Defeat magnifies Tigers’ weaknesses

After a blowout loss to Kansas on Saturday, it became apparent that making any kind of accurate predictions about the Missouri football team is nearly impossible. The only safe bet is that the Tigers won’t lose this week.

They won’t lose because they don’t play. MU (4-1) has a bye before an Oct. 11 matchup with undefeated Nebraska at Memorial Stadium. The Big 12 Conference announced Monday that the game will start at 6 p.m. and be televised on TBS. The additional week of preparation might have come at the perfect time for MU.

Kewps struggle again

Stephanie Frevert’s performance at the plate and behind it wasn’t enough to get Hickman a win.

The Kewpies lost 4-0 to Kirksville on Monday night at Cosmopolitan Park. The Tigers out hit Hickman 8-4 and the Kewpies never advanced a runner beyond second base.

Concealed arms would be banned on county property

In anticipation of Oct. 11, the date a new concealed-gun law will go into effect, county and city governments are enacting policies to ban concealed weapons.

When the Boone County Commission meets tonight, it is scheduled to vote on an order that would ban concealed weapons on county property. An existing order bans weapons on county property but does not specifically apply to concealed weapons.

Bush OKs do-not-call law amid continued debate in courts

WASHINGTON — While court fights continued, President Bush on Monday signed legislation to ratify the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to set up a national do-not-call list that could lead to fines for telemarketers.

“The public is understandably losing patience with these unwanted phone calls, unwanted intrusions,” Bush said. “Given a choice, Americans prefer not to receive random sales pitches at all hours of the day. The American people should be free to restrict these calls.”

After struggles, Rock Bridge relieved to win

Nothing has come easy this season for the Rock Bridge girls volleyball team.

That’s what made Monday night’s 25-16, 25-18 victory against Smith-Cotton special for the Bruins.

Pieces of the Past

Black smoke pours from a gristmill, grinding corn, wheat and rye that will be fed into a nearby whiskey distillery. In the distance men cut down trees that will burn and create enough steam power to run the mill. A blacksmith pounds metal into horseshoes. Hogs squeal from their pens, crying for a morning meal of leftover grain.

This scene from 1850 characterized mid-Missouri’s first industrial center that once stood on the same land as Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

Coaches wary of disclosing injuries

College football fans seeking information about injuries might be getting frustrated.

“He has an shoulder thing,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in August about freshman wide receiver Jason Ray when discussing whether Ray would redshirt this season.

Hickman rolls to another win

Hickman’s girls’ volleyball team continues to build confidence and continues to win.

The Kewpies stayed undefeated Monday with a 25-14, 25-11 win against Eldon at Hickman.

Reflecting on exercise

Mirror-lined walls and fitness centers go together like french fries and hamburgers. But are mirrors at the gym any healthier for women than a value meal?

Not if you believe a recent study from Canada.

From can to critic: Couple becomes coffee, tea experts

When Gary and Susan Pfau bought Coffee, Tea & Spice, they were drinking coffee from the can, but one year and a variety of flavors later, they have become coffee experts.

The Pfaus purchased the store in May 2002, when it was located at Chapel Hill Plaza, and reopened it July 22 in Parkade Plaza. When the Pfaus bought the store, there were no coffee beans and few tea bags in stock. However, they still had the coffee roaster, teapots, mugs, cookies, instant cocoa and coffee mixes to move. For the next two months, the Pfaus studied characteristics of different coffees and teas before reopening the business.

Come in, we're (still) open

One of the most trusted people in a man’s life is his barber. And trust is what keeps customers coming back to Tiger Barber Shop on Ninth Street.

At one time, there were at least six barber shops on Ninth Street. Today, Tiger Barber Shop is one of only two that remain. The shop has been open for 80 years and today serves people who began coming in the 1950s.

A Fork in the Road

Fairview resident Sharon Stevens and her husband, Frank Schmidt, have dreaded completion of Rollins Road for the past 15 years.

“I hoped they’d never get to it,” said Stevens, whose home is at the edge of Fairview Park at Westport Drive and the end of Rollins Road.

Retooled Rams top Cardinals

It wasn’t St. Louis’ traditional offensive lineup, but it got the job done.

In St. Louis’ 37-13 win against Arizona on Sunday at Edward Jones Dome, Rams quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Lamar Gordon, who didn’t have starting jobs when the season began, accounted for more than 88 percent of the Rams’ offense.

Petition calls for curbs on panhandling

Almost every morning at 7 a.m., Leigh Lockhart, owner of The Main Squeeze on Ninth Street, finds the same man passed out in a dirty baseball cap in front of her café.

The problem is more than people sleeping on benches.

Boone County to get changes in zoning code

Extensive revisions to Boone County’s zoning regulations are beginning to show up on county commission agendas for final approval.

The revisions are the product of a series of public hearings and lengthy discussions by the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission over the spring and summer. At its Tuesday night meeting, the Boone County Commission is scheduled to approve revisions to the first five sections of the zoning code.

Abron can’t save Tigers from year’s first defeat

Abron was Missouri’s strongest offensive threat in Saturday’s loss against Kansas.

On their walk of shame past Kansas’ student section into the visiting team’s locker room, some Missouri football players looked only to their feet. Some kept their helmet straps fastened and peered around at the Jayhawks’ celebration. Before free safety Nino Williams stepped through the doors, he looked over his shoulder at the students crawling on the south goal post and exhaled sharply.

The Meter Readers

It’s already nearing 90 degrees at 9:30 on a Thursday morning, and Jimmy Ott has found his oasis — a large, red Water and Light van cresting a hill in the Valleyview Garden subdivision.

Perspiration staining his blue work shirt and Cardinals hat, his sleeves rolled up and arms baking in the sun, he fills his paper cup twice from the mud-stained cooler that sits in the van’s back seat. He finally called in on his radio for water after having walked several miles on his meter-reading route, which isn’t completed yet.

Hall gets record run at right time

BALTIMORE — Given a second chance by the blundering Baltimore Ravens, Dante Hall sprinted 97 yards into the NFL record book.

Hall’s kickoff return with 5:08 left broke a tie and kept the Kansas City Chiefs unbeaten with a 17-10 victory Sunday.

Back to life

Joe Lueckenott heard it first.

It “sounded like leaves blowing in the winter time,” he says.

He turned around to see Jay Snellen standing at the edge of the roof with fire shooting from electric high-line wires to his hands, through his body and into his legs. Lueckenott raced across the roof and grabbed a 2-by-4 to try to knock Snellen free, but just as Lueckenott grabbed the 2-by-4 he heard a pop.

I’m ready for fall and the remote

This is my favorite season of the year. I’ve tired of summer, especially this past summer when the temperature soared to such heights that I holed up inside for days not wanting to venture out into the heat. I’m sick of my skin sticking to my clothing even indoors with the air conditioner going full blast. I want to see a utility bill under $200.

I’ve become bored with my clothes. I want to exchange the shorts and cotton-knit tops with sweaters and shoes that aren’t flip-flops.