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Reagan touched lives in mid-Mo.

As Columbia residents mourned the death of President Reagan, some had more intimate memories to draw on.

Reagan died Saturday. He was 93.

Former president’s death brings tributes

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Ronald Reagan was remembered with jelly beans, flowers and American flags Sunday at memorials in his hometown and outside the mortuary where the former president’s body lay.

“Thank you for changing the world,” said a handwritten note among the tokens of remembrance left in Santa Monica for the nation’s 40th president, who was 93 when he died Saturday of pneumonia, as a complication of Alzheimer’s disease.

Navigators remember D-Day roles

Hirst Mendenhall of Columbia remembers the invasion like it was yesterday.

As President Bush and world leaders gathered at Normandy, France, on Sunday to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day, here in Columbia, Ralph Conte didn’t plan to do anything elaborate for the commemoration.

Ragtime festival honors composers

In a nod to ragtime’s importance to modern music, the John William “Blind” Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival began as Boone started his concerts — with a syncopated version of a classic hymn. It also featured a seminar paying tribute to one of the genre’s most noted composers.

A music fair showcasing the styles and talents of the festival’s headline performers kicked off the three-day festival.

Police: MU student’s death was homicide

The death of a young man found Saturday in the East Campus neighborhood is being investigated as a homicide, Columbia police said Sunday.

They have identified the victim as 23-year-old Jesse J. Valencia, a junior majoring in history at MU.

We must face up to new struggles

If we can believe what we see on television, a lot of people have become as polarized on the issue of the war in Iraq as they are about abortion and gay marriage. If this is true, there’s not much use for a national debate on the subject. It would seem that the moment folks line up on one side or the other of the political parties, any chance of agreement on almost any subject is lost, with the possible exception of the high cost of gasoline. No matter what our political preference is, we all seem to love to drive our cars.

I don’t find it at all surprising that many young people I know have chosen not to have children. I have heard several of them say that they fear the next several generations will still be fighting the war started by this generation. Unfortunately, a lot of us feel that they are right. But we’re a country of majority rule, and the majority has chosen to fight this war, so there’s no point in trying to “lock the barn,” so to speak.

Rocheport greets Lewis and Clark

ROCHEPORT — The scent of barbecue and soapmaking filled the air, broken by thunderous cannon shots on Sunday in historical downtown Rocheport as residents and visitors alike met Louis and Clark at Rocheport River Days.

Debris at the mouth of Moniteau Creek in Rocheport nearly prevented the keelboats and two smaller pirogues from docking at the site where Lewis and Clark visited 200 years ago on June 7, 1804. But thanks to modern advancements, a water patrol boat that accompanies the crew cleared the debris.

City bus stop shifts at mall

Wanda Avery travels from her Paquin Tower apartment to the Columbia Mall on a regular basis for a haircut, to use the bank and to buy household essentials. Often times she will use the Columbia Transit System because at 75 years old and in a wheelchair, she finds it convenient. However, a new bus policy at the Columbia Mall is going to make life a little more difficult for Avery and others like her.

Instead of dropping riders at the Columbia Mall entrance, the Columbia transit buses will stop at a new bus stop, which is expected to be completed later this month. Riders will have to travel from the new bus stop on Bernadette Drive, near Dillard’s, through the parking lot to the mall entrance.

Council to discuss street design

Proposed new street design standards will once again go before the Columbia City Council at tonight’s meeting.

The council was originally set to vote on the issue May 3, but concerns over implementation costs and narrower roads led council members to table it for further discussion.

Columbia celebrates the diversity of art

Columbia Art League kicked off its 46th annual Art in the Park celebration

Saturday with an interesting visitor.

History hits Huntsdale

A few hundred people waited ashore as the keelboat and the two smaller pirogues of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles were slowly approaching Huntsdale on Saturday. On the front line were volunteers dressed in period clothes, some armed with period rifles, others with flowers.

The expedition arrived for the Huntsdale Lewis and Clark River Festival after spending Friday night in Lupus. The crew of re-enactors will continue to Rocheport this morning for the town’s festival, Rocheport River Days.

Ronald W. Reagan

LOS ANGELES —Ronald Reagan, the cheerful crusader who devoted his presidency to winning the Cold War, trying to scale back government and making people believe it was “morning again in America,” died Saturday after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“My family and I would like the world to know that President Ronald Reagan has passed away after 10 years of Alzheimer’s disease at 93 years of age. We appreciate everyone’s prayers,” Nancy Reagan said in a statement.

Body found in East campus

Police are investigating the death of a young man found Saturday afternoon lying in the yard between two houses in the East Campus neighborhood. He was wearing only a pair of blue boxers, and a photograph taken by police showed wounds to his throat.

The body, which was clearly visible from the street, was found at 1517 Wilson Ave. Residents across the street expressed disbelief.

Rock Bridge, Hickman graduate seniors

Winning volleyball games. Parking tickets. Sold-out musicals. And, of course, friendships forged in class — and out.

In her speech to the graduating class of Hickman High School, Wen Xi “ShiShi” Wang talked about her Hickman High School memories and her hopes for the future.

Forum nets candidates, not Holden

LAKE OZARK — Accusations continued to fly Saturday between Missouri gubernatorial candidates State Auditor Claire McCaskill and incumbent Gov. Bob Holden.

McCaskill discussed issues with Democratic candidate Jim LePage at an event sponsored by the Missouri Press Association. The event was an opportunity for both Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates to discuss issues in an open forum.

State rep hopefuls talk taxes, education

At the weekly meeting of the Boone County Muleskinners Friday, the Democratic candidates for the 25th District state representative seat met for a panel debate in the spirit of communication and collaboration.

Candidates Judy Baker, Mike Blum, Russel P. Breyfogle Jr., D. Duane Dimmitt and Lara Underwood were each given three minutes for opening remarks.

Ragtime festival draws talent worldwide

With Missouri as the center of the ragtime world, the John William “Blind” Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival is drawing in musical talent from around the globe.

Columbia will host the 10th annual festival today through Tuesday, and headlines performers such as Morten Gunnar Larsen and the Odeon Jazz Quartet of Norway, the St. Louis Ragtimers and Englishman Carl Sonny Leyland.

Nine jailed after shooting at mall

Nine people landed in jail Friday night after two apparently shot at the other seven in the Columbia Mall parking lot in retaliation for an armed robbery at Douglass Park the day before, according to Columbia police.

Police responded to a report of shots being fired on the south side of the Sears store shortly after 8:30 p.m. Friday. Witnesses told officers the occupants of a maroon Chevrolet Caprice were firing at a black Suburban, Sgt. Stephen Monticelli said.

Brother Jed’s mission

With piercing hazel eyes, black greased-back hair and an intimidating scowl, George “Jed” Smock preaches from a chair in the middle of Speakers Circle at MU to about 30 students sitting around him.

The discussion is about the role of men and women in society. Smock believes a woman’s role is to obey her God-fearing husband.

Newman Center pledge to help community

Would you rather sit courtside or in the nosebleed seats at a basketball game?

Longtime Thomas More Newman Center parishioner Dick Otto often uses this analogy to describe church involvement.

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