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.”

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.

Theater of the absurd

On a December afternoon, two white trucks were parked on the east side of MU’s Engineering East building. “Quiet, please. Filming in progress” was scribbled onto a piece of paper tacked to the back door of the building. Empty pizza boxes were piled at the doorstep, and the smell of smoke wafted down the stairs.

Up four flights of stairs, the crew was putting in a 19-hour day turning an unused room into an Aztec burial chamber. There, the Aztec Mummy, surrounded by potbellied henchmen, would use his jeweled scepter to control minds — all part of his plan to conquer the world.

MU’s role in film will lead to educational benefits

"Mil Máscaras vs. The Aztec Mummy” is an educational film, in a manner of speaking.

MU allowed the film to be shot on campus in return for footage the information technology program in the College of Engineering will use.

Milestone year ahead in many ways, events

This is going to be a banner year. My husband has a milestone birthday coming up. A couple of our kids are celebrating wedded bliss with anniversaries ending in 5s and 0s. My hubby and I will commemorate three decades together. And this year marks 40 years as an alum of David H. Hickman High School.

And although I have nothing to show for my time in high school, no trophies, no queen-in-waiting, not even a good GPA, I still look forward to our class reunions. I wasn’t part of the “popular” crowd. I doubt many of the teachers would remember me (most have gone on to their rewards anyway). I wasn’t a troublemaker, but I did get suspended twice, once for smoking in the girls’ restroom and once for calling my P.E. teacher a bad name (boy, have times changed; that particular word is used daily on daytime television).

Mastering the Music

At the music store, the guitar teacher sits in a room just large enough for two people, casually strumming an electric guitar until the next student arrives.

A poster of guitar notes hangs below a picturesque print of New Zealand. Twenty music books lean vertically against the wall in two clean stacks. A compact disc labeled “Family Tradition” sits next to the small boombox on the carpet.

Columbia is... INNOVATIVE

Innovative (In´e·va´tiv)

adj. 1. ahead of the times.

2. being or producing something like nothing done, experienced

or created before.

The murcury debate

When it comes to dispensing doses of hard-to-obtain flu vaccine this winter, women and children are considered priority recipients along with the elderly.

For Lujene Clark, a southwest Missouri woman whose son is autistic, the flu vaccines are best avoided because they contain thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative some link to the childhood developmental disease.