Disabled find new way to compete at Yippee 5K

Nellie Owen is used to a challenge.

Owen, 50, who broke her back and was partially paralyzed after a car accident 27 years ago, was the second disabled person in the United States to graduate from a veterinary school when she got her MU degree in 1998.

Small bodies, big hearts

This past month, second-grade students at Grant Elementary School took an active part in helping victims of the recent hurricanes that hit the East Coast. In just over a week, the twenty-three students raised a total of $132.90 to donate for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The students formulated the idea after reading about the storm victims in "Time for Kids" magazine.

Experts: Format may have limited true discussion of policy issues

Webster’s dictionary defines “debate” as “discussion or consideration of opposing reasons.”

But limits placed on Thursday’s presidential debate have some debate and journalism experts concerned that millions of Americans did not receive the discussion they deserved.

Site turns readers to writers

Many topics go unreported in the media, and others are repeatedly covered from the same standpoints.

Today, in an attempt to broaden the scope of local news coverage, an online journalism class at MU will launch a Web-based publication called MyMissourian. The project is MU’s first audience-driven publication, allowing people who registerwith the Web site to submit their own content, which students will edit for publication.

Boone to offer same-sex benefits

When Melissa Stevens, 25, starts looking for a job after completing medical school and her residency, Boone Hospital Center will be at the top of her list — and it’s all because she found out this week that health benefits will be extended to same-sex domestic partners.

For now, she is covered by a student health plan, and her partner, Erica Hutcherson, 35, is covered by her employer’s plan. But when the couple talks about starting a family or Hutcherson going back to school, health insurance coverage that includes both of them becomes a priority.

Rock Bridge tops Wildcats

If Rock Bridge had a hangover after an emotional win over Hickman, Montgomery County provided a better cure than aspirin or water ever could.

The Bruins blitzed the Wildcats 11-1. Michael Ferguson had six goals and David Hilderbrand added three goals and two assists for the Bruins.

Bruins get inside info from Jeffrey

When Marissa Jeffrey runs onto the volleyball court to face Hickman on Saturday, she will be staring down familiar opponents. The Rock Bridge defensive specialist has played club volleyball on the Columbia Vipers with six of the Kewpies since middle school.

“I’ve played with pretty much their entire starting lineup,” Jeffrey said.

Error lifts Kewpies

They did it for the seniors.

A seventh inning error gave the Kewpies a 3-2 win Thursday against Rolla at Cosmopolitan Park.

Oerly allows two hits; Bruins shut out Mexico

Rock Bridge shuts out Mexico 10-0 on Thursday. The 10-run mercy rule shortened the softball game to five innings.

Junior Kayla Turnbull led the Bruins going 3-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run.

Adjustments can’t save Bruins

Rock Bridge volleyball coach Beth Newton made some changes Thursday night, and the Bruins temporarily stalled.

The Bruins fell to Helias 25-6, 25-19 at Rock Bridge.

Special tax district to fund new Biscayne entrance

Shoppers will have easier access to Wal-Mart and Famous Barr from Stadium Boulevard, but they’re going to have to pay for it at the cash register.

Starting in late November, a new sales tax will be levied on everything sold at businesses in the Biscayne shopping center in order to pay for an entrance to that center from Stadium Boulevard.

Chancellor committee still to be selected

Members of the MU community are waiting for the president of the University of Missouri system to appoint a search committee to find a new chancellor.

Brady Deaton took over as interim chancellor on Sept. 1, after the retirement of Richard Wallace. Deaton served as provost before assuming the position. Wallace himself served as interim before taking the position permanently in 1997, following a local search.

Political potty talk

Washington University in St. Louis is not the only Missouri college hosting a presidential debate this fall. As the Nov. 2 election date draws near, partisan bickering has found an unusual forum here at MU: the bathroom walls.

Privy-poets have long vandalized university bathrooms with vulgar remarks and crude artwork. Keeping up with the times, some graffitists are now using restroom walls to pooh-pooh this year’s presidential candidates.

Biotech skeptic speaks

Ever since the discovery of bacterial enzymes that could cut and join pieces of DNA, biotechnology has held great promise.

Millions of dollars have gone into researching its benefits. In Columbia, biotechnology is a key component of the new $60 million MU Life Sciences Center, which was dedicated last month amid fanfare.

With extra kick

When Adam Crossett came to Missouri to play, he did with only the guarantee of a tryout.

Crossett, a redshirt freshman, played well enough, though, to earn a spot on the Tigers’ traveling roster as a kicker, primarily handling kickoffs.

Tigers’ secondary passing the test

Gary Pinkel had one main concern after Missouri’s 52-20 win in its first game of the season against Arkansas State.

The Tigers allowed 350 passing yards against the Indians, including 240 to quarterback Nick Noce, who was making his first college start and left the game in the third quarter with cramps in his calf muscle. This performance by Missouri’s secondary was reason for Pinkel to worry.

Hard to miss

Atiyyah Ellison says opponents seek him out on the football field. C.J. Mosley, Missouri’s other starting defensive tackle, says he doesn’t believe Ellison is as big a focus as he claims.

“From what he tells me, he attracts a lot of attention,” Mosley said after Missouri‘s game against Troy. “Last time out, he told me he saw a lot of triple teams. I don’t know if that’s possible. But he said he’s seen triple teams so far.”

Backup QB relatively untested

Every time Brad Smith scampers out of the backfield, Tiger fans collectively hold their breath.

They’re anticipating Smith breaking tackles with another dazzling run and fearing that the star quarterback might take a hit that knocks him out of the game.

MU Police report: Liquor arrests double

Arrests for liquor law violations more than doubled and drug violations increased in 2003, according to a campus safety and crime report released by the MU Police Department.

Capt. Scott Richardson said more education for the officers may have influenced the increase.

Adversity follows running back

Twenty minutes into his first college football practice, Bobby Purify encountered a problem that has plagued his life: injuries.

Purify, a running back at Colorado, had a fracture in his foot. The injury forced him to sit out and watch the first six games of the 2000 season. As a result of the injury and accompanying rehabilitation, Purify learned early what is required to recover from the adversity of an injury.