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.

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.

Benefits reduction discussed

JEFFERSON CITY — A Senate committee considering reducing benefits in Missouri’s workers’ compensation program heard emotional testimony Wednesday from workers who said they felt abandoned by a system one Republican senator called “broken.”

The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Loudon, R-St. Louis County, would redefine when workers’ compensation fees are awarded. The proposed legislation would narrow the definition of injury so that a worker could collect benefits only if his or her job is the “prevailing” cause of an accident. It would reduce benefits when an injury worsens a pre-existing condition and eliminate benefits for injuries that happen en route to work and ailments whose cause cannot be determined.

Grad students open art show on campus

Graduate students in MU’s fine arts program have unveiled their recent work at a group show called “In Transit,” now at the Bingham Gallery on campus. The exhibition features sculpture, painting, ceramics, fibers, photography and mixed media.

Curt Erlinger, one of 14 artists in the show, said the exhibition gives him the chance to get his work out of the studio.

Faculty Council looks at revising promotion policy

MU’s Faculty Council will begin talking today about regulating the procedures for promoting part-time and temporary faculty members.

The council will discuss a resolution that would require each college and school at the university to establish review and promotion guidelines for “non-regular faculty” by the beginning of the 2005-2006 academic year.

Columbian to head state economic development

Columbia native Greg Steinhoff said improving Missouri’s business climate by cutting costs, especially through tort reform and workers’ compensation, will be his main goals as the next director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

Gov. Matt Blunt said during a news conference at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that Steinhoff is his choice to lead the department. While Steinhoff’s nomination is subject to state Senate approval, neither Blunt nor Steinhoff foresees any complications.

Sapp foes address council

Opponents of the largest voluntary annexation in Columbia’s history made their voices heard before the City Council in a heated public hearing Tuesday night.

Now it is up to the council to weigh these concerns and decide whether to annex and zone almost 1,000 acres into Columbia.

Beefed-up rec center now open

Brian Anderson will be the first to tell you that he’s a big guy.

The bulk of his muscles can be attributed to working out three to four times a week. A senior at MU, he was excited to finally have a workout facility on campus that accommodates his 6-foot, 3-inch frame.