Reason for disparity in traffic stops is sought

With statistics pointing in one direction and police opinions another, determining the role and significance of racial profiling within law enforcement in Boone County is a delicate issue.

In Attorney General Jay Nixon’s

Rich irony: Money equals problems

Citizenship in what is billed as “the richest country in the world” means vastly different things to different people. For some it means Americans can afford to be open, generous and share their vast resources with the world to the point where our borders are beginning to burst at the seams. For some, it means charity should begin at home by providing our citizens with job opportunities where people can earn an affordable wage to take care of their families and have adequate health care and a decent quality of life. For others, it means those at the top of the barrel should be entitled to amass huge fortunes and dictate to foreigners how to run their countries so they can be kings of the world.

Service agencies’ requests scrutinized

Jordan Alexander had the same question for many of the local agencies making a pitch for money at recent hearings of the Boone County Community Services Advisory Commission.

“If you don’t receive this funding, what will you do?” the commissioner asked.

City shy of fully funding grants

Several nonprofit Columbia organizations have presented to the Community Development Commission a second round of requests for Community Development Block Grant money.

Hallsville whodunit

The outline of the victim's body is traced in pink chalk. Beside it, on the path leading around the house to the front door, someone has scrawled, “Crime Scene. Who done it? Was it you?”

Barb and Buddy Spencer’s Victorian-style home on Missouri 124 near Hallsville is the scene of the crime.

New hotels crowd in

Three new hotels are scheduled to open in Columbia this year, bringing with them 366 new rooms, the city’s largest increase in decades.

Companies managing the new hotels are confident the market in Columbia will support the new rooms.

75% in city support farmers market complex

Dan Hocking, out shopping for tomatoes at the Columbia Farmers’ Market on Saturday, said he thinks a permanent farmers market would be a great idea.

“It could be a nice community gathering spot,” said Hocking, who was out with his fiancée, Lesley Read.

City fire wish list carries price tag

A 2005 citywide survey found that 87 percent of Columbia residents were pleased with the fire service they are receiving. But maintaining that standard is going to take more money, city fire officials say.

Battalion Chief Steven Sapp and the Columbia Fire Department have given the city a wish list for expansion. Voters approved a quarter-cent sales tax in 1999 to help fund the department, but with that tax set to expire in December, a new source of money will be needed for future expenses.

Mo. midwives say state laws too restrictive

After delivering thousands of babies over the past 30 years, Diane Barnes, a certified nurse-midwife, is ready to finish up her practice and retire.

“I’ve delivered thousands of babies in Missouri, and I would like to retire with respect,” said Barnes, the former president of the Midwives Alliance of North America.

New firefighters join force, more still needed

The Boone County Fire Protection District is still 60 firefighters short of its desired 311 members after a commencement ceremony at the district headquarters Saturday.

Assistant Chief Bruce Piringer, head of the Training and Education Bureau, said the district hopes to recruit more firefighters because it has recently added two stations. This year’s second recruit class will begin June 20.

Second PrideFest features more booths, food

To get to PrideFest 2005, you first have to make it past security: four women armed with water guns and a quick wit. Nobody gets through without a conversation.

“Everybody’s got something good to point out about them,” Peri said after calling over Beth, Kim and Rae to feel an exceptionally soft shirt on a driver.

Arrests made for central city shootings

Police arrested two Columbia men Thursday and Friday in connection with a shooting in a central Columbia neighborhood.

Dajuan A. Harris, 22, was arrested for armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon and Denico Sanchez Crawley, 18, was arrested for first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with a shooting at the corner of Trinity Place and Park Avenue near Douglass Park on May 31.

They’ve got the beat

Drums beat in the background. The Mid-Missouri High Steppers clap their hands, move their feet in a fast–paced pattern.

The steady rhythm connects them as they practice their precise movements with confidence. Dancers move off to either side and sit on the ground. The drummers take center stage. The dancers get up and perform again. The drummers move back.

Exposing the tapes of Watergate

The revelation that former FBI second-in-command W. Mark Felt was “Deep Throat” has brought new attention to the role reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein played in unraveling the Watergate conspiracy.

But Michael Sanders says another man, who was just as responsible for bringing down Richard Nixon, has been mostly forgotten by history. That man was his father, Don Sanders, who was a lawyer, an FBI agent, Boone County commissioner, and the man who, during the Watergate hearings, discovered there was a tape recorder in the Nixon White House.

Crew mourns lineman’s death

Steve Ebert had a reputation among Columbia linemen as a man who couldn’t say no.

So when the city of Independence asked Thursday if Columbia could send a crew to help repair its power system in the wake of a Wednesday storm, it was no surprise that Ebert was among those who answered the call.

Local coverage gets first priority

Dear Reader,

The classic debate over community newspapers — local news vs. big national happenings — came up in the newsroom last week.

State Medicaid cuts hit home

The impact of state Medicaid cuts on Boone County is just beginning.

“We’re already getting calls about people anticipating losing their coverage,” said Steve Hollis, a social services supervisor at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.

DNR appoints private lawyer for bridge suit

JEFFERSON CITY — The Department of Natural Resources has hired a private attorney to go up against Attorney General Jay Nixon in a dispute over whether the agency can relinquish rights to a Boonville railroad bridge.

The department said Friday that Kent Lowry, at the Armstrong Teasdale law firm, will represent DNR.

Striving for Normalcy

Every morning, Rebecca Wylie, 20, gets dressed, brushes her teeth and eats breakfast. A junior graphic design major, she goes to class, hangs out with her friends and downloads everything she can find by heartthrob John Mayer, just like hordes of other MU students.

But life requires something more of Rebecca.

A personal aide dresses and feeds Rebecca and brushes her teeth. She uses a motorized wheelchair to get to classes. A 12-inch mouth stick with a charcoal pencil attached allows her to draw.

My talent pool quite shallow in swimming

My husband never learned to swim. The main reason, he says, is because there was no swimming pool where he lived, a small town in Iowa. And he says he almost drowned in a neighbor’s pond when he got tangled in some undergrowth. His fear of water was so intense that he insisted that all of our children learn how to swim.

I can remember as a kid taking swimming lessons from the American Red Cross. I don’t remember the lessons, but I remember carrying a card stating that I was a junior lifesaver. Thank God I never had to save anyone.