Long, strange trip

Dim moonlight lit the banks of the Missouri River as Jeff Barrow left Glasgow, paddling his way through the evening in his long, pointy canoe. The light fog hovering over the water’s surface made steering especially difficult, even for the intermediate canoer.

Car crashes, lodges inside building in central city

Mangled metal and pink fiberglass insulation were visible through the gaping hole left by a champagne Mercury Sable that crashed into a Mediacom office in central Columbia on Thursday evening.

New team to devise plan for expanding Stadium Boulevard

For almost 40 years, Jim and Nancy Davenport have lived in the same house. It’s a good thing the Davenports have no immediate plans to leave their neighborhood, because they doubt they could sell their home while plans for major road projects in the area, including an extension of Stadium Boulevard to the northeast, remain in flux.

Students show off research skills

MU held its Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum at the Life Sciences Center on Thursday afternoon. A major component of the forum was a poster show, in which students who have been conducting undergraduate research were able to present and discuss their findings.

People need more from City Council

When a friend, standing short in stature but a giant in the world of local politics, quietly but firmly “yells” at me, I listen. Her displeasure concerned my article on the City Council’s lack of progressive and positive growth for this large town. She wants to hear about things the city does right.

‘For All We Call Mizzou’ campaign close to goal

MU began the “For All We Call Mizzou” campaign in 2001 with the goal of raising $1 billion by December 2008. In seven years the campaign has raised more than $800 million and established 76 endowed positions at MU. A graphic that shows the progress so far.

Legal standing

Lawyers representing midwifery advocates and opponents debated the constitutionality of the midwifery provision before Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce on Thursday.

Vinyl revival

Mike Kindelspire, owner of Happy Time Media on Ninth Street, bought a vinyl collection from the previous tenant, Whizz Records, and is renting the space with the hope of starting anew.

Group brainstorms a brighter future

Councilman Jerry Wade led a workshop sponsored by the Columbia Disabilities Commission on Thursday to find ways to expand the role of people with disabilites in the city.

Bill would cut MU research

Researchers at MU are concerned that a provision in a spending bill being debated in the U.S. House of Representatives today will squeeze the university’s budget and make it harder to do defense-related research in the future.

Local nonprofit agency approved for more than $100,000 in state tax credits

The nonprofit organization Job Point has been approved for $122,655 in state tax credits. Headquartered in Columbia, Job Point is one of four Missouri nonprofits that applied for and won Neighborhood Assistance.

Keeping money in mind when starting school

Great news, college students: There are plenty of companies willing to give you thousands of dollars to buy whatever you want.

Divided over Broadway

Driving along West Broadway might get a little loopy if a consulting firm’s recommendations for medians, center left-turn lanes and a roundabout at the intersection with Clinkscales Road are adopted.

Repairs on Missouri’s bridges delayed

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s plan to repair 800 of the state’s worst bridges has been delayed until September because of legal issues, said Eric Schroeter, assistant central district engineer.

School’s safety hinges on design

The site selected for Columbia’s third main high school is located nearly five miles from emergency services, and that distance has at least one Boone County commissioner worried.

Mo. to inspect 11 bridges with designs similar to collapsed Minnesota bridge

ST. LOUIS — Missouri officials have identified 11 bridges in the state highway system that will be inspected to confirm their safety. One of the bridges is a deck arch truss bridge, the same that collapsed in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Sprint Center still searching for pro team to lure to K.C.

Kansas City, Terry Nichols says, is ready once again for big-time hockey. As the general manager of a suburban ice-sport and fitness center that draws an estimated 300,000 people annually, many of them hockey players from around the world, Nichols feels uniquely qualified to cast this cowtown and its gleaming new downtown arena as a place where the National Hockey League can thrive.

Gordon boosts Kansas City in hard-to-play game

Ron Gardenhire drives over that bridge to work every day. “Obviously, a baseball game is kind of secondary around here,” said the Twins’ manager, who was on the Interstate 35W bridge near the Metrodome hours before the bridge collapsed Wednesday.

Rout ends Cards’ streak

Ronny Paulino quieted some loud booing with a grand slam during a five-run Pittsburgh first inning, and Tony Armas won as a starter for the first time in more than 10 months to carry the Pirates past St. Louis 15-1 Wednesday night.

Edwards gets everyone’s attention

A fan who yelled encouragement at a player for fighting got an earful from Kansas City coach Herm Edwards.