Organizers hope event encourages awareness

Up to 10,000 people are expected to hit Columbia’s streets with their friends and families on Sunday to celebrate Earth Day 2004.

Once a small event observed by a few environmentalists, the event has become a popular annual fixture in Columbia, packed with information and fun activities.

A quick and quiet quitting

JEFFERSON CITY — With Republican senators out of the chamber during floor debate Wednesday, Columbia state Sen. Ken Jacob told four other Democrats to snatch control and adjourn for the day to prevent debate on a bill to limit liability lawsuit awards.

The move angered Republicans — and some Democrats — who said it violated Senate customs and traditions.

Financial aid slump reshapes MU

Mike Harrison relaxed in his duplex after work on a recent Thursday night. Friends wandered through his front door, making plans for the weekend. Many were returning home. Harrison, however, was not. He would spend the weekend working at Home Depot, his part-time job, so he can pay for college.

Harrison’s case is not unique. The decrease in state appropriations for higher education and rising educational fees make it difficult for low-income students to afford a college degree, MU leaders say.

Hickman ends skid

Midfielder Janelle Cordia said Hickman’s recent losing streak has taught it a harsh lesson.

“It showed us we have to be a lot more aggressive,” Cordia said.

Rams not done with Warner yet

ST. LOUIS — Mike Martz, the St. Louis Rams coach, said Kurt Warner’s agent overreacted to a conversation he had with the quarterback, emphasizing there’s still a chance the two-time MVP could stay with the team.

Martz on Wednesday characterized his Monday conversation with Warner as a necessary “first step” in the process after he decided to go with Marc Bulger as his quarterback for next season. He said he had promised Warner and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, he would inform him when he had made a decision.

Faculty gives high marks to Deaton

Faculty members voiced their approval Wednesday at the announcement that MU provost Brady Deaton would become MU’s interim chancellor.

In a Wednesday press release, Deaton formally announced he had accepted the post of interim chancellor that had been offered to him by UM system President Elson Floyd.

MU activists heading to Washington

They’re armed with sleeping bags, ear plugs, comfortable shoes and “fabulous, low-maintenance outfits.” But they’re mentally armed as well for dealing with counter-demonstrators, a march crowd as large as 1 million and for spending every waking moment of the three days with thousands of other protesters.

A Columbia group composed of mostly MU students will join about 200 others from Kansas to participate in a women’s rights march on Saturday.

Tigers eager for NFL Draft results

It wasn’t so long ago that Missouri football players were barely in the discussion when the NFL Draft came around.

After a lengthy drought of first-round talent, Justin Smith was the fourth pick in the draft in 2001 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Two years later, receiver Justin Gage followed his former Jefferson City teammate to football’s biggest stage, going in the fifth round to the Chicago Bears.

St. Louis smacks around Houston

HOUSTON — Scott Rolen and the St. Louis Cardinals put on an impressive offensive display against the Houston Astros.

Rolen had three hits, including one of the Cardinals’ five home runs, in a 12-6 victory Wednesday night in Houston.

Kewpies find patience pays in triumph

Hickman had to wait awhile, but it finally got its first home win of the season.

The Kewpies beat the Marshall Owls 8-1 on Wednesday, a day later than expected. The match was postponed Tuesday when bad weather forced the Owls to stay home. It also was supposed to be Hickman’s third home match. Rain canceled earlier matches against Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North.

Kewpies energized

Senior Midfielder Andy Mackley did not consult his doctor before stepping onto the field at Cosmopolitan Park on Wednesday. Hickman was glad he didn’t.

Mackley jump-started the Kewpies’ attack in Hickman’s 11-2 victory against Shawnee Mission.

Big dreams, tiny race

In a fictional story called “Pierre’s River Adventure,” young Pierre and his father canoe down the Missouri River, trading furs and having the time of their lives. The story became the basis for a project involving fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in almost 125 classrooms across mid-Missouri. In addition to the story, a miniature canoe was delivered to each classroom to be named and decorated for the “Great Canoe Race of 2004” on Saturday. In the race, the 15-inch-long canoes will float the Missouri from Brunswick, northwest of Columbia, to Augusta, west of St. Louis, a voyage of about 190 river ...

Council cooks up kitchen parade idea

While remodeled kitchens can be stunning, they are usually only enjoyed by the homeowners and their friends and family. However, thanks to the Boone County Council on Aging, four remodeled kitchens will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday for public viewing.

“Kitchens In Bloom,” a new event, will raise funds for the council.

CNN’s Buchanan gives views on war

Angela “Bay” Buchanan, president of the American Cause and CNN political analyst spoke on the need for supporting the “War on Terror,” to about 60 people Wednesday night at MU’s Hulston Hall.

In addition to the war, Buchanan touched on issues including illegal immigration and the need for young Americans to participate in politics.

Capital rally opposes ‘official’ language

JEFFERSON CITY — Nearly 200 Hispanic representatives from throughout Missouri attended the third annual Hispanic Day at the Capitol, doubling last year’s number. The growing event allows leaders of the Hispanic community to address the goals of unifying a voice for the community and increasing Hispanic representation at the state level.

Neither task is easy for such a diverse group, leaders said. Wednesday’s event boasted representatives with roots in 21 different Spanish-speaking countries, Mexico and Puerto Rico being the most common. In addition to different heritages, representatives also had different backgrounds, from education to political views.