Three Tigers head to Bears

If the nickname “Windy City” isn’t enough for residents of Chicago, perhaps “Missouri North” would be a suitable replacement.

With the NFL Draft completed, six former Tigers went looking for NFL teams to play for as undrafted free agents. Three of them, Rob Droege, A.J. Ricker and Zack Abron, chose to attempt to join another former Tiger, wide receiver Justin Gage, and the Bears.

Cheney scolds and is scolded

FULTON — In a speech originally touted as a “major foreign-policy announcement,” Vice President Dick Cheney blistered Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry on Monday in the same place where Winston Churchill warned of communism’s “Iron Curtain” nearly 60 years ago.

Westminster College President Fletcher Lamkin said he enjoyed the first half of Cheney’s address, calling it an “excellent educational review of U.S. foreign policy.” But he said he was surprised and disappointed by Cheney’s decision to attack Kerry in the last 15 minutes of his speech.

Kewpies get sloppy

Maybe Hickman should have stayed in bed Monday.

Nothing went right for the Kewpies in Monday’s 10-0 loss to Francis Howell at Hickman Field. The Kewpies made seven errors that led to six unearned runs in a game that ended in five innings because of the 10-run rule.

First Ward residents raise police concerns

"We need to get some folks out of the police department,” yelled one person.

This was the common sentiment Monday night at a town hall meeting, where First Ward communities voiced anger with the Columbia Police Department.

25th District Democratic hopeful mistakenly disqualified

An error at the Missouri Ethics Commission caused a local candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives to be mistakenly disqualified from the Aug. 6 primary election.

Local Democrat Judy Baker, the party’s fund-raising leader in Boone County’s 25th District legislative race, learned late last week that she was disqualified along with two other area candidates for failing to file her personal finance disclosure forms before the April 20 deadline. The mistake was corrected Monday.

Activist group writes revised pot initiative

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is back at it — trying to get a new version of the previously defeated Proposition 1 on the November ballot.

Proposition 1, which was defeated last April, asked that marijuana be legalized for medical purposes, that fines be reduced to $25 for the possession of 35 grams or less and that those cases be referred to the municipal prosecuting attorney.

Cougars’ batters struggle

The Columbia College bats made a windy day even windier.

The Cougars often swung and missed and failed to score any runs for Central Missouri State swept a doubleheader Monday at Columbia College.

Tigers still confident

Missouri just got back to Columbia, but it can’t wait to leave again.

Monday’s invitation to the three-day NCAA Central Regional gives the Tigers a chance to bounce back from a disappointing end in the Big 12 Conference Championship.

Deciphering at-work discrimination

It’s an easy excuse, saying an employee was late one time too many and earned a pink slip. But watchdogs say this is a common justification to cover up job discrimination.

The St. Louis and Kansas City offices of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission review discrimination cases for Missouri, Kansas and southern Illinois.

Hickman’s talent growing

Hickman coach Steve Luetjen knew he had some stars this season.

Kaela Rorvig, Shannon Butler and Tim Cornell have been top performers for Hickman for a few years.

Cultural clash noted as reason for war in Iraq

An expert in international conflict resolution says the current turmoil in Iraq is the result of a clash between two entirely different cultures. On one side, there is the Iraqi population that believes strongly in preserving its cultural identity and achieving self-determination. On the other side is the American occupation force that believes in the “you broke it, you own it” concept of imperialism.

This was the overarching theme of the lecture “Prospects and Problems in International Conflict Resolution,” presented by Ted Morse on Monday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium. The event was put on by the European Union Center and Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at MU.

Temp jobs look promising for welfare recipients

New research indicates that temporary jobs may be the best way for welfare recipients to get back on their feet.

Ken Troske, an MU economics associate professor, has released a study analyzing the welfare records of Missouri and North Carolina to determine the effect of temporary jobs on welfare recipients.

Homemade approach

Many new businesses these days are part of corporate chains. Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream was born right here in Columbia. Many businessmen these days are taking their work online, steering clear of the brick and mortar district. Scott Southwick, owner of Sparky’s, has done exactly the opposite. In short, Southwick is defying modern business trends — and it’s working.

Southwick brought homemade-style ice cream to downtown about seven months ago. After working on the Internet for 11 years, Southwick decided he wanted to start something a bit more tangible. Originally, he wanted to open a high-end art gallery, but his friends discouraged him. So he found another niche to fill.

Kerry coming to Westminster at school president's invitation

FULTON, Mo. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will speak at Westminster College on Friday, his campaign spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Kerry accepted an invitation from Westminster President Fletcher Lamkin, said Kerry spokesman Bill Burton.