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Here’s what the two schools did...

NU leaves no option: Run game bruising

Michael Harden knows what is coming. Harden, a senior cornerback on the Missouri football team, has seen Nebraska’s option offense for three straight years.

“I know it’s going to be a physical game,” Harden said. “I mean, I’m trying to eat a little more to get ready.”


Vicki Scruggs is thrilled she doesn’t have to work this weekend. Scruggs, a server at Bob Evans Restaurant for the past five years, knows Missouri plays Nebraska on Saturday, and she remembers how busy she’s been when the red-clad fans arrive.

“When Nebraska comes to town, it’s a full town,” Scruggs said.

Rusty still spunky despite cancer treatments

While Rusty the therapeutic riding horse undergoes radiation treatment at MU, equine health manager Wendy Vail gives daily updates to his riders and volunteers 630 miles away in Ohio.

“I can’t walk through the doors of the center without someone asking me, ‘What’s the Rusty update?’” Vail said on Tuesday.

McCaskill considers challenge

State Auditor Claire McCaskill has yet to announce whether she will challenge Gov. Bob Holden in the Democratic primary next August, but members of Citizens Supporting McCaskill for Governor don’t want to take any chances.

The Springfield-based group, which is independent of the official Friends of McCaskill committee, uses a Web site and hot lines to organize volunteers and raise money. It has distributed around 200 pink-and-black signs across the state with the slogan “McCaskill for Governor.”

Youth center to boost size

Growing pains soon will subside for the Boone County Juvenile Justice Center.

The Boone County Commission on Thursday awarded Five Oaks Associates a $922,000 contract for expanding the center on Prathersville Road. The majority of the money will pay for additions to the center’s detention wing and classroom. The rest will cover the cost of expanding kitchen and storage areas.

Helicopter search ends

After more than four days without finding a trace of anything, the Boone County Fire Protection District officially called off its search Thursday for a helicopter that reportedly crashed in a soybean field west of Columbia.

“With nobody missing and no aircrafts missing, we’re pretty solid at this point in saying the search is unfounded,” said Rob Brown, chief of staff for the Boone County fire department.

Transcending the nutritional mystery of trans fat

Local teacher Amy Meyer stood in the aisle at Gerbes grocery store studying the nutrition facts of canned fruit. Her 3-year-old daughter, Lauren, squirmed in the cart filled with nutritious cereal and reduced-fat peanut butter.

With three children and a husband to shop for, Meyer wants to make sure that what she buys is healthful.

Group urges council to reject public-access channel plan

The Columbia Media Resource Alliance is asking the Columbia City Council to reject Mediacom’s proposal for a public-access channel. The alliance calls the proposal “unacceptable.”

In a letter to the council, the alliance said Mediacom in its proposal has chosen to ignore many issues. The alliance also suggested a three-part plan of action to tackle the issue.

Husker, Tiger game to tie up Columbia

If you don’t know a back way to your favorite places in Columbia, it might be a good time to get out your map and get to work.

When the Missouri football team plays Nebraska at 6 p.m. Saturday, it would probably be best to do one of two things: avoid the intersection of Providence Road and Stadium Boulevard or plan on spending the evening at home.

Car-shooting suspect arrested

A second suspect in a vehicular shooting that occurred early Wednesday morning has been arrested by the Columbia Police Department.

Myron Gervas Daniel, 23, of Columbia was arrested at 5:30 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, police said in a press release.

Columbia boy wins golf date with Woods

Flying in an airplane makes Columbia’s Eliot Bogan more nervous than meeting Tiger Woods.

Eliot, 7, and his family will travel to Orlando, Fla., to receive a golf lesson from Woods after winning “The Dan Patrick Show’s Ten Tigers in Ten Days Promotion” on Thursday on ESPN Radio.

The science of making mushrooms

Quiet forests and old fields could hold thousands of dollars of untapped resources, say scientists at MU’s gourmet mushroom research project.

The chase for Chase

After coming off a fairly good win against Fulton last week, the sights are now set on a step up in competition, Hannibal. Against Fulton we were able to get some good things done on offense through the air and on the ground and had a fairly good showing by the defense.

This week, (Rock Bridge coach A.J.) Ofodile and the rest of the coaching staff made some corrections on both sides of the ball and added a few things to the offense. It seems as though each week a new threat makes himself known.

Halftime boosts Bruins

Rock Bridge has taken advantage of the third quarter.

The Bruins have outscored opponents 75-0 in the third quarter. Ranked fifth, the Bruins will try to have another impressive third quarter against Hannibal at 7 tonight at Rock Bridge.

Kewpies turning over games

At the midway point of the season, the Hickman Kewpies have learned the hard way that turnovers lose games.

At 7 tonight, the Kewpies will try to create turnovers against the Parkway South Patriots (3-2) at Hickman High.

Trying history

Marcus James knows what he wants for his birthday. He wants Missouri to end the Nebraska jinx.

James, a senior wide receiver, gets his last chance at the Cornhuskers on Saturday, the same day he turns 22, and all he wants is a victory.

Harrington has been a big hit so far

There is something about Dedrick Harrington. As soon as you see him, you recognize it.

A 6-foot-3, 223-pound outside safety from Mexico, Mo., Harrington has what Missouri coach Gary Pinkel calls “the look.”

Injury no obstacle for Buxton

It all seemed so innocent and routine.

Since starting tee-ball when she was 5, Denise Buxton has played countless softball games en route to her senior season at Hickman.

Yet on a day in July, her chance for a fourth straight letter was almost ended.

MU team chaplain changed his ways

One sentence from the person he looked up to most, and Scott Willingham knew what he wanted to do with his life.

Ryan McReynolds, the leader of the Campus Crusade for Christ student group at New Mexico State told Willingham he was “a disgrace to Christianity.” At that moment, everything in Willingham’s world changed. He realized there was a better path for him than the one he was traveling.