Two American traditions — exercising free speech and paying taxes — collided Thursday afternoon outside the downtown post office.
Procrastinating taxpayers passed by people who seized the opportunity presented by the tax deadline to pass out fliers, gather signatures and give speeches on what is traditionally the busiest mailing day of the year.
In the past six months, a number of incidents have raised questions regarding religion’s proper role in public life. Last September, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was forced to remove a 2.6-ton granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the state building because a federal district judge said it violated the U.S. Constitution’s principle of separation of religion and government. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case brought by a lawyer objecting to the inclusion of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
With every minute bringing taxpayers closer to the dreaded midnight deadline, more and more people scramble to get their taxes done.
When the local shuttle service MO-X purchased its only competitor in February, the merger came with the usual promises that it would have no negative impact on customers. But when Romanda Walker, who uses a wheelchair, needed a ride to Kansas City recently, she discovered that MO-X had no vans that could accommodate the physically disabled.
“They referred me to OATS,” said Walker, referring to the non-profit transportation service that helps people with disabilities get to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store. “They said I’d have to pay $200 each way, and it’s not equipped to take people to the airport.”
The state of teenage fashion today can be described as a “clothes war.” It’s a battle that takes place daily. Starting in the morning and sometimes lasting well into the evening, the battle rages between parents and children about what’s appropriate to wear.
With fashion trends changing every day, it’s hard for parents and children to reach common ground about what is appropriate.
Orange and white striped barrels stretch as far as the eye can see on U.S. 63 south of Columbia. Road crews this week were patching the old concrete surface to level the road.
The real work is expected to begin May 1, when 10 miles of the worn, weathered southbound lanes of U.S. 63 will be resurfaced with 5¾ inches of asphalt from shoulder to shoulder.
Prepared IV kits, machines that keep track of patient medication and electric beds that move at the touch of a button are new experiences for four student nurses visiting MU from Mexico.
“In Monterrey, they use mercury thermometers. Here they use electronic,” said Claudia Flores, who, along with three other women, is broadening her education in a four-week tour of the American Midwest.
An MU sophomore says he is offering a $200 “White Scholarship” available only to students of “European-American descent” to express his opposition to minority scholarships.
Colin Kerr said he is protesting “race-based scholarships,” which he would like to see replaced with scholarships based on socio-economic factors.
On a Thursday evening at Rock Bridge High School, a group of adults were back in school to learn something they were either rusty at or had never really tried before — the Spanish language.
The students in Mariana Barrenechea-Carver’s beginning Spanish class are adults from different backgrounds and careers and have varying levels of Spanish-speaking experience.
The atmosphere at West Boulevard Elementary School has changed since an announcement that the school will be revamped into a model school to close achievement gaps between various ethnic and economic groups.
“There is a lot of excitement about the potential of all these ideas,” Pam Conway acting principal, said. “Now the school can pull out all the stops to help these students reach the achievement levels we know they can.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to give an additional $20 million to higher education Wednesday. Of that, the UM system would receive slightly more than $9 million.
WASHINGTON — President Bush mixed an expression of concern about violence and lawlessness in Iraq with an absolute certainty that his course of action is the correct one in a prime-time news conference Tuesday night — his first since the war in Iraq began 13 months ago.
He indicated he will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq after what he called “a tough, tough series of weeks for the American people.”
MU’s Gamma Phi Beta and the two fraternities in its Greek Week pairing will lose all of the points they earned from the Greek Week blood drive, MU’s Student Life department will investigate sorority member Christie Key, and Greek Week’s rules and point system will be reworked.
All those actions are the result of several meetings held Monday after an e-mail Key sent to sorority members last week urged them to lie on predonation health forms during the blood drive.
WASHINGTON — In a world “blinking red” with terrorist threats against the United States, the FBI missed a last-minute chance to detect a key al-Qaida cell and possibly disrupt the Sept. 11 attacks, the commission investigating the 2001 hijackings said Tuesday.
Delays and missteps in linking terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui to al-Qaida in the weeks before the attacks were emblematic of chronic problems within the FBI, including limited intelligence and analysis capabilities, outdated technology, poor information-sharing and floundering attempts at reorganization, the commission said.
A procedure developed by MU researchers could prevent the onset of a form of arthritis and may soon begin its first clinical trials on humans.
A research team headed by James Cook, an MU professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, has created a procedure that can be used to regrow the meniscus in the knee.
Bryan Garton gave Chancellor Wallace a simple “thank you” when Wallace interrupted Garton’s agricultural education class Tuesday afternoon. The professor remained calm when more than a dozen members of the media, friends and colleagues crammed into his classroom to hear the reason for Wallace’s intrusion — to announce Garton as a Kemper Fellowship recipient.
The award, a $10,000 gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation honoring outstanding educators, is the eighth in a series of 10 annual awards.
Ten Tibetan monks will soon be in Columbia for the third time to share their art, life and faith and to gain support in their quest for freedom from what they call Chinese occupation.
Starting Saturday, the monks from Karnataka, India, will hold events and informational talks that convey their Buddhist faith and culture. Included are lectures at Hickman High School and MU, a cultural pageant and creation of an intricate sand mandala, a symbolic Buddhist artwork made with colored sand that symbolizes the universe.
LOS ANGELES — A fast-food- loving beauty queen from Missouri who has two master’s degrees and once wrestled a greased pig in a mud pit was crowned Miss USA 2004.
Shandi Finnessey, 25, of Florissant won the title Monday night over 50 other contestants and will represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador, on June 1.
Seventy firefighters from eight stations and five fire departments in Audrain County responded to a grass and structure fire Tuesday afternoon. Officials are unsure of the cause of the fire at McGee Packing Co., two miles north of Mexico, Mo., on Route J, said Kenneth Hoover, Little Dixie Fire Protection District chief.
Secretary of state and Republican candidate for governor Matt Blunt visited the Family Health Center in Columbia on Tuesday to push his health care platform.
Robert Pund, an occasional patient at the center, was in the building to get his taxes done but took interest in Blunt’s visit.