Symphony to offer cuisine on the side

Missouri Symphony Orchestra members will prepare dishes from their home countries for audience members to sample after the summer’s final chamber concert performance this Thursday with its first ever a la carte event for the public.

Woman gets 5 years in prison for robbery

A Columbia woman pleaded guilty on Monday to armed criminal action and first-degree robbery in a May robbery at Garth and Forest Avenue.

Grape expectations

Winemakers and wine experts across the state are still assessing the damage from the Easter weekend freeze that killed much of Missouri’s grape crop. And for some, the news has been good.

Some residents seek terms for trailer rezoning

After weeks of uncertainty about the future of two mobile home parks outside Columbia, residents and owners of the parks are trying to define specific guidelines for any possible eviction.

Gunfire signals it’s time for attention to neighborhood decline

They are not gentle people,” my neighbor, who is Indian, observed over chai one night. We were talking about some of the people in our neighborhood, which has gone downhill over the past year.

Race bias case against Dillard's going to trial

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Dillard’s Inc. will get their day in court . The 17 former customers and employees allege that Dillard’s at Columbia Mall systematically discriminated against black customers.

Pageant Perseverance

Brittany Garrett, 19, of Ashland, didn’t win Miss Boone County Fair Pageant last year. She was runner-up. She didn’t quit there. She vied for the title again this year but did not make the top four. Despite her loss, she said she refused to quit. She planned on competing every year until she wins.

MU’s budget plan draws faculty criticism

When MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced July 9 that the university’s new financial plan, Compete Missouri, would require an administrative “hold” on new teaching hires, he said the support of faculty would be important to the plan’s chances for success.

Stem cell research stalls in Missouri

KANSAS CITY — Eight months ago, Missouri seemed well on its way to becoming a national leader in stem cell research.

25 years of change: U.S. values shrinking

As I celebrate my 25th year as a columnist I look back over my shoulder and think of the way my world has changed over the years and how my attitude toward life has changed because of it.

Private profits not council’s business

The recent Missourian article, “Stamper: Focus on Economy,” reinforces a common myth that a primary function of government is to promote economic development.

Crowning touch for Boone County Fair queen

The Fire Department will host a meeting July 31 to discuss Station No. 7’s new location

Plans to move the station to Green Meadows Road and Green Meadows Circle haven’t pleased all the neighbors.

4-H girls prepare goats for judging at Boone County Fair

Ashton Glascock had her clippers out, and she was giving Junior a final trim before the market goat show on Monday night.

Head over heels

Jim Zepp and Heather Nowack are co-coaches for the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team, which is participating in this week’s national competition in Palm Springs, Calif.

First flips at finals

After nearly a year of practice and preparation, the Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team is competing this week in the Acrobatic Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Championships in Palm Springs, Calif.

Vick told not to come to camp

Michael Vick was ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him.

Rocket restrains Royals

KANSAS CITY — Roger Clemens got his 351st career win and Alex Rodriguez became the first player to reach 100 RBIs this season, leading the New York Yankees to a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night that extended their winning streak to four.

Edwards injured in dirt track race

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards was released early Monday from an Omaha, Neb., hospital after being injured Sunday night in a dirt track race in nearby Greenwood, a hospital spokeswoman said.