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Sesay, Rucker silent in second

A successful first half receiving for the tight ends that included a Rucker touchdown catch did not continue when the teams returned from the locker room. Missouri (4-3, 2-2) fizzled in the 20-17 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State and compiled just 87 yards of offense in the second half, including 31 passing yards.

Flu shots represent a greater problem

As a matter of disclosure, let me say first that I have never had a dose of flu vaccine. That’s because I’m scared to death of needles. For years, my sister asserted if I ever had a shot of penicillin, it would cure any disease I might have. But most of my friends consider the vaccination a fall ritual, and I can understand how upset they are that there is a shortage and they are unable to get a dose.

The silent 10-yard struggle

FULTON — On both sidelines of the football field, the coaches waved and signed furiously to their players. They hoped to catch someone’s attention before the center gave the signal for the play to start.

“It is hard to get their attention,” said Michael Eldred, offensive coach at Missouri School for the Deaf. “You have to wave your arms to get eye contact.”

New drug plan confuses many senior citizens

Nearly two months after her mother was approved for a drug discount card through AARP, Jackie Cruise is still struggling with red tape.

“Mom is 95 and lives in Kansas City,” Cruise said. “She is starting to become less sure of herself with paperwork and doesn’t even understand the cards, so my sister and I decided I should help her out.”

Name recognition plays role in low-profile race

JEFFERSON CITY — For a generally low-profile statewide office, a short list of past Missouri treasurers boasts some prestigious political names.

The office has become something of a political stepping stone; three of the past four treasurers went on to higher political office. Mel Carnahan and Bob Holden became Missouri governors, and Wendell Bailey was elected to the U.S. Congress.

An ankle and a prayer

The bloody sock is now the symbol of these Red Sox, a rallying cry in the shape of a stitched-up right ankle.

Pitching again through so much pain it put his start in doubt, Curt Schilling helped Boston move halfway to snaring its most elusive prize: a first World Series championship since 1918.

Talk is tops

It seems fitting that the MU debate team’s primary method of recruiting new members is by word-of-mouth. The debaters obviously are good speakers, as the team, only in its second year, is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

The team has made huge strides since its inception a year ago. In last year’s first competition, the team sent five members to compete. This year, MU sent 16 debaters to the same competition — and walked away with first-place honors.

Career fair gives grads chance to dream big

Tables with bright banners and towering posters circled the walls and the center of the Dulany Hall Banquet Room. More than 100 students lapped the track formed by 20 employers and graduate schools. The students came in search of careers and educations at Columbia College’s annual career and graduate fair Wednesday evening.

Cindy Collet made her way determinedly around the room. Collet, 40, is a full-time senior studying psychology and sociology. She also is the divorced mother of an 8- and a 10-year-old.

College costs rising, but at slower rate

College tuition rose at a somewhat slower rate this year, climbing 10.5 percent at public four-year colleges and 6 percent at private ones, a study found.

State budget cuts have forced public colleges to pass on more costs to students in recent years.

Pitt’s stop is strictly business

Groups that helped coordinate the screening at MU of George Butler’s “Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry” said actor Brad Pitt came to the event strictly to support his candidate at his old school.

Stars such as Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Pitt and his wife, Jennifer Aniston, all attended the Palisades Pictures screening of “Going Upriver” when it kicked off its college tour and DVD release in Los Angeles.

Faces

Cynthia Frisby wears many hats. As a wife and mother, she drives her two children to school each morning, sometimes even turning the car around when her daughter, Angela, forgets her blanket for reading time.

As a researcher, she prepares a talk she will give in a few months on the struggles and demands of being a woman in a man’s academic world.

Places

Stories say Conley House, at 1602 Stanley Place, is haunted by Aunt Sally, the disagreeable sister of the builder, Sanford F. Conley.

Although Aunt Sally said she wanted to be buried in the north wall of the house when she died, rumor has it she was buried in the fireplace. Aunt Sally is known to float through the house when the attic door is left open, according to MU’s building archives Web site.

Notebook: Cards hitters humbled in Boston

BOSTON — The National League’s best offense is off to a feeble start in the World Series, and the St. Louis Cardinals’ chances are going along with it.

A lineup that featured three MVP candidates in Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen and Jim Edmonds was hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position Sunday night, failing to capitalize on the second straight four-error game by the Boston Red Sox defense.

Held in suspense

Performer Mario Manzini escaped from two pairs of handcuffs and a straitjacket Sunday afternoon while hanging upside down from a burning rope suspended 100 feet in the air.

Much to his surprise, he did so in 1 minute, 19 seconds, breaking his old record by 27 seconds.

Extra Points: Peabody’s late goal powers MU

The Missouri soccer team defeated Baylor 3-2 in Waco, Texas on Sunday. The Tigers improved to 8-9-1 (5-5 in the Big 12 Conference) with the win.

The Tigers were down 2-1 with only 20 minutes left when senior Shea Swoboda recovered a Kristen Heil header off the Baylor goalpost and tapped the ball in to tie. Senior Melissa Peabody’s goal off a corner kick in the 80th minute put the Tigers up for good.

Amendment 3 sparks debate over Mo. roads

Federal reports have shown the quality of Missouri’s highways ranks near the bottom when compared to that of other states. Although most local candidates agree the state’s highway funding method has serious potholes, there is no shortage of ideas for fixing the problem.

Most local state representative candidates support Amendment 3, which appears on the Nov. 2 ballot and would require that all taxes collected on fuel and automotive sales be earmarked for road improvements.

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