Seasonal feasts need reining in

It happened again, didn’t it?

Despite your promises to cut the carbs, trim the fat and count the calories, Thanksgiving came and the turkey wasn’t the only thing that ended up stuffed.


A story on page 1A Friday incorrectly spelled the name of the Kroenke family.

New arena gets new name

Three days after the Laurie family gave up naming rights to Paige Sports Arena, UM curators re-named the venue Mizzou Arena. In a conference call Friday afternoon, the University of Missouri Board of Curators unani-mously passed a motion made by MU President Elson Floyd to re-name the center.

The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes and passed the motion with little discussion among the nine board members.

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MU curators to rename sports arena

Mizzou Arena could become the new moniker for MU’s new basketball building, but the label is already drawing opposition from state Sen.-elect Chuck Graham and Tiger basketball fans who want the arena named after longtime MU basketball coach Norm Stewart.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators will vote at

Snow puts skids on travel plans

Snowball fights and sledding mixed with tough commutes and numerous weather-related accidents Wednesday as Columbia saw its first snowfall of the season.

Between four and six inches of snow had fallen by late afternoon when the snow stopped, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis. As the temperature hovered around 32 degrees, the snow fell in large, wet flakes that on pavement were quickly reduced to slush.

Just plumb busy

Today will be a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie for Columbia families, and a feast of potato skins, turkey grease and pumpkin strings for Columbia’s drains.

Columbia’s plumbers agree: Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for those in the business of keeping drains unclogged.

Stores expect large sales early on ‘Black Friday’

Die-hard shoppers will be out of bed Friday before the sun comes up for one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and retailers are ready for the arrival of the masses.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in the retail business — traditionally regarded as the day when the retailer’s balance sheet goes from red to black. Last year it was the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Sheriff-elect reorganizes, promotes

Two veterans of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department will leave when Sheriff-elect Dwayne Carey assumes the office on Jan. 1.

Absent from Carey’s administrative lineup list are Chief Deputy O.J. Stone, a major in the department, and Kevin Merritt, an enforcement captain.

Floyd weighs future of UMKC’s chancellor

KANSAS CITY — The head of the University of Missouri system says schools must be headed by an administrator whom professors trust, but he remains undecided on the future of a chancellor given a no-confidence vote.

President Elson Floyd met with professors Tuesday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where Chancellor Martha Gilliland is a target of criticism.

Floyd declines $10,500 salary increase

University of Missouri President Elson Floyd on Wednesday turned down a 3 percent salary increase approved last week by the UM Board of Curators.

“In view of the continuing tight fiscal situation faced by the university, I have decided not to accept the increase,” Floyd said in a news release.

Lauries give up Paige name rights

The search for a new namesake for the $75 million Paige Sports Arena begins today after the Laurie family on Tuesday passed the naming rights of the arena to the university.

UM President Elson Floyd and Chancellor Brady Deaton announced the decision Tuesday.

Test sanctions lifted from three schools

A federal sanction was lifted on three Columbia elementary schools after an annual progress report was corrected and finalized this month.

A preliminary report released in August by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicated three schools hadn’t met Adequate Yearly Progress requirements after failing different sections of the Missouri Assessment Program for the second year in a row.

Healthy revision

Glenn McElroy remembers gazing up as a child at the towering ceilings of what used to be the post office on Cherry Street.

“The ceilings were huge; to a little kid they look huge. It was a big open lobby,” said McElroy, vice president of the Health Adventure Center board, of what was most recently known as the Federal Building. “It was just beautiful.”

Range Line plan expenses mount

State officials seeking to expand a stretch of Columbia highway have hit a bump in the road.

Projected costs for the south section of the Range Line Street expansion have increased from $16.5 million to $19.5 million because of rising right-of-way costs, said Kenny Voss, project manager with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Department. He said with incidentals — design costs, construction inspection and unexpected change orders — the cost of the south-section project likely will rise from $22.6 million to $26.6 million. Only the south section is budgeted in the department’s five-year plan.

Missouri Democrats look for ways to revitalize party for ’06

JEFFERSON CITY — In the aftermath of the Democratic losses in Missouri on Election Day three weeks ago, top Missouri Democratic leaders met Tuesday to discuss the future of the party.

In January, Democrats will hold two fewer statewide offices, three fewer Senate seats and seven fewer House seats.

Getting the basics

If underwear and socks are on children’s wish lists this year, it’s because some of them — namely, students at Midway Heights Elementary School — want to give them away.

The Keeper of the Keys, an after-school character-building program for fifth-graders at Midway, has elected to join the “socks and undies for kids” drive sponsored by Caroline & Company and benefiting children who stay at the Rainbow House, an emergency shelter and regional child-advocacy center that serves newborns to 18-year-olds.

Police arrest two men in separate rape cases

Police interrupted an apparent sexual assault Monday night in the 200 block of Hitt Street, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

A 20-year-old woman was treated and released from an area hospital, according to the press release.

Alumnus donates $7.5 million

The building that houses the heart of MU’s engineering programs will be renamed and renovated in the wake of a $7.5 million gift from an alumnus and his wife.

Engineering Building East will be renamed Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall. The announcement came Friday at a meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators in Rolla.

Blunt begins appointing for gubernatorial term

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov.-elect Matt Blunt announced appointments Tuesday to the Department of Revenue, the Public Service Commission and his gubernatorial staff.

Blunt said he would nominate Trish Vincent as director of the Revenue Department, which he said is one of the state’s most important agencies because its work affects every resident. Vincent has served as the deputy secretary of state for business services for four years.