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Foreign students run into red tape

Changes in the rules for receiving Social Security numbers could cause problems for some international students.

“Our rules have become more restrictive on who we can issue Social Security numbers to,” said Robert S. Duncan, manager of the Social Security Administration in Columbia.

Providing comfort

As a volunteer in the early 1980s, Stephana Landwehr would often overhear inmates talk about going to hell.

Vietnam veterans serving time at the Correctional Facility in Moberly would talk about their fear of moral condemnation. They were haunted by their actions in the line of duty.

St. Louis teachers close to striking

ST. LOUIS — On the verge of a strike that would violate state law, St. Louis teachers received support Monday from an unlikely source: three members of the school board.

Dissident board members Bill Haas, Amy Hilgemann and Veronica O’Brien met with union leaders over the weekend and then called a Monday news conference to say the majority of the board and the district were not doing enough to avert a strike in the state’s largest school district.

In 37 years, no one has replaced King

In the nearly 37 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., many of us would have believed that several individuals of equal stature would have come on the scene.

Although some have found a few people they have felt worthy of great distinction and monumental praise, none seems to have risen to become the recipient of the kind of universal respect and admiration as did King.

After the tsunami

Rocking her baby in her arms, Muthu was sitting among the remains of a house. Her face seemed painfully ashen and emotionless. When I touched her shoulder, she wept uncontrollably.

Behind her, a girl no more than 12 years old was rinsing clothes in a bucket with water that was gray and murky.

Columbia schools rally to raise money for victims

Columbia students of all ages are working in their schools and with the community to raise funds and awareness for tsunami aid.

“It’s a way to teach our children about empathy and charity,” said Linda Bozoian, a fourth-grade teacher at New Haven Elementary.

Rain proves both boon, bane for area businesses

For Lee Riley, the only thing good about the cold is that it means he can get back to work.

Riley, owner of Riley Contractors, said all the precipitation this month has prevented two of his three full-time employees from working.

Blunt seeks cap on malpractice suits

With tort reform at the top of the Republican majority’s agenda in the General Assembly, new Gov. Matt Blunt hopes lawmakers will pass medical malpractice reform that is more substantive than the bill vetoed last year by then-Gov. Bob Holden.

The new laws would impose a limit on payouts of noneconomic or pain-and-suffering damages to $250,000 in medical malpractice lawsuits and restrict where personal-injury lawsuits can be filed. Missouri doctors, who have seen their malpractice insurance rates more than double over the last four years, support the changes.

Pride and privation on MLK Drive

ST. LOUIS — In many cities, they stand as sad, dilapidated monuments to a civil rights hero.

With the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today, the focus in St. Louis and around the country turns to the streets that bear his name.

More laptops spell security worries at MU

The rising number of laptops on campus has prompted security concerns for both Information and Technology Services, and the MU Police Department.

Last semester, IATS began registering residence hall students’ computers and encouraging other MU affiliates to do the same. So far about 10,000 computers have been registered with IATS. About 4,400 are laptops.

Optimism greets diet guidelines

Nutrition experts expect that, in the wake of fad diets, Americans will find the revised governmental nutritional guidelines more useful.

Teri Jo Oetting, a registered dietician with the Missouri Beef Industry Council and member of the Missouri Dietetic Association, said she thinks Americans will take the updated guidelines more seriously than previous guidelines.

Oakland Jr. High hosts tsunami aid activities

The members of the Girls Empowerment Group at Oakland Junior High are on a mission to teach their fellow students about the tsunamis that devastated South and Southeast Asia.

“I think it’s important to know because it can happen to anyone at anytime,” said ninth-grader Whitney Jennings.

Set in stone?

Just past the circulation desk in the MU School of Law Library, a small plaque hangs on the door of Suite 120. One of many placards placed throughout the school in honor or in memory of groups and individuals, this sign bears the name of 1955 graduate Thomas Strong.

An attorney in Springfield, Strong has practiced law in Missouri for nearly 50 years. He fondly remembers his days at MU and gives the school a great deal of credit for his success. In recent years, Strong’s pride has become disappointment. The small symbol of honor has become, in his mind, one of regret.

Land-grant act gave mission to UM system

Founded in Columbia in 1839, the University of Missouri was designed to serve the state. In his book “Serving the University of Missouri,” James Olson called the school the oldest public university west of the Mississippi River.

Despite its comprehensive aim, the school’s rural location and sectional divisions the Civil War exacerbated initially made it difficult for the university to establish itself as a statewide presence, Olson wrote.

Today’s school has roots in a teachers college

Founded by legislative action on March 17, 1905, SMSU began as Missouri State Normal School, Fourth District.

Normal schools trained and prepared teachers to work in America’s schools, particularly those in rural areas, said Don Landon, professor emeritus at SMSU and author of “Daring to Excel: The First 100 Years of Southwest Missouri State University.”

Parents recall Bowden’s dedication

Police officer Molly Bowden called her parents, David and Beverly Thomas, and invited them to join her Monday evening during her dinner break.

They met at G & D Pizza-Steak at Crossroads West Shopping Center, one of Bowden’s favorite restaurants and a frequent stop for fellow officers.

Report shows I-70 plan’s effects

A plan to widen Interstate 70 could displace 51 Columbia businesses, including the landmark Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant, according to a new report commissioned by the Columbia Planning and Zoning Department.

The report estimates that the businesses represent 873 full-time jobs and $105 million in sales that would be lost during the five to 10 years the interstate is under construction. Those businesses accounted for about $1 million of sales and property tax revenue for the city in 2003, the report said.

Man dies from injuries in Jan. 8 home robbery

A man injured in a home invasion and assault earlier this month has died, becoming the third homicide victim in Columbia this year.

Columbia resident Fernando Santlian Olivares, 48, died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday from head injuries he suffered during a Jan. 8 robbery at his home on Monroe Street.

Mother and daughter

Megan Heding, 18, plops down in a seat next to her mom, Robin Adkison. She takes a long sip from a soda and starts talking about her health professions class. Adkison listens, nodding and laughing occasionally.

To most they would seem a normal family unit, mother and daughter.

Missouri State name has own history

When it comes to Southwest Missouri State University’s name-change proposal, there is only one thing set in stone: the name.

Carved in the marble wall on the second floor of the Missouri State Capitol is a list of what were considered “Missouri’s Greatest Resources” when the building was constructed in 1916. Among those resources: Missouri State University.

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