The scenario has tragically replayed itself perhaps hundreds of times. A woman is raped, whether by an acquaintance after a party or by a stranger in some unpredictable circumstance. Distraught and disoriented, she wonders what to do.
Should she go to the hospital? Tell the police? Call a sexual assault hot line?
At the sound of a buzzer, shooting competitor J.J. Racaza dropped his 007 “martini glass” and attempted to draw his pistol. But as the glass — a slightly modified plastic bottle — bounced at his feet, the weapon held firm in his holster. The holster was still locked, costing him time. Racaza freed his pistol and shells flew from his weapon in two shot bursts. Steel targets fell and he rushed on to finish the stage.
Racaza and other pistol shooters from across the county competed in this and similar contests over the weekend during the United States Practical Shooting Association Area 3 Championship at the Chapman Academy in Hallsville. Match director Emmanuel Bragg said that eight of the top 10 pistol shooters in the world were on hand for the competition, which had a James Bond theme.
Some people seem to think that family values are a set of regulations carved on a stone tablet, handed down through the generations like the Ten Commandments. I think of them as a set of principles passed on, out of which certain behavioral patterns emerge. This subject came up last Sunday when I was visiting with a family member. She suggested that it would be difficult for us to explain to our parents why we were not in church on Sunday morning. Our mothers, after all, attended every Sunday without fail. I disagreed. I replied that I felt like the same set of principles that led my mother to do what she did also leads me to do as I do. My cousin merely looked at me strangely.
When I was growing up, the majority of the children in my neighborhood went to Sunday School. I loved being in Sunday School the same way I once loved being in church. It was one of the few places where I felt at home, as if I belonged there. I think I can truthfully say I have been in churches of virtually every denomination. It has been an experience that has been extremely valuable in helping me shape my own personal theology.
Hearts for Valentine’s Day, ducks and bunnies for Easter, angels and trees for Christmas and pumpkins and cats for Halloween. Each holiday, Cheryl Brown and her friend Chelsea would make sugar cookies for family members. Chelsea cut out and baked the cookies with her mom and asked Brown to decorate the first one. Then Chelsea did the rest.
But on Saturday, it was bouquets of pink, red and purple flowers arranged at the front of a room full of mourners and a doll perched on the rim of a small casket.
As MU officials push for more details from a report published in Seventeen magazine, they continue to release more specific plans for the future of the Tiger Hostess program.
The article, published in the September issue of the magazine geared toward female, teenage readers, reports that MU’s athletic department ignored a Tiger Hostess’ claims of sexual harassment. The woman, who is cited anonymously in the article, claims recruits sexually harassed her and coaches joked about her complaints. The article did not say when the alleged incidents occurred.
For 15 years, Mike Kennedy served Boone County as a volunteer with the Boone County Fire Protection District, where he rose to the rank of captain. He was a member of the bomb squad and commander of the fire investigation team.
Fire Chief Steve Paulsell described Mr. Kennedy as “very dedicated to the organization and to fire protection.”
Boone County Commissioners Skip Elkin and Karen Miller both applauded the initiative of Pierpont residents to incorporate their small piece of land and become a village. But after all the petitions, proposals and attorneys, the residents of Pierpont still have a ways to go — half a mile to be exact.
According to state law, the boundaries of a village must be two miles outside a city’s limit to incorporate. However, the boundaries drawn up in a petition presented by Pierpont’s residents, come within 11/2 miles of Columbia’s newly annexed Phillips Tract. The survey to measure the distance was done by the city after prompting by Fifth Ward Councilman John John.
It could be weeks or months before Mike Cooper will know if he will be able to sell beer again at Cooper’s Landing, the convenience store he owns on the banks of the Missouri River, south of Columbia. Friday was the final day of Cooper’s hearing before the Administrative Hearing Commission.
A decision will follow a review of the hearing by Commissioner John J. Kopp.
In the quiet Saturday morning, a sudden burst of drumbeats and rap music awoke the neighbors of Douglass High School as a colorful procession of cars, floats, horses and even a llama paraded around their district.
