Lauries give up Paige name rights

The search for a new namesake for the $75 million Paige Sports Arena begins today after the Laurie family on Tuesday passed the naming rights of the arena to the university.

UM President Elson Floyd and Chancellor Brady Deaton announced the decision Tuesday.

Test sanctions lifted from three schools

A federal sanction was lifted on three Columbia elementary schools after an annual progress report was corrected and finalized this month.

A preliminary report released in August by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicated three schools hadn’t met Adequate Yearly Progress requirements after failing different sections of the Missouri Assessment Program for the second year in a row.

Healthy revision

Glenn McElroy remembers gazing up as a child at the towering ceilings of what used to be the post office on Cherry Street.

“The ceilings were huge; to a little kid they look huge. It was a big open lobby,” said McElroy, vice president of the Health Adventure Center board, of what was most recently known as the Federal Building. “It was just beautiful.”

Range Line plan expenses mount

State officials seeking to expand a stretch of Columbia highway have hit a bump in the road.

Projected costs for the south section of the Range Line Street expansion have increased from $16.5 million to $19.5 million because of rising right-of-way costs, said Kenny Voss, project manager with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Department. He said with incidentals — design costs, construction inspection and unexpected change orders — the cost of the south-section project likely will rise from $22.6 million to $26.6 million. Only the south section is budgeted in the department’s five-year plan.

Missouri Democrats look for ways to revitalize party for ’06

JEFFERSON CITY — In the aftermath of the Democratic losses in Missouri on Election Day three weeks ago, top Missouri Democratic leaders met Tuesday to discuss the future of the party.

In January, Democrats will hold two fewer statewide offices, three fewer Senate seats and seven fewer House seats.

Getting the basics

If underwear and socks are on children’s wish lists this year, it’s because some of them — namely, students at Midway Heights Elementary School — want to give them away.

The Keeper of the Keys, an after-school character-building program for fifth-graders at Midway, has elected to join the “socks and undies for kids” drive sponsored by Caroline & Company and benefiting children who stay at the Rainbow House, an emergency shelter and regional child-advocacy center that serves newborns to 18-year-olds.

Parents provide banquet fit for a Kewpie

Thirty-five pounds of uncooked pasta, 10 gallons of pasta sauce, 20 loaves of bread and 18 dozen cookies could be enough food to feed a family of four for a month.

It’s also the perfect amount for one meal for a championship-contending high school football team.

Police arrest two men in separate rape cases

Police interrupted an apparent sexual assault Monday night in the 200 block of Hitt Street, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

A 20-year-old woman was treated and released from an area hospital, according to the press release.

Alumnus donates $7.5 million

The building that houses the heart of MU’s engineering programs will be renamed and renovated in the wake of a $7.5 million gift from an alumnus and his wife.

Engineering Building East will be renamed Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall. The announcement came Friday at a meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators in Rolla.

Tigers miss their mark

KANSAS CITY – Shots hung on the rim. They rattled out of the rim. They clanged off the rim. Some even missed the rim.

They did everything but go in.

Quick start doesn’t last for Tigers

Missouri coach Quin Snyder openly criticized his team’s lack of intensity in the starting minutes of last week’s loss to Davidson College.

The Tigers apparently heeded Snyder’s words, jumping out to 7-2 lead against Creighton on the strength of several hustle plays.

Blunt begins appointing for gubernatorial term

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov.-elect Matt Blunt announced appointments Tuesday to the Department of Revenue, the Public Service Commission and his gubernatorial staff.

Blunt said he would nominate Trish Vincent as director of the Revenue Department, which he said is one of the state’s most important agencies because its work affects every resident. Vincent has served as the deputy secretary of state for business services for four years.

Jayhawks expose cracks in Tigers’ defense

Missouri had two weeks to prepare for Kansas, a team depending on a fourth-string quarterback and a backup running back.

With the extra week to prepare for the Jayhawks’ offense, the Tigers’ top-ranked defense was outplayed from the start in Missouri’s 31-14 loss. Kansas entered the game last in the Big 12 Conference in total offense and ahead of only pass-heavy Texas Tech rushing the ball.

Youthful Kewpies please coach despite loss

The Hickman girls’ basketball team did something Tuesday night it did only twice last season: lose.

The young Kewpies showed enough heart to overcome Notre Dame de Sion in their season opener but couldn’t handle the Storm’s pressure defense in a 55-42 loss at Hickman Gym.

Little things break against MU

KANSAS CITY – Bad breaks and poor shooting found Missouri heading into the locker room at halftime looking at a lead that proved insurmountable.

Missouri was unable to score in the unfamiliar settings of Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium. Missouri coach Quin Snyder did not hesitate to criticize his team after the game.

Red-Hot Business

On a gravel road outside Kingdom City, an Angus bull sign greets visitors at the driveway to Mark and Julie Price’s farm. As you enter the property, a small lake invites you to look farther, across the pastures and trees that beautify the land. Then two houses present options for a friendly knock on the door.

One house is the Prices’ residence, and the other will introduce you to the office of a growing business.


A story on page 3A Sunday included an incorrect date for Komninos “Gus” Karellas’ emigration from Greece to the United States. He moved here in 1965.

Scents from the garden

NEW YORK — The newest crop of fragrances focuses on flowery notes, ranging from the ever popular jasmine to rare orchids, and fruit smells, including grapefruit and apple.

But if you’re hungry for a change, Carolina Herrera’s 212 Sexy has a cotton-candy note and DKNY’s Be Delicious has a touch of cucumber essence. Max Mara does the sweet-and-spicy thing — with hints of ginger and sugar-cane.

Turkey is the star, but gravy tops it off

It’s brown or white, thick or thin, runny or creamy. Sometimes it’s lumpy, sometimes it’s chunky. Still, it smells good, and most people eagerly spread it generously on mashed potatoes.

Residents explain what exactly gravy is — that home-cooked-meal staple that seems to make even the driest of dry turkey deliciously digestible every Thanksgiving — where it comes from and how Mom seemed to make it so well amid the chaos of a full kitchen and bickering relatives. The origin of gravy is less savory.

America’s many cultures contribute to holiday menus

Succulent turkey roasted in the oven for hours. Mashed potatoes freshly whipped. Homemade pumpkin pie cooled on the kitchen counter. Fresh green beans sprinkled with a crunchy onion topping. A deliciously tart cranberry sauce made to be slathered on the turkey. All these foods equal one thing — Thanksgiving.

It might be the menu for an American Thanksgiving, but it’s a far cry from the actual first Thanksgiving.