Toll of war in Iraqis is disturbing

When it comes to the war in Iraq, we hear a daily count of civilian and military casualties. A report came out (last) week from Oxfam, the international humanitarian organization, and a national council of non-governmental organizations in Iraq with some new, equally disturbing numbers. This report is called “Rising to the Humanitarian Challenge in Iraq.”

Supermax prisons a sign of U.S. deterioration

Very recently a young woman on Court TV was convicted of killing her husband, sentenced to life in prison and sent immediately to a supermax prison.

Obama best candidate to represent Missouri

As one of four Missouri Democrats elected statewide, it is my responsibility to help ensure that the Democratic Party nominates a candidate for president who will best represent Missourians.

Med students don their coats

The class of 2011 held its White Coat Ceremony on Sunday. After days of orientation, first-year medical students received a white coat as a symbol of being welcomed into the profession of medicine.

BOONE LIFE: Seamless integration

Ranadhir Mitra, an associate professor in the department of pathology and anatomical sciences at MU’s School of Medicine, is a follower of Hinduism.

Landowner offers site for third high school

A Columbia landowner who tried to donate 40 to 50 acres of land to Columbia Public Schools two years ago says his offer still stands.

Group meets for evening of food, art and talk of nuclear war

Lantern-making was only one part of the evening that Mid-Missouri Peaceworks organized Sunday at Stephens Lake Park for its Hiroshima-Nagasaki 62nd Anniversary Commemoration.

Housing Authority offers skills classes

Since last fall, Tiffany Hadley, 27, has been learning clerical skills through the Columbia Housing Authority’s Opportunities for Families program, which also offers courses in retail sales and building maintenance.

Fraternity eliminates pledging

It has been three years since it was punished for hazing, and MU’s Sigma Phi Epsilon has made a number of changes since.

New plan aimed at slowing down fire, police retirements

An ordinance authorizing a new retirement option for employees of the Columbia Police and Fire departments will be introduced to the City Council on Monday.

Movie-goers watch Casablanca at Stephens Lake Park

Developing financial skills

Beverly Thompson is enrolled in Money Smart, a 10-week course that teaches money management skills to Columbia Housing Authority residents and other people with low incomes.

Columbia’s workforce receives small raise

Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins called the city’s workforce his highest priority while unveiling a budget proposal for fiscal 2008 that gives employees smaller raises than this year.

FAA continues investigation into helicopter crash

The Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation into Tuesday’s helicopter crash in Columbia is ongoing, said Elizabeth Corey, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Five Ideas

What steps do you think need to be taken to keep Missouri’s recreational water clean and safe? Is there a better way to enforce the noise ordinance without holding landlords responsible for violations? What city and county groups should have input in choosing a location for a new school? Why do you think Koster switched to the Democratic party? Would you be willing to pay more in taxes to ensure that Missouri’s bridges are in top condition?

Missouri’s Wehrli inducted into pro Hall

Roger Wehrli praised the timing of his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame at induction ceremonies Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. He said it allowed his grandchildren to share something special with him.

Rodriguez celebrates 500th

Alex Rodriguez leaned to his right and watched the ball as it sailed toward the foul pole in left. When it stayed true, he threw up his hands _ the long wait for No. 500 was finally over.

Cardinals can’t contain Nationals

Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs, and Joel Hanrahan added a two-run double in his first major league win as Washington pounded the St. Louis Cardinals 12-1 Saturday night, extending the Nationals’ winning streak to a season-best five games.

Tigers are riding high expectations

The MU football team’s official Fan Day is this afternoon, but that didn’t stop one fan from making his appreciation heard during the team’s first practice Saturday afternoon.

Teens of expression: Nick Rodriquez

Nick Rodriguez, 16, never seems to just sit around. If he isn’t dancing, he’s writing rap lyrics. Or practicing guitar for his newly formed garage band, Disruptive Perceptionz. Or drawing or trying to improve as a graffiti artist. And he wants to act, too; he just hasn’t found an outlet yet.