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MU player looks to break sack record

Because of his slight frame, Brian Smith often has to work doubly hard to get around opposing offensive tackles. After all, some of them have more than 100 pounds on him.

Helping after the hurricane

As Hurricane Isabel stormed toward the Atlantic coast, Jarrett Yehlen lay in bed at his Columbia apartment, unable to sleep. He wasn’t sure how badly Isabel would strike his hometown until his mother called him just before Isabel hit land:

“Jarrett, I’m preparing myself emotionally to lose everything.”

MU research gets boost

MU has won almost $17 million in federal grants to build and operate a one-of-a-kind center for swine genetics research and a regional biosafety lab, the university announced Tuesday.

The grants — about $10 million for the swine research center and almost $6.8 million for the biosafety lab — come from the National Institutes of Health. Last year, the NIH was the single biggest contributor of federal dollars for MU research: $44 million out of $106 million in federal funding, said MU spokesman Christian Basi.

Is our food pyramid out of shape?

Americans are packing on pounds for several reasons: Food is produced in larger quantities more cheaply; good food is available almost anywhere; and people just don’t have the time to cook.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services tries to keep Americans healthy by releasing dietary guidelines, such as the “Food Guide Pyramid,” every five years. These guidelines provide nutritional advice to Americans.

Cutting back on carbs

As the Food Guide Pyramid is changing, so are diets of Americans.

Many people are becoming more aware of what they eat as more research shows eating unhealthy foods can cause serious health risks.

Life sciences hopeful offers vision for MU

David A. Hart has high expectations for the new $60 million Life Sciences Center, which is scheduled to open in fall 2004.

“The Life Sciences Center needs to be committed to research and training excellence, should be transdisciplinary and active, dynamic, flexible, on the cutting edge and proactive,” Hart said during a public forum Tuesday. “This should result in increased productivity, increasing funding and an enhanced impact on problems.”

Mo. court sets aside Columbia killer’s sentence

Ruling that juries — not judges — should decide between life and death for a defendant, the Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the death sentence for a Columbia man convicted of killing three people.

In a 7-0 decision, the state high court resentenced Deandra Buchanan, 30, to life in prison without possibility of parole or probation for the November 2000 killings of his aunt, girlfriend and stepfather.

Budget forces library database cutbacks

The University of Missouri system’s MERLIN libraries have cut $159,000 worth of database subscriptions in the past few months as budgetary reins have been tightened, said Mary Ryan, head of Ellis Reference Services at MU.

The most popular database of the ones being cut, Periodical Abstracts, was discontinued Tuesday.

Stadium re-entry may end

The Big 12 Conference is reviewing Missouri’s longstanding practice of allowing football fans to leave during halftime and re-enter Memorial Stadium.

Security issues and crowd behavior have driven the Big 12 to consider recommending that schools discontinue the so-called “pass-outs.”

Bunny boom greets hunting season opener

Robyn Raisch began his search at sunrise in early July. He drove 30 miles of country roads in north-central Boone County, pacing himself at 20 mph and counting each and every cottontail rabbit he saw.

“It gives you a good reason to be up early and watch the sun come up,” said Raisch, a state conservation agent in Boone County. “I just putt along and watch the rabbits.”

3 players give Bruins fresh start

They haven’t taken a class at Rock Bridge High, but three players are contributing to the Bruins’ football team.

Cornerback Scott Concannon, nose guard Jason Reddy and wide receiver Logan Gray are freshman starters. Although it is early in their high school careers, they have made major contributions.

New life in America

After church last Sunday, the congregation of Rock Bridge Christian Church passed around a white construction hat at the groundbreaking for their new sanctuary. Instead of going toward the building project, the money filling the hat was used to buy a mattress and box springs.

The furnishings were the finishing touches in an apartment that will be home to a family of six refugees from Liberia who arrived in Columbia late Monday night.

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