When Columbia Public School officials checked road conditions and the forecast at 6 a.m. Tuesday, they thought they were doing the right thing by keeping classes on schedule for more than 16,000 students. By mid-morning, they were having second thoughts.
Assistant Superintendent Chris Mallory said weather conditions deteriorated quickly and people were caught off guard.
Jan. 17: Missouri point guard Ricky Clemons is arrested and charged with second-degree domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend, Jessica Bunge. Clemons is suspended for a Jan. 18 game against Oklahoma State. The Tigers lose 76-56.
Ted Boehm, Boone County Sheriff, said compliance with the state’s Sunshine Law sparked the release of taped phone conversations Ricky Clemons had while in Boone County Jail.
The FBI collected the records from the jail in August.
A rezoning that would accommodate the largest development in Boone County history continues to spark debate among residents.
The Boone County Smart Growth Coalition and Clear Creek Neighborhood Association met Wednesday night to warn Columbia residents about problems they see in plans to develop the 489-acre Philips Farm in southeast Columbia. Developer Elvin Sapp has applied for a rezoning that would put a mix of residential and commercial development in the environmentally sensitive Clear and Gans creeks’ watersheds.
The students who comprise the Latino population at MU are as colorful as the countries they come from. Some are from tropical Puerto Rico, others from spicy South America. Many are several generations removed from their Latino country of origin. With this mixture come many shades of identification with their respective cultures. From Spanish fluency to Christmas tamales, here are a few of the ways Hispanic MU students show their cultural identity.
When the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase passed earlier this year on April 30, few people took notice, said historian Peter Kastor. But next year’s bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark expedition has already created a major buzz in the Midwest, he said.
Kastor wants to know why people are more interested in the expedition, which he said had much less of an effect on U.S. history.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Reeling from revelations about his family's dealings with troubled ex-basketball player Ricky Clemons, University of Missouri president Elson Floyd said Thursday he would not resign and said he did nothing wrong.
Floyd, who became president of the four-campus system last January, was in Kansas City for a previously scheduled meeting with the university's Board of Curators which was to include a private discussion of his job performance.
Text of the statement issued Tuesday night by Carmento Floyd, wife of University of Missouri president Elson Floyd, about her friendship with troubled former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons. Some of their telephone conversations were taped when Clemons was serving a sentence during the summer in the Boone County Jail; a standard message on the phone line informs users that calls are subject to being recorded.
What are plant lovers to do now that the weather has turned cold and there’s not much going on in the garden?
Lots and lots of tasks come to mind.
Columbia police have found no wrongdoing by the officers who failed to locate two accident victims on Nov. 28 but have only limited explanations for why the victims were not found.
The accident happened a little before 8:30 p.m. that Friday night, when Jerad Miller, 21, ran his 1993 Chevy Lumina off the east side of a ramp from Broadway to southbound U.S. 63. Miller and passenger Joseph Stenger, 23, were going home to Jefferson City after shopping at Columbia Mall.
Consolidation of administrative positions between the University of Missouri system and MU could save anywhere from $500,000 to $4.3 million each year, UM system President Elson Floyd told a general meeting of MU faculty on Tuesday.
Floyd tried to engage a crowd of about 100 faculty members at Memorial Union on the MU campus in a dialogue on consolidation. The overall feeling was one of approval toward Floyd and the plan.
The Hispanic organizations at MU have hung in limbo for several years, somewhere between thriving and becoming extinct. As MU recognizes the need to recruit more Hispanics, the existing Latino societies on campus struggle for members and participation.
But small memberships and persistently low meeting turnouts haven’t deterred the determined members of these groups. The Hispanic American Leadership Organization, for example, has made leaps and bounds in its number of members. Now there are about 10 active members.
During the holiday season, wine may accompany a turkey dinner, be consumed fireside or even be wrapped and placed under the tree, and area wineries and retailers are planning events and specials to capitalize on this seasonal interest.
Businesses making and distributing wine attribute the sales increase they see each winter to cold weather, holidays and a change in diet.
From extreme dieting and exercise to cosmetic surgery, people go to many extremes to conform to ideals of appearances. But those ideals aren’t limited to body shape or size — many people’s ideal body also includes a dazzling smile.
“In our culture, white teeth and a pretty smile are important,” said Charles Mattingly, a Columbia dentist. “It says something about a person who whitens their teeth, that they care about their appearance.”
On Monday, President Bush signed landmark legislation that, in addition to adding a drug benefit to Medicare, places more of the responsibility for providing health care to older Americans in the hands of private insurers and health plans.
But for advocates of universal health care — including many doctors and hospitals — the bill signing represented a step backward. They say that increased privatization is dismantling the public-private safety net that first emerged in the 1930s and will add to the growing number of Americans who do not have health insurance.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced winners of the AgriMissouri Chef Contest on Nov. 23, proclaiming Chef Christopher Desens’ “Morel Mushroom Pasta” the gold medal winner.
Desens, chef at Racquet Club Ladue, entered four recipes in the AgriMissouri Chef Contest in August, hoping to showcase the local products he uses in his dishes every day.
They’re all over the runways of Paris and Milan — on the feet of fashionistas everywhere — and can be seen walking the sidewalks of Columbia. Pointed-toe high heeled stilettos are all the rage. But just how much is the price of fashion costing women these days?
Shoe designers know women love fashion at any price, and sometimes that price includes the health of their feet.
MU Health Care has for the second time in six months revised its policy on drug companies and medical supply vendors paying for promotional lunches for doctors at its hospitals and facilities.
The latest change was enacted after Columbia caterers complained about the unfairness of the initial policy change. The new policy will go into effect at the beginning of next year, said Dan Kopp, chief medical officer at University Hospital.
Some parents and school officials are worried about how an Internet search feature is affecting personal safety and privacy.
Google, the popular Internet search engine that scans more than 3 billion Web pages, added a feature two years ago that allows users to type a phone number into the search bar at www.google.com and pull up the accompanying address.
The Columbia Board of Education on Monday night decided to continue discussing hiring an outside firm to run the district’s summer school program. The firm, Newton Learning, already provides summer programs for more than 70 school districts in Missouri.
Several district officials said they will speak with administrators in the Francis Howell School District about Newton. That district, near St. Louis, already contracts with the firm. The board also plans to speak with the Columbia Community Teachers Association before making a final decision.