Pulley dismissed from team

LINCOLN, Neb.- After being suspended the past two games, Missouri point guard Randy Pulley was dismissed from the team Friday.

Pulley was originally held out for missing two practices after Missouri’s 83-70 loss at Colorado on Jan 28. Pulley did not attend the Tigers’ home game against Kansas State on Jan. 31 and did not travel with the team to Kansas on Monday.

Legality of privatized streets debated

When the Columbia Housing Authority discussed privatizing several public streets to fight crime, local officials were confident about the legality of such an approach because of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court involving a similar policy in Richmond, Va.

But an attorney involved in the Virginia case, as well as other experts, are cautioning communities such as Columbia because legal questions remain about privatizing streets in public housing areas.

A big, fat, Greek festival

John Pardalos wears blue scrubs — and a huge smile. Always up for a chat, he juggles a busy family life with two children and his job as neonatologist and medical director of Columbia’s Children’s Hospital Transport Service.

But caring for newborns and their mothers hasn’t been the only thing on Pardalos’ agenda lately. Pardalos is highly involved in Columbia’s St. Luke the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church, and after three months of labor, he will help deliver My Big Fat Greek Dinner & Dance, a fund-raiser for the church where he serves as council president. Pardalos has delegated the community effort that went into organizing, among other things, location, live music and food.

Group wants river as clean as Lewis & Clark saw it

Two centuries after Lewis and Clark traveled along the Missouri River, a local group hopes to make the river as garbage-free today as it was during The Corps of Discovery’s voyage.

Missouri River Relief will be cleaning up the Missouri River from St. Louis to Kansas City this spring to prepare for the Corps of Discovery II. The seven-week mission has been dubbed, “The Voyage of Recovery.”

Fund-raisers expecting baby bottles

Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center in Columbia has partnered with 30 mid-Missouri churches for the third consecutive year to raise money for new ultrasound machines.

Nile Abele, executive director of Open Arms, said more than $40,000 has been raised over the past two years. It has gone toward the purchase of two ultrasound machines, supplies needed to maintain the machine and insurance.

Fire division chief retires after 24 years

"I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me; To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.” This excerpt from the Fireman’s Prayer is posted on the wall of the Fire Administration building where Dan Hemmelgarn’s retirement reception was held.

With more than 24 years of service at the Columbia Fire Department under his belt, the former division chief said what he will miss most about his job is the people.

Building on strengths

A burly man slowly crept up on a sleeping woman. He warned her not to move as he grabbed her around the neck.

The man released the terrified woman’s neck and used his hands to pin her down. When the man started moving down toward her feet, the woman suddenly raised her right leg and delivered a full-force kick into his face. Surprised by the swift kick, the man let out a painful cry, but the woman did not relent. She kicked the attacker in the face again and again until he collapsed in defeat.

Marks of a champion

Lauren Schwartzman didn’t eat parmesan chicken Saturday. Alisha Robinson didn’t go to Burger King to pick up her grilled chicken sandwich and fries; her parents brought it to her.

Superstitious by nature, Missouri gymnasts have routines as they get ready for each meet. They did things a little differently Saturday, a night that saw the Tigers struggling to put up winning scores.

Drillmaster’s work honored

Loud beats have been ringing in Rolando Barry’s ears for more than 25 years.

As drillmaster of the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers, Barry has been reaching out to Columbia youth since 1979.

Huskers' 3s keep Tigers behind

LINCOLN, Neb. – When Nebraska and Missouri met in Columbia on Jan. 24, a stingy Tigers’ defense shut down the Huskers’ 3-point shooting.

When the same teams met for their Big 12 Conference rematch in Devaney Sports Center, the antithesis occurred.

Missouri adds to its success at Iowa State

Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum is becoming quite accommodating for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

For the second straight year, the Tigers cruised to an important Big 12 Conference win on the road against the Cyclones, beating Iowa State 81-62 on Saturday in Ames.

Little geniuses

When Fletcher Orr was 6 weeks old, his mom, Jill Orr, set him in his little bouncy chair a few feet away from the TV screen and initiated him into an activity popular from coast to coast.

She played a Baby Einstein video, one in a series meant to spur the development of infants 2 and younger.

Whitehead won’t rest until national titles won

When Mike Whitehead isn’t working on homework or practicing for his next match, he prefers to spend his time outdoors hunting or fishing. If he is as talented in the woods as he is on the mat, no animal is safe.

Whitehead, a senior ranked No. 13 at heavyweight, is wrestling his first and last season at Missouri. He is a transfer from Southern Oregon.

Religious Matters

The Democratic Party has recognized that religion will play an important role in the 2004 presidential election and is attempting to rally support from the “religious left.”

John Petrocik, MU professor of political science, said “there has always been a religious left,” but it is often overlooked because “the right is currently more energetic and influential” in demonstrating faith.

Tigers reverse trend on bars to set record

Record-breaking performances on vault, beam and floor have defined Missouri’s season, but lagging scores on the uneven bars have cost Missouri two conference wins.

I’ll sort it all out — next year

This is the time of year when the weather is lousy, and I’m pretty much a prisoner in my own house. This is the perfect time, I think, to tackle those projects I haven’t had time to start.

I have several to choose from. I could organize all of the photos that have been pitched into a cardboard box up in the attic. Several years ago, I bought photo albums for each of my children, wanting to fill them with pictures of them growing up and their families. The albums are somewhere around the house. But I don’t know where. And to get to the photos would require climbing two flights of stairs.

6 Kewpies, 3 Bruins keep seasons alive

ST. CHARLES — Although the Hickman wrestling team failed in its attempt to repeat as district champion Saturday, several wrestlers created new opportunities for themselves.

Six Hickman and three Rock Bridge wrestlers advanced to sectional tournament at Jefferson City by finishing in the top four in their weight class, and Hickman’s Tony Pescaglia (112) and Zach Arnold (171) won district titles. Three Kewpies and one Bruin qualified for the sectional tournament for the first time.

Four swimmers save best for last

For some, the Last Chance Meet on Saturday at Hickman pool was the end of the season; for others, it meant a coveted place in the state meet.

The meet, which featured the Hickman, Rock Bridge and Hannibal boys’ swimming and diving teams, was the final opportunity to qualify for the state meet Friday and Saturday in St. Peters.

Quick Cougars able to avoid letdown

Hangovers usually follow a night of heavy drinking or a hard-fought victory. Columbia College suffered from the latter Saturday against Hannibal-LaGrange.

“It was an ugly win,” Cougars coach Mike Davis said. “That would be my synopsis of it.”

Puppet masters

Four 10- and 11-year-olds sit in a circle, so close their knees practically touch. Giggling and wiggling, they raise their arms high over their heads, reaching and stretching their knobby arms, making faces to accompany what they call a “Frankenstein stretch.”

After counting to 20, they lower their arms, gratefully. Next, they make a steeple with their hands, bending back their fingers and making sure each joint feels the burn.