Taxicabs lead funeral procession

A black limousine led a procession of seven taxicabs down Broadway late Thursday morning, honoring Robert Johnson, the former owner of Bob’s Checker Cab Co., who died Sunday.

Johnson, of Millersburg, died at University Hospital from complications of a vascular surgery performed Aug. 23. He was 69.

Roadway’s renaming set for pre-game event

As students, staff and alumni celebrate the opening of MU’s home football season Saturday, another group of people will gather to remember a man who had his own impact upon the university.

Mick Deaver was a 1966 graduate of MU who began working for the MU Police Department in 1972. In February 1980, at age 38, Deaver died in an automobile crash. At the time, he was the department’s associate director.

Panel to announce three finalists for high court job

Today, a non-partisan panel is expected to announce three finalists to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.

On Thursday, the Appellate Judicial Commission met with 22 applicants for the position, which was left open after President Bush appointed Judge Duane Benton to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

High holiday traffic expected

The price of gasoline in Columbia is about 15 cents per gallon higher than last year, but that won’t stop Jenny Talbert from going on a camping trip with her family this Labor Day weekend. The MU sophomore will be joining thousands of Missouri motorists hitting the road to take advantage of the last three-day weekend of the summer.

“We always go camping on Labor Day,” she said. “It’s a family tradition because my parents have off work.”

Convocation kicks off new year at Stephens

Students, faculty, staff and guests gathered at Stephens College on Thursday to open a new school year more than a week after classes had already begun.

On Thursday, for the second time since it was stopped in the mid-1990s, the college's opening convocation officially kicked off the school year with reflection and optimism, welcoming students both new and old.

Noodles fare joins District

Missouri's second Nothing But Noodles franchise opens today at the corner of Ninth and Cherry streets, the former location of the Cajun restaurant Glenn's Café.

From its green, noodle-shaped light fixture to its pasta-themed menu, Nothing But Noodles aims to add a new style and flavor to the District's already diverse offering of restaurants.

Groups push for public-access channels

Cable and Television Corp. board members Jeff Bassinson and Steve Hudnell assured Columbia's Cable Television Task Force on Thursday that they would deliver a programming schedule in time for Tuesday's City Council meeting.

At Tuesday's meeting, the task force, along with representatives from the Cable and Television Corp. and Stephens College, will attempt to promote to the City Council the idea of a 2 percent increase in cable costs to fund an educational public-access channel.

Bush to talk about jobs, war in Columbia speech

President George W. Bush plans to talk about jobs, the war on terrorism

and the economy when he addresses area residents at the Boone County

Fairgrounds on Tuesday.

The president's visit to Columbia will come after appearances at Lee's

Summit High School near Kansas City and at the Missouri State

Fairgrounds in Sedalia.

Flu clinic to test bioterror response

In November, a flu vaccine clinic will test local health officials’ preparedness for a bioterror attack.

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department hopes to give an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 flu shots in a single day — more than twice its one-day high last year of 500 — during a 12-hour emergency response drill Nov. 4 at the health department clinic at 1005 W. Worley St.

Not-so-hot summer

August 2004 is in the books as one of the coolest since record-keeping began.

With an average temperature of 70.1 degrees, August ranked as the fourth coolest on record since 1890.

Judge rules against early voting

The state’s early voting law merely requires local officials to plan for, not implement, the practice, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan heard arguments on the lawsuit filed by the city of St. Louis and some Democratic lawmakers last week. They sued Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt, seeking a court order allowing an early voting period before the Nov. 2 general election.

Marathon expands audience

With the ninth annual MU Dance Marathon less than a month away, juniors Joe Gauer and Danny Collins have spent the week standing in Speaker’s Circle to rally people for a good cause.

The marathon, which raises money for the MU Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Miracle Network, will be Sept. 24-25 at the Midway Expo Center .

Deaton details department restructuring

MU Interim Chancellor Brady Deaton hopes a change in command will help the university attract more students and faculty from a wider range of racial and ethnic backgrounds.

At a press conference in Jesse Hall on Wednesday, Deaton detailed changes in the way diversity issues will be handled from now on. MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton will take over as head of minority affairs, which includes the black studies program, women’s and gender studies and academic retention services.

Scammed hunters to be repaid

JEFFERSON CITY — Hunters responding to an online advertisement promising prime deer hunting on private land in Clinton County received a surprise when they arrived, authorities said.

The advertised 18,000 to 20,000-acre wildlife refuge turned out to be only a few thousand acres of less than prime hunting land, and the hunting lodge they had been promised was a modest house that couldn’t hold all the hunters, according to the Missouri Attorney General’s office. Several of the hunters paid to stay in motels, said Beth Hammock, a spokesman for office.

Voter registration swelling

There is the sign that some November candidates realize Missouri's voting power: numerous visits across the state and incessant radio and TV ads. Then there is the sign that Missourians appreciate their own power: mounting stacks of white paper in Wendy Noren’s office.

“Every indication is that we’re going to have a record registration year,” Noren, the Boone County clerk, said. During the first half of the year, Noren received 15,441 new voter registration and change of address forms, more than twice the 6,074 forms she received during the same time period in the 2000 presidential elections.

Aboard the trolley

Move over city buses. Downtown may get a blast from the past.

The possibility of starting a downtown trolley service has Mayor Darwin Hindman excited. Hindman said he would like to see the issue before the City Council “as soon as possible.”

College leader bars same-sex benefits

Columbia College President Gerald Brouder said Wednesday he opposes a faculty proposal to provide benefits to same-sex partners of college employees.

“The college is not at a point in its history, certainly not with me as president, to entertain further the notion that we might one day offer such benefits,” Brouder said.

UMR head to retire after school year

Gary Thomas, chancellor of the University of Missouri-Rolla, announced Wednesday he will retire after this school year. Thomas’ announcement follows MU chancellor Richard Wallace’s retirement two days ago.

“I thought it would take me about five years to make an impact, and I’m now in my fifth year,” Thomas said.

Gartner evaluates year in The District

It’s been one year since the marketing campaign was launched that turned downtown Columbia into “The District.” While Carrie Gartner, director of the Columbia Special Business District and the Central Columbia Association, has some qualitative impressions of how downtown is doing, it’s today’s Twilight Festival that provides downtown merchants and her office with the only hard numbers by which they can measure progress.

Gartner talked to The Missourian earlier this week about the next steps in The District’s marketing, what businesses themselves are doing and the importance of the festival to The District.

Delegating GOP authority

As the Republican National Convention nears its final measure tonight, three Boone County delegates are hoping President George W. Bush will strike a particular chord in his speech accepting the party’s nomination.

The local delegates say the president must convince voters that the United States is more secure and prosperous under his leadership.