Saving lives, one pet at a time

These unsung heroes lead a dog’s life. Meet Giddo, Wessor, Morton, Gnat, Goliath and Cletus, blood donor greyhounds at MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. They give blood to help save the lives of fellow canines.

Heat forces early school dismissals

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the classroom, it turns out it’s too hot.

Because the temperature today is expected to reach 100 degrees and because some schools are not fully air-conditioned, students will be dismissed starting at noon in the Columbia Public Schools.

Utility increases on city’s agenda

For the first time in 20 years, Columbia residents might see higher electric bills.

If the Columbia City Council approves a new three-year contract with Ameren Energy Marketing, higher rates might appear on utility bills as soon as October 2004.

Visits to homeland help balance life

Two or three times each summer, I visit the place where I was born. All that’s left there for me to feel a connection to is the land. The old house has been replaced with a new house. My father and grandfather built our house, a simple two-story frame dwelling that faced the street. That house burned many years ago. Our old house was surrounded with fruit trees — two apricot, a pear and a cherry. The new house is built of logs and sits in the corner of the lot. What trees there are are mere saplings.

I’m not really sure why I keep visiting this place because it’s always a traumatic experience and a high emotional price to pay to keep in touch with my memories. I tell myself that I do this because it helps me maintain my equilibrium at this time when things seem especially crazy. I find myself thinking too often that, figuratively speaking, California is where the whole country is heading and fantasy land will be our final destination. I tend to think of California not as a place but as a state of mind. I figure that one bad idea will lead to another and that any moment, anybody will be in charge of everything and nothing will work and that the most widespread blackout in the nation’s history was only the beginning.

Internet opens new chapter for bookstores

The Dairy Queen cup has been the cash register at Adams Walls of Books for 10 years. This month, a laptop joined the used-book business that has been around since the ’40s.

“Ah, for Pete’s sake,” Nancy Duncan, owner of the store, said while trying to get the laptop going.

Fresh(men) faces

Add the Missouri football team’s Big 12 Conference championships (zero) to its wins against Nebraska in the past 25 years (zero) and that’s how many games outside safety Dedrick Harrington has started.

Harrington, a probable starter at rover when the Tigers play Illinois on Saturday, is one of several redshirt freshmen who might get significant playing time this season.

Clemons’ jail time ends

Former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons was released from Boone County Jail on Sunday after completing a 60-day sentence.

Clemons had been jailed for misdemeanor third-degree assault and false imprisonment of Jessica Bunge, his former girlfriend. Bunge said he choked her and prevented her from leaving his apartment in January. Clemons pleaded guilty in April. He will have two years of supervised probation.