Watergate case files donated to MU

Scholars, historians and political scientists studying the Watergate period will now have reason to stop in Columbia to continue their research.

A collection of personal papers from a former Senate lawyer involved in the Watergate investigation was recently donated to MU. The papers belonged to Don Sanders, the deputy minority council for the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities. In 1973, it was Sanders who indirectly asked whether there was a recording system in the White House, perhaps the most important question in the Watergate hearings, the university said in a news release.

Mental Health Board hopes to get property tax passed

In 1994, 72 percent of Boone County residents voted against a tax to advance local mental health service needs. But the Boone County Mental Health Board is mobilizing again, hoping a more specific plan will help the measure pass this time around.

“(The board) didn’t prioritize. They didn’t know how the money would be spent,” Board Chairman Roldan Mienert said. “We will not move ahead this time until we are confident this tax will pass.”

Two teens charged with killing

The mother of one of the two Mexico, Mo., teens arrested and charged in the Tuesday night killing of Komninos “Gus” Karellas, 60, told a Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad detective that she helped the defendants destroy evidence, according to a probable cause statement obtained from the Audrain County courthouse.

Lance Lee Berry, 17, and Quinton O’Neal Canton Jr., 17, were arrested without incident in Hermann at 4:35 a.m. Thursday on warrants in connection with the killing, according to a Mexico Department of Public Safety news release.

Clinton library sketches path from Hope to White House

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Bill Clinton, America’s first baby boomer president, opened his library Thursday with a rock ’n’ roll gala that hailed the $165 million glass-and-steel museum as “a gift to the future by a man who always believed in the future.”

Despite a steady, bone-chilling rain, nearly 30,000 people joined a celebration that included tributes from President Bush, his father and former President Carter. Rock stars Bono and The Edge of the band U2 performed a three-song set before Clinton spoke to the crowd .

The show must go on

Music blares as girls in curlers and half made-up faces scamper frantically across the room singing, dancing and nervously chattering.

Across the hall, anxiety fills the room as boys pace silently, rehearsing lines; a few talk among themselves as they dress. These are the typical scenes before the opening night of a play, but the preparation for this play was missing one key element: Its lead actor.

A family affair

Before many college students hit the snooze button on their alarm clocks, Marla Applebaum Wilcox has parked her car in the Hitt Street garage and headed into Jesse Hall.

At 7:45 a.m., she makes her way to the ice machine for her traditional morning tea. With a cup in hand, she continues her routine, walking one floor down from her office in 128 Jesse Hall to chat with a favorite fellow employee, her husband, Dale Wilcox.

Wal-Mart plat receives P&Z recommendation

Developers of a proposed Wal-Mart at Broadway and Fairview Road cleared a procedural hurdle on Thursday when the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of a final plat for the site.

The plat divides the property into two separate commercial and residential lots and clears the way for the developers to build no matter how the City Council votes on a contentious rezoning request in December.

Not guarded about his emotions

When the third quarter ended, plenty of reasons existed to be discouraged.

Nebraska led 17-3. Missouri’s offense had sputtered in the red zone. A punting mishap had set up a Cornhuskers touchdown. Frustrations were high. Confidence was low.

Panicking punters

Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt doesn’t have any doubt when he talks about the importance of a blocked punt. “It’s the biggest play in football.” Nesbitt would know, too. His team has done it 11 times this season.

Paffrath a role model on offense

With the loss of All-Big 12 linemen Rob Droege and A.J. Ricker after the 2003 season, there were concerns heading into this season about the play of the offensive line.

Senior Scott Paffrath filled the leadership void among the linemen, however, and has molded the inexperienced group into a solid unit.

MU FIGs compete for film honors

Students gathered in MU’s Middlebush Auditorium on Wednesday evening, anxiously and eagerly awaiting the announcement of winners in the first Journalism FIG Challenge Awards.

The event was meant to showcase skills learned by the journalism and communications freshman interest groups, known as FIGs, in photo, audio and video editing. Students used Apple iBook and PowerBook computers to produce two- to three-minute videos to learn the capabilities of their programs. They formed their own groups of no more than four people to create their vision.


Reclining in his office with his feet up on a chair, David Roebuck is where he wants to be.

“I will never leave,” Roebuck said. “At Columbia College, it is all about teaching and learning. How can it be any better than that when you love doing both?”

Top tackler team player

James Kinney will likely set the career tackles record for Missouri on Saturday against Kansas or the week after against Iowa State.

That, though, is not the record he cares about most.

Schools get high marks

Columbia Public Schools students scored better than national averages on four standardized tests taken during the 2003-04 school year.

Sally Lyon, the district’s director of research and assessment, presented the results to school board members at a morning work session Thursday.

Historic Senior Hall

Historic Senior Hall, the oldest building on the Stephens College campus, has served many purposes throughout the years.

It was a home, a library, a hospital ward and a residence hall. What makes it famous, however, is its alleged ghost.

Brothers, not rivals

As a quarterback at West Platte High School in Weston, Adam Barmann often looked for his younger brother, Brian, on pass patterns.

The Barmann tandem helped West Platte become one of the most successful programs in the state, winning a title in Missouri’s Class 1A division in 2001. If Adam connected on a pass to Brian on Saturday, however, his fans wouldn’t cheer.

KU’s Gordon has it both ways

When teams prepare to play Kansas, the preparation in all three aspects of the game begins and ends with No. 3.

Sophomore Charles Gordon, after setting school records for a freshman at wide receiver last season, is now making the majority of his plays on defense, leading the Big 12 Conference in interceptions with six. However, he still finds time to return kicks and to catch passes, something Gordon said is an honor.

Defense key for Missouri

Davidson begins its season against the Tigers tonight at the Paige Arena. Missouri will be the first in a list of tough competitors the Davidson Wildcats will be facing in the next few weeks. The Wildcats basketball team will be playing Duke, St. Joseph's, Massachussets and Georgetown. The game tonight is 7 p.m. at Paige Sports Arena.

Conference an outlet for coping with suicide

Stories of suicide are often shrouded in secrecy and shame.

A father-in-law buried in the middle of the night. A father’s suicide kept from his son for 10 years.

Promoting sisterhood through high fashion

With Beyonce blaring in the background singing “Crazy In Love” and girls shouting “all right now” and “I like that,” 70 Hickman High School No-Limit Ladies experienced the thrill and entertainment of being runway models.

Junior Ashley Hill, 17, is part of the all-girls club and encouraged her fellow “sisters” as they strutted their stuff upon the faux runway. The club hosted the fashion extravaganza in honor of Laura Wilson, an alumna of Hickman, clothing designer and the owner of the Blackberry Exchange.