UM adds more inclusive code

It took new curators and a new president for the University of Missouri system to end a decade-long debate and introduce a sexual orientation clause into its system-wide non-discrimination policies.

MU students, staff and faculty consider this a major victory after years of lobbying for rights for the gay and lesbian community.

Cast in the Spotlight

Susan Devaney has made a practice of erasing messages on the family answering machine before her husband, Michael Devaney, can listen to them. Some of the messages are malicious, she said, and criticize her husband for his role in MU’s investigation of the men’s basketball program.

“One man was very verbal, obviously with a lot of hostility about the athletic department,” Susan Devaney said. “I listen to them and just delete them from the answering machine. There’s some that I haven’t even shared with Mike because I know it would make him really upset.”

Plug pulled at fun sites

For the past two Halloweens, the Hallsville Optimist Club has been host to a haunted house, scaring people as they made their way through a darkened maze. The spooks will be in hiding this year, though.

A chance encounter between a county inspector and a town employee raised a question that hadn’t been asked before: Does the Halloween attraction meet safety codes?

Just how cold will it get this winter? Well ... it depends

Weather conditions this winter are still up in the air, according to an outlook the National Weather Service issued Thursday.

The agency said that in contrast to the last six winters, El Niño and La Niña conditions are not expected to influence this winter’s weather.

Sooners defensive about Tigers’ Smith

When Dusty Dvoracek thinks of last year’s Missouri-Oklahoma football game, two words come to mind: Brad Smith.

By the time the Sooners visited MU in 2002, Smith had played four games, including a brilliant debut against Illinois. Dvoracek, a junior defensive tackle, said game tape was not enough to prepare Oklahoma for the barrage that was about to hit it.

MU granted $10.5 million for research

MU researchers have won more than $10 million in federal grants that will help them improve the treatment of arthritis, prevent heart disease and develop better nuclear science education programs, campus administrators announced Thursday.

A five-year grant for $4 million from the U.S. Department of Education went to Jerry Parker, clinical professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director of behavioral health at Truman Veterans Hospital. The money will go toward the development of the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.

Central Methodist to break ground

When the Eyrie Student Center was torn down this June, students at Central Methodist College went from having an outdated facility to none at all.

At 9:45 this morning the college is expected to break ground on a $15 million Student and Community Center. The center is scheduled for completion in January 2005.

Blunt hints at campaign’s focus

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Secretary of State Matt Blunt revealed a glimpse into his anticipated gubernatorial campaign on Thursday.

Blunt virtually announced his Republican candidacy as he talked about his campaign contributions.

Teacher loved art, exploring science

Ray Jahn was a man of feeling.

“When he talked to someone, he talked right to you,” said longtime colleague and friend Jack LaZebnik. “He always listened to what everyone had to say, no matter who they were. He possessed a great deal of respect.”

Lineup change key to MU win

A lineup change is all that Missouri needed to end its losing streak to Nebraska on Wednesday night.

Missouri defeated the Cornhuskers 28-30, 24-30, 30-25, 31-29, 15-9 at Nebraska Coliseum in a Big 12 Conference match.

A Story of Survival

At the edge of a 30-acre field at Swan Lake National Refuge stands “The Tree of Death.” The tree, named by refuge wildlife biologist Heather Lambert-Doherty, was home to a red-tailed hawk when the researcher first began using state-of-the-art tracking devices to study the venomous and endangered massasauga rattlesnake in this refuge in Sumner.

Clemons didn’t cheat, BYU says

After three weeks of inquiry, a Brigham Young University investigation concluded Oct. 10 that Ricky Clemons, a former Missouri basketball player, did not cheat on three correspondence courses in summer 2002.

To be eligible for play at MU last fall, Clemons pulled together a two-year degree from Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., with 24 credit hours, including nine through Brigham Young’s independent study program, in two months.

The chase for Chase

Last week was a big stepping-stone for the team. By coming out and playing a very well-rounded game against Hannibal and putting up some good numbers on offense and defense, we are starting to get the ball rolling. But we have a long way to go.

Tigers start with high expectations

With the first tip-off of the regular season six weeks away, the Missouri basketball team will host Mizzou Madness, the Tigers’ celebration of the first day college teams can practice, Saturday morning.

Mizzou Madness, the team’s first late-night scrimmage since the 2000-01 season, begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday at Hearnes Center. The doors open at 10 p.m. for two hours of autograph sessions. After the players are introduced at midnight, the team will hold a short practice and run through a few drills, then scrimmage for two 20-minute periods. The Tigers will put on a dunk exhibition after the first period. Admission is free.

Bedbugs Bite Back

Bedbugs are back. Some consider the insect a mythical bug, but experts across the country are taking note of the bloodsucking critters’ resurgence during the past few years.

Bruins serve up win against Lady Falcons

When Kadie Marler goes back to serve, she holds the ball out in her right hand, gives it a hard slap with her left, pauses, cocks back and lets fly.

“That’s just how we got taught,” she said. “Slap the ball until I get good hand contact so it can get off. I don’t know, it’s just what I do.”

Relays will test Tigers

The Missouri swimming teams are looking to make a statement in the Big 12 Conference.

The Tigers are participating in the annual Big 12 Conference Relays today in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State hosts Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Texas A&M.

Runner shows no signs of slowing down

Valerie Lauver is 80 years old and has run all her life. Her face is slightly wrinkled, but she can still cover a mile in seven minutes and is training for the Senior Olympics.

Oh wait, that’s just what she pictures. Lauver is actually 19, can run the mile in five minutes and is training for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Lauver laughs while describing her life plan, almost embarrassed by the fact that — in her words — she is a “running junkie.”

Bruins revved to play Helias

None of the players on this year’s Rock Bridge football team has beaten Helias. There’s more than that motivating the Bruins, though.

With a win at 7 p.m. Saturday at Helias, the Bruins would win the North Central Missouri Conference. The Bruins (6-0), who haven’t beaten the Crusaders since 1995, won their most recent outright NCMC title in 1994.

Three men arraigned on charges of rape

Three Columbia men charged with forcible rape and felonious restraint were arraigned Thursday, while a fourth suspect in the crime was taken to University Hospital for an undisclosed health problem.

Frank Kalvin Mosley Jr., 20, of Kansas City was scheduled to be arraigned via video, along with Christopher Anthonn Robinson, 21, Carlos Lamont Dudley, 17, Jermoan D. Walker, 22, all of Columbia, but was transported to the hospital instead, the Boone County Criminal Clerk’s office reported.