Hulshof’s role in DeLay case questioned

While Ninth District U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and fellow members of the House Ethics Committee have yet to take action on a June 15 complaint filed against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas grand jury returned 32 indictments against three consultants to a political action committee that supports DeLay.

The consultants, who worked for Texans for a Republican Majority, were charged along with eight corporations with making illegal political contributions. DeLay, however, was not indicted. Meanwhile, the ethics committee has allowed two deadlines for action on the complaint to pass.

Walks to help fight diseases

This weekend, hundreds of mid-Missourians will walk in the direction of research and awareness.

Three fund-raising walks are to benefit efforts to fight diabetes, cancer and heart disease. The first falls on Friday, when up to 500 participants are expected at Light the Night, a one-mile walk through the MU campus sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Natural Selections

Students file quickly into the cafeteria at Southern Boone County Middle School in Ashland on Monday. Some sit down immediately with packed bag lunches, but most wait in line to buy lunch.

The line moves swiftly. Students sit down, some with nachos. Others eat chicken quesadillas or munch a chef salad served with fruit and homemade cookies.

City, MU brainstorm new museum

City and MU officials are considering a partnership to build an archaeology museum downtown.

The museum may cost more to build than other buildings because it will require elaborate security, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, said Bill Bondeson, an MU music professor and assistant to the chancellor.

Franklin sheds redshirt, defenders

Gary Pinkel said he rarely makes a mistake when deciding to pull the redshirt off one of his freshmen.

The performance of wide receiver William Franklin, a true freshman, in the Tigers’ 48-0 win Saturday against Ball State shows Pinkel has good reason to make that claim. In his third college game, Franklin was one of quarterback Brad Smith’s and backup Brandon Coleman’s best options, accounting for 76 of Missouri’s 268 passing yards.

Cougars sweep Bearcats

There is one American Midwest Conference team left with a perfect conference record: Columbia College. It took the Cougars two matches to outlast everyone.

Guard cables to help prevent I-70 crossovers

With 22 traffic deaths for every 100,000 people, Missouri is in a four-way tie for the ninth-highest traffic death rate in the country, according to a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Interstate 70 has a reputation for being particularly dangerous, especially because of the state’s high rate of crossover accidents, which occur when a vehicle crosses the median into opposing traffic.

As of July 15, the most recent statistics available, there have been 50 crossover accidents on I-70 across Boone and Callaway Counties, three of which have ended in fatalities. In 2003, there were a total of 76 crossover accidents in the two counties, resulting in eight deaths. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Department is hoping to greatly reduce those numbers with its guard cable installation project, which will eventually extend median guard cable barriers across the state.

Stage set for future matchup

The anticipation of the first meeting between the Rock Bridge and Hickman volleyball teams has been building for weeks and will intensify a little more tonight when the two teams play in the same gym.

Both teams face Bishop Miege of Shawnee Mission, Kan., at Hickman, but will not play each other.

Sign of the times

The intersection of Nifong Boulevard and Providence Road is now an eyesore for Boone County Republicans. Recently, a 4-by-8 Bush and Cheney sign next to the party’s local headquarters was spray-painted with orange paint in the shape of a banned sign.

Volunteer Susan DiPietre said she noticed the sign Tuesday morning.

Low-income issues topic at annual city retreat

Buses and day-care centers accommodate daytime work schedules, excluding night shift workers at factories and hospitals. Public housing neighborhoods offer mostly low-paying jobs in fast food and retail. Too many kids are on the street at night and there is not enough interaction with the police.

These are some of the issues resident services specialist Carrie Brown of the Columbia Housing Authority raised to a group of city officials at the organization’s annual retreat Tuesday.

Hickman students adapt to upgrades

Hickman High School students have been forced to find new routes to class to avoid ongoing renovations blocking the school’s main hallway.

And while the renovations also have caused classes to switch to different rooms, school officials say students are adjusting to the changes.

Police release sketch of suspect in assault

The Columbia Police Department released a composite of the suspect in an attempted sexual assault at Hickman High School the past week.

On Sept. 14, a 16-year-old girl reported being approached in the parking lot of the school by a white male who attempted to sexually assault her. The suspect fled from the north side of the school near Circle Drive in a black truck.

Faces: Ann Oberhaus

When Ann Oberhaus finishes work at the MU Provost’s Office about 5:30 p.m., she has horses on her mind. Every day she drives 30 minutes from Columbia to her home near Boonville. Within 15 minutes, she heads out for the barn to her nine Holsteiner and Oldenburg horses, where she spends the next four hours training her equine athletes for dressage. She doesn’t leave the riding arena of her 100-acre farm before 10 p.m.

Her interest in riding was sparked at a very young age. Oberhaus has been on horseback since she was 2, thanks to her parents, who both rode and competed. Her favorite horse is Lizianthus, the highest scoring Oldenburg mare in North America in 1999.

Osco prepares to close Nov. 5

The closing of the Osco Drug downtown will bring more than just inconvenience for some shoppers.

“They were fair, they were kind, they were reputable and they were a good neighbor,” said Geoffrey Gunnell, a regular customer. “That’s why people are so sad.”

Now you know: German flying ace

WHAT WAS LEARNED: The Red Baron, a German World War I flying ace, would have never been in a position to be shot down if he hadn’t suffered from a severe head injury, MU and other researchers say. They say Baron Manfred von Richthofen showed definite signs of traumatic brain injury, which led to errors in judgment — resulting in his death in a 1918 air battle over British territory.

HOW IT WAS DONE: Daniel Orme, MU health psychology clinical associate professor, and retired neuropsychologist Thomas Hyatt of Cincinnati studied von Richthofen’s medical records following a head injury he sustained nine months before his death. The records indicated personality and cognitive changes, both symptoms of brain trauma. He exhibited “target fixation” the day he was shot down, following a British plane into enemy territory — something the Baron normally didn’t do.

Tour Team expands involvement

Playing host to MU football recruits is now an equal-opportunity venture.

“It was awesome, we got to go out on the field before the game,” said Tyler Foreman, a male member of MU’s Tour Team who leads recruits through the football facilities in the Tom Taylor Building before the Tigers played Arkansas State on Sept. 4.

MU-UMKC will offer pharmacy doctorate

Starting in August 2005, MU will add a doctoral pharmacy program to its degree offerings, University of Missouri system officials announced Wednesday. It will be jointly operated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The system established the Board of Curator’s Cooperative Degree Program, which will extend the doctor of pharmacy program from the UMKC School of Pharmacy to the MU campus.

Campus in Brief

FIGs help freshmen transition to college