Passions robbed at gunpoint

Monday, April 14, 2014 | 9:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A man robbed Passions Adult Entertainment Store at gunpoint Sunday night, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. 

Police responded to the store at 1108 Business Loop 70 E. at 11:32 p.m.


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The suspect had selected two videos, then approached the clerk with a handgun and demanded money, according to the news release. Nobody was injured, and police are unsure if the suspect fled in a vehicle.

He is described as at least 30-years-old with a medium build, and he was wearing a blue jacket. Anyone with information can contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 875-8477.



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Nathan Whitaker April 15, 2014 | 6:09 a.m.

The Missourian gives the suspect's sex, describes him as "30 years old", which narrows down his age, "medium build", which narrows down his body shape, and even that he was "wearing a blue jacket", which narrows down his clothing during the commission of a felony. Of course, we must go to other news outlets to find his race, which is another crucial part of a criminal suspect identification. If the Missourian is going to bother giving descriptions of felony suspects, it should refrain from selectively editing out critical identifiers that don't fit with its editorial bias.
This is poor journalism and shows that you are more interested in pursuing a misguided notion of political correctness than accurately reporting news to the community you claim to serve.

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Ellis Smith April 15, 2014 | 7:38 a.m.

@ Nathan Whitaker:

Sadly, as it is with some of the rest of us, you are behind the times. These days we are content to put up with and even defend substandard education, K-16*; education the purpose and results of which appear to have little or no real relevance.

We expect little of our elected officials, and typically receive less than our low expectations. We often are thankful when a Congressional or legislative session ends without there having been even more restrictive and badly crafted laws and regulations than were passed. It could have been far worse, we say.

Our children can immediately recognize a photo or TV image the latest tattooed sports star or society "debutramp" but would have difficulty in defining the roles of Jefferson, Lincoln, George Washington Caver or Booker T. Washington in our history, assuming they are certain who the last two named persons even were.

But those things are of little or no consequence - as long as we don't offend anyone. It's called "political correctness." For a significant portion of our country's history it didn't even exist. I sort of liked it in the bad old days, when people at least occasionally called each other nasty names but at the same time did take some responsibility for their actions and those of their families. It was crude but more authentic era.

*- Not a typo: my remarks are intended to include four years of college.

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John Schultz April 15, 2014 | 1:59 p.m.

Ellis, I don't know if debutramp is a word of your creation, but I am definitely stealing it.

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Ellis Smith April 15, 2014 | 3:01 p.m.

John Schultz:

"Debutramp" has been around for a LONG time: longer than I have. Actually, I had a specific person in mind (not associated with Columbia) but I didn't want to be sued. :)

As for your comment about the biotech situation, we have another interesting firm here, directly west of DuPont Pioneer. It's sort of hard to miss. It's a very large (but not high rise) edifice, sitting atop a hill, and in front of it are rows of flagpoles, each supporting the national flag of a different country.

United Nations facility? No, John Deere Credit (worldwide). But according to that writer, and other nonsense coming from that source, Deere & Co. should be GIVING all that equipment away; therefore, no NEED for credit. :)

Deere & Co. can then go broke gracefully. Where DO they dredge up these writers?

Deere & Co.'s world headquarters is located elsewhere. Closer to home here we have a Deere & Co. plant that sort of stretches along the west side of our suburb of ~50K. Large range of items, including for harvesting cotton. We don't have much cotton in these parts, however. Guess they ship those bad boys to Texas.

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