the line between women’s health and safety and a woman’s legal right to an abortion?

What do you consider to be a humane form of punishment for committing serious crimes?

In what ways do you think Columbia’s police department would benefit from a citizen review board?

MU High School celebrates graduating class of 2007

The MU High School recognized 22 graduating students who were present during a ceremony in Memorial Union on Saturday afternoon.

Scouting for fun

Miss Missouri pageant

And the winner is...

Money shot

One of thousands of clay targets met its demise at the hands of shooters and the Rock Bridge Lions Club on Saturday, who for the past 13 years have helped put on the Food Bank Classic at the River Hills Shooting Range.

MU’s Bond, Frey headed to pros

Missouri center fielder Evan Frey and second baseman Brock Bond had their names called on Friday, Day 2 of the Major League Baseball draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Frey in the 10th round. Bond, the 734th overall pick, went in the 24th round to the San Francisco Giants.

Getting back on his feet

While shaving, Howard Wilson, 58, of O’Fallon, noticed a small bump the size of a golf ball on his throat. On Oct. 31, 2006, Wilson found out that he had a life-threatening form of lymph node cancer. Less than two weeks later, Wilson underwent a 61/2-hour surgery to remove the growth.

Tigers men’s basketball holds elite hoops camp

Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson and his staff hosted the Tigers annual Elite Camp Friday and Saturday. The first day of camp began with team stretching, and then the campers were split into six groups. Each group went to a station with an assistant coach and was taught some of basketball’s most fundamental lessons.

Cardinals can’t keep pace

Recent Cardinals and Royals games summarized