Heartland Rally

There seemed to be few undecided voters among the 15,000 people who greeted President Bush with loud cheers Tuesday afternoon at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Among signs reading “Leadership for the Heartland,” Bush delivered a speech highlighting domestic issues such as health care and the war on terrorism to an overwhelmingly supportive crowd. Pauses in the speech were filled by enthusiastic chants of “four more years.”

Rios pleads not guilty in Valencia murder case

Murder suspect Steven Rios pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the June 5 death of 23-year-old MU student Jesse Valencia.

Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton did not set a trial date for Rios, a former Columbia police officer. A representative from Hamilton’s office said trial dates are typically set within a few days of arraignment.

Domestic issues focus of speech

President Bush, in a Tuesday afternoon speech at the Boone County Fairgrounds, focused heavily on domestic issues such as health care, education and job creation while reiterating his convention stance that America needs strong, decisive leadership in the war on terrorism.

Though the policy matters of the speech deviated little from his convention address six days ago, Bush started his speech with a plea for help to the loyal crowd of 15,000 sign-waving mid-Missourians.

Bush supporters applaud their man

A crowd of about 15,000 overwhelmingly Republican mid-Missourians gave President George W. Bush an enthusiastic reception as he visited the Boone County Fairgrounds Tuesday. Attendees highlighted the war on terrorism and the economy as their foremost concerns but also emphasized moral integrity and social conservatism.

“Terrorism is a big issue for me,” said Philip Johnson, 62, a retiree of the telecommunications firm TelCo. “I think (Bush is) going after them where they live, and I don’t think this is something you can sit and wait on. I think this is something you have to be proactive about, and I think he’s done an excellent job with that.”

Tigers’ Tantarelli rises to occasion

Looking at Joe Tantarelli, it is easy to see why field-goal posts are built so tall. Tantarelli, Missouri’s 5-foot-7 place-kicker, might not be able to see the uprights over his blockers if the posts were any shorter.

The Tigers’ shortest player was their second-biggest scorer Saturday in a season-opening 52-20 win against Arkansas State. Tantarelli kicked seven extra points and added a 17-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in the game for 10 points scored, right behind tailback Damien Nash’s 12 points (two touchdowns).

CEOs who outsource Missouri jobs back Bush

President Bush’s campaign is heavily supported by Missouri CEOs who have sent more than 15,000 of the state’s nonfarm jobs abroad since January 2001, according to a report by the Missouri Citizen Education Fund.

The report, released at a news conference at the Boone County Fairgrounds before Bush’s rally Tuesday, said CEOs outsourcing Missouri jobs support Bush over Democrat John Kerry 13-to-one.

Missourians’ personal progress is praised

SEDALIA — Teresa Kelley, 41, of Sedalia sat in a crowd of about 3,000 in the Missouri State Fairgrounds’ Coliseum to hear President Bush on Tuesday, just as she did 20 years ago when former President Ronald Reagan campaigned for re-election in the very same spot.

“They have a very similar style,” Kelley said. “They both spoke with honesty and optimism.”

Goal ends game in draw

The Rock Bridge Bruins knew that if they kept battling, they’d get the goal.

It finally happened when Michael Ferguson scored with less than a minute left in regulation in a 1-1 tie with Jefferson City.

Quilt aims to raise rape awareness

The Survivors’ Quilt is a Harlequin patchwork of 14-by-14-inch cloth squares made by MU students who have dealt with sexual assault or rape, whether as victims, friends or relatives of victims.

Its scores of squares show diverse colors, symbols and words — from camouflage to crosses and inspirational quotes — but they are united by the theme of recovery.

Hickman sweeps away Helias

Acrobatic shots from senior Amy Trae helped the Kewpies tennis team win Tuesday.

The Hickman girls’ swept Helias 9-0 in their fourth home match of the season.

HIV house approved for funds by council

A group dedicated to helping HIV/AIDS patients in mid-Missouri is one step closer to increasing affordable housing for its clients after Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Following a public hearing, the council unanimously approved an amendment to its fiscal 2004 plan for administering federal housing grant money that will give $125,000 to the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network of Central Missouri, or RAIN.

Cougars lose rare contest at home

Losing at home for the second time in barely under a decade can cause a team a lot of pain. Losing an All-American to an injury can make the pain even worse.

Columbia College felt the first pain after losing at home to Truman State 30-19, 30-20, 30-18. It might feel the second pain after senior outside hitter Jacqueline Makokha sprained her ankle early in the first game.

MU to inform students on safety poles

For MU students walking around campus at night, blue can be the color of safety. Today, the Missouri Students Association and the MU Police Department will show students why.

A mock incident and demonstration of the emergency poles around campus — sometimes referred to as blue lights — will occur at 5 p.m. at the north end of Francis Quadrangle.

Weekend takes toll on Bruin golfers

Rock Bridge’s No. 1 golfer Lindsay Martin didn’t come back from Labor Day weekend rested and ready for the rest of the season.

She came back injured, restricted to tracking her teammates from a golf cart during Tuesday’s loss to Kirksville at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

Bruins’ rally nets first win

A come-from-behind effort gave the Rock Bridge volleyball team its first victory of the season.

The Bruins defeated Montgomery County in three games 24-26, 25-16, 25-23 Tuesday night and improved to 1-2.

Curators to weigh reactor deal

MU is taking another step this week in securing the $8.1 million needed for the new Life Sciences Incubation Center on Research Reactor Field.

The center is part of a statewide effort to create economic development from the life sciences-related research done throughout the University of Missouri system.

Sadhu claims medalist honors for Hickman golf

Senior Anita Sadhu hopes a third 40 will be the charm for her golf game.

Sadhu medaled with 40 Tuesday as the Hickman girls’ golf team defeated Southern Boone and Mexico at L.A. Nickell Golf Course.

Bush jeered about jobs, Iraq

Olin Fugit, a 61-year-old pipe fitter, has been in and out of work for the last four years.

“Because of outsourcing and little construction, about 90 members of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 562 are unemployed,” he said.

Kewpies slip up in home opener

Home sweet home turned a little sour for Hickman’s volleyball team.

After winning its first two games of the season on the road, coach Greg Gunn said he thought his team was too tense while playing its first home match.

Blind computer users have trouble with Internet

Gail Bryant listens impatiently to her computer as it lists each of the links on the city of Columbia’s Web site.

Last Christmas, she did all her shopping online, even though she is blind and cannot see the screen.