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Tigers move on to Indiana

Two turnover-plagued wins is not the type of preparation most teams like taking on the road.

It might seem like an equation for disaster, but No. 4 Missouri hopes Saturday’s matchup against Indiana in Bloomington creates different results.

Malpractice deaths increase

Patient deaths and permanent injuries accounted for more than 66 percent of claim payments for medical malpractice in 2002, according to new data released Thursday by the Missouri Department of Insurance. Cases involving patient deaths increased 49 percent from 2001.

“This increase in deaths in one year is something we’ve never seen before,” said Randy McConnell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Insurance.

Former college official arrested

A former Stephens College department head faces a felony charge of stealing. She is accused of using a school credit card for unauthorized charges or $25,000 or more.

Rita Worley, 43, former director of campus computing and telecommunications at Stephens, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Boone County Associate Circuit Court and charged with a class B felony of stealing.

Pirates too much for Kewps

Hannibal’s early lead was too much for Hickman wrestlers to handle.

The Pirates led the entire match in a 43-28 win Thursday at Hickman.

NCAA inquiry will continue

As soon as MU Chancellor Richard Wallace was notified that the NCAA was starting its investigation of the Missouri basketball program Sept. 25, the countdown to its conclusion started.

The investigation was expected to finish by December, but the NCAA announced Thursday it is extending the preliminary fact-gathering stage of its inquiry.

Clemons MIA in photograph

For $20, Missouri basketball fans can pick up a Missouri Basketball Yearbook at any of the Tigers’ home games. They can buff up on the program’s history, scout opponents and peek into Missouri’s recruiting tactics.

It’s what fans won’t be seeing in this year’s guide that’s making headlines.

Wildcats ponder Sooners’ talent

Kansas State plays the No. 1 team in the country Saturday, but that is not coach Bill Snyder’s biggest worry. What concerns Snyder is that in Oklahoma, the Wildcats might face the best team in history.

“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of one that’s better,” Snyder said.

Good signs of progress

When she started as coach of the Missouri volleyball team in February 2000, Susan Kreklow hoped to continue to build the program.

Four years and four NCAA Tournament appearances later, Kreklow has succeeded by a good margin. Missouri (19-10) had not reached the tournament before her arrival.

William Woods signs Burger

Hickman coach Tonya Mirts knows how important Stephanie Burger, her senior point guard, is to the Kewpies.

“She runs us,” Mirts said. “When we play really well, it’s because she’s playing really well. We have a lot of scorers in our offense, and I think she really understands where to get the ball.”

Kmart Closing

Some local retailers think that closing the 33-year-old Kmart store at 2001 W. Worley St. will help revitalize business around the struggling discount store.

While more than 100 workers will lose their jobs when the store closes in February, the move clears the way for two new franchise retailers to move into Columbia. According to KOMU/Channel 8 and the Columbia Tribune, Best Buy, an electronics retailer, and Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain, will move into the 103,000-square-foot building next year.

Rivalry intensifies Hickman-Kickapoo game

It is rare to find a high school basketball game in early December that has the same intensity as a postseason game in March.

Then again, few games at any time of year stir emotions quite like a matchup between Hickman and Kickapoo, who meet at 3 p.m. Saturday in the second annual Columbia College High School Girls Shootout at Southwell Arena.

Saxon key for Cougars

His teammates call him “Slinky,” and though he has a thin frame, there’s nothing weak or flimsy about Nahowan Saxon’s game.

His strong play off the bench helped Columbia College defeat Central Bible 87-66 on Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Title looks in reach

If history repeats itself, Missouri will play in the championship game Saturday.

The Missouri women’s basketball team takes on Alcorn State in the first round of the 26th annual Unilever Tiger Tournament at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

Foote gives Columbia College leg up

Less than four minutes into the game, Columbia College guard Tiffany Foote banked in a shot from the right corner.

The basket gave Foote confidence in her shot and she led the Cougars to an 87-66 win against No. 18 Oklahoma Christian on Thursday at Arena of Southwell Complex.

Second-grader wins bike for citizenship

Justise Keith nearly jumped out of his shoes when he heard his name called at West Boulevard Elementary School’s gymnasium. The second-grader beamed as he walked to receive his brand new bicycle.

Justise was one of 26 students receiving citizenship awards at this trimester’s Pride assembly Thursday afternoon. The children received the awards for good behavior, such as being helpful in school.

Hickman’s Burchard claims unique experience

Hickman senior Bret Burchard is one of the few high school basketball players who can claim to have college experience.

Burchard, the son of Bob Burchard, Columbia College men’s coach, has attended his father’s practices for longer than he can remember, first learning the game’s basics and later picking up on the intricacies.

Commission approves housing proposals

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved five different proposals at its meeting Thursday night. Total, the proposals could lead to the building of more than 800 housing units around Columbia.

The recommended proposals will now be considered individually by the City Council.

Church to show off renovations

When Calvary Episcopal Church holds its annual Advent Festival Bazaar on Saturday, it will use the occasion to show off its renovated parish hall as well as sell its popular “church mice.”

The community bazaar will feature gourmet and home-baked goods, a children’s shop and art room, books and crafts. There also will be a traditional ham breakfast. Proceeds from the bazaar will benefit outreach programs in Columbia.

Windows to liven up downtown stores

The windows of downtown Columbia will come alive from 6 to 8 tonight as part of a Christmas tradition.

Sixteen stores will be participating in the Living Windows Festival with themes such as Santa’s Helpers, A Christmas Carol, Nuclear Christmas and Hawaiian Holiday.

Lamb’s Jewelry to close up shop

Lamb’s Jewelry has been part of Columbia landscape for 60 years, but soon the building on Ninth Street between Lakota Coffee Co. and Main Squeeze will be empty. Lamb’s begins its going-out-of-business sale today at 10 a.m.

Dozens of silver watches fill the glass case inside the entrance to Lamb’s Jewelry. Antique clocks line the wall behind the case, and near the door sits a large grandfather clock. In a store where little has changed for 60 years, it is fitting that the hands on most of the clocks stand still. “It’s the end of an era,” said owner Terry Calcote.

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