First woman from Boone County elected to the General Assembly dies

Margot Patterson Lubensky was an instructor, actress and traveler, but she will most likely be remembered for her work with the Boone County Democratic Party.

Activist involved in landmark Supreme Court speech rights case dies

Lorena Jeanne Tinker's children were part of the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District after they were suspended for wearing black armbands to school in protest of the Vietnam War.

Man sought in shooting

An 18-year-old is being sought in connection with the shooting of another teenager in the central city late Friday night.

On the fence about school tax vote

Sewer bond issues are a definite yes, but the school tax is a harder call.

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Crow's pitching earns MU baseball team win at Texas Tech

Junior Aaron Crow's pitching propelled the Missouri baseball team to a 1-0 victory over Texas Tech on Friday in the first of a three-game series in Lubbock, Texas.

Morris wins hammer throw for third-straight year

Jason Morris won the Missouri Relays hammer throw title for the third consecutive year. Krishna Lee won the women’s hammer throw.

Documentary chronicles Steve McQueen’s life at festival in his hometown

Filmmaker Richard Martin presented his new documentary “Steve McQueen: An American Rebel” on Thursday night at the Ragtag Cinemacafe as an advance for the Steve McQueen Day in Slater on Saturday to celebrate the actor’s life. This is the second year for the event in Slater and is planned around what would be the actor’s 78th birthday.

Speaker advocates anti-affirmative action measure

Ward Connerly, a black man and former University of California regent raised in the Jim Crow South, spoke to a crowd of white Republicans during a Columbia Pachyderm Club meeting Friday in support of the Missouri Civil Rights Initiative, an anti-affirmative action initiative that will be on the November 2008 ballot if given enough support.

Library provides opportunities for non-English-speaking people

Daniel Boone Regional Library’s actions confirm a study showing libraries in the U.S. provide opportunities for non-English-speaking people in the U.S.

Mo. company made ‘John Adams’ pewter

Dishes, candlesticks, ink wells and dozens of other objects made at Tom and Patricia Hooper’s ASL Pewter company in downtown Louisiana are being used in the miniseries “John Adams” on HBO.

Balance of mind, body and spirit essential for living

One cannot live life to the fullest with anything less than a perfect balance.

A larger issue of race: discussing real-life problems in the First Ward

Community members as well as the press need to effectively discuss the issue of race in the First Ward, especially as the April 8 election approaches.

Need some April Fools’ Day prank ideas?

Items from Spencer’s Gifts in the Columbia Mall can get laughs without breaking the bank.

Spill it: Terry Nickerson, taxi driver

Terry “Taxi Terry” Nickerson Sr., 42, has been a taxi driver for A-1 Taxi in Columbia for eight years.

Belief in brief: Orthodox Easter

Imam merges American roots and Islamic faith

Ronald Smith, the new imam at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, talks about his role in the Muslim community, how he found faith and the influence his wife has had on his life.

Facts about Islam

Islam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions.

Bunraku - Telling stories through puppeteering

Members of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe reveal their bruised and swollen hands after a demonstration of traditional Japanese puppetry. The strings and pulleys used to manipulate the puppets’ limbs cause visible wear and tear on their skin.

“They can be kind of hard to manipulate for 40 minutes on end when you’re just holding it up with one arm,” said troupe member and MU senior Brett Windhausen.

Horseshoe enthusiasts set for Jefferson City event

The Capital City Horseshoe Club is holding second annual March Madness Mixed Open at 1 p.m. Saturday in Washington Park in Jefferson City.