Clerk anticipates record registration

Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren expects the number of new registered voters in the county to reach an all-time high today, the deadline for voter registration.

Noren said Tuesday that her office has processed close to 17,000 new voter registration applications this year. She said the highest number of new voters registered in 1992, when 18,380 names were added to the voting rolls.

MU professors create new meat substitute

Ginnifer Eastman has been a vegetarian for six years and sometimes has trouble finding adequate cuisine.

“I am tired of having a lettuce-and-tomato sandwich,” said Eastman, who is the only vegetarian in her family. “I wish there was something that looked like meat and didn’t taste like chalk.”

Experts to discuss bioengineered food

Questions surround the topic of bioengineered food. Is it safe? Does it cause allergic reactions? What actually are bioengineered foods?

To answer those questions, MU Extension horticulture specialist Mary Kroening is coordinating a lecture series on bioengineered foods.

Activists protest Osco Drug closure

Across the empty lot next to Osco Drug, a well-worn footpath in the grass marks the shortest route from the safest place to cross Providence Road to the store’s parking lot. But only a walker — someone from the neighborhood — would ever notice it.

Some of the people who’ve walked that path have signed a petition registering their displeasure over the plan to close the store Oct. 28.

Media panel discusses Mo. terrorist threat

The head of Missouri’s homeland security effort came to Columbia Tuesday to sound an alarm about potential threats to the state’s food and water supply.

Tim Daniel, a retired Army colonel and Columbia native, told a group of rural journalists, MU professors and other professional communicators that the government and the media must work together to “increase the psychological capability of Americans to cope” with a terrorist attack.

Second new tax area gets go-ahead

With the approval of another special tax district along Stadium Boulevard, it appears shoppers in that area will soon have to open their pocketbooks a bit wider.

The new district, which has the power to levy an additional sales tax of up to one cent on the dollar, was approved by the Boone County Circuit Court on Monday. It will envelop five properties on Stadium Boulevard, all owned by local developer Raul Walters. These properties include Best Buy, Taco Bell, Circuit City and Ruby Tuesday.

Tantarelli puts bad day behind him

Joe Tantarelli’s not kicking himself for his missed kicks Saturday.

In Missouri’s 17-9 win against Colorado on Saturday, Tantarelli missed three field goals, more than he has missed in one game.

Bruins dispatch Kewpies

They gathered for pictures, hugged, chatted and smiled. They did not cry, reminisce or bid farewell.

The Rock Bridge tennis team left the pomp and circumstance for another night, dispatching Hickman 9-0 Tuesday.

MU-KU rivalry given a new name

The war is over, but the showdown has just begun. The nationally recognized rivalry between MU and the University of Kansas, formerly known as the Border War, will now be called the Border Showdown, following discussions between KU, MU and Midwest Ford Dealers.

“We feel that in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the ensuing events around the world, it is inappropriate to use the term ‘war’ to describe intercollegiate athletics events,” said KU athletics director Lew Perkins in a release. “We need to be more sensitive to the men and women who defend our country for real.”

Rock Bridge hopes for top soccer seed

Rock Bridge did all it could to earn the top seed in its district tournament with a 2-0 victory against Helias on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Now a committee of the district’s other teams has to decide if it was sufficient. “I hope it’s enough for a top seed,” Graham said. “We’re undefeated in district. That should put us in good position, but that’s up to the other teams, really. We don’t get to vote for ourselves. But we’ve taken care of our part of it.”

County space evaluated

County government department heads made sales pitches Tuesday as to why their offices deserve — and need — more space. They addressed the Boone County Space Needs Task Force, which was touring offices in the Roger B. Wilson Government Center, the Boone County Courthouse and the Johnson Building.

One of those department heads was Circuit Clerk Cheryl Whitmarsh, who described her office’s struggle to find space to store its case files.“There is a little space in our bathroom, and I thought, ‘Hey, maybe we can use this,’” Whitmarsh said. “You have to use all the space that you can.”

Former MU star Smith arrested

DAYTON, Ohio — Former Missouri Tiger and current Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Justin Smith was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drunken driving after he failed a breath test, the Montgomery County sheriff’s department said.

Smith, 25, was stopped because the truck he was driving was weaving. He told police he had five beers, the arrest report said, and he swayed while trying to walk during a field sobriety test.

Attending debate not high on candidates’ to-do lists

Several Missouri statewide candidates plan to avoid the spotlight of the presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Friday — for what one political analyst says is a good reason.

The two major candidates for governor, along with other statewide candidates, say they do not plan to attend the debate.

MU’s Bales races to Big 12 honor

Junior Amanda Bales was named Runner of the Week by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. Bales finished ninth in last week’s Notre Dame Invitational with a personal-best 5K time of 17:01.

The junior All-American has been conference runner of the week four times in her career.

Vice presidential candidates clash in debate on war, jobs

Sen. John Edwards accused the Bush administration Tuesday night of bungling the war in Iraq and presiding over a historic loss of jobs. “Your facts are just wrong,” Vice President Dick Cheney shot back in a crackling campaign debate.

In a clash at close quarters, Edwards accused Cheney of “not being straight” with the American people about the war. He said U.S. casualties are rising monthly and the United States is bearing 90 percent of the cost and suffering 90 percent of the dead and wounded.

Hearing set today for suspect, 24, in statutory rape

A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a former employee of the Front Door Program, a youth residential community in Columbia. He is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl who was staying at the facility.

Marcus Fisher, 24, was arrested Aug. 22 on suspicion of second degree statutory rape and endangering the welfare of a child. The police learned that the victim told friends about her involvement with a staff member at the facility.

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Voting reforms spark lawsuits

Despite significant reforms following the legal standoff of the 2000 presidential elections, court battles over voting processes have not only persisted but have actually strengthened.

With less than a month remaining before the Nov. 2 election, the nation’s courtrooms are bustling with legalese about how to count votes. In battleground states such as Missouri, where different interpretations of election law could mean different winners, the fights are reaching a feverish pitch.