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Search proves unnecessary

After responding to reports of a possible abduction, the six-hour search for a transient man and a young girl was called off early Friday evening once authorities found the subjects in question -- and learned that the female involved was a small-framed, grown woman.

Show-Me State Games: Pleasing results

The atmosphere at Hickman High’s pool was a little unusual for Peter Wong of Columbia, but he seemed to learn from it.

Wong, 19, who swims for Princeton University, competed in the 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly Saturday in the Show-Me State Games’ swimming competition.

Shooting inspires Falun Gong supporters' trip to South Africa

Sara Effner of Jamestown sat on the floor of the Boone County Commission Chamber on Friday with four other Falun Gong practitioners. With slow-moving hands, they demonstrated the exercises of Falun Gong after announcing Effner's planned trip to South Africa.

The reported shooting of Falun Gong practitioners in South Africa inspired her to make the trip to raise awareness in the South African government about the Chinese spiritual practice of meditation called Falun Gong.

Dunn, Reds capitalize on mistake

CINCINNATI — Steve Kline made a mistake and it cost him.

Adam Dunn hit a tiebreaking, three-run home run in the eighth inning, the first home run by a left-handed hitter off Kline this season, and the Cincinnati Reds cooled off the St. Louis Cardinals with a 7-5 win Saturday.

Skiers leaving their mark

The smooth surface of Lake Paragon meant excellent conditions for the first day of the 2004 Missouri State Water Ski Championships on Saturday morning.

Skiers from around Missouri came to compete at the man-made lake a few miles south of Columbia and sat on the dock anxiously waiting their turn.

Life-changing routes

Alexander sees his mother only in pictures. Jessica Owen’s warm smile and gentle blue eyes are frozen on a framed piece of photographic paper pressed behind a thin sheet of glass.

With Alexander’s growing vocabulary he says “night-night” at bedtime, “water” when he’s thirsty and “cracker” when he’s hungry. He looks at the photograph of Jessica and says, “Mama.”

Lumber firm set to host Cheney visit

The story line couldn’t be any better for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

A thriving family-owned small business in central Missouri. Politically active co-owners grateful for the business-friendly policies of the current administration. A founder who has given generously through the years to Republican candidates.

Police: Mother talked of killings

A Moberly woman remains in the Randolph County Jail on $1 million bond in connection with the separate deaths of her infant son and daughter. The deaths occurred just more than a year apart.

Carla Clay, 23, was arrested by Moberly police on Thursday morning on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder. She was arraigned Thursday afternoon before Randolph County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Haynes.

Council to define logging, penalties

More than two years after the Environment and Energy Commission first complained about loopholes in Columbia’s tree-preservation ordinance, the Columbia City Council on Monday night will have the chance to approve or reject recommended amendments.

The first would alter penalty provisions of the law to base fines for violators on a per-acre rather than a per-tree assessment.

Correction

A headline on Page 7A in Friday's Missourian incorrectly listed the defendants in a school property-tax lawsuit. Attorneys for the Columbia School District and the Boone County Collector Pat Lensmeyer filed an application to have the case transferred to the Supreme Court.

Democrat Jim LePage stands against abortion

Jim LePage proves the terms “conservative” and “Democrat” are not mutually exclusive.

LePage, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, has views that conflict with those typically held by Democrats. He opposes abortion, and gay marriage. In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, LePage said he will be an option for Democrats the party has abandoned over right-to-life issues.

Trio of Tigers named preseason All-Big 12

Staff reports

The Missouri football team has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference’s North Division in a preseason media poll.

Jeff Emrick boasts leadership abilities, mass-transit plan

If Jeff Emrick is elected governor, he would fund affordable housing programs for senior citizens, open forums for discussion of a mass-transit rail system and fight the high cost of prescription drugs.

Emrick, a Democrat from Blue Summit, is a full-time candidate for governor. He registered late for the governor’s race because he was moving, he said.

Sheriff candidate, Boehm deny perjury allegations

Last week’s allegations that a candidate for Boone County Sheriff had an affair with a subordinate — then lied about it under oath — originated from court documents a judge sealed from public view three years ago.

Affidavits submitted to county prosecutors by Columbia attorney Dennis Murphy allege that candidate Dwayne Carey, committed perjury in 1999 to hide an affair in 1996 and 1997 with former deputy Edith Homan.

Lawyer contributions pose possible conflict

Ideas for campaign finance reform have taken numerous shapes, from lowering caps on contributions to letting contributors donate as much as they want.

Republican lawyer Chris Byrd of Kansas City believes the attorney general and those running for the office, including himself, should not accept contributions from attorneys or law firms. Byrd criticizes incumbent Attorney General Jay Nixon for doing so.

’Realville’ imitates poverty’s realities

The people of “Realville” are just like everyone else: They work, send their children to school and pay bills. The town has a bank, a supermarket, a school and a police department. The only difference is that all of Realville’s residents are at or below the poverty level.

Realville and its residents may be fictitious, but the situations they find themselves in are very real. That’s what participants from all over the community — ranging from the homeless to CEOs — learned during the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” poverty simulation Friday.

Pitching carries Mavs

The Springfield/Ozark fans’ incessant duck calling didn’t seem to bother Mid-Missouri on Saturday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Mavericks beat the Ducks 7-3 to move to 11-41.

Youths discuss politics, rights

Sarah Whites-Koditschek walks with a purposeful gait, her shoulders taking the lead and a determination behind her steps that fall heavy on her brown leather Birkenstocks. She’s clad in slacks with a tank top over her broad shoulders, hanging a bit from her thin frame. The 19-year-old has dark, calm eyes. They seem to record and take notes as she nods occasionally. Her knuckles cover her pursed lips. Her dark hair is almost within Army regulations for men. Whites-Koditschek stretches a lot. Hardly a moment goes by when she’s not tugging at one elbow or another, which reveals a rather large scar that other women would go to lengths to cover. But this restlessness is possibly because of stress. She just organized Columbia’s first Youth Activist Conference.

“They’re really doing an excellent job,” said Hilary Aid, an adult volunteer helping with the conference. Aid insists that Whites-Koditschek and her small crew did all the organizing themselves.

Life Sciences summit offers opportunities to network

About 300 people are expected to gather this week in St. Louis for the Missouri Summit on Life Sciences for opportunities to learn, exhibit and network with each other.

A Columbia contingent of 20 to 30 participants will attend the summit, which opens today and runs through Tuesday. It is “a way to facilitate commercialization activities that will directly affect Missouri’s bottom line in the life sciences industries,” said Barbara Wilhelm, program director for Missouri Biotechnology Association, host of the summit.

Losing my mind along with sleep

Being more than a half century old, I have my share of aches and pains. But lately I’ve been acting strangely. And I’d really start worrying about myself if I weren’t surrounded by friends who have the same problem. Sadly all of us weirdoes are women. Men at this age either are not inflicted with this syndrome or are good at hiding it.

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