Kewps’ offense recharges

Hickman’s hitting broke out of a short slump Tuesday when it got a jump-start from its defense.

Seven players drove in runs for the Kewpies as they beat Macon 10-0 at Hickman Field. The game ended because of the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hickman (4-2) opened a 10-run lead.

Easy match for Bruins

Rock Bridge did much more than shut out Hannibal on Tuesday. It controlled every aspect of the match.

The Bruins didn’t lose a set in their 9-0 win against the Pirates at Bethel Park.

Confidence, concern shown in prime time

WASHINGTON — President Bush mixed an expression of concern about violence and lawlessness in Iraq with an absolute certainty that his course of action is the correct one in a prime-time news conference Tuesday night — his first since the war in Iraq began 13 months ago.

He indicated he will increase the number of U.S. troops in Iraq after what he called “a tough, tough series of weeks for the American people.”

Happy to be back home

A month ago, Adam Timmerman did not know what city he would spend his time in. Columbia probably was not high on the list of potential sites.

Timmerman, 32, an offensive guard with the St. Louis Rams for the past five seasons, visited Columbia’s Rock Bridge and Stadium Wal-Marts on Tuesday as part of a promotional tour.

New defense, same results

Twenty-six goals scored and none allowed in five games does not seem to call for a change in philosophy.

Two of the forwards who helped the Hickman girls’ soccer team put up these gaudy numbers in its first five games last year are gone, and coach Sandy Paulsen decided a change from a 4-4-2 formation to a 4-5-1 would give this year’s Kewpies a better chance to succeed.

Solutions sought for blood drive ills

MU’s Gamma Phi Beta and the two fraternities in its Greek Week pairing will lose all of the points they earned from the Greek Week blood drive, MU’s Student Life department will investigate sorority member Christie Key, and Greek Week’s rules and point system will be reworked.

All those actions are the result of several meetings held Monday after an e-mail Key sent to sorority members last week urged them to lie on predonation health forms during the blood drive.

Panel says FBI missed Sept. 11 information

WASHINGTON — In a world “blinking red” with terrorist threats against the United States, the FBI missed a last-minute chance to detect a key al-Qaida cell and possibly disrupt the Sept. 11 attacks, the commission investigating the 2001 hijackings said Tuesday.

Delays and missteps in linking terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui to al-Qaida in the weeks before the attacks were emblematic of chronic problems within the FBI, including limited intelligence and analysis capabilities, outdated technology, poor information-sharing and floundering attempts at reorganization, the commission said.

Askren earns Olympic shot

Missouri wrestler Ben Askren qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Askren, a 2004 All-American, wrestled in the 185-pound weight class and finished seventh with a 3-2 decision against Nate Patrick of the New York Athletic Club. Askren fell one win short of the U.S. World Team trials last year.

Pig tissue could lead to arthritis treatment

A procedure developed by MU researchers could prevent the onset of a form of arthritis and may soon begin its first clinical trials on humans.

A research team headed by James Cook, an MU professor of veterinary medicine and surgery, has created a procedure that can be used to regrow the meniscus in the knee.

Serve & learn

Ask any chef or parent — managing a kitchen involves more than just cooking the meal. Students enrolled in the MU Hotel and Restaurant Management Program’s commercial food production management class keep busy with planning, serving and etiquette in and out of the kitchen.

As part of their class, the students plan, prepare and serve four-course meals for their Dinner Series, which takes place on Tuesday nights ending April 27. The meals range in price from $19 to $21 and, while reservations are required, they are open to the public.

Four more given Kemper awards

Bryan Garton gave Chancellor Wallace a simple “thank you” when Wallace interrupted Garton’s agricultural education class Tuesday afternoon. The professor remained calm when more than a dozen members of the media, friends and colleagues crammed into his classroom to hear the reason for Wallace’s intrusion — to announce Garton as a Kemper Fellowship recipient.

The award, a $10,000 gift from the William T. Kemper Foundation honoring outstanding educators, is the eighth in a series of 10 annual awards.

Monks to visit Columbia, raise awareness

Ten Tibetan monks will soon be in Columbia for the third time to share their art, life and faith and to gain support in their quest for freedom from what they call Chinese occupation.

Starting Saturday, the monks from Karnataka, India, will hold events and informational talks that convey their Buddhist faith and culture. Included are lectures at Hickman High School and MU, a cultural pageant and creation of an intricate sand mandala, a symbolic Buddhist artwork made with colored sand that symbolizes the universe.

Miss Missouri is Miss USA

LOS ANGELES — A fast-food- loving beauty queen from Missouri who has two master’s degrees and once wrestled a greased pig in a mud pit was crowned Miss USA 2004.

Shandi Finnessey, 25, of Florissant won the title Monday night over 50 other contestants and will represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador, on June 1.

One injured in Audrain County fire

Seventy firefighters from eight stations and five fire departments in Audrain County responded to a grass and structure fire Tuesday afternoon. Officials are unsure of the cause of the fire at McGee Packing Co., two miles north of Mexico, Mo., on Route J, said Kenneth Hoover, Little Dixie Fire Protection District chief.

Blunt lays out health platform

Secretary of state and Republican candidate for governor Matt Blunt visited the Family Health Center in Columbia on Tuesday to push his health care platform.

Robert Pund, an occasional patient at the center, was in the building to get his taxes done but took interest in Blunt’s visit.