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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.

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.

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