JEFFERSON CITY — While a dispute has roared in Alabama about the removal of a monument of the Ten Commandments from the state courthouse, a similar stone tablet in the Missouri statehouse’s backyard remains in a quiet calm.
The Ten Commandments monument has stood on the Missouri River side of the Capitol for 45 years without generating any objections. And state officials indicate little concern of any arising.
While some college students welcome the start of the new school year, others experience an overwhelming amount of stress.
The New York Times recently reported that “80 percent of campuses have noted significant increases in serious psychological problems, including severe stress, depression, anxiety and panic attacks.” The information comes from an annual survey of counseling centers by Dr. Robert Gallagher of the University of Pittsburgh.
When minors try to get into Columbia bars and restaurants using false identification, they know they’re taking a risk. While most minors are aware of the potential criminal penalties, they may not realize they could face civil consequences as well — like being sued.
Bar owners around the country, who have their licenses suspended for serving minors, are starting to take legal action against underage patrons with false identification.
In civil cases, a common perception among attorneys is that a defendant’s apology represents an admission of guilt. However, a new study suggests that saying you’re sorry could help you avoid litigation altogether.
The study, by Jennifer Robbennolt, an MU law professor, also found that an apology can often lead to a quicker and less painful settlement of civil disputes.
Labor Day weekend is not only the last weekend of summer — historically it is a dangerous time for exposure to the West Nile virus in Missouri. With four human cases reported in the last week, state health officials caution residents that the virus is not going away.
West Nile cases increase in the late summer and early fall. In the past several weeks, dead blue jays that tested positive for the virus have been found in northwest and southwest Columbia, according to the Boone County Health Department. Although there have yet to be any human cases of infection in Columbia, the threat of the virus remains.
The kitchen table is a wonderful place to share ideas.
That’s where Connie Shay and some friends sat in her 159-year-old house two years ago to help create the Boonslick Area Tourism Council.
Steve Young beckons to the crowd. The musicians are ready, fiddles in one hand, bows in the other. A group of 16 gather, dressed in T-shirts and blouses, shorts and overalls, cell phones clipped to pockets. When the fiddling begins, the dancers look at Young to guide them through a clumsy first set of do-si-dos. Although the dancers have been invited, the square dance looks impromptu.
And that’s just the way Young wants it.
With all the grandchildren I have, it’s quite a feat to feed them when they appear for dinner. At least twice a month I have a cattle call and usually all 17 of my in-town kin come to Sunday dinner. Before I had grandkids, I envisioned myself as being the perfect Grammy. You know, the “Aunt Bea” type on Mayberry RFD.” Although I didn’t want her girth (give me time; it may happen) she was always in the kitchen with an apron tied around what should have been her waist (at that time I didn’t own an apron) with a pot of something bubbling on the stove and a homemade pie in the oven. I loved everything about her from her chubby cheeks to her jolly demeanor.
I really tried to emulate her behavior, but as my family grew it became difficult to please everyone with all the different rules I must follow. It seems that each set of parents disallows different foods depending on which pediatrician they have. It gets quite confusing.
Splot. Splot. Shriek. People pelt each other with water balloons. The adults are as into it as the children, and soon the structured water games devolve into all-out bucket drenchings.
There’s no accounting for the weather. Last year members of Nashville Baptist Church, on Route N near Easley, held the community picnic in September and everyone froze. This year they moved it to August and are dealing with extraordinary heat — so the entire picnic is hauled indoors. But either way, church members make it a fun and unusual way to express their faith and foster the church community.
For Edwin Cole, Sundays have been the day to avoid the hustle and bustle of the rest of the week. As a child, he, eight siblings and his parents loaded into their station wagon every week and drove 10 or 15 miles to Mass in Arlington, Wash. It was a struggle to get nine kids organized on time, he said, but the family arrived early and wore their Sunday best.
“It was a big deal — we all dressed up and after Mass we’d usually stop to get something to eat or drink,” Cole said. “It was the main part of the day.”
Four years ago, Juanita Washington was asked to serve as treasurer of the Missouri chapter of Women of Purpose International. She thought she would be the bookkeeper.
“Oh yeah, that’d be easy, no problem, I thought,” Washington, a Columbia resident, said. “I could do my books and get out of there. But the more I got involved, the more I was interested and stuck with it. I couldn’t pull away.”
The long-planned eastward extension of Stadium Boulevard to Interstate 70 has not been abandoned. Rather, the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization wants to make the project a priority.
On Thursday, the transportation planning group voted to develop a “purpose and need” statement for the Missouri Department of Transportation that indicates how the road would be used. As proposed, the extension would run from the east end of Stadium to the Lake of the Woods interchange.
In the frenzy of phone calls that followed the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, trapped workers begged in vain for an escape route and anguished wives desperately sought lost husbands. Screams and sirens echoed in the background as bodies dropped out of the sky.
The haunting images emerged Thursday as the Port Authority released 2,000 pages of transcripts from emergency calls and radio transmissions that provide a fierce first glimpse behind the scenes in the moments after the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.
Sporting goods emporium Bass Pro Shops unveiled an artist’s rendition of its new Columbia store Thursday during a press conference at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
The unveiling offered officials a first glimpse at how the 80,000 square foot complex, which is to be built at Interstate 70 and Highway 63, will appear to the public.
The canine drug search at Columbia Square Apartments earlier this summer has angered some community leaders. But at least one resident who attended a meeting Thursday said she is happy the complex’s owners are targeting drug users.
“I really don’t have a problem with what they are doing,” said resident Sylvia Sprinkle. “I have two teenagers, and I don’t want them to have drugs.”
Residents of Dee Woods Road south of Ashland will soon see the end of a yearlong effort to improve the road.
The Boone County Commission on Tuesday awarded a bid to C.L. Richardson Construction Co. of Ashland to finish final landscaping along the sides of the road. The company will complete the project this fall, said Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller.
University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd said it was “imperative” for him to order an expanded probe of the men’s basketball program on the Columbia campus after eight months of internal athletic department investigations because of recently publicized charges of academic cheating.
“The athletic department has been investigating a number of allegations over the past eight months,” Floyd said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Not any allegations involving cheating, but just a whole array of issues that they’ve been looking at over that duration of time.”
The daughter of Mayor Darwin Hindman was listed in good condition Thursday night at University Hospital after being struck and injured on her bicycle during a four-car crash at Providence and Stewart roads.
Ellen Thomas, 39, of Columbia, was hit while riding her bicycle shortly before 11 a.m. and was transported to University Hospital, Columbia Police said.
Professor Michael Devaney said Wednesday that as the leader of an investigation of the MU basketball team, he has begun reading depositions and other information compiled by the university’s athletic department. “I have a lot of information to wade through,” Devaney said. “I have to depend on the primary sources like depositions. I’ve been trying to come up to speed.”
Devaney also confirmed that he met with UM System President Elson Floyd and other members of the five-person investigation team Wednesday, but refused to comment on the scope of their actions.
Residents of Sunrise Estates have been living with an aging sewer system for years. A treatment plant emits a noticeable odor. Tree roots and rainwater clog the system’s weak clay pipes. Wastewater leaks into nearby Grindstone Creek.