Seniors question foreign medicine

Gloria Hay of Columbia doesn’t know anyone who fills prescriptions in Canada. The retired professor of management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and acting senator in the Missouri Silver Haired Legislature has no pharmaceutical coverage and pays for her medications out of pocket. But the idea of drug importation does not appeal to her.

“I have never considered such a thing,” Hay said, echoing the predominant attitude among Columbia’s seniors.

Gay activists to organize involvement

Near the corner of Again Street and West Boulevard, an upended “No on 2” sign rests against a wooden fence. Inside the house, Heidi Murphy helps paint her friend’s entry.

The sign was up two days ago, she explains, but then the lawn mowers took it down. Gardeners also took down the sign in front of her house.

Studying Powerball winners pays off

Despite winning $25,000 in the Powerball lottery, George Clark of Columbia doesn’t believe in luck.

Instead Clark has developed a system to winning the lottery. And so far, it’s working for him.

Students unpack at halls

The corner of Hitt and Rollins streets looked like a cross between a garage sale and a weightlifting competition on Wednesday morning as MU residence halls opened their doors to students. Nervous parents stood guard over bags and boxes as students and volunteers lugged baggage to their new homes.

Cindy Konczak and Sheree Connor watched over a sizable mound of their sons’ belongings at the entrance of Wolpers Hall. High school friends from St. Louis, Nick Konczak, 18, and Brennan Connor, 18, will room together during their freshman year.

Nifty gadgets hold court at state fair

If the soles of your sneakers have begun to separate from the rest of the shoe, you might want to step into the Varied Industries Building at the Missouri State Fair. Someone will offer to fix the problem — using aviation-strength glue from Germany.

Billed as “the last glue you’ll ever need,” this German marvel is just one of the nifty products on display at this year’s fair.

Ride makes its debut at fair

The Techno Jump is making its Missouri debut this week at the state fair in Sedalia. Located in the middle of the Midway, the red, purple and orange jeweled creature has 14 flailing arms. At the end of each arm is a three-person seat. The arms spin in a circle and toss riders up and down at varied heights and speeds.

“It was awesome,” said 17-year-old Wendy Dickey of Fayette. “But don’t eat ice cream before you ride.”

Church lends facilities for resource center

Carol Snively dreams of a resource center for Columbia’s gay and lesbian community, with offices for staff and meeting rooms for local groups. For now, she’ll settle for a remodeled elevator shaft.

After working out of their cars for nearly a year, the Center Project working group is set to move into a temporary office in a remodeled 10-by-12-foot elevator shaft at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Hamm’s golden comeback

ATHENS, Greece — Paul Hamm ought to get two gold medals for this performance.

With his medal hopes all but gone after he hit the judges’ table on his vault landing, Hamm performed two of the most spectacular routines of his career to win the men’s all-around gymnastics title by the closest Olympics margin ever.

Catholics split on issue of abortion-rights vote

Jackie Cook-Eberle sports a purple button on her bag that reads "Abort Bush in the first term." As a Catholic who supports abortion rights, she disagrees with a recent statement made by Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis.

"Catholics teach of love and compassion," Cook-Eberle said. "Burke's statement teaches of contempt and damnation."

Report: Jackson facing charges

Missouri’s Darrell Jackson, a promising freshman quarterback, is facing undisclosed juvenile charges in the St. Louis County Family Court, according to a report on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site.

Jackson missed Wednesday’s morning practice but returned for the afternoon workout.

Four seeking MU kicker’s job

Chase Patton and Van Alexander garnered most of the headlines when they joined the Missouri Tigers after starring at Rock Bridge. However, Scott Russell, another Bruins graduate, might have the best chance to see playing time his freshman season.

Russell, a freshman walk-on, is part of a four-man competition to replace another former Rock Bridge walk-on kicker, Mike Matheny.