School board plans review of Newton

Summer school might be over, but talking about it is not.

The Columbia Board of Education will evaluate the district’s summer program at its regular meeting tonight. The program has been a controversial topic of discussion for the past few months, board President J.C. Headley said.

Assault weapons ban runs out today

Even though a federal law banning assault weapons is set to expire today, Columbia gun shop owners don’t expect an increase in firearm sales.

Starting out small

Looking at 2-year-old Davonte Carter, one would hardly guess he was born three months premature at a mere 1 pound, 14 ounces, and in this fragile state underwent serious surgery to prevent his esophagus from closing.

Divisions over war growing tiresome

Editor’s note: Beginning next week, Rose Nolen’s columns will move to Tuesday.

I’m taking advantage of the cool weather to do housekeeping chores. I’ve painted the house and am now in the process of installing new floor covering. With any luck at all, the presidential election will come and go while I’m taking care of my responsibilities.

Montessori students share lessons with grandparents

A cool breeze swept through the shaded area of the playground where the audience sat. At the front was a group of young children donning black plastic hats distractedly performing "Five Little Monkeys" on a bed of wood chips.

It was the annual Grandparents Day Friday at the Columbia Montessori School, and nearly 50 parents, grandparents and siblings turned out for the big event.

Lee Elementary celebrates 100 years of history

Hanging lamps and a wet principal were the main attraction Saturday at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School.

A year of celebration for the school culminated Saturday with one final party; the school's carnival marked the end of Lee's 100thth birthday celebration, which included a silent auction, dunking tank and carnival games.

History classes highlight attacks

Now that the phrase “Since Sept. 11” has embedded itself in the American vocabulary, local U.S. history teachers are making sure their lesson plans don’t gloss over the watershed event.

The Columbia school district’s 11th-grade U.S. history curriculum has been revised to include teaching on Sept. 11.

Former governor back on top

JEFFERSON CITY — Whether you’re betting on poker, pugilism or politics, it always pays to pick a winner.

And nobody in Missouri knows this better than former Gov. Roger Wilson.

Cyclists travel 150 miles for MS

This year, participants raised $1.75 million.

The long steep hill that leads to the finish line of the MS 150 Bike Tour is nothing to smile at, but that’s exactly what cyclists did as they broke the hill’s crest Saturday. Participants trekked 75 miles of Missouri countryside to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Another 75-mile journey awaits the cyclists today.

Memorial events bring community together

The third anniversary of Sept. 11 went unrecognized by the city, but that didn’t stop the community from memorializing the event.

About 50 people gathered Saturday morning at the post office, flags in hand. Young children wove through the crowd displaying signs reading “Never forget” and “God bless America”; signs they weren’t old enough to read but already beginning to understand. Cars honked their horns in support.

Lessons about Islam continue

The attacks of Sept. 11 caused some people who knew little about Islam and America’s Muslims to turn their attention to this community. While there was suspicion and hostility from some, there was also solidarity and a desire for knowledge about Islam.

“I’m very pleased that people showed their support,” said Rashed Nizam, president of the Islamic Center. On the day of the attacks, several Columbia church leaders expressed their support for Columbia’s Muslims.

Supporting seniors

It’s not every morning that Patsy Perkins gathers in a group to envision little bird eggs under her armpits.

But then again, this is her first time practicing Tai Chi.

Science lecture series kicks off

It takes 48 hours for a fertilized tree frog egg to turn into a tadpole. What in the egg allows it to accomplish such a complicated task?

This was the question associate biochemistry professor Bruce McClure posed to his audience as he inaugurated the Saturday Morning Science series with his lecture titled, “Why Are The Molecules Of Life So Big?”

Parents rally to prevent speeding

"Slow down!” Catherine Parke yelled at a speeding car as she stood and waved a sign in the air on Broadway across the street from Grant Elementary School. The sign read “Slow Down. 3Rs: Reduce Speed, Respect Laws, Remember Children.”

“They’re driving awfully fast this morning,” Grant PTA President Julie Davis said to Debbie Hamilton as they both held signs encouraging drivers to slow down near the intersection of Broadway and Garth Avenue.

Seeing the unseen

Pieces of art that adorned ancient temples in India centuries ago now line the walls of MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. Small sculptures that were once devotional icons at home are on display, worn from years of being cleansed and anointed.

“The Infinite and the Absolute: Belief and Being in the Art of South Asia” opened Aug. 28 at the museum in Pickard Hall. The exhibit features sculptures from 1000 B.C. through the 19th century from three influential India-based religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Cell phone problems plentiful

I don’t consider myself an old fuddy duddy. I try to keep up on the latest technology. My coffeepot is on a timer that promises fresh-brewed java upon my arrival in the kitchen each morning. The only problem is, I haven’t learned how to set the timer and I forget to load the coffee beans at night.

I have a lovely lightweight camcorder that my husband gave me for Christmas. It was on Oprah’s “must have” holiday gift list. If you’re thinking that I haven’t taken it out of the box, you are wrong. It’s out; I just haven’t used it.

Death penalty ruled out in Rios case

Special prosecutor Morley Swingle will not pursue the death penalty for murder suspect Steven Rios.

In a court notice filed last week, Swingle said the state had no evidence to support any of the statutory aggravating circumstances required to pursue capital punishment in Missouri.

Autopsy number rises in county

Valerie Rao was shocked when she became the medical examiner for Boone and Callaway Counties. The medical examiner’s office wasn’t conducting autopsies after every death that was not of natural causes.

“I came here and my eyeballs nearly came out of my head,” Rao said. “They’re medical examiner’s cases. That’s my understanding of the law.”

Getting off the ground

When Diane Patrick decided to expand her home-based day-care business, she had no idea how big her dream would grow.

But with the help of a new microloan program from Columbia’s nonprofit Enterprise Development Corp., Patrick’s dreams have materialized in the form of the 4,400-square-foot child-care center nearing completion at 404 McBaine Ave.

President, Ditmore talk tort reform

Mike Ditmore’s stance on tort reform got him some extra attention from President Bush on Tuesday.

The thousands of people waiting for Bush to speak at the Boone County Fairgrounds probably didn’t notice when Ditmore, the Republican candidate for the 19th District state Senate seat, slipped away from the bleachers. Secret Service agents escorted him to the grounds’ main entrance, where he boarded Bush’s bus and talked with the president about one of the main issues in both their campaigns.