Victim awarded $5 million

Head down, short brown hair falling in her eyes, Kelly Pope sat in the witness stand of a Boone County courtroom last week. She stared at a spot between her feet and relived the worst years of her life. “I would look at the sun coming in through the window,” she said finally, “and hope that someone would come protect me from these things I didn’t ask for or deserve. I wished that God or someone would come in there and say, ‘Stop.’ ”

A few feet away, Lester Pope, seated at a table with his attorney, listened with no apparent emotion as his adopted daughter repeated the testimony that helped send him to prison in 1990.

Kemper lease proposed

The Friends of Kemper Foundation announced plans for leasing the Kemper Military School in Boonville. If the plan is accepted by the city of Boonville, the foundation hopes to reopen the school within the next two years.

The plan to lease, not buy, the school was announced at an alumni association banquet Saturday night. Steve Read, chairman of the foundation, said, “We feel the city is behind us. It’s our general impression that everyone wants to see Kemper reopen.”

MU fund raiser more than halfway to goal

When the “For All We Call Mizzou” fund-raising campaign officially went public on Friday, MU had raised more than 50 percent of its $600 million goal.

David Housh, vice chancellor of development and alumni relations, announced the totals at an opening reception in Jesse Auditorium — an event packed with alumni, donors and guests. The goal is to raise $600 million for MU by the end of 2005.

Over time, Smith saves Tigers

Trailing for most of the second half, the Missouri football team fixed a complicated problem with a simple solution. Give the ball to Brad Smith.

Smith threw for one touchdown to tie the score and ran for another in overtime as the Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee State 41-40 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

A wide gulf

Wendy Malmberg had been looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with her husband, an Army reservist serving in Iraq.

1st Lt. Jay Malmberg with the 352nd Civil Affairs Command has been separated from his family since last December.

Matheny makes his point in OT

Michael Matheny lay under a pile of his teammates, having kicked the winning extra point in Missouri’s win Saturday.

Normally that wouldn’t mean too much, but not much earlier, it looked as though Matheny would be the scapegoat for an embarrassing loss. Instead, he had become one of the heroes of No. 23 Missouri’s 41-40 overtime win against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Fall brings sewer line intrusions

Autumn is a time for football, fallen leaves, and in some older Boone County homes, a tree root clogging the sewer line.

Fixing the problem is, at minimum, a messy nuisance, but in worst-case scenarios can cost hundreds of dollars.

Outlook drab for autumn’s leaf viewing

As if the summer drought wasn’t hard enough on crops and people, now it looks as if Missouri’s fall foliage will be on the drab side.

“The dry conditions won’t help the fall color. Trees have been losing leaves already and will continue to do so before they have the opportunity to change color,” said Ann Koenig, an urban forester for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

OU falls to Tigers sooner than later

The match started late, but Missouri made quick work of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference home opener Saturday at Hearnes Center.

The start time was pushed back because of a late finish in the MU football game, but the Tigers gave their fans an early finish by sweeping the Sooners 30-21, 30-25, 31-29.

The spirit of survival

Young cancer survivors and their families cheered from their reserved seats near the end zone as cannons fired in celebration of MU’s first touchdown. On Saturday, these children didn’t worry about fighting disease. Their concern was another type of battle: MU vs. Middle Tennessee State University.

Before the game, families convened outside the Veteran’s Administration Hospital to attend the third annual Childhood Cancer Awareness MU tailgate party. The barbeque and other activities were organized by Children’s Hospital to recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Awkward memories of church

It seems that the most embarrassing times in my life have been at church. I spent eight years being taught by nuns in parochial schools, and daily Mass was mandatory. Back then, females had to cover their heads when entering the church. I can remember on more than one occasion forgetting to bring the standard-issue beanie that matched my navy blue uniform. And although I never found in any of the commandments that forgetting your beanie was a sin, I think the nuns had their own set of rules that they learned in the convent. There would be one nun stationed in the back of church on the lookout for little girls with bare heads. She would spring from her seat in the last pew and grab me shaking her head. Then sighing she would produce a Kleenex from her pocket and attach it to my head with a bobby pin.

Children who were late for Mass were relegated to the back pews. On one of the many occasions that I was stuck in the back of church, I was joined by another child who was also a latecomer. For some reason, the sergeant-of-arms nun had vacated her post. The two of us started talking and giggling. It was not easy to pay attention. Mass was said in Latin in the 1950s, and I only knew a few words. Back then the priest said Mass with his back turned to the congregation, so our antics went unnoticed.

Creative cacophony

Crammed in a hallway between painted white brick walls, the Columbia Shape-Note Singers sit in a traditional hollow square shape, facing each other, and belt out their parts, trying to listen to others and harmonize. They are trebles, altos, tenors and basses but both women and men sing treble and tenor, so the double octave produces the effect of six parts. Usually the group practices upstairs at Trinity Presbyterian Church but tonight they’ve been booted for a meeting. So they make do with the hallway’s odd acoustics and the fact their two tenors are missing.

  Penny and Lou Kujawinski have been members seven years, but the group was formed earlier. They think Columbia Shape-Note Singers is ten years old — it’s therefore considered a young group. Shape note singing began in the Northeast and at one time was national. It died out as a result of the “Better Music Movement” and was only preserved in the South. Now the music and singing groups are again nationwide. The local group has 10 members and is always looking for new people.

No defending Missouri defense

Middle Tennessee State ran at will. It passed at will. It scored at will. In the end, it seemed to lose its will.

Missouri’s new-and-improved defense looked more like its old self Saturday than the unit that had allowed the fourth fewest points per game in the nation through three games.

Outlaw couldn’t pass up big catches

Thomson Omboga dropped a pass. Sean Coffey dropped two. Darius Outlaw dropped zero.

With Missouri down 24-23 to Middle Tennessee in the third quarter, quarterback Brad Smith needed one of his receivers to make a big play. Outlaw, a converted quarterback, came through for Smith and the Tigers.

Tigers prevail in late scoring frenzy

Although the game spanned 102 minutes, most people will remember only one of them.

The Missouri women’s soccer team fit a lot into the 84th minute of its game against the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Friday night at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Rock Bridge gets rolling in big second half

It seemed as if two teams played Kirksville.

In the Bruins’ 47-7 win at Kirksville on Friday, Rock Bridge played much differently in the second half.

Miscues costly to Kewpies

Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said he knows there was one reason his team lost Friday night.

“Turnovers,” Nesbitt said. “Period.”

Tigers alumni make a splash

Competition crossed generations at the University Natatorium on Saturday.

The Missouri swimming and diving team held its Alumni Meet where Tom North defeated his son Matt North, a 2004 Olympic trials qualifier.