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Giving thanks, bridging divides

With no turkey, no dressing and no cranberries, more than 40 international students at Smithton Middle School celebrated no less a Thanksgiving.

English is their second language.

County begins plotting means to clear snow

Getting ahead of the snow, Boone County officials are considering improvements to the county’s “snow fight” strategy. The Boone County Commission and laborers, however, are questioning some of the changes Public Works operations manager Chip Estabrooks said are necessary to improve snow removal.

“We have a pretty good track record in regards to snow removal,” said Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin, whose concerns have been shared by Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller at previous work sessions.

Attorney cites conflict in asking for split cases

Public defender Michael Hamilton told the Audrain County Court on Friday that there is a conflict of interest in his representing all three people charged in connection with the killing of Mexico restaurant owner Komninos “Gus” Karellas.

Quinton Canton Jr., 17, and Lance Berry, 17, were each charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. They are being held without bond at the Audrain County jail.

When it can never be taken back

There is no one kind of abuser. A National Institute of Justice study of a batterers’ counseling group from June 2003 described the participants as ranging from 19 to 71 years old, with monthly salaries ranging from $250 to $10,000.

“We have to be careful we don’t categorize our abusers in a certain fashion,” says Detective Jeff Westbrook of Columbia Police Department. “When it comes down to relationship stuff, people go berserk.”

Abuse program fails to track men ordered to class

Boone County victims’ advocate Mark Koch says men haven’t been the primary focus of domestic violence programs. “It wasn’t men calling hotlines saying ‘Help me stop being an abusive bastard.’ It was women saying ‘I’m going to die if I don’t get out of here.’ What we’ve been dealing with is the ways in which women can change. Men have to change, too.”

Most domestic violence offenders in Boone County are ordered by the court to supervised probation for two years and counseling, according to Boone County probation and parole officer Julie Florence.

Racer imparts life advice

Carl Edwards usually sends a clear message to his NASCAR opponents by passing them at 170 mph. On Monday, Edwards slowed down to give Oakland Junior High students a different message: “Follow your dreams.”

A former student at Oakland, Edwards spoke at the school Monday at an assembly.

Cooper’s liquor license reinstated

After 144 days of fighting to regain his liquor license, Mike Cooper has won.

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control reinstated Cooper’s license on Monday afternoon, allowing him to sell beer at Cooper’s Landing south of Columbia. The division decided not to appeal last month’s ruling from the state’s Administrative Hearing Commission, which sided with Cooper.

More flu vaccinations to be available today

The Boone County Health Department will offer flu vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at its Columbia clinic to anyone who meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s high-risk guidelines.

High-risk candidates include children aged 6 to 23 months, adults 65 or older, women who will be pregnant during flu season, nursing-home residents, health-care workers, those who work with children and anyone with a chronic medical condition.

Sincere apologies can save time, cash

It really doesn’t surprise me that people in certain professions, including the practice of medicine, need to be taught the value of apologizing when they make an error. This is an idea being fostered by some who are urging malpractice reform.

I’ve been noticing this trend of refusing to apologize for a long time, especially among politicians. I’ve been convinced for years that many conflicts might have been avoided if people could have brought themselves to apologize for their words or actions. Still, I’d have to say, in my experience, this phenomenon tends to be more prevalent among men than it is among women.

Students charged in opossum abuse

MU sophomores and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity members Zachary Famuliner and Adam Thomas will appear in court on charges of animal cruelty and holding opossums without a permit following an incident early Friday morning.

At 1:47 a.m. Friday the Columbia Police Department responded to a complaint from a neighbor.

Retirement center sold in auction

A local retirement center has been sold in an effort by its owner to get out of bankruptcy.

The National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that filed for bankruptcy Feb. 16, sold the Lenoir Retirement Community and 10 other senior-living facilities to Fortress Investment Group for $210 million Friday at a New York auction. Judge Ronald King of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the West District of Texas in San Antonio must still approve the takeover on Nov. 30.

Family ties

There’s no question as to whom Glenda Grimes will be rooting for tonight.

She has made her stance known.

Coach of ’74 champions behind this year’s Kewps

It’s been almost 30 years to the day, but the Hickman football team’s return to the state championship game is bringing back memories for the members of the 1974 state championship team led by coach Tom Travis.

After leaving Columbia 12 years ago to coach in Texas, Travis is coming back to Missouri to watch Hickman attempt to capture its second title in the school’s history. He will travel to the game on Friday with some of his players from the historic ‘74 squad, and they will watch the game together from the stands, reminiscing and cheering on this generation of Kewpies.

Commentary: Tigers’ faithful feeling strained

Many Missouri fans will be eating crow as well as turkey on Thursday.

This past Thanksgiving, the Missouri men’s basketball team was ranked No. 3.

Early deficit downfall of Tigers’ rushing attack

After an uninspired effort against Kansas on Saturday, the Missouri football team still had no answers Monday to what went wrong, particularly with its running game.

The Tigers finished with negative 6 yards rushing. Quarterback Brad Smith was held to negative 41 yards.

Correction

A story on page 4A on Sunday misidentified who could vote in an involuntary annexation of a large portion of the Harg community. Only Harg residents who live on the land that will be annexed will have a vote.

Improvement pays

Iowa State coach Dan McCarney spotted his team’s potential in one of the most frustrating games of the season.

Despite easily outgaining host Colorado on Oct. 16, the Cyclones left with a 19-14 loss. McCarney, though, knew the Cyclones had come together and started developing confidence. The next week, the Cyclones rallied late at Baylor winning 26-25 thanks to a touchdown with 41 seconds left.

Cougars’ defense leads way to win

More times than not, as the point guard goes, so goes the team. Such was the case Monday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Tiffany Foote led the Columbia College women’s basketball team to a dominating 78-53 win against Lyon College in a game that was equal parts sloppy and composed.

Fox nabs BCS rights in $80 million deal

The Bowl Championship Series is moving to Fox.

BCS coordinator Kevin Weiberg announced Monday the BCS has reached an $80 million agreement with Fox to televise the Bowl Championship. The contract includes exclusive rights to televise the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls, as well as the new fifth BCS bowl, beginning after the 2006 regular season through the 2010 games.

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