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Hearing set today for suspect, 24, in statutory rape

A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a former employee of the Front Door Program, a youth residential community in Columbia. He is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl who was staying at the facility.

Marcus Fisher, 24, was arrested Aug. 22 on suspicion of second degree statutory rape and endangering the welfare of a child. The police learned that the victim told friends about her involvement with a staff member at the facility.

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Voting reforms spark lawsuits

Despite significant reforms following the legal standoff of the 2000 presidential elections, court battles over voting processes have not only persisted but have actually strengthened.

With less than a month remaining before the Nov. 2 election, the nation’s courtrooms are bustling with legalese about how to count votes. In battleground states such as Missouri, where different interpretations of election law could mean different winners, the fights are reaching a feverish pitch.

Developer backs off rezoning plan

Residents who went to the Columbia City Council meeting Monday night to protest a rezoning request for land off Green Meadows Road got a surprise when the developer’s lawyer withdrew the request instead.

In front of a packed, tense crowd, Dan Simon, a lawyer representing developer Don Stohldrier, withdrew a request that would have put a mix of homes and townhouses on about 16 acres. Simon said his advice to develop townhouses in the area had been in error.

Black Panther founder calls for revival of activism, progressivism

Bobby Seale, a founding member of the Black Panther Party and the keynote speaker of MU’s Cultural Discovery Week, spoke at Jesse Auditorium on Monday night to a crowd of about 250 people.

In his lecture, Seale outlined the history behind the founding of the Black Panther Party and its princi-ples. Seale used the formation of the party as a parallel for how commu-nities should organize themselves today.

Cyclist group aims for better roads

Bicycling is Laura Vie’s ticket to freedom. Since childhood, riding has been the 43-year-old’s escape from daily life’s responsibilities.

“When I ride, my mind is free to think clearly,” said Vie, an exercise physiologist at Progressive Spine Care & Rehab in Columbia. “It’s very satisfying being able to travel miles down quiet rural roads.”

Academy honors its old cadets

Students in the Missouri Military Academy’s junior school had an opportunity Saturday to outshine older cadets. The event: handmade homecoming decorations.

Karen Youst is an expert when it comes to barracks decorations. Youst, one of four judges, has been doing this since she married her husband, the academy’s Alumni Association president, 22 years ago.

Mo. considers drug cost relief

JEFFERSON CITY— Missouri is considering whether to join Illinois and Wisconsin in a new Internet program that will help residents buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and Europe.

The I-SaveRx program, launched Monday, works through a Canada-based clearinghouse to deliver about 100 prescription medicines at claimed discounts of up to 50 percent off U.S. retail prices.

Car crashes through gas station

Joanna Jacobs was inside the Phillips 66 convenience store at 101 E. Nifong Blvd. paying for a tank of gas Monday afternoon when she saw her Ford Crown Victoria coming straight toward the building.

The car, driven by her friend Janice Hooker, jumped a curb and ripped through the two front doors of the gas station. The car slammed into shelves full of snacks before crashing into the soda fountain on the back wall.

Bad food points to societal problems

The latest reason I’m grateful that I’m underweight is the low-carb craze.

  Because the two slices of bread that wrap any delicatessen sandwich are the only part I consider worth eating, I’m not willing to give them up. For me, homemade deli sandwiches involve baking a ham, a beef roast and a turkey to get meat that can’t substitute for shoe leather. Of course, my vegetarian friends would suggest I eliminate the meat altogether and order veggies, which would be all right, provided I could find decent vegetables.

Springfield mosque linked to terrorism

Muslims are fighting to keep their mosque as the federal government investigates a link between the Islamic Center of Springfield and a benefactor accused of financing terrorism around the world.

Greene County real estate records show the prayer house was deeded to Saudi-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in June 2000. But supporters of the center claim the Saudi charity was simply a one-time donor whose name ended up on its property title.

Speaker stresses importance of social interaction

Compelled by concern about fast-paced consumer culture and its impact on the environment, about 300 people attended the second annual Sustainable Living Fair on Saturday at the Unity Center of Columbia.

The main attraction was a lecture by Mark Lakeman, the project coordinator and board director of the City Repair Project of Portland, Ore. His lecture, “The Village Lives,” focused on the importance of social interactions between community members in creating more sustainable communities.

Green Meadows proposal up for City Council action

The Columbia City Council will hear public comment tonight on proposals to rezone land in southern Columbia to accommodate high-density residential development.

The rezoning requests for three tracts of land off Green Meadows Road have led to discussions between developer Don Stohldrier and concerned residents of the Greenbriar and Trailridge neighborhoods since May. Despite multiple meetings, the two sides haven’t agreed on how development should proceed.

Green machines

With oil prices rising and gas mileage hovering in the single digits for sport utility vehicles, more local consumers are going electric.

Hybrid vehicles, which combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor to increase gas mileage and decrease emissions, are gaining popularity.

Fewer disabled referral options at MU

Jamie Stober planned to study journalism in college and said he knew MU was the place to be. But after transferring from State Fair Community College in Sedalia and spending only three days on campus, Stober had to leave.

“As a disabled student, I’d heard good things about (MU) — that the campus was accessible and they were very helpful,” he said.

Show leaps from radio to Internet

Tom Hutchinson had a large wood lathe to sell. So when he got up Sept. 25, he tuned his radio to KFRU/1400 AM for “The Trading Post,” the call-in show on which he had bought and sold countless items over the years.

The retired MU anthropology professor and 36-year Columbia resident was surprised and disappointed to hear another show in its place.

A rustic affair

In 1969, Larry Forkner, a freshman at MU, and a group of men walked into Schurz Hall with a goat in tow. The group greeted a young lady, and Forkner asked her to Barnwarming. She had two choices: kiss Forkner or kiss the goat.

The reminiscence was one of many Saturday evening as more than 225 Aggie alumni from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources celebrated a centennial Barnwarming in the Trowbridge Livestock Arena at MU. Forkner, a 1973 animal husbandry graduate, described Barnwarming as an event that happens every fall to provide an opportunity for students to celebrate all things agricultural.

Taking the next step

Brady Deaton loves his kitchen table. He loves it so much he made sure it followed the family for more than 30 years, from Knoxville, Tenn., to Blacksburg, Va., to Columbia. Deaton’s mentor, the late agricultural economist Paxton Marshall, called it “the roundtable of truth.”

“We are a very vocal family,” Deaton acknowledges with a smile.

The weight of a watercolor, the drama of a drawing, the seduction of a sculpture...

At the 45th Annual Boone County Art Show on Sept. 25-26, Terry Oldham, director of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, judged 262 entries from 165 artists in 10 mediums — all in four hours.

HANDLE WITH CARE

The phone call you hoped would never come just did. Someone you love needs continuous long-term care. Now what?

“If you don’t care for yourself, you can’t care for your loved one,” said Dorreen Rardin, the coordinator of Boone Hospital Center’s palliative-care program. The program prepares patients and their families to deal with terminal illness.

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