City Council rejects two marijuana initiatives

The City Council voted against two proposed ordinances Monday — one regarding medical marijuana and the other lowering penalties for those possessing small amounts of marijuana — but decided unanimously to send the initiatives to a special election on Nov. 2.

The vote came after petitions were filed by the Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education. The two petitions were certified by City Clerk Sheela Amin in mid-July.

Study: Ideology is no measure of compassion

As election season heats up, voters have not only begun looking at the candidates’ stances on the issues, but their moral beliefs as well. While it is sometimes held that liberals are more compassionate than conservatives, some Republicans — including President Bush — have tried to combat this perception in their political campaigns.

Three researchers, including an MU professor, put the perceived differences between liberals and conservatives to the test. Using two types of experimental games, the researchers concluded that liberals and conservatives are equally trustworthy and just as likely to act outside of their immediate self-interest.

Ferguson trial to get Lincoln County jurors

A jury from another county will be brought in to hear the case against murder suspect Ryan Ferguson, now scheduled for trial in late January.

Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and defense attorney Scott McBride agreed on Lincoln County as the source for potential jurors for the trial. Ferguson, 19, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the 2001 death of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Emergency crews praised

When they were deployed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Missouri Task Force One’s trained volunteers became one of the New York Fire Department’s most vital resources, former department Commissioner Thomas Von Essen said Monday. But similar task forces can grow even stronger, he said, by mobilizing more ordinary individuals to join.

“The experience, the discipline and the training of the task force truly did a remarkable job for us,” Von Essen told a small audience at the Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters in Columbia as part of a campaign event for President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. “To have 20 to 25 men come in and not have to worry about training them, that experience is a great resource.”

UM info systems boss to retire in 2005

The first and only vice president for information systems of the University of Missouri system has announced his retirement.

Ralph Caruso became the UM system’s first chief information officer and vice president for information systems in 1992, when then-president George Russell decided the position was necessary because of the increasing role information technology was playing in higher education. Caruso announced Monday that he plans to retire on March 31, 2005.

Camp teaches students forensic science basics

When Ellie Palomino, along with her horse and cat, turned up missing Monday, students attending a forensics camp at Stephens College were on the case.

They did blood, fingerprint, handwriting and saliva testing on the evidence, just as any crime-scene investigator would, to search for the missing college student.

Pros a hit at Utley Classic

Laughter replaced silence on the Country Club of Missouri greens on Monday at the 14th annual Stan Utley-Rainbow House Golf Classic.

“Feel it in your feet, feel it in your feet,” Kelley Gibson said. “That’s what my pro always told me, and that’s why I’ve never been in the top 100 of putting.”

All-Stars falter in regional action

The Columbia All-Stars lost their first game in Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional Tournament on Monday in Indianapolis.

Columbia, the Missouri state champions, fell to South Dakota 9-0.

Jefferson Landing rich with history

The area now known as Jefferson Landing State Historic Site was a hub for activity in mid-1800s Jefferson City.

The city that sprung up along the waterway only had about 30 houses when it was chosen as the capital of the state. At the heart of this early city were the Lohman building and the Union Hotel building, which now make up the historic landing. Hotels and restaurants near the dock and train station flourished during a time when all visitors and goods arriving to the city came in by rail or boat.

Mo. lags in use of seat belts

The statistics speak for themselves.

Vehicle occupants who buckle up are injured in just one of seven crashes and their chance of being killed is only one in 1,108. When motorists don’t wear seat belts, their risk of injury is one in three and the risk of being killed increases to one in 39.

Lending a hand

Not many parents allow their children to have snowball fights in the house.

But last winter, when her twin 10-year-old girls couldn’t leave the warmth of their living room, Cheryl Carrier of Hallsville scooped buckets of snow and brought them inside to Chelsea and Lindsay.

Group aims to aid new mothers

Child or infant abuse can sometimes stem from postpartum depression — mothers feeling sadness or anxiety after giving birth. But in Columbia, a support group called Mother Helpers is organizing to assist first-time mothers in need of emotional and physical support.

The time right after a woman gives birth is the most stressful. The mother is going through emotional changes and a hormonal withdrawal that can cause sudden depression, said Dr. Robert Harris, a pediatrician at Columbia Regional Hospital. In addition to the physical side effects of giving birth, the mother must devote all her time to the baby. Harris said many women do not have time to sleep, eat or shower because the baby takes so much of their time.

Fate of country lies outside of parties

I was thrilled to get feedback by way of e-mail about last week’s column about forming more political parties. I know that some folks think that the two-party system is the only way this democracy can function. But just as I suspected, some people are clearly fed up with the two-party system. I understand the party loyalists, and believe me, if I knew any other way to get the politician’s attention I would certainly try it. But you can see that Ralph Nader has their attention, even if it’s in a negative way. He’s being called “the spoiler” because people are afraid he will draw votes away from the other candidates.

I read a comprehensive report on the 9/11 Commission’s findings, and it was pretty sobering. We are told over and over again that we have the most effective and efficient government in the world and that is the story that we want to believe. The fact that 3,000 people lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy certainly presents a compelling case for overhauling our intelligence-gathering agencies, but beyond that I don’t have any great expectations that anyone will be held accountable.

Serving it up

Raj Lal and Arjun Khurana are so mild-mannered, it is hard to tell whether the doubles team is winning or losing.

Lal and Khurana earned a bronze medal in the Under-14 division of the Show-Me State Games’ tennis tournament Sunday at Green Tennis Center.

Jacobsen endures long day in victory

CREVE COEUR – At the end of the longest day in Champions Tour history and on the longest course in U.S. Senior Open history, the man with a recently repaired left hip was at the top of the leaderboard.

Three months removed from the operating table, Peter Jacobsen outlasted everyone in the field Sunday at Bellerive Country Club, posting a 69 and a 68 during the grueling 36-hole final round to win the tournament at 12-under, one stroke ahead of Hale Irwin.

All-Stars win in regional opener

There was no doubt about the Columbia team’s desire in its opening game of Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional on Sunday.

Columbia’s National League All-Stars beat the Kansas champions 15-4 in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule. Each of the 10 Columbia players scored at least one run.

Irwin’s luck runs out late

CREVE COEUR – When Hale Irwin rolled in a birdie putt at the par-5 17th hole Sunday he found himself in a familiar position: on the verge of capturing a U.S. Senior Open.

Irwin, who had a steady week with four rounds at even par or better, hung around the top of the leaderboard Sunday at Bellerive Country Club until disaster struck on the par-3 sixth hole.

Mavs rally for win

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks beat the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 4-3 on Sunday at Price Cutter Park in Ozark.

The Mavs (18-48) scored three runs in the ninth inning, then held off the Ducks (36-31), who scored twice in the bottom of the inning.

Democrats battle while Blunt cruises

JEFFERSON CITY — The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is likely to emerge from the fight with little money and a lot of campaign bruises.

The likely reward for the victor: A well-funded Republican opponent whose familiar name has yet to be scarred by a single negative campaign ad.

Council to consider marijuana initiatives

Two proposals for changing the way Columbia deals with misdemeanor marijuana cases will be considered by the Columbia City Council tonight.

The proposals are the result of initiative petitions from the Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education. One calls for dismissing charges against people caught with marijuana if they have a doctor’s approval to use the drug. The other calls for handling misdemeanor possession cases in Municipal Court and prohibiting jail time. Rejection of the initiatives would require that the council place the initiatives on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.