Bell rings on school year

As parents frantically search for back-to-school supplies, one of the most popular and necessary items is a backpack. What some parents fail to realize, however, is that the wrong backpack could cause their child harm.

Backpacks are the most frequently used method of carrying school supplies, but if they are worn improperly or are too heavy, a child will experience strain.

GOP trio ready to represent mid-Mo.

Crowds. Traffic. Long days. Late nights. Heavy security concerns. Three Boone County Republicans can’t wait.

Denna Huett, Brad Barondeau, and Sherri Shumard are preparing to travel to the party’s national convention in New York. Missouri will be represented by 57 delegates and 54 alternates at the event from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

Impact of overtime rules yet to be seen

WASHINGTON — Paychecks could surge or shrink for a few or for millions of workers across the country starting today, when sweeping changes to the nation’s overtime pay rules take effect.

There is little agreement by the Bush administration, employer groups, labor experts and others on how many workers will gain or lose the right to overtime pay under the new rules in the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Hickman, Rock Bridge grads drawn to MU

For children born and bred in Tiger Country, wearing black and gold and chanting Mizzou spirit cheers tends to come naturally.

Jason Christian has lived in Columbia all of his 20 years. MU was the only college option he pursued.

Too many people live without hope

Considering the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Charley across Florida, I’ve dropped my complaints about the inclement weather that has visited Missouri over the past weeks. All and all, with the continuing war in Iraq, the fluctuating economy and the distasteful political environment, it really has not been a fun summer, even at a personal level. Maybe there really is something in the air as one of my neighbors claims. Whatever it is, I hope it goes away peacefully.

I have always been grateful for the fact that I have a busy schedule, but never more so than over the past few weeks. When you love your work, it makes for a great place to escape when you find yourself constantly encountering things over which you have no control.

Rotations helping Franklin

The “Helicopter” has set down on the Missouri football team.

Freshman wide receiver William “Helicopter” Franklin, ranked the No. 8 prospect in Missouri by after his senior season at Vashon High in St. Louis, is a member of a large crop of receivers competing for playing time this season.

Tigers look ahead

Coach Susan Kreklow hardly noticed when Missouri was ranked fifth in the 2004 Big 12 preseason poll

“We just take a look at the preseason rankings and move forward,” Kreklow said. “It’s not something we spend a lot of time on. It’s not something we worry about.”

Patterson shuts down Mavericks

Scott Patterson struck out 13 in eight innings to lead the Gateway Grizzlies to an 8-5 victory against the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday night in Sanget, Ill.

Todd Oetting had three hits, including a solo home run in the fourth, and scored twice for Gateway (52-36), and Ryan Sullivan went 3-for-4, driving in three runs.

Gatlin surprises 100-meter field for speedy gold

ATHENS, Greece — All weekend Justin Gatlin fell under the shadow of a flamboyant training partner and an illustrious teammate. So he sped past both of them, outrunning the fastest Olympic field ever to snatch the 100-meter gold medal.

Gatlin ran the race of his life Sunday to become the youngest champion in 36 years, barely holding off Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu and defending gold medalist Maurice Greene to win in 9.85 seconds.