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Fans want Stewart’s name on MU arena

The Board of Curators may choose Mizzou Arena today as the new name for MU’s basketball building, but, in an informal poll, Columbia and Kansas City fans resoundingly chose — Norm Stewart Arena.

The beloved basketball coach already has had the court itself named after him. Stewart led the Tigers for 32 seasons. He earned a 634-333 record, including eight Big Eight Conference titles. Stewart was also an All-American player from 1954-56 and is one of six Tiger players to have his jersey retired.

Light workload

Ahhh, the holiday season … when families set out in search of the perfect tree, Christmas cards are written, cookies are baked, and Mom and Dad threaten to divorce each other over the annual ritual of hanging the lights.

What some see as the most irritating ritual of the holiday season is a business opportunity for the increasing number of landscapers who will put up and take down lights in the holiday season.

Football families prepare for final

Some families spend the day after Thanksgiving shopping, starting to decorate for the holidays, and maybe even watching a little football on television.

The families and fans of the Hickman High School football team will spend today watching their team battle for the state title.

FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNT Festive spirit amid turmoil

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brian Stuhlman is a native Missourian and a graduate of MU. For the past two years he has lived in Kiev, Ukraine, where he teaches at an international school. The country has made recent international headlines after thousands of people took to the streets — just a short distance from Stuhlman’s apartment — in protest of this year’s presidential election results. Here are some of his observations.

Ukraine, the city of Kiev in particular, has been thrown into social and political turmoil this week with this year’s presidential election, the most important election since 1991 when Ukraine won its independence. The elections, held on Sunday, featured a run-off between current prime minister and Russia-backed Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader and Western-backed Viktor Yushchenko.

Turkey, fixin’s and all

For the seventh year, First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton transformed Lou’s Palace on East Walnut Street into the site of a Thanksgiving dinner for Columbia’s needy.

A few extra tables clothed in white, flowers donated from local flower shops and a few handcrafted center pieces combined with a jovial, family-like atmosphere were all that was needed to create a Thanksgiving holiday for those without a place to go.

Mo.’s unclaimed tax refunds total $660,000

Thirty-six Boone County residents could have some extra holiday shopping money this year — if only they’d ask the Internal Revenue Service.

The IRS announced last week it is still waiting for 1,082 Missourians to claim their 2003 federal tax refunds. The refunds, totaling $6,954 in Boone County and more than $660,000 statewide, have been returned to the IRS as undeliverable. Amounts range from $1 to more than $60,000 with an average per-check amount of $612. Nationwide, 87,485 refunds totaling $73 million were bounced back to the IRS.

Columbia’s fire score under review

Columbia’s fire-protection rating — which helps determine insurance rates and can attract businesses looking to relocate — is under review by the Insurance Services Office, now called ISO.

On a standardized 10-point scale, with 1 being nearly ideal fire protection, Columbia rated a 3 when last reviewed 15 years ago. That rating earned the city a spot in the top 4 percent nationwide.

Seasonal feasts need reining in

It happened again, didn’t it?

Despite your promises to cut the carbs, trim the fat and count the calories, Thanksgiving came and the turkey wasn’t the only thing that ended up stuffed.

Missouri’s last stand

Two teams going in opposite directions will meet in Ames, Iowa, for their final game of the regular season Saturday.

Missouri (4-6, 2-5 Big 12 Conference) plays Iowa State (6-3, 4-3) in a game that means everything for the Cyclones and nothing for the Tigers.

Nesbitt a father in two worlds

Gregg Nesbitt has two families.

One is at home with his wife and children, while the other is the Hickman football program.

Stats don’t tell senior’s value

If Wayne Kreklow, the associate coach of the Missouri volleyball team, tried to figure the most valuable member of his No. 24 Tigers, he would have several choices.

He could pick setter Lindsey Hunter, who is fifth nationally with 14.38 assists per game, or middle blocker Lisa Boyd, who leads the Big 12 Conference in hitting percentage with .404, or even freshman Tatum Ailes, whose 4.15 digs per game is third-best in the Big 12.

Shooting at classic woefully inadequate

It’s no secret that the shots have stopped falling for the Missouri basketball team.

That was painfully obvious to everyone in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday. The Tigers lost to Houston 57-55. The question is what to do now.

Strong defense helps, hinders women’s team

Being defensive has its pros and cons.

Missouri women’s basketball Coach Cindy Stein has preached the importance of defense, and in the past two games her team has reacted. Unfortunately, it may not be the defense Stein had in mind.

Colts trample Lions; Manning breaks record

DETROIT — Peyton Manning broke one of Dan Marino’s records, took a big step toward another and didn’t even have to play the whole game to do it.

Manning threw for six touchdowns in less than three quarters and raised his season total to 41 scoring passes to lead the Indianapolis Colts past the Detroit Lions 41-9 Thursday.

Jones’ stellar effort drives Dallas

IRVING, Texas — Drew Henson will have to wait before he is the star of the Dallas Cowboys offense. Right now, the youngster turning heads is rookie running back Julius Jones.

Jones burst up the middle for a 33-yard touchdown on Dallas’ first drive and was still going strong at the end, scoring again from the 4 midway through the fourth quarter to help the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 21-7 on Thursday.

Correction

A story on page 1A Friday incorrectly spelled the name of the Kroenke family.

New arena gets new name

Three days after the Laurie family gave up naming rights to Paige Sports Arena, UM curators re-named the venue Mizzou Arena. In a conference call Friday afternoon, the University of Missouri Board of Curators unani-mously passed a motion made by MU President Elson Floyd to re-name the center.

The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes and passed the motion with little discussion among the nine board members.

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