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Hickman’s midfielders dominate second half

After a shaky start, Hickman’s midfield clamped down in the second half.

The Kewpies held Rock Bridge without a shot in the second half and rarely allowed the Bruins past midfield to secure a 1-0 victory Wednesday at Audry J. Walton Stadium.

20/20 hindsight: When witnesses fail

In 1986, Lonnie Erby, a 32-year-old auto worker, was convicted in St. Louis of raping three teenage girls and attempting to assault two others. Despite testimony that he was elsewhere at the time, Erby was identified as the attacker by four of the five victims, who had viewed both photographs and live lineups of possible suspects.

Erby was sentenced to 115 years in prison. He served 17 years, until August 2003, when an analysis of DNA evidence collected at the crime scenes proved what some experts have long suspected: eyewitnesses often are wrong.

Late goal lifts Kewpies

Hickman’s Janelle Cordia and Ashley Turner have been working all season to get a goal and an assist together.

The pair accomplished that feat at the perfect time. Cordia turned a pass from Turner into a 1-0 Hickman victory against Rock Bridge on Wednesday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Gapka stymies Owls

After the American Midwest Conference Tournament championship game on Wednesday, coaches named Columbia College pitcher Kerri Gapka honorable mention All-Conference.

They might want to recast their votes after Gapka’s stellar pitching helped the Cougars beat William Woods 6-1 at Columbia College.

Mind games

For Missouri, golf is more than mental. It’s psychological.

The Tigers are working to earn an unprecedented berth in the NCAA National Championships. To do so, they will have to place among the top eight at the 21-team NCAA Central Regional. The three-day regional begins today in Normal, Ill.

Costly clearances

WASHINGTON

In the post-Sept. 11 world, defense security clearances are a precious commodity — raising the salaries of those who hold them by 15 percent and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Holden still wants to see tax increase

JEFFERSON CITY — The state economy is improving and legislators have passed an increased education budget, but Gov. Bob Holden’s spokeswoman said he still backs his plan for a half billion dollar tax increase.

The governor’s office voiced his firm stance on taxes the same day the Department of Economic Development reported that state economic trends have been positive since July 2003. State revenue growth began in September and continued into the first months of 2004.

Little bookworms

A common reading teaching technique that is fun, and funny, is to give young children a book and ask them to read it.

They usually jump right in and start “reading” the story, even if they have no idea what words are written on the page.

Campus officials endorse review

While university officials said in a statement released on Tuesday that they feel a campus diversity report captured the climate of diversity at MU, the report, itself, acknowledges there are shortcomings in its findings.

Conducted by three administrators from other institutions, the report addressed “the recruitment and retention of black faculty and staff and an assessment of MU’s organization structure for diversity issues,” according to a letter sent to the reviewers by Deputy Chancellor Michael Middleton, but it also conceded that the information-gathering tactics used by reviewers fell short.

Planning director resigns

Roy Dudark resigned as city planning director Tuesday with as much dignity as he displayed during his tenure at the department.

“I just need a change,” said Dudark, 57. “It’s gotten to the point where I just kind of feel like I need to relax a little.”

Conference to focus on pediatrics

The annual Common Childhood Problems Conference will come to Columbia this month. Led by keynote speaker, T. Berry Brazelton, pediatricians from across the state will discuss recent developments in infant pediatrics.

The conference, which will run May 21 to 22 at the Reynolds Alumni Center, is for practicing medical professionals who care for children to discuss development in the field of pediatrics. In addition to the annual professional conference, Brazelton will host a parents’ forum on May 20 at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.

Bond unlikely to pass

JEFFERSON CITY — Key supporters of a higher education bond said Wednesday that the legislation appears to be headed for legislative death.

The University of Missouri system would receive roughly $195 million from the bond; MU would get about $90 million of that for construction of a life-science center on campus.

Preservation group names 10 notable properties

Chances are, everyone in Columbia would recognize the little cottage on West Boulevard as something special. The Columbia Historic Preservation Commission did this year, along with another nine properties in the city.

Each year since its inception in 1998, the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission has recognized 10 local properties that serve as models of historic preservation. The commission on Tuesday night honored the owners and celebrated the pasts of their historic properties, which include everything from homes to schools to hospitals.

Hickman teacher dies in his home; inquiry ongoing

A Hickman High School math teacher’s death is under investigation, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. Dennis Dallman, 56, was found lying on the floor of his living room at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday in his home on Ridgewood Road. Dallman’s car had been left running in the attached garage and there were high levels of carbon monoxide in his house, the sheriff’s department release said. When Dallman didn’t show up for class or call in to the school, Cathy Dodd, the school resource officer, and security director Preston Bass, were sent to check on his home. ...

DNA is powerful tool in court

Advanced testing techniques, combined with a more sophisticated judicial system, have led to more frequent use of DNA evidence in crime cases. At the same time, courtroom challenges by defense attorneys are moving away from the validity of DNA toward handling, testing and lab work.

Scott McBride, a Columbia attorney who has handled six capital murder cases involving DNA evidence, said between being “tagged, bagged and stored” by police to crime lab testing, DNA samples often pass through many hands, leaving room for contamination or mishandling.

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