GUEST COMMENTARY: Celebrating African-Americans' contributions to Missouri's justice system

Black Missouri residents have positively influenced the state for years.

Speakers debate life sentences for juveniles at Missouri Law Review symposium

Speakers at the MU law school symposium discussed the Supreme Court's ruling last year that states couldn't mandate sentences of life without parole if the criminal is a juvenile.

COMO YOU KNOW: Chris Belcher

Dr. Chris Belcher has worked in the education field for 28 years in various teaching and administrative positions.

COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Cribs

The simple mission of Columbia Cribs is “to put a roof over your head in Columbia.”

COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Track Club

Columbia Track Club is a running club that has participants from Columbia and surrounding towns.

COMO YOU KNOW: Columbia Regional Airport

Columbia Regional Airport is owned and operated by the city and is overseen by a 13-member advisory board.

COMO YOU KNOW: Boys and Girls Town of Missouri

Boys and Girls Town of Missouri is a nonprofit organization aimed at bettering the lives of children with behavioral and emotional problems.

COMO YOU KNOW: Boone County Historical Society

The Boone County Historical Society operates a museum, an historic house, art gallery and historic village in Nifong Park.

COMO YOU KNOW: Boone County Fire Protection District

The Boone County Fire Protection District has provided emergency services for the county since the mid-1960s and now encompasses about 500 square miles.

COMO YOU KNOW: Berry Building

The Berry Building is a former warehouse in downtown Columbia that has been converted into a mixed-use development.

COMO YOU KNOW: Benton Elementary School

Benton Elementary School, named after the artist Thomas Hart Benton, is one of Columbia’s 21 public elementary schools.

COMO YOU KNOW: Bambino’s Italian Cafe

Bambino's menu features house pasta specialties, “Create Your Own” custom pastas, fresh salads, sub sandwiches, “Build Your Own” gourmet pizzas, soups and daily lunch and dinner specials.

Shirley Ruth Austin, March 23, 1936 — March 7, 2013, of Columbia

Visitation will begin at 9:00 am on Monday, March 11th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The church is located at 903 Bernadette Dr. in Columbia, MO.

COMO YOU KNOW: Asian Christian Fellowship

Mizzou Asian Christian Fellowship started in fall 2008. Membership is not limited to Asian or Asian-American students or Christians living in Columbia.

COMO YOU KNOW: Artrageous Fridays

Held quarterly throughout Columbia’s downtown and North Village, Artrageous Fridays is a collaboration of local galleries, studios and businesses to create an interactive art experience for the local community and visitors.

FROM READERS: MU's Black Women Rock! awards to be presented March 9

This year’s awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 9 at Conservation Auditorium. Women are recognized for humanitarian work and work in education, politics or creative arts.

Shirley Austin was devoted to church and coffee business

Shirley Austin volunteered extensively at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and helped manage a coffee delivery business.

FROM READERS: Women's Leadership Conference supports leadership, professional skills

The Women’s Leadership Conference is a supportive and educational event to help women, specifically those at the collegiate level, develop their leadership and professional skills.

Army's handling of mental health still flawed

Confusing paperwork, inconsistent training and guidelines, and incompatible data systems have hindered the service as it tries to deal with behavioral health issues, an Army report said. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri should tread carefully with tax changes

Missouri would better compete by improving schools, roads and public health, not forcing them to absorb further cuts.