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Kerry gets turn in Fulton

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry will speak at Westminster College on Friday just four days after being sharply criticized by Vice President Dick Cheney in his campaign speech in Fulton.

On Tuesday, Kerry accepted Westminster College President Fletcher Lamkin’s invitation to speak after Cheney thrashed Kerry’s political record as part of a campaign address originally billed as “a major foreign-policy announcement.”

Morels not multiplying this spring

Don Snedeker is a collector of taste, obsessing over a delicacy of nature that usually appears for only three weeks each spring.

He’s been going after the brainy-looking fungi known as morels for more than three decades, and this year has been his worst — he had collected two dozen as of Tuesday. “The conditions just were not right,” Snedeker said.

All that and a bag of potato chips

From potato to potato chip, Bill Backer knows how the process works. Owner of Backer’s Potato Chip Co., he has been around potato chips for most of his life. One might think Backer would become tired of America’s favorite snack, but that’s the furthest thing from the truth.

“I brought four or five bags home Saturday,” Backer said. “I’m a connoisseur.”

Hickman’s Denson leads relay rally

When Hickman’s Stuart Denson took the baton from Steven Broadus for the third leg of the 4x100-meter relay, the Kewpies were well behind Jefferson City.

When Denson reached Josh Sallee for the final leg, they were even.

Miscues boost Bruins

It was a fitting end for what seemed inevitable.

Pinch runner David Wagganer scored on a wild pitch, and Rock Bridge beat Marshall 18-8 in sloppy, six-inning slugfest Tuesday at Rock Bridge Stadium that ended because of the 10-run rule.

MU dean to resign in 2005

Richard Andrews, dean of MU’s College of Education, decided he will step down in May 2005 after more than a decade on the job. The announcement was made Monday by Provost Brady Deaton in a letter to MU’s Council of Deans and faculty in the education department.

“His investment in creating an exciting learning environment is deeply appreciated by the entire campus community,” Deaton said in the letter.

A nuclear revival?

It seems the only time Callaway County residents have cause to think about Missouri’s only commercial nuclear power plant is during refuelings.

Every 18 months or so, the plant, which is about 14 miles south of Fulton, is shut down for six to eight weeks while workers change out about 139,000 pounds of uranium fuel. They replace steam condenser tubes — giant pipes that carry about 585,000 gallons of water per minute. They also repair the turbines that power the plant’s generators and tune up countless valves, pumps and pipes.

No problems taking the pain

Most normal people usually avoid having objects hit them at 90 mph. Chris Johnson is not a normal person.

Johnson, the goalie for the Rock Bridge lacrosse team, loves what he does. Almost every day, a rubber ball that can reach speeds of 90 mph or more hits him. It takes a special kind of person to want to take such punishment day in and day out.

Kewpies gain revenge by rolling past Jays

On Tuesday, the Hickman tennis team showed a lot can change in two weeks.

The Kewpies beat the Jefferson City Jays 8-1 at Hickman. The win avenged a 5-4 loss April 13 at Jefferson City.

Raiders awake late

Rock Bridge struck first, but Quincy Notre Dame scored last.

The Raiders reeled off the last three goals to defeat the Bruins 3-1 on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Tiniest travelers feel Mighty Mo.’s wrath

Sailing down the Missouri River near Brunswick, a towboat captain came across a scattered graveyard of canoes. Eleven of them hung helpless on a rock dike extending into the river.

About 30 miles south, near Glasgow, seven more canoes got trapped on a sandbar. There are still 106 missing, lost in the temperamental waters.

Brady rebounds to lead Kewpies

A week before the district tournament is a bad time for a golfer to shoot his worst round in three years, but don’t tell that to Josh Brady. A day after shooting 94 in Jefferson City, Brady rebounded to lead Hickman in a 150-165 victory against Mexico on Tuesday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

The dual outing pitted Hickman pairings against Mexico pairings in nine holes. The five best individual scores were totaled for a team score.

Tigers take 11th at Big 12 finals

The Missouri men’s golf team finished 11th at the Big 12 Conference Championships in Hutchinson, Kan., on Tuesday.

Texas was the wire-to-wire winner with a three-day 865 total. The Longhorns have won the event three years in a row. MU finished at 920.

This is what a movement looks like

Even now, you can hear the excitement in their voices as they begin to talk about the day they joined more than 500,000 other voices to let the nation’s leaders know that women’s reproductive health is a civil liberty they won’t give up. They say it’s their turn to keep feminist values alive.

More than 120 women joined the throng Sunday at the National Mall in Washington. They sang. They shouted. They told their stories.

“There was this girl that I worked with … and she has been pregnant twice,” said Columbia resident and MU student Katie Blair. “One time she threw herself off the roof of her garage, and the other time she threw herself down the stairs to her basement. Because I was so friendly and outgoing and talked about my beliefs at work ... she felt comfortable enough to tell me about that. It’s, like, wow.”

Principal, parents, faculty talk over plans for school

The first question that Vickie Robb, West Boulevard Elementary School’s new principal, fielded Tuesday night was a simple one, but one that’s been asked plenty by parents of children in Columbia’s new “model school” plan: “Why here?”

To which she replied: “This is a big thing — and I like that.”

Residents view plan for Broadway

Columbia residents took advantage of a small but critical window of opportunity Tuesday to track the progress of and raise concerns about a group working to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety along Broadway.

The Broadway Corridor Steering Committee held an open house Tuesday night to display photos and graphics illustrating trouble spots along the roadway, along with a “conceptual plan” aimed at resolving them.

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