Local students move on to national history competition

Five local students who competed at the state level in National History Day on Saturday will be moving on to the national competition June 13-17 at the University of Maryland.

Schnucks reissues a recall on salmon

Schnucks Markets Inc. reissued a recall on Friday for sliced smoked Atlantic salmon from Sea Specialties Inc. because of possible contamination.

Hamas leader assassinated

JERUSALEM — An Israeli helicopter missile strike Saturday killed Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a well-known and popular leader of Hamas, hospital officials and witnesses said, about a month after a similar attack killed the spiritual leader of the radical Palestinian group.

Rantisi, 54, who had recently become the Gaza Strip leader of Hamas, for years launched vitriolic assaults on Israel and its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He could order a demonstration and within hours mobilize tens of thousands of Palestinians into the streets.

MU professor says recent shift in Israeli tactics will affect course of events

When the news reached him that Abdel Aziz Rantisi had been killed Saturday night in Gaza City by an Israeli attack, MU Professor Michael Grinfeld wasn’t surprised.

“The tactical shift that’s now occurred in Israel is very significant, and it will change whatever outcomes occur in the region,” he said. “What’s clear is that the Israelis have run out of patience.”

Provost tapped for interim post

Elson Floyd, UM system president, asked Provost Brady Deaton to be the interim MU chancellor Saturday, said a release from UM spokesman Joe Moore.

“I asked Provost Deaton to serve in the role of interim chancellor at the University of Missouri-Columbia because I believe he is the most qualified person for the job,” Floyd said in the press release. “Brady has extensive knowledge of the campus, its mission and academic programs, and its many important stakeholders. I am hopeful that he will agree to take on this new leadership challenge.”

Democrats convene

Amid the stuffed toy donkeys, primary colors and ample campaign paraphernalia covering Columbia’s Expo Center on Friday and Saturday were Missouri Democrats on a mission to make it a blue Super Tuesday come November.

“We have a president who is not leading this country in the right direction,” said former presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt, who addressed members at the state party’s convention Saturday.

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Fulton soldier’s pet dog arrives from Iraq

There’s one more mouth to feed at the Fulton home of Don and Phyllis Smith, but the house still feels empty.

They miss their military son, Army Pfc. Jeremiah Smith, whose stay in Iraq was extended until August. Yet they keep some comfort in their new arrival, Niki, a stray dog the soldier found on duty overseas and nursed back to health.

Libertarian Party candidates outline campaign platforms

Libertarians took a break from raising party awareness Saturday to host “Jefferson Days” in Cosmopolitan Park.

The Libertarian convention featured speaker Lloyd Sloan, an expert on Thomas Jefferson, who lectured on the former president’s political philosophies.

Unrau’s WNBA dream realized

Hundreds of seniors played women’s college basketball last season, but only a few get a chance to continue playing the game professionally.

Evan Unrau, who completed an outstanding four-year career at Missouri in March, has an opportunity to extend her career at the game’s highest level. The Washington Mystics drafted Unrau with 28th pick in what some analysts are calling the deepest WNBA Draft in the league’s eight-year history.

Monks on a mission

For seven months, a large silver van plastered with “Free Tibet” stickers has carried 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks on a tour around the United States. That van arrived in Columbia on Friday night from St. Louis, and after unloading, the monks gathered with Students for a Free Tibet for dinner at the Interfaith Center.

The monks come from the Drepung Gomang monastic college in Mundgod, India, where 1,700 refugee Tibetan monks live in a settlement of 16,000.

Poetry inspires musical piece

John Neihardt’s poetry about the Missouri River inspired the latest musical piece to be performed by the Missouri Symphony Society Youth Orchestra and Children’s Choir. They will premiere composer Mark Nicholas’ Missouri River Cantata for Youth Orchestra and Chorus tonight at 7 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.

Neihardt is best known for Black Elk Speaks, the 1932 biography of an American Indian holy man. He was also a poet, literary critic and English professor at MU. He died in 1973 in Columbia.

Meet county job candidates

As the election year continues, Boone County is gearing up for 2004’s primary. The election, in which voters from each party will select nominees for federal, state and county offices, will be held on Aug. 3. The general election, in which voters will make final selections for those offices, is Nov. 2.

The August primary will feature intraparty elections for a host of offices. On a state level, voters will choose nominees for governor, secretary of state, state treasure, attorney general, state senator and state representative. In Boone County, races include the 19th District senate seat and state representative in the 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th districts. With the exception of the county central committees, which will be chosen in August, the same offices will appear on the November general election ballot.

Kewpies’ late rally not enough

Hickman is developing a pattern of falling behind early, and it’s starting to frustrate the Kewpies. Parkway Central beat the Kewpies 9-6 on Saturday after Hickman fell behind 4-0 in the first inning.

Hickman starter Steven Boyer had control problems in the first, walking the first two batters and throwing three wild pitches.

USBL gives Bryant another option

Even if he doesn’t make the NBA, Travon Bryant has a future in basketball.

Thanks, in large part, to a stellar senior season, Bryant attracted the attention of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, of the USBL. The River Rapids drafted the rights to Bryant with the 32nd pick Tuesday.

Kewpies claim first home meet

For Hickman and Rock Bridge swimmers, it was good to be home again.

After starting the season with six meets on the road, the Kewpies won their first meet at home Friday. The Kewpies won eight events to win with 506 points. Rock Bridge finished fourth with 172.

Second-half rally downs Hickman

After beating its past six opponents by almost 10 goals per game, the Hickman lacrosse team found itself in an unusually tight game Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

A second-half letdown sank the Kewpies. Vianney defeated Hickman 9-8.

Tigers enjoying scoring spree

Missouri shortstop Gary Arndt must feel left out.

Arndt was the only Tiger starter who did not score in Missouri’s 16-11 win against No. 15 Nebraska on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. The win gives Missouri a three-game winning streak.

Rock Bridge completes two sweeps

Friday was the perfect day for the Rock Bridge tennis team.

The players left school early. The weather was perfect. The conditions were perfect. Most important, its play was perfect.


They are the Missouri task force. There’s Mary Palmer, early 40s, a soft-spoken homemaker from rural Alabama. After her husband goes to bed, she works on Missouri cases until the wee hours, her cat lounging on the 19 notebooks stacked by her computer. There’s Liz Chipman, a woman in her early 20s. She recently moved from the Rolla area to Florida but didn’t leave her Missouri cases behind. There’s Shelley Denman, an upbeat mortgage underwriter in her late 40s who serves as media liaison on Missouri cases from Kansas.

And these are the people they work for: The Caucasian female found in 1987 in St. Louis, aged between 15 and 30 years, had brown hair and only weighed about 74 pounds. The Caucasian male located in Jefferson County in 1994 was in his late 30s, had balding brown hair and a medium build. The black child discovered in Kansas City in 2001 had black hair weaved into cornrows, brown eyes and a crescent-shaped birthmark on her shoulder.