Jeffries will run for Wilson’s seat

After two decades of Democratic dominance in the 25th District of the Missouri House of Representatives, Republican Joel Jeffries believes he can change history.

Meanwhile, a pair of Democrats hope the district will remain in the donkeys’ turf.

The answer to the question: ’Is it hot in there?’

At Sesame Street Live, everyone has a role to play, but that doesn’t always mean there’s a furry suit involved.

Less than 15 minutes after a seven-hour bus trip from Jonesboro, Ark., Caitlin McIntosh and Heather Shankweiler were sitting in their hotel lobby fulfilling one of those roles: media spokesperson. It’s a job neither of them minds.

Plummetting temperatures have got mid-Missourians looking for food for the birds

The temperature is dropping and birds are flying south for the winter. But what about the birds that stay in Missouri all winter or those that consider Missouri as far south as they’ll go? With the weather turning cold and the natural bird-food supply getting scarce, many Columbians are now gearing up to feed the birds.

Homemade Bird Feeder and Suet recipes from the national bird-feeding society

Personal experience compels MU research

Imagine the embarrassment of not being able to eat a bowl of soup at your neighbor’s, write a check at the store or hold a glass of punch during a friend’s wedding reception, all because your hands are shaking violently.

Make no mistake

It’s the time of year when high school seniors across the country are sending in their college applications — mistakes and all.

Kim Girse, college and career counselor for Rock Bridge High School, said that some of the most frequent mistakes prospective college students make are in grammar, spelling and legibility.

Clemons’ tapes stir inquiries

In taped telephone

calls, Clemons alleges payments to athletes.

Doctor used faith as tool

Dr. Vincent Paul Gurucharri spent the last two years fighting a rare form of cancer. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, his battle ended at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis at the age of 58.

Before he was ever diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, Dr. Gurucharri found his faith in God to be an important tool in his career as a surgeon.

Other schools set model for Latino outreach

Changes have been slow in coming to MU compared with other universities in the Midwest, but a new generation of university officials is realizing that MU needs to step up its efforts of diversifying its minority recruitment, and they now are taking measures to do that.

Severe budget cuts have hampered efforts in recent years, but there’s another factor that runs deeper. MU administrators say they are working to overcome a stigma that MU has long held for many minority students and educators. Handy Williamson, vice provost for minority affairs and faculty development, said one of the impediments that MU faces in its recruitment efforts is a reputation among minorities that MU is not minority-friendly.

A flurry of problems

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.

The Ricky Clemons story as it unfolded

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.

FBI releases tapes

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.

Groups worry about Philips tract’s size

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.

Shades of Heritage

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.

Historian touts importance of Louisiana Purchase

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.

Floyd says he won't resign over Clemons case

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 Carmento Floyd's statement

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.

Gardening glee for Christmas trees

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.

No misconduct in failed search

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.

Floyd, faculty discuss MU, UM proposal

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.