Negativists fail to see real America

As a retiree who is enjoying his twilight years — if that downhill side of life can be deemed idyllic — I have a lot of time on my hands. Having little interest in creative hobbies, i.e. watercolors, stamp or coin collecting, scrapbooking or taking naps, I find myself instead watching, listening to and reading the opinions of others provided by the normal media outlets.

Right-turn-only island removed from MU campus intersection

The controversial right-turn-only island at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Rollins Street was removed Monday.

Helicopter crashes in Columbia field, pilot suffers minor injuries

COLUMBIA-A helicopter crashed into a grassy field in north Columbia on Tuesday afternoon. The helicopter crashed while taking off around 1 p.m. Tuesday near a landing pad.

Man being sued for investment scams files for bankruptcy

A man being sued in civil court in connection with several investment scams filed for bankruptcy Friday in an attempt to settle nine fraud claims made against him.

Police unsure how Columbia man sustained gunshot wound to the foot

Police aren’t sure exactly what happened in northwest Columbia on Tuesday morning, but an 18-year-old man ended up in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot.

Bocce brotherhood

Bob Stephens, 65, and Harry Besleme, 30, both of Columbia, are playing bocce, an ancient game made popular in Italy. They meet twice a week to prepare for the Special Olympics World Games in China this fall.

Fuji Sauna worker receives sentence

Boone County Associate Circuit Court Judge Larry Bryson sentenced Jin Lan Paio on Tuesday to 30 days in jail and a $200 fine for prostitution. Bryson then suspended Paio’s jail sentence but ordered that she not be on the premises of Fuji Sauna.

Landlords now responsible for tenant parties

COLUMBIA-Starting today, if landlords are unable to keep their tenants from having loud parties night after night, they’ll lose the right to rent those apartments or houses.

City asks for closer bond with schools

Columbia officials want to establish closer ties with Columbia Public Schools after feeling excluded from the decision to locate a high school three miles east of the city limits.

Watkins calls city’s workforce his number one priority

When City Manager Bill Watkins outlined the proposed budget for fiscal 2008, he relied on the motto “first things first” to prioritize needs. For Watkins, the first priority in the year’s tight budget is the city workforce.

Proper structures can extend growing season

As much as gardeners love to be outside working in their gardens, only a few like the heat and humidity — and insects — of the summer garden here in Missouri. And while there is always great expectation and enthusiasm for gardening as spring springs out, there is also something to be said for fall gardening if one can handle its unique problems.

Dump truck accident shuts down Stadium Boulevard

A traffic crash at Old Highway 63 and Stadium Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon closed the road and left a car mired in dirt.

Proposed budget unveiled

City Manager Bill Watkins on Tuesday unveiled a proposed budget for fiscal 2008 that calls for spending a total of $362.8 million, up 10.6 percent from this year. Despite the increased spending, Watkins said lagging sales tax growth has forced administrators to “tighten city government belts.”

Teens of Expression

Americans of every generation have to discover who they are and what they stand for. Coming to grips with their own reality and finding their place is a recurring rite of passage. Expression, in all of its forms, has been the means individuals have used so that they might define their time, instead of letting their time define them.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria?

It’s a proven fact that most students self-segregate based on race. Don’t Believe me? Go look. Black kids sit with Black kids. White kids with White kids. Latinos with Latinos. But why? This is 2007! Shouldn’t we be past this by now? Why can’t we be totally integrated without compulsion?