Many turns taken, Richards settles down on the path of public service

Monday, October 13, 2008 | 9:23 p.m. CDT; updated 11:11 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 23, 2010

COLUMBIA — In high school, Cathy Richards wanted to emulate the great Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics. She carried a basketball everywhere she went. And every night she practiced shooting baskets 100 times after coming home from basketball practice at school.