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With vote, facility becomes ‘Mizzou Arena’

The athletic department will shoulder the estimated $30,000 to $40,000 it will cost to change the name of MU’s new arena, after UM system curators voted on Friday to change the name from Paige Sports Arena to Mizzou Arena.

The name change is effective immediately, but Chad Moeller, MU Manager of Sports Information, said there is no definite timetable for changing the name at the arena itself.

More flu vaccinations available from county

Local health officials are hoping to vaccinate more elderly people, children under 2 and other high-risk individuals before the peak of the flu season arrives.

Thanks to the arrival last week of 1,200 additional doses of the vaccine, the Columbia/Boone County Health Department will host a clinic Wednesday at the department’s offices at 1005 West Worley.

Making a new home

When Irfan Haque emigrated from Pakistan in 2000, he knew he wouldn’t be going back. For someone from Haque’s culture, there’s no question — you live where your children are.

“In old age, I have to be here,” Haque says.

Advent begins today

Every year there are those who complain that our society begins preparing for Christmas too far in advance. Most department stores raise Christmas trees in their shop windows the weekend after Halloween, and carols playing over the loudspeakers at supermarkets aren’t far behind.

In the Christian church, the preparation for Christmas officially begins four Sundays before Dec. 25. Advent, which begins today, also marks the first Sunday of the church new year.

Missouri foods are getting gift-wrapped

SPRINGFIELD — Gourmet jelly, organic soy nuts, honey and chili mix are among the gourmet items offered in a gift box from small Missouri specialty food producers who hope to woo customers from across the country.

Eleven companies are part of “Taste the Best of Missouri,” a box shaped like the Show-Me state and colored black and gold — a nod to MU. The companies hope the gift box will bring exposure and marketing opportunities for their products.

Snapshot of a tragedy

Even though Bud Wiest still keeps the film negatives in his dresser drawer, the photographs he shot of the Sept. 27, 2003, sunset over the Missouri River will never be used as his wife intended.

He remembers shooting the pictures of Phyllis, 45, holding their 18-month-old daughter, Katherine, standing on the Isabell train trestle that spans Big Loose Creek near Frankenstein.

Late misses doom Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a hot shooting night from Central Methodist University, falling 68-66 inSaturday’s second round of the KMIZ/Best Western Thanksgiving Classic at the Southwell Complex.

The Eagles shot 61 percent from the field, including 74 percent in the second half, and held Columbia College to 37 percent and only 14 percent from 3-point range.

Rams try to salvage playoff hopes

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Brett Favre, who starts his 200th straight regular-season game Monday night against the St. Louis Rams, always figured he’d be a major league baseball player growing up.

“That was my better sport,” confessed the Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback, who went to Southern Mississippi to play both football and baseball, but hung up his glove for good after winning the starting quarterback job as a freshman.

Basketball skills help Gonzalez

KANSAS CITY — Anyone looking for a good tight end might be smart to scout the NCAA basketball tournament.

The sport of basketball, where big guys learn to jump, maneuver in tight spaces and use their bodies to block out, has been breeding some great tight ends of late.

Strong finish fuels Missouri

AMES, Iowa – Missouri had no reason to show up, but it did.

Playing with pride and a desire to stop a losing string as its only motivations, the Tigers produced their best 60-minute effort since October. It yielded a 17-14 overtime win at Iowa State on Saturday.

Woods comes to life in season finale

AMES, Iowa – Marcus Woods began the season with comparisons to Kansas State’s diminutive star back Darren Sproles and Hall-of-Fame back Barry Sanders.

Entering Missouri’s final game, it appeared his redshirt freshman season would end as a major disappointment. Woods had gained only 347 yards in 10 games and in the Tigers’ home finale, he finished with one carry for 3 yards.

Tigers spoil ISU’s shot at Big 12 title

AMES, Iowa—After opponents