Royals shut down

KANSAS CITY — Rafael Palmeiro hit a home run, and David Newhan drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Rodrigo Lopez (6-4) survived a rough two-run first inning and retired the last 15 batters he faced to lead Baltimore to its third win in four games against Kansas City. It is the Orioles’ first series win since late May.

MU officials respond to NCAA allegations

University officials responded today to NCAA allegations of infractions committed by MU's men's basketball program, saying the violations are "isolated or inadvertent" and "do not result in more than a limited competitive or recruiting advantage."

Residents worry I-70 expansion will increase traffic

Adam Baker pokes his father Ken in the leg with the hopes of distracting him from the discussion at hand. This is not 7-year-old Adam's first public meeting. In fact, the second-grader at Paxton Keeley Elementary School is pretty tired of listening to grownups argue about a proposed Wal-Mart development on West Broadway.

"That's my main draw to come here," said Ken Baker, a member of Community First, an organization opposed to the Wal-Mart development because of fears of increased traffic.

Health center debuts today

For 12 years, the Family Health Center — tight on budget and tight on space — has provided care to medically underserved Missourians. The walls of the old center’s waiting room were lined with handmade posters advocating proper health management. Steel chairs filled the small space, leaving little room for people or wheelchairs to maneuver. A partitioned room in the corner served as a children’s play area with mats on the floor and toys stacked high.

Drug prices outpace inflation

WASHINGTON — Drug makers raised prescription prices by nearly triple the rate of inflation in the first three months of this year — just before Medicare began its pharmacy discount card program — negating much of the savings the government promised to seniors, according to an AARP survey released Wednesday.

Prices rose by 3.4 percent among the top 200 brand-name drugs while inflation in general was 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2004, the study said. It tracked the prices pharmaceutical companies charge drug wholesalers.

Response to NCAA due today

Today is MU’s deadline to respond to allegations made by the NCAA following investigation into the men’s basketball program.

The response will be “a pretty lengthy document,” MU athletics spokesman Chad Moller said Wednesday. MU will dispute some of the allegations, he said, but declined to say which.

Water plans discussed at open house

Fewer than a dozen people gathered Wednesday evening at an open house at Ashland City Hall to discuss a possible regional wastewater treatment plant in southern Boone County.

Tiff Lauffer, who lives six miles west of Ashland, said that a regional treatment system “is something that has been neglected or just wasn’t done. It should have been done 30 years ago.”

It’s okay to be macho, study says

In a time when it seems anything and everything can be bad for you, a study of college men found that a traditionally masculine personality isn’t.

The MU researchers say their findings go against other work in the field that suggests traits traditionally seen as masculine — such as hiding emotions, acting tough and not sharing feelings — are related to psychological distress.

Fans marvel at Spider-Man 2

For Tonya Lovett, Spider-Man 2 has it all — a bit of drama, a dash of romance, and a heavy helping of web-slinging action.

“It really was a good movie,” said Lovett, who attended a matinee showing of the new film, which was released Wednesday, with her husband Perry and their four children. “It had a love story for me and action for him, and of course, the kids loved it.”

This camp means business

About 170 Missouri high school students are learning and working on the different aspects of business during Missouri Business Week on the MU campus. In its 19th year, the event is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Realtors and the Missouri College of Business.

“It’s a lot of fun because it’s like school without the teachers,” said Kelsie Van Hoose, a senior at Southern Boone High School in Ashland.

Lawn program helps seniors stay independent

From her home off the Midway exit west of Columbia, 92-year-old Ruby Cook still drives to town three times a week to volunteer at the Boone County Council on Aging. She works at the sign-in desk and makes change for those who need it.

“Besides my stroke and a few minor ailments, I’m doing great,” Cook said.

Phones aid hearing impaired

Kelly Mishler is a typical student at St. Louis’ Visitation Academy, but she can’t pick up the telephone to order a pizza like most of her friends. She loves to socialize as much as any 15-year-old, but her friends can’t call her on a regular telephone. Kelly is hearing impaired, the result of contracting encephalitis at age 18 months.

Her mother, Traci Mishler, would describe Kelly as successfully mainstreamed, a wonderful student at an academically challenging school, with normal speech and language despite a hearing loss of up to 70 percent.

Protesters act out abuse of prisoners

Outside the U.S. Military Recruiting Station at 111 E. Broadway, a group of anti-war demonstrators gather, holding signs that read “BE ALL WE TELL YOU TO BE” and “BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE: TORTURE, RAPE, PILLAGE.”

At the sound of a hand-held siren, the group begins a re-enactment of an Iraqi prisoner being abused by an American soldier.

Late-night links

Darkness is no longer a deterrent that can keep mid-Missouri golfers from squeezing in nine holes.

Although waning daylight can frustrate golfers who are trying to make the most of twilight specials at area courses, 8:30 p.m. tee times are common at Turkey Creek Golf Center in Jefferson City, where night golf thrives.

NCAA’s power has increased

Because of its role in college sports, schools want to know what the NCAA has to say.

“When the NCAA speaks, people listen,” Rex Campbell, an MU Faculty Council member, said one afternoon in his office.

Danton’s change of venue request denied

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A federal judge has denied a request by St. Louis Blues center Mike Danton to move his murder conspiracy trial away from the St. Louis area.

U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl ruled Tuesday that extensive media coverage of the case has not been harmful enough to merit a change of venue.

Rios charged in Valencia slaying

Former Columbia Police Officer Steven Rios was charged today with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the slaying of MU student Jesse Valencia.