Whistle-blowing is sober business

I have been informed once again by several people that I am out of step with modern thinking, and I’m sure they are correct. I would not be telling the truth if I said I was sorry about that. It’s true that I find it absolutely mind-boggling the way many television reporters can talk about the findings of the Sept. 11 commission in one breath and launch into discussing the most recent episode of “The Sopranos” in the next. If I am the only person in America being driven crazy by this practice, then I think we are in really big trouble here.

OK, I don’t subscribe to HBO. I’ve never seen “The Sopranos.” So slap me with a wet noodle. Book me on the next flight to Mars. I take the Sept. 11 commission hearings seriously, and I don’t give television entertainment or sports contests that same priority. I appreciate the fact that some people do, and if the majority of Americans do, then I have no choice but to bow to the will of the people. However, I will still reserve the right to refuse to watch “The Sopranos,” and I will simply flip the switch on anyone attempting to tell me about them.

Tigers get quick start

Missouri’s momentum came from the top down Sunday.

At the start of every inning, the Tigers’ batters got on base. The steady stream of runners produced early runs, letting the Tigers coast to a 5-0 victory against Oklahoma State.

Baylor slams Tigers in series

Missouri pitchers were glad to see Baylor third baseman Michael Griffin get on the bus back to Waco.

After hitting two home runs Saturday, Griffin hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of the Bears’ 9-6 win Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Baylor (12-8, 4-5) won the series 2-1, with Missouri (21-8-1, 2-4) taking Friday’s game.

Hickman’s hot hands carry day

When a team is as hot as Hickman is, playing two games in one day does not seem like a bad idea.

In less than six hours Sunday at Cosmopolitan Park, Hickman scored more goals than it had in the previous four games.

Journalists, scientists in symbiosis

What are the similarities and differences between scientists and journalists, and how can they coexist in a way that benefits both groups? Two leading figures in science journalism will explore those questions at a forum today that kicks off MU’s second annual Life Sciences Week.

“Both journalists and scientists are intelligent and creative, both have chosen careers where they have an audience ... and both are focused on explaining how the world works,” says Julie Miller, an editor of Science News magazine, a weekly science publication.

Kewpies hope to fix slow start

Some of the state’s best high school golfers will take a break from ordinary competition at 9 a.m. today in the Columbia Classic at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

Hickman and Rock Bridge will host 17 boys’ teams including DeSmet, last year’s state champion in Class 4, and Chaminade, the runner-up. Chaminade boasts individual state champion Zach Pranger.

What's your IQ?

A line forms from the door as workers take names of people waiting to be seated. This isn’t the scene of a popular restaurant on a Friday night; it’s food handlers from all over the city waiting to take the health department’s course in food safety.

All food handlers in Columbia have to attend to work in a food industry. As about 70 people file into the seats after paying their $5, a petite woman walks in front of the class and introduces herself. Kala Gunier, environmental health specialist for the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, begins her lessons with hygiene.

Trying to bridge the religion gap

When Rabbi Yossi Feintuch heard about the Open Doors, Open Minds program last fall, he didn’t realize that three months later he would be responsible for an uncommon interfaith dialogue between Jews and Christians in Columbia.

The program — a series of adult education sessions aimed at increasing communication between the two religions — was introduced during the Biennial Convention of the Union for Reform Judaism held in November in Minneapolis.

Lack of support takes toll on arts council

Even Guam, the 210-square-mile U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, was allocated more money per person for the arts than Missouri in fiscal 2004. In fact, so was every other U.S. state and territory.

“Four years ago we were 17th in the country in per-capita spending for the arts,” said Mary McElwain, the newly appointed interim executive director of the Missouri Arts Council. “In 2004 we were dead last in general revenue funds: 50th out of the 50 states and 57th out of states and territories. That is the situation that the arts council faces.”

Bill would mandate stricter seat belt law

With the Missouri Senate giving initial approval of an amendment to a seat belt bill last week, there appear to be several ways the state could enact a primary seat belt law.

Rep. Robert Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Jon Dolan,

Many Churches, One Procession

In the Christian tradition, Palm Sunday marks the

beginning of Holy Week, which concludes with Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Any leftover fronds from Palm Sunday processions are burned and the ashes used in the subsequent year’s Ash Wednesday services. In countries without palm trees, branches of different trees are often used.

Tigers golfers win in Indiana

The Missouri women’s golf team won the Indiana Invitational on Sunday in Bloomington.

Missouri was second heading into the final day, but shot a 296 to total 908 and beat Michigan State by 13 strokes.