HIV/AIDS education focuses on Hispanics

Once a week, a carload of construction workers pulls up to Centro Latino de Salud and dispatches a man to pick up a supply of condoms for the crew.

Since Centro Latino, in Parkade Plaza on Business Loop 70 West, opened three years ago, it has given away thousands of free contraceptives. But center director Eduardo Crespi knows that, with the rate of HIV infection increasing most rapidly among minorities, it’s only the first step in educating Columbia’s Hispanic population about AIDS.

MU gains ground during bye week

Russ Bell had a relaxing bye week. He went home, rested and watched a little football.

That was the extent of what most of the Missouri football team did, but its interest in Saturday’s games went beyond simply enjoying the sport.

City considers new alcohol programs

In response to recent Missouri Division of Liquor Control budget cuts, Columbia is considering adopting new programs for alcohol enforcement, including creating an independent liquor control board. These issues were discussed at the City Council meeting Monday night.

The Division of Liquor Control reduced its number of field agents this year from 80 to 54. Special Agent Bill Alton is the only field agent overseeing Boone and five surrounding counties. Working out of his home in Moberly, Alton is in charge of an area that has 500 licensed premises that serve alcohol.

Kewpies’ persistence pays

Hickman coach Jon Strodtman’s first win against Rock Bridge was a special one.

The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 1-0 on Monday night in Jefferson City to advance to the championship of the Class 3 District 10 Soccer Tournament. No. 2 seeded Hickman plays No. 1 Jefferson City at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Helias for the title.

MU student, 19, dies in car wreck in rain on Interstate 70

Michael Clements will miss his friend Katie Odle at Shakespeare’s for Monday afternoon pizza.

This Monday, he sat at a table with friends Sammy Miles, Stephanie Arage, Chris Berg and Sheena Martin between classes, sipping a soda, sharing a pizza and talking about her.

Winter teams begin practice

It is a new season, but Hickman still looks the same.

The Kewpies return five starters from last season’s state girls basketball quarterfinalists. Hickman compiled a 26-3 record before losing to Kickapoo 55-42 on March 8 in Sedalia, Mo. The Kewpies averaged 64.2 points in the regular season.

Cuts again in store for Columbia’s teachers

For the second year in a row, teachers will be cut from the Columbia Public School District. But exactly how many and from which schools are months away from being determined.

With an extremely early estimate of a $12.1 million shortfall for the 2004-05 school budget, a cut of more than 250 teachers is possible. In budget discussions, Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent for administration, is using the estimate of about 23 full-time employees per $1 million.

Columbia College receives challenge gift

Columbia College is $300,000 closer to paying for the new Atkins-Holman Student Commons, thanks to a challenge gift from 1954 alumna Mary Agnes McQuinn.

McQuinn and her husband, Al McQuinn, have pledged to match 100 percent of every gift for the student commons — up to $300,000 — from now through September 2004. That means the college could get $600,000.

Cody finds his place on OU line

It has been a long road back for Oklahoma’s Dan Cody, and his journey is being rewarded.

Cody, a junior defensive end, is the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week only two seasons removed from leaving the Sooners during a bout with clinical depression.

Ho Ho-hum

Columbia residents are only beginning to think about Thanksgiving turkeys, but local retailers are already getting ready for the Christmas shopping rush.

Holiday sales are expected to increase 5.7 percent this year to $217.4 billion, which would represent the largest increase since 1999, according to the National Retail Federation. Despite the high expectations, however, many local retailers say they’re doing nothing different from last year.

Reserving his place

Mike Shipp no longer worries about sand creeping into the pockets of his white doctor’s coat, but evidence of his recent military service in the Middle East — a splash of freckles across his nose — remains.

A physician’s assistant in University Hospital’s emergency room, Shipp is also a captain in Missouri’s Army National Guard. From December 2002 to early June 2003, he served in Qatar with the 205th Area Support Medical Company of Kansas City. While he said it was difficult to leave his family for Operation Enduring Freedom, he didn’t worry about leaving his job.