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Local venues show controversial political films

In an election year, politics is everywhere, and this includes the movies. And after the controversial success of "Fahrenheit 9/11," the pace of political-film releases has quickened.

"The Corporation," which opened Wednesday at the Ragtag Cinemacafé, is the latest in a string of such political films released this year.

Bringing liturgy to college

Dawn-Victoria Mitchell was in her next-to-last year of Methodist seminary when she found a new calling.

Mitchell missed the liturgy she had experienced at her Roman Catholic high school in Massachusetts. Neither Methodism nor Catholicism offered the spiritual fulfillment she sought.

Up All Night series offers alcohol- free fun for MU students

Out of breath from making a music video - a version of "Survivor" by Destiny's Child - Heddie Jones and her friends recapped their performance.

"The video's good to look back on and see how I was in college," said sophomore Arica Henderson. She and Jones teamed up for the video as part of Mizzou Up All Night, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday at Brady Commons. The annual event, part of the Mizzou After Dark alcohol-free series, drew an estimated 1,500 students.

Low test scores leave school in a lurch

Some question the value of MAP examinations.

The numbers aren’t adding up for teachers, parents and administrators at Derby Ridge Elementary.

The school’s total student population met the state’s 2004 proficiency goals on the Missouri Assessment Program exams, which test students annually in communication arts and math.

Adjusting without stressing

Depression. Anxiety. Sleep deprivation. Homesickness.

The first few weeks of college can be fraught with pressure as students struggle to balance busy schedules filled with classes, homework, jobs and social events. Some keep their struggles inside. Others seek help from alcohol or drugs.

Potentially toxic mercury levels limit Missouri fish supply

Most natural-foods store owners clamor to stock their shelves with food from local sources. But when it comes to fish from Missouri waterways, Walker Claridge, the owner of the Root Cellar on Providence Road, isn’t interested.

Since 2001, all of the state’s waterways, from the Missouri River to Hinkson Creek, have been under a fish advisory because of mercury content. And while the advisory only warns certain people — including small children and women of childbearing age — not to eat certain types of fish, Claridge isn’t taking any chances.

Corrections

A cutline on Page 1A on Friday incorrectly stated the high temperature for Thursday. The high temperature was 93.

A story on Page 8A on Friday about the Columbia Area Transportation Study Organization’s hearing on proposed roadway extensions misquoted Ron Walkenbach and misidentified the neighborhood in which he lives. Walkenbach, a resident of Broadway Farms subdivision, said he thought new interchanges on Interstate 70 would only shift traffic problems. “I think we’re trading one traffic congestion at Stadium and I-70 for traffic congestion at Fairview and Broadway,” he said.

Fire safety emphasized for Greeks

Fraternity and sorority houses at MU have until Oct. 1 to schedule and pass fire-safety inspections conducted by the Columbia Fire Department, according to Kerry Fleming, Greek Life coordinator.

A fire at the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house at the University of Mississippi early Friday left three of its members dead, tragically reminding college students across the country of the importance of fire prevention.

Learning their lessons

As the clock ticked down the last hour of the first week of school Friday afternoon, Blue Ridge Elementary School teacher Mary Auck stopped to get popsicles for her first-grade students before popping into their gym class.

“They were hyper in the library yesterday, so I said I’d keep an eye on them,” Auck explained.

Students overflow Columbia College

Growing numbers are causing growing pains at Columbia College because of an increase in the number of students living on campus.

Barb Payne, director of public affairs, called it a great problem to have.

Opponents slam Blunt’s record

JEFFERSON CITY — Former Missouri Governor Roger Wilson criticized GOP gubernatorial nominee Matt Blunt’s record on education Friday.

“If you ever want to see someone’s true priorities see how they vote on the budget,” Wilson said.

Swift-boat ads stir up local veterans’ partisan feelings

Although they have been largely discredited by several national news organizations, the recent attacks on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry by the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have evoked strong feelings from local veterans, who remain divided on the attacks’ appropriateness as well as Kerry’s anti-war activism upon his return from Vietnam.

Reaction to the campaign, including television ads and a book, falls along partisan lines. Some of those who support Kerry were quick to contrast the Democratic nominee’s military service with that of President Bush, who served with the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.

Farm-scene painting chosen for art festival

From Monet’s “Wheat Field” to Grant Wood’s “American Gothic,” farming culture has long been an inspiration to artists. And this year it’s the inspiration behind the poster for the 13th-annual Columbia Festival of the Arts.

The poster, featuring a painting by Columbia artist Joel Sager, was unveiled Saturday evening at a festival fund-raising party at Quin and Helen Snyder’s house.

Three Tigers vie for return duties

Although a diminutive player, Marcus James has left a big void on the MU football team.

James, a 5-foot-8 wide receiver whose eligibility has expired, produced nearly every time he touched the ball as a punt returner last season. James finished the season sixth in the nation averaging 14.5 yards, and Missouri’s Special Teams Player of the Year award for the second straight season.

Paige gets 20-game schedule

Paige Sports Arena will see plenty of action during its inaugural season.

The Missouri men’s basketball team announced its 2004-2005 schedule Friday, and it includes 20 games at the new 15,000-seat, $75 million facility.

Seniors set to lead Kewps

There was something in the air Saturday outside the Hickman High School football office.

It wasn’t only the dreary skies and an off-and-on drizzle.

For the Hickman football team, there was a subdued eagerness to begin the season after two 7-7 ties Friday night at Adkins Stadium in Jefferson City.

Bruins try to find new stars

When the Rock Bridge football team plays Friday in Marshall, it will officially begin defending its North Central Missouri Conference title. The team will have to adjust after losing two key stars from last year.

After leading the Bruins to an 8-2 record with 2,630 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in 2003, quarterback Chase Patton will no longer pull a green and yellow jersey over his shoulder pads. Instead, he will be competing for playing time with the Missouri Tigers, as will last year’s tailback Van Alexander, who rushed for 760 yards and 14 touchdowns during his senior season at Rock Bridge.

Rain caps dreary week for Kewpies

For Hickman softball coach Courtney Haskell, it’s been one of those weeks.

After going 0-3 and getting outscored 33-3 to start the season, the team was leading Hannibal 2-1 in the second inning Saturday at the 16th annual Columbia College High School Invitational. Thunderstorms forced tournament officials to stop the game, though, and eventually end it as a draw.

Missouri soccer team wins opener

Senior Karen Bauer converted a penalty kick less than three minutes into overtime to give Missouri a 2-1 win against host Northwestern on Friday in the Tigers’ season opener.

After Northwestern goalkeeper Whitney Jones stopped a run at the goal by Jennifer Nobis, Nobis collected the rebound and was fouled inside the box to set up Bauer’s winner.

Experienced Cougars aim for success

For the 14 returning Columbia College men’s soccer players, frustration will be motivation this season.

Last year, after earning a No. 16 ranking and a spot at the national tournament, the team lost in the first round to end its season at 16-4-1.

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