McClure lends wisdom to Blunt

When Matt Blunt appointed Ken McClure to lead his transition team, Blunt probably didn’t think his first public decision as Missouri’s newly elected governor would be compared to that of the U.S. president.

Yet that’s the comparison one political analyst makes, citing Bush’s choice of his dad’s top aides for jobs like vice president and defense secretary.

Future of bridge still uncertain

The question of what should be done with the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge that crosses the Missouri River in Boonville remained unanswered Tuesday after a meeting at Boonville’s Turner Hall.

Advocates for saving the bridge as well as those who would like to see it relocated presented suggestions, but no final decision was reached.

Tigers tame Cougars

Missouri coach Quin Snyder knows sophomore guard Thomas Gardner can score.

What he appreciated Tuesday were the things that can’t be found in a box score.

Double duty for deer plant

While retailers prepare for the post-Thanksgiving rush of holiday shoppers, some meat processors are already working around the clock wrapping another kind of package: cuts of venison.

“It’s a profitable time for us,” said Tim Schwennesen, owner of Tune’s Locker Plant in Centralia. “It’s just like Christmas for the stores.”

More than a toy

“Turner, stop biting,” MU student Jayme Voltmer scolds. She is in the process of training her 7-month-old Yorkshire terrier, but it is difficult for her to maintain a serious tone with her 8-1/2-pound puppy whose nibbles are more affectionate than angry.

Small dogs, like Turner, have become more visible in the arms and purses of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Hilary Duff. Fashionistas such as these ladies can make anything look cool and desirable, but potential imitators need to be aware of the commitment involved.

Young leads inside shift

So far, Missouri lived and died at the 3-point line, but the Tigers’ interior game is beginning to develop into a sort of life support.

The Tigers still attempted 23 3-pointers against Houston, but made a more concerted effort to work the ball under the basket and take high-percentage shots.

Tigers sign top recruit Criswell

The Tigers signed their third and final recruit for the 2005-06 class on Tuesday. Leo Criswell, a 6-9 native of Kansas City, signed with Missouri.

Criswell had already verbally committed to Kentucky before making his decision to join the Tigers. As a junior in high school, Criswell averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds a game. He is rated as a top-50 recruit by several different recruiting sites. ranks him the 26th-best forward in this year’s recruiting class.

Rural roots set state high court judge apart

Mary Rhodes Russell believes she is the only member of the Missouri Supreme Court who keeps udder cream in her chambers.

The lotion was originally used by farmers to keep cows’ udders soft, but its ability to soften skin makes it popular as a hand cream.

Second-half slips leave Missouri floundering

Understand Kansas Jayhawks might not be concerned if they trail Missouri at halftime on Saturday.

Opponents have embarrassed the Tigers in the second half of games this past month. Since Missouri started its four-game losing streak Oct. 16 against Texas, the Tigers have seen leads slip away and deficits grow in miserable second-half performances.

Columbia College spruces up soccer stadium

Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium is only 13 years old, but it will get a face-lift before the 2005 season.

The home field for Columbia College soccer was closed in dramatic fashion Wednesday. But it wasn’t the ceremony fans and players were hoping for as William Jewell netted three straight penalty kicks after two overtimes and eliminated the top-seeded Cougars from the Region V tournament.

MU men’s golf signs pair to letters of intent

MU golf coach Mark Leroux announced his first two signings Tuesday.

Peter Malnati, from Dandridge, Tenn., and Ryne Fisher, from Clarksville, Tenn., signed national letters of intent to enroll at MU.

Missouri hunters bag record kill

Hunters in Missouri set a record for the opening weekend of firearms deer season.

As of midnight Sunday, hunters reported taking 133,136 deer statewide, which is up from 127,251 during opening weekend last year, said Jeff Barringer, a research scientist in Columbia with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Defeat doesn’t stop left-wing activists

Four progressive political organizers, expressing disappointment at the results of the presidential election, called on MU students to continue grassroots efforts on Tuesday. The speakers addressed about 50 students from different political groups in Stotler Lounge at Memorial Union on the MU campus.

“What I’m afraid of is that we’re all not going to keep it up,” said Rachel Wright, an issue and electoral organizer for Mid-Missouri Pro-Vote. “We want to make sure we do. We want to not let Bush get us into this sort of depressed mode where we all just stop ... so we need to keep working hard.”