More than 300 Douglass graduates arrived in Columbia from across the country for the Black and White parade and ball.
Democratic winners of Tuesday’s local primary elections carried the national party’s message of unity to the weekly luncheon of the Boone County Muleskinners on Friday.
About 50 people attended, listening to nominees and their representatives talk political strategy while grabbing a plate of fettuccini alfredo.
Boone County Sheriff’s Department detectives continue their statewide search for a Columbia woman kidnapped from her residence Thursday morning. The stolen car, however, has been found in Kansas City.
The roommate of Sara Riebold, 25, called detectives to their home in the 11000 block of Old Highway 63 N. Thursday to report Riebold’s disappearance. The roommate said he’d been struck over the head and bound, according to a news release. The release said he reported Riebold and his teal 1994 Mazda Protege missing. The roommate was hospitalized Thursday and released later that day.
Flowers adorn the wooden kitchen table. Silverware flanks neatly arranged dishes. A baby’s high chair sits next to the window. As the father prepares to bite into the roast and green beans supper he has prepared, he looks mournfully at his wife, who has put them both on a low-carb diet.
This is a moment in Michael Lenza’s life. It’s a different moment from those that made up his past. Lenza spent 15 years in prison on a murder conviction. He claims he was “very young” then. Now, he is known locally for his research on the death penalty and for his community involvement. He has an insider view of the criminal justice system and uses it to advance his research.
Every summer I reserve two nights back-to-back for boys’ and girls’ nights out with the grandchildren. Boys are the easiest and, quite frankly, the most boring. Give them burgers and a go-cart and they’re good for the night.
Girls are another story. The two oldest co-chairs concocted elaborate plans for the night with Grammy and Papa. Although all seven of my granddaughters were invited, two sisters tested positive for strep throat and had to stay home. We began in late afternoon with a craft. Each girl was given a pair of flip-flops to decorate. They had the table loaded with tubes of paint, silk flowers and an assortment of beads. An hour and several mishaps later, we put the one-of-a-kind footwear on some newspaper to dry.
Wearing a kilt, a green T-shirt and sunglasses, Robert Brummel used his hand-carved staff to push a white laundry basket worth two points back into place. At the end of the stone-throwing competition, he received third place after two tie breakers.
Using his knowledge of Missourians’ lifestyles — and their struggles — Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry told a Jefferson City audience Thursday that he has the ability to find solutions and “reach for the next horizon.”
A crowd of several thousand rallied to see Kerry and vice presidential nominee John Edwards’ speeches, held outside the state Capitol.
Boone County Sheriff’s detectives searched Thursday night for a man and the Columbia woman they say he kidnapped Thursday morning.
Detectives say Andrew David Viggers may have taken Sara Riebold, his ex-girlfriend, to Kansas City. They have called several law enforcement agencies to help with the hunt, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The ballots of nearly 800 Boone County voters were not counted until Thursday morning, after election night confusion left them mixed among other materials, County Clerk Wendy Noren said.
“It was a serious breakdown of our procedures,” Noren said, accepting responsibility for the mistake. “Although we have checks to this on election night, it did not pick them up. And that is a serious problem.”
Columbia residents who stepped outside Thursday morning might have felt as if they’d been transported to another time or place.
Sixty-two degrees with a crisp breeze out of the north? In the first week of August? You’ve got to be kidding.
Students and community members who included “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” in their summer reading will soon have the chance to see author Barbara Ehrenreich in person.
Ehrenreich is scheduled to visit MU on Sept. 30. She plans to give a lecture followed by a question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. in Jesse Auditorium.
The end of the line for Oakland Plaza Lanes was not the end for Matt’s Pro Shop.
The store reopened at Parkade Plaza on Sunday, the day after Oakland Plaza Lanes on Vandiver Drive ended an almost 30-year run. On Wednesday, a drop cloth spattered with paint was still on the floor of the relocated business as owner Matt Buxton served customers. He expects the shop to be completely set up by Monday.