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Scandal drags on for Tiger faithful

Much has changed for the Missouri men’s basketball team since this time last year.

Gone are four lettermen and Final Four expectations.

Duel a dud for St. Louis

HOUSTON — Only when Brandon Backe and Woody Williams were done did the hitters have any chance.

That’s when Jeff Kent stepped up and put the Houston Astros only one win away from the World Series.

Space to grow

Officials from the Columbia/Boone County Health Department and the Family Health Center on Monday celebrated the opening of a new building that has enough room to allow both organizations to serve the community better.

The new Sanford-Kimpton building, on West Worley at the site of the old Nowell’s grocery store, has been home to the health department and the center since this summer. Inside, patients are greeted with open ceilings, natural colors on the walls and more space.

Missouri’s defense meeting expectations

Keeping the No. 8 team in the nation below all its season averages on offense is one way to prove you are a legitimate defense.

That is what the Missouri defense did against Texas on Saturday, holding the No. 16 offense in the nation to 299 yards of offense in the 28-20 loss. That total was well below the Longhorns’ season average of 442.2 yards.

Rios to get Clay County jury

A jury from Clay County is likely to decide the fate of former Columbia police officer Steven Rios, but his trial will still take place in Boone County.

Judge Ellen Roper made the decision at a hearing Monday. She also agreed to delay the trial until next May.

Friendship forgotten at kickoff

No. 2 Oklahoma is challenging for a national championship.

Kansas is competing to earn a bowl berth.

Sheriff candidates spar over meth, jail

Methamphetamine labs, community policing and crowding at the Boone County Jail were among the top issues discussed by the two candidates for Boone County Sheriff at a forum Monday night.

While both candidates have similar concerns about these topics, they differed about the extent of change needed in the sheriff’s department.

More discretion in revised honor code

In the face of allegations of academic dishonesty, MU teachers and students now have the opportunity to determine a grade sanction without involving disciplinary action by the Provost’s Office.

Jim Devine, who oversees academic integrity issues on campus, said he thinksthe value of the new MU Honor Code lies in protecting students’ futures.

Faces: Richard Hocks

Higher education and music are family affairs for Richard Hocks, professor emeritus at MU’s Honors College, and his family.

Hocks has taught English at MU since 1965 and at the Honors College since 1969. He, his wife, Elaine, and two of their four children have doctorate degrees in English and teach at the university level. They are also accomplished musicians.

Cards lead to birthday surprise

Eric Troolin’s 29th birthday was a surprise party one year in the making.

But the surprise wasn’t for him but for his guests, a couple of hundred students who went to Francis Quadrangle at MU at noon Monday.

Experience, drive among candidates’ qualifications

On a late September morning, Boone County Commission candidate Mike Asmus hops off his red-white-and-blue bike and begins a trek up his first driveway of the day. With colorful political leaflets and a confident smile, Asmus rings the doorbell and introduces himself to an older man in a green shirt, who listens politely but seems only mildly interested in county politics.

Later that day at the annual Boone County Volunteer Reception, Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller greets guests with small talk and a handshake. She exhibits an unflappable knack for names and a deep knowledge of county business.

Playhouse Liaisons

The Stephens College Playhouse Company will open a two-week run of the dramatic comedy “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” or “Dangerous Liaisons,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Macklanburg Playhouse.

Set before the French Revolution, it is a tale of seduction among French aristocrats, according to the college theater

Debating for Missouri

KANSAS CITY— In their first televised gubernatorial debate, Democrat Claire McCaskill cast Republican Matt Blunt as too inexperienced for the job, while Blunt countered by repeatedly touting his plan to overhaul Missouri’s legal system.

Blunt, the secretary of state, and McCaskill, the state auditor, each were hoping the debate Monday could give them the edge in the Nov. 2 election in a race that public opinion polls show to be virtually even. The second and final televised debate is scheduled for Friday in Springfield, Mo.

Hallsville schools consider funding

Tom Baugh’s job as superintendent of the Hallsville R-IV school system has broader focus than his previous post as principal of Hallsville High School. Instead of focusing on one component of Hallsville’s sprawling and interconnected campus, Baugh must look beyond the small community to determine his school system’s status.

“When you take this chair, you become concerned about the district focus, the focus of K through 12,” Baugh said.

Learning to bridge the funding gap

JEFFERSON CITY — Bill Hodge read in the newspaper that some school districts in Missouri could afford to install rock-climbing walls in their schools. Those districts seem a world away from his in rural Jasper County.

“I’m not asking for a rock-climbing wall; I’m asking for a suitable place where our elementary and junior high kids can have adequate instruction,” said Hodge, principal of Jasper High School.

Man pleads guilty to racketeering

Henry Rehmert Sr. of Montgomery City pleaded guilty Monday morning to racketeering charges in federal court. He was one of four men indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2003 on charges related to the deaths of two Columbia residents.

Rehmert, his son and two other men were involved in a criminal enterprise meant to deceive and defraud individuals of money from 1989 to 2002, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis.

Rezoning proposal tabled

Bruce and Kathleen Maier want the Columbia City Council to rezone about 42 acres at the east end of Stadium Boulevard to allow for commercial development. They just don’t know exactly what they want to put there.

And that’s a problem, at least for some of their neighbors and members of the council.

Problem gamblers aplenty in state

It’s probably safe to say these days that most people know at least one problem gambler. Some are addicted to bingo or video poker, while others can’t stay away from lottery tickets or casinos. Like those addicted to alcohol or drugs, these people can’t resist games of chance.

Missouri gamblers were the subject of a recent study by Harvard researchers, who sought to determine the extent of problem gambling in the state. According to their report, about 39,000 Missourians had faced a serious gambling problem in the past year. The study, funded by a grant from the Port Authority of Kansas City, focused on more than 5,000 individuals who had voluntarily excluded themselves from state casinos since 1996. Under the self-exclusion program, these folks subject themselves to prosecution for trespassing if they attempt to enter casinos. These individuals are, apparently, seeking help big time. So far, it is estimated that 13 percent of Missouri’s problem gamblers are seeking that kind of assistance.

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