Senator dismisses draft need

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is forcing thousands of discharged soldiers back into the military, but that does not mean the United States needs to reinstate the draft, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday.

“I can tell you the all-volunteer forces worked” when former President Nixon ended conscription during the Vietnam War, said Sen. John Warner, who was Nixon’s secretary of the Navy in 1973.

Code Red:

On June 11, Steven Rios stood atop the Maryland Avenue parking garage, five stories above the ground. Down below, a few dozen on-lookers watched from just beyond a barrier of yellow police tape.

“If you’re going to jump,” a man in a wheelchair said to no one in particular, “get on with it.”

Council to hear parking issues

The Columbia City Council will meet Tuesday night to discuss several annexation and road improvement projects.

The meeting agenda also includes a vote on amendments to the city code’s criteria for surface commercial parking lots in the central business district. The amendment would restrict parking lots to the rear portion of landscaped areas, plazas and buildings and allow them no closer than 25 feet from the street’s right of way. City Manager Ray Beck said that there are potential problems with the way this ordinance is currently written and that public comment is likely.

Historic salt lick offers pleasant getaway

Boone’s Lick historic site is the remnant of an old salt mine that operated during the 1800s. A walk down the tree-shaded stairs leads you to the salt springs, creeks and areas where workers once toiled over salt furnaces, even during hot summer months.

Tourists are guided along the salt-making process and can look at preserved remains of the old mine.

Mo. candidates benefit from loophole

JEFFERSON CITY — Democrats and Republicans alike have found a clever way to get around Missouri’s campaign contribution limits. And as the 2004 campaigns heat up, the practice appears to becoming more popular.

Democratic Gov. Bob Holden has benefited. So has his Republican challenger, Secretary of State Matt Blunt. And Democratic gubernatorial challenger, State Auditor Claire McCaskill, a beneficiary to a lesser extent, is complaining about the practice to the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Ways to overcome a summer slump

For a couple of weeks, the dreary weather threw a monkey wrench into my reading program. I had a hard time concentrating, even though the library supplied me with a steady flow of interesting material. My latest writing project was requiring an inordinate amount of research, which usually is enough to spur me onward in my quest for a good read. For some reason, it hadn’t worked this time, and I think I had only completed two books in the past month compared to the two a week I would normally speed through.

The rain had not been conducive to my other normal activities. I still had not been fishing, and the paint that I purchased to paint the house was still in the storage shed. I am one of those people who always seem to be more affected by weather than others. My mood depends largely on the sun. Last week, I met only the third person in my life who absolutely loves gloomy days, and she’s been on a roll while I was just drifting from day to day and barely able to manage a faint smile.

Summer science institute meets

Teachers from some of Missouri’s high-need schools will spend three weeks learning ways to improve their students’ science achievement from a group of MU professors and teaching assistants.

Starting today, the Physical Science Summer Institute for Middle Level Teachers will target schools with poverty levels greater than 20 percent and low MAP scores. “High-need” schools are those that meet federal guidelines for poverty and teacher quality as outlined in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act.

Schools debate flaws of tenure

WASHINGTON — The decades-old tradition of tenure protects teachers, often frustrates principals and has even surfaced as an issue in the presidential campaign. Now tenure itself is under review.

Tenure guarantees that public school teachers who have this protection cannot be fired without legitimate cause and due process, perhaps even a court hearing. Almost every state provides tenure in some form.

Grand master

WIMBLEDON, England — Three championship matches, three victories: Roger Federer is a master of the Grand Slam final.

Federer, the top seed, overcame Andy Roddick’s power game Sunday to win his second straight Wimbledon title and cement his status as the game’s No. 1 player.

3 Cards are NL All-Stars

NEW YORK — Roger Clemens was picked for his first National League All-Star team Sunday, and Mike Piazza was elected by fans to start the July 13 game in Houston, putting the Rocket in line to throw the opening pitch to his nemesis.

Clemens, a nine-time All-Star in the American League, was among five starting pitchers voted to the National League team by major league players, managers and coaches. With a 10-2 record in his first season with his hometown Astros, Clemens is likely to start for the NL.

Cards hang on to sweep series

ST. LOUIS — Midway through the season, Jeff Suppan and the St. Louis Cardinals are peaking.

Suppan pitched four-hit ball into the eighth and Jim Edmonds threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth, helping the Cardinals beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Safe first stage for Armstrong

CHARLEROI, Belgium — Lance Armstrong played it safe in the first full stage of the Tour de France.

The five-time winner knows he has plenty of time.