Whooping cough is diagnosed at new site

Despite a letter campaign conducted by the Columbia Public School District and the Boone County Health Department urging students and staff to take antibiotics, a new case of whooping cough has been diagnosed in a Columbia school.

The latest case was identified by the Health Department at Russell Boulevard Elementary on Monday, said Darlene Huff, nurse coordinator for the school district.

Demolition moratorium extended

A moratorium on the demolition of buildings downtown remains in place after the Columbia City Council voted 6-1 to extend it Monday night.

The moratorium first took effect Nov. 17 after buildings downtown were demolished to make way for surface parking lots. It barred further demolition until the city, in consultation with members of the downtown community, could determine whether regulations are necessary to ensure that buildings removed from the downtown area are replaced with new commercial buildings.

From the outside looking in

The tale of B.W. Robinson is so common it’s nearly invisible. The story lives on the fourth floor of the Missouri Capitol, in a long, narrow corridor, at a spot beneath a skylight, as if the building itself is drawing your attention to the man with the well-worn face.

Robinson is a Senate doorkeeper, which, for people who aren’t in tune with the inner workings of the statehouse, means little. He is just one of many anonymous Capitol employees whose jobs are vital but whose names are rarely recognized.

MU program aims to ease asthma

Chris Mordica has dealt with asthma his entire life. He uses an inhaler and a nebulizer, a machine that medicates the lungs, to control his symptoms. However, the 14-year-old has not let the disease slow him down.

Mordica has been playing sports for years and now plays on the football, basketball and track teams at West Junior High School. He said his asthma isn’t a major problem since he has had it for so long. But he knows the disease isn’t something to be taken lightly.

Arson inquiry at offices ongoing

Arson is suspected in a fire that caused extensive damage to the Salem Building on Forum Boulevard early Monday morning.

A preliminary estimate put damage at $325,000. The building houses real estate, dental and legal offices. Columbia fire investigators have determined that the fire was intentionally set and an investigation is ongoing, said Battalion Chief Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.

Hallsville park trail gets boost

Opportunities for walking, running and biking in Hallsville are about to improve.

Hallsville received a $5,000 grant to build a quarter-mile walking trail in Tribble Park. Construction is expected to begin this week and should be completed by late June, according to Cheri Reisch, Hallsville City Clerk.

Rough start for UM lobbyist

JEFFERSON CITY — Coming from a dairy farm in Pickering, Stephen Knorr said he learned early on to enjoy the company of other people.

“When you’re on a farm, anytime you see something besides livestock, you have a tendency to visit. It comes naturally,” he said.

Professor’s mentoring wins award

Ellis Ingram doesn’t look for applause when he reaches out to help someone. But last week in Washington, D.C., he couldn’t dodge the attention.

Ingram, an associate professor in the department of pathology and anatomical sciences, received the Presidential Award of Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering for his efforts to mentor young people.

Floyd’s hit lifts Mets past Cards

NEW YORK — Kaz Matsui tied the game with a two-out, broken-bat single in the ninth inning and Cliff Floyd followed with a winning single as the New York Mets rallied for a 5-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Trailing 4-3, the Mets got life in the ninth when Mike Cameron opened with a walk against Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen (2-1). Joe McEwing bunted Cameron to second, and pinch-hitter Karim Garcia also walked.

Pujols so-so so far in ’04

ST. LOUIS — A month and a half into the season, the St. Louis Cardinals are waiting for the real Albert Pujols to show himself.

The reigning NL batting champion and two-time MVP runner-up was batting a so-so .278 heading into a stretch in which the Cardinals play 13 of 16 games on the road, beginning with Tuesday night’s 5-4 loss to the New York Mets. That’s 81 points below his .359 average last year and 56 points below his career average.

Putting in a good word

On a warm Saturday afternoon in March, it’s crowded at Dino’s Steakhouse, where customers are taking in breakfast and lunch.

Bill Clark sits across the table and spins yarn after yarn about Douglass School’s athletes. He speaks slowly, and his sentences often trail off with a gentle laugh.

Easing into it

Eating on the go, lunch from a vending machine and fast food consumption may be all too familiar. Not only do they drain pocketbooks and expand waistlines, but they also take away opportunities for family time.

No matter how busy life becomes, it is important to slow down and spend quality time with family members.

Doggie bag etiquette

Even in today’s health-conscious, diet-crazy society, restaurants continue serving outrageous portions, leaving it up to the diner to decide whether to take home the leftovers. The diner’s decision is not trivial: Doggie bagging has its own etiquette.

According to a survey by American Demographics magazine, more guests are opting to take home the leftovers. The survey discovered that about 62 percent of diners leave restaurants carrying a doggie bag, and 89 percent of them indulge in leftovers the next day. Further, doggie bag requests have increased by roughly 20 percent compared to two years ago.

Different clothes, different sizing

Dressing rooms can be a woman’s worst nightmare when the zipper to those must-have black slacks won’t budge and that new summer dress doesn’t fit quite right.

Now, the SizeUSA national sizing survey results can give clothing designers and manufacturers a better idea of the average human shape, which could help customers when shopping for the perfect fit.