Don’t just look the other way

Looking the other way has become part of a new lifestyle for some people. It’s not about being politically correct or even being polite, it’s about being embarrassed. It can either begin or end with the fact that it becomes impossible to look authentic war heroes in the eye until we know the true story about Private Jessica Lynch’s ordeal in Iraq. It’s not about politics or patriotism, it’s about human decency. The way it always comes down to, is in every aspect of life the way most older people’s parents told them it would.

Sometimes for expediency’s sake, we all resort to behavior that we like to believe is a one-time thing. Making a hero out of a villain at his funeral to spare the family’s feelings, is one example. Still, if we’re not careful, it can become a bad habit. We certainly don’t want to keep looking the other way while our neighbors and friends are losing their jobs and their homes are disappearing into the great wasteland of the chronically unemployed. We don’t want to turn away from the high cost of prescription drugs, that are forcing many people to do without food in order to stay well.

Mavs win streak snapped

Mid-Missouri can’t win them all in its last at bat.

Washington starter Ben Ally shut down the Mavericks offense in the Wild Things’ 6-1 win against Mid-Missouri on Sunday night at Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks ended their season-high five-game winning streak.

Going the distance

Two and a half years ago, Phil Stitzer, a participant in Sunday’s Show-Me State Games duathlon, had heart bypass surgery.

This was the second year for the race. It featured 39 athletes competing in a five-mile run and a 20-mile bike ride.

Show-Me State Games: Soccer

Sometimes a nickname describes a team well, other times it’s a fun name.

The Monster Squad, who played in this weekend’s Show-Me State Games soccer competition, doesn’t fit their nickname at all. None of the players look or act like monsters. They lost all three of their games in the Show-Me State Games Governors’ Cup soccer competition. The team was one of eight teams in the women’s open division.

Show-Me State Games: Basketball

Pride can be a powerful motivating force and it was one of the main factors in the Show-Me State Games Division I basketball championship Sunday.

The St. Louis Pistons defeated the Rolla Pepsi team 84-81 in two overtimes at the MU Student Rec Center. They won despite playing the final two minutes of the second overtime without leading scorer Maurice Baker, a former first team All-Big 12 performer at Oklahoma State.

MU reviews gifts to Clemons

The MU athletic compliance office is continuing the investigation it began Monday into allegations of possible NCAA rules violations involving basketball coach Quin Snyder, assistant coach Lane Odom and former team member Ricky Clemons.

Snyder has said he gave Clemons clothes, a possible NCAA violation, while Odom has denied giving Clemons money.

Shovelnose fishing limits on Missouri may be next

As the legal battle continues over how to manage the Missouri River, there is another problem lurking in the muddy waters.

A potential ban on commercial fishing of shovelnose sturgeon in Missouri is raising differences between commercial fishermen and the Missouri Department of Conservation. The issue turns on global demand for caviar, a delicacy that is increasingly harvested from shovelnose sturgeon, which live in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

A family affair

It was a family event Saturday at the Sixth Annual Freeze-Off in Fayette as children and their parents enjoyed homemade ice cream under the towering trees at the historic courthouse square. But for Kim and Dale Wayland, the term “family event” takes on a whole different meaning.

“I beat him again,” Kim Wayland said of her husband, Dale Wayland.

Early crest brought help to Rocheport

The town of Rocheport had met and defeated the first crest, thanks to the residents and volunteers who had been sandbagging for two weeks. They felt confident they’d be able to meet the predicted second crest.

But before dawn on the morning when Ross Perot and Harry Smith were scheduled to arrive, the second crest surged up in Rocheport, two days early.

City’s tallest tower gets new group of owners

Downtown Columbia’s tallest building has become a centerpiece for development.

The historic Tiger Hotel, which is the site of the Tiger Columns senior housing community, was purchased by a group of Columbia business owners Thursday.

Volunteers to form city welcoming committee

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to put a new face on the city, and it is turning to volunteers to make that happen.

The Columbia Hospitality Corps will be making its debut this week as Columbia’s newest volunteer program. The Convention and Visitors Bureau began the program to increase the number of staffed information tables at conferences and events in Columbia and staff the Lake of the Woods Visitors Center.

Grapes of Path

Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards is next to the cross-state Katy Trail, but since the first grapes were planted in 1982, visitors have not been able to get to the winery directly from the trail.

The terrain leading up to the vineyards and restaurant has been too rough and steep, and trail users have had to go an extra two miles to get to the winery.

Guide updated for canoeists in Missouri

Joan McKee has been canoeing since she was a kid. On vacations her dad took her on the Elk River in southwest Missouri and the Jacks Fork. When the family traveled to Africa, they plied the deep waters of Angola’s Kwanza River in wooden dugout canoes.

“When I came back to the United States from West Africa in 1969, I started canoeing on the Ozark waterways using Oz Hawksley’s book,” McKee said.

Mavs win 5th straight

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks haven’t exhausted their supply of ninth-inning magic.

After winning games in the last at-bat the previous two games, the Mavericks did it again Saturday night, defeating the Washington Wild Things 3-2 at Taylor Stadium.

Holding onto memories

After gentle coaxing, Virginia Stephens begins to tell her story to the group, just as she did two weeks ago. She starts to explain how she knew it was time to quit driving, but when she stumbles on the details, she looks at her husband to finish the tale. And so Gene Stephens proceeds to explain again how he knew his wife was having trouble remembering directions.

“Marilyn told me,” he says.

Edwards picks up second victory

Driving his third race in as many days was not a problem for Columbia native Carl Edwards on Friday.

Edwards, 23, won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Power Stroke Diesel 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park. It was his second series win and fifth straight top-five finish.

‘Dying at our roots’

Editor’s note: Bramucci is working with Voluntary Association for International Service, a relief agency active in northern Uganda, while completing research for a master’s degree from the MU School of Journalism.

T he coughing begins again at 2:53 a.m. I wake to the sound of thousands of small lungs fighting the night air. It’s close and harsh, the sound of respiratory infections that promise to linger well beyond the rain season. Because this is one in a countless string of nights, and no one can come in from the cold.

Show-Me State Games: Basketball

Kevin Young has been busy this summer but not too busy to find time to play recreational basketball.

Young, a 6-foot-9 sophomore power forward for Missouri, has spent the summer participating in workout sessions and taking classes. With classes ending last week, Young, 19, found time to play for Columbia’s Mid-West Motor Sports team in the 19-and-older division at the Show-Me State Games.

Show-Me State Games: Cross Country

There were several new faces among the runners at the Show-Me State Games cross country event Saturday morning.

Those faces also were young.

Surviving college after 40

I just found out that a friend of mine is thinking of returning to school to get his master’s degree. And although this gentleman is about a decade younger than I, he is certainly past the average age of a college student. What he is contemplating is admirable, but I must warn him that college ain’t what it was when we were 20.

I’m not talking about the way kids dress or the latest fads. It’s just that at 40-something life is tougher. Just getting up in the morning takes effort. Add attending lectures, writing term papers and studying for tests and the idea of attaining a higher degree is downright daunting.