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Broadway contractor OK’d

The time has come for East Broadway to get a face-lift.

During a meeting that also featured the approval of a few rezoning requests, the Columbia City Council on Monday took the last step in expanding East Broadway to four lanes from Old Highway 63 to U.S. 63 by selecting Emery Sapp and Sons Inc. as the contractor for the $4.78 million project.

County running late on budget

Resigned to the fact that they would not have a draft of the Boone County budget by the Nov. 15 deadline imposed by Missouri law, county officials on Monday buried themselves in a sea of budget documents and worked on the problems that have caused the delay.

“Nobody can move until you get good cost data,” said Boone County Auditor June Pitchford, who is responsible for preparing the budget.

Blunt team won’t rule out health care cuts

JEFFERSON CITY — A spokesman for Gov.-elect Matt Blunt’s transition team said he cannot rule out the possibility of a reduction in Missouri’s health care coverage at a time when another state is dissolving its expanded Medicaid program.

Many Tennessee residents are fretting over the dissolution of their Medicaid program — a cut that will leave 430,000 poor and disabled Tennesseans without health care.

Close shot

Thomas Gardner had more than a little trouble getting his shots to fall but he still recorded a double-double to lift the Tigers on Monday against Brown University

Gardner wasn’t the only Missouri player having trouble in the 68-60 victory against the Bears. The Bears' zone defense disrupted the Tigers’ offense causing them to shoot 23-of-66 from the field including 7-of-26 3-point attempts. Missouri coach Quin Snyder said he had no problem with so many deeps shots because they were open looks. He also said he knew the zone kept the Tigers from pounding the ball down low.

Thinking smart

Two MU students casually discuss the relative merits of empiricism and rationalism — not in class or a nook of Ellis Library but over a buffet dinner of chicken skewers, egg rolls and meatballs spread across their professor’s dining room table.

In the living room is their host and teacher, Stuart Palonsky, speaking to one of his 15 student guests, comparing raking his wooded yard to the Greek myth of Sisyphus, who is sentenced to push a boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down again for eternity.

Missouri struggles behind arc

They weren’t always falling, but Missouri kept shooting.

In the end it was the ones that did go in, or the second chance opportunities they produced that made the difference.

Going to the dogs

Not everyone would view bulldogs as the most desirable or loveable animals, but five English bulldogs taken in by the Central Missouri Humane Society are attracting a lot of attention.

Jason Ramsey, a spokesman for the society, said they could get up to 300 adoption applications for the five animals.

McCubbin excited for new job as alumni director

The third week of October was a big one for Todd McCubbin, filled with new opportunities as he became executive director of the MU Alumni Association and associate vice chancellor for alumni relations.

But there was more.

MU’s outlook brighter after free weekend

For the first time in a while, tight end Martin Rucker didn’t think about football on a Saturday.

“Actually on Saturday, I didn’t watch any football,” Rucker said. “I didn’t really watch any football all weekend. I just took my bye day and slept.”

Faces

David Clithero, senior executive director of advancement for MU’s Office of Gift Planning and Endowments, is one of the major players in the “For All We Call Mizzou” fund-raising campaign. Clithero’s typical day includes drafting endowment agreements, alumni newsletters and thank-you notes.

“I enjoy working with donors,” he said. “I help them realize their dreams and in doing so help students obtain an excellent, yet affordable, education.”

Bison point guard turns back Cougars

The Columbia College women’s basketball team came up a little short Monday night.

The Cougars fell 61-58 to much taller Oklahoma Baptist at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Now You Know

A rather strange discovery was made in the attic of MU’s Lefevre Hall in the early 1980s — an elephant skeleton.

This is the story of Emperor the elephant, as told by Megan Warner, an academic adviser at MU who researched the popular pachyderm. It begins in the late 1800s.

Tigers and Bears suspend players

Missouri’s junior center Jeffrey Ferguson watched Monday’s game in street clothes. Ferguson served the first game of a three-game suspension for participating in an unsanctioned summer league earlier this year. Ferguson missed last season to play in an international amatuer league in Canada.

Brown University also had a notable absence. The team announced Sunday that Jason Forte, a senior guard and co-captain, has been suspended for “an indefinite period of time.” Brown coach Glen Miller would not elaborate on why Forte was suspended.

Coaches agree refs don’t deserve flak

Whenever an official makes a questionable call, they are certain to hear about the mistake from fans.

The Big 12 Conference has a policy to ensure its coaches also do not criticize the officials. Instead, coaches are encouraged to send letters to the conference detailing concerns with officiating and the conference looks into the concerns and attempts to correct mistakes.

Speaker addresses civil rights experience

Minnijean Brown-Trickey never expected to encounter the hate and discrimination she faced when she entered a traditionally white high school.

During the summer of 1957, officials in Little Rock decided to begin the process of desegregating the city’s public schools. The school board selected nine African-American teenagers, who would go on to be known as the Little Rock Nine, to enroll at Central High School that fall.

Missouri wrestlers win open

The Missouri wrestling team opened its season by winning the CMSU Open in Warrensburg on Sunday with 460.50 points.

Lindenwood finished second with 263.50 and Central Oklahoma was third with 186.

National unity still a difficult goal

Since the presidential election, I have not met one incurable optimist. No one has even suggested that the sharp, jagged edges that have divided the country will soon smooth out, allowing us to undergo a great healing. This indicates, to me at least, that few doubt the seriousness of this division.

Folks in my area of concern were either jubilant over the outcome or dismayed and depressed. I never met a single person who was indifferent to the election. In my opinion, attempting to unify the country at this point would be like trying to create new energy sources by combining oil and water or digging a hole in the solar system.

Straight salt might be used to clear county roads of snow

Boone County Public Works might use straight salt to clear snow on heavily traveled county roads this winter, director David Mink said Monday at a meeting with the Boone County Commission.

In years past, the county has used a mixture of limestone chips and salt to melt snow on roads. Mink said that strategy resulted in a lot of rock on the roads, but not much salt.

Curators to discuss renovating MU halls

The construction and renovation of two MU residence halls will be considered by the University of Missouri’s Board of Curators this week.

During meetings Thursday and Friday in Rolla, the board will decide whether to pay Kansas City firm International Architects Atelier $875,000 to develop plans to renovate Hatch Hall, at the corner of Rollins Road and College Avenue.

Monk addresses teens about Tibet

Bundled in a gold-and-magenta robe and a cherubic smile, Tibetan monk Champa Lhunpo told 20 teenagers there are three poisons that could block their enlightenment: ignorance, desire and anger.

It was not an entirely light-hearted morning of learning for George Frissell’s “Classical Ideas and World Religion” class Monday. But as the group listened to the soft-spoken monk, they began to understand some fundamental beliefs of Tibetan Buddhists and the Dalai Lama — and the Tibetan struggle for autonomy.

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