Four arrested in home homicide

Three men and a woman were arrested Thursday morning in connection with the death of a 48-year-old Columbia man who was fatally beaten on Jan. 8 during an invasion of his home.

Police charged Michael Williams, 24, Julian Jackman, 28, Walter Harris, 40, and Amy Garrison, 32, with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in connection with the death of Fernando Olivares, a Mexican immigrant.

Bush starts second term amid fanfare

WASHINGTON — George W. Bush embarked on an ambitious second term as president Thursday, telling a world anxious about war and terrorism that the United States would not shrink from new confrontations in pursuit of “the great objective of ending tyranny.”

Four minutes before noon, Bush placed his left hand on a family Bible and recited 39 tradition-hallowed words that every president since George Washington has uttered.

Board looks at adding preschool

The Columbia Public School District’s Board of Education is considering a proposal that would create an early childhood education program for children who have not yet entered kindergarten.

“It’s something being weighed and considered because we value those early years in childhood development,” said J.C. Headley, president of the Board of Education. “This proposal deals with a lot of issues trying to close the minority achievement gap.”

Ashland man known for fun-loving attitude

One photo that greeted people as they entered the Ashland Optimist Club to donate blood Thursday hints at the personality of the man they were there to remember.

In it, Arcie Sapp sits next to his wife and first grandchild, teasing smirk on his face for the photographer to capture.

Local Bush opponents hold anti-inauguration ball

As President Bush celebrated the beginning of his second term in Washington Thursday night, some Columbia residents gathered to represent the community that opposes his presidency.

Organized by the Columbia Peace Coalition, dozens gathered at Missouri United Methodist Church for the “People’s Inaugural Ball,” which included live music, speakers and a positive mood that contrasted their distaste for the Bush administration.

Both sides mark abortion ruling

Saturday is the 32nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion in the United States. To mark the anniversary, some MU students will march to abortion clinics in support of abortion rights while others will be in the nation’s capital to participate in a rally opposing abortion rights.

Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom is sponsoring 12 students to be present at abortion clinics Saturday in the St. Louis area to support abortion rights. They will also attend an evening fund-raiser sponsored by the Freedom of Choice Council.

Hajj’s end brings celebration

Local Muslims packed into the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Thursday, one day after millions of Muslims worldwide completed their pilgrimage to Mecca.

The end of the pilgrimage, or hajj, marks the beginning of a three-day holiday called Eid al-Adha, or feast of the sacrifice. Men and women began filing into the mosque around 8 a.m. Some were already quietly intoning “God is great” as they slipped off their coats, scarves and shoes.

Ferguson trial date changed

One of two Columbia men charged in the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt has been given a new trial date.

The trial for Ryan W. Ferguson, 20, has been set for 9 a.m. on June 6. Ferguson’s defense attorney, Scott McBride, had asked for more time earlier this month. Circuit Judge Ellen Roper granted that request and set the new date last week. Ferguson will appear before a jury selected from Lincoln County.

Terms expire for UM curators

Gov. Matt Blunt will appoint three new members to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators within a month.

Spence Jackson, Blunt’s communications director, said the governor is approaching a decision, but Jackson declined to release names.

TV anchor Malicki to leave KOMU for Iowa in March

KOMU viewers only have a couple months left to watch TV anchor Beth Malicki on weekday broadcasts.

After six years with KOMU, Malicki, 28, will be leaving in March to fill a position at TV station KCRG, an ABC affiliate, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Two more file for Fifth Ward vacancy

Joseph Vradenburg and Stephen Reichlin filed petitions to run for the Columbia City Council’s Fifth Ward seat on Thursday.

The seat is currently held by Councilman John John, who will not run again. Three have filed to run for his seat.

Proposal on fans’ behavior dropped

The MU Faculty Council on Thursday dropped its proposed policy regarding the behavior of students at athletic events.

The board had asked Rex Campbell, a council member and professor of rural sociology, to draft the policy after the council’s chair Gordon Christensen received complaints about the Antlers, a student fan group not sponsored by the university.

Recall issued after foreign material found in Schwan’s egg rolls

Pagoda Egg Rolls, believed to contain foreign material, have been recalled by the Schwan Food Company. The Class 1 recall involves two varieties of Pagoda Egg Rolls, the chicken and the pork and shrimp. Schnucks is among retailers that carry these products. Schnucks and the Schwan’s company want customers to check their freezers for certain packages of these products.

The Pagoda Pork and Shrimp Roll will have a UPC of 0-72180-69274-0 with code dates of either 384314 or 384315. The Pagoda Chicken Egg Rolls will have a UPC of 0-72180-69274-0 with a code date of 384315. Each package will also have the establishment number of 5630, which can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Police offer $10,000 reward for tips in microbiologist slaying

Two weeks after the murder of MU microbiologist Jeong Im, University Police announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Im, 72, was semi-retired but still involved in research in the MU Department of Molecular Microbiology and Heredity. His body was discovered in the trunk of his burning car in the Maryland Avenue parking garage at 12:24 p.m. on Jan. 7. The reward will be funded by revenue from parking violations.

Bowden in stable condition

Injured Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden remains in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery Wednesday in an attempt to remove bullet fragments from her body.

Doctors at University Hospital also inserted a tube into her trachea and wired her shattered jaw closed.

Proposal targets lenient pot laws

JEFFERSON CITY — Columbia will pay a price for easing restrictions on marijuana prosecutions under a bill proposed by a St. Charles legislator.

Republican State Sen. Chuck Gross proposed legislation Wednesday that would prohibit public schools from holding athletic tournaments in Columbia.

Early votes may come to Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY — Legislation that would remove barriers to absentee voting in Missouri won the endorsement of Gov. Matt Blunt Wednesday.

Blunt, a former secretary of state, declared at a news conference his support for the legislation, which would extend the option of voting before Election Day to all Missouri voters. In the past, absentee ballots were reserved for those unable to make the trip to their polling place. Several states allowed unrestricted early voting in the November 2004 general election.

Progressives plan inaugural fest

Progressives don’t die easy. In fact, in a response to the Republican festivities in D.C., local progressives are holding a party of their own tonight.

The “People’s Inaugural Ball,” organized by the Columbia Peace Coalition, will feature live music and speakers. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St.

President eager for Part II

WASHINGTON — In a city brimming with pageantry under fortress-like security, President Bush looked ahead Wednesday to his second inauguration, pledging to forge unity in a nation divided by political differences.

In his inaugural address today, Bush will tell the country that events and common sense have led him to one conclusion: “The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.”

Candidate eyes school conditions

Gayle Troutwine has filed for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council that will be vacated by incumbent John John when his term expires in April.

Troutwine, a lawyer and mother who has lived in Columbia for about two years, said she decided to file because nobody else had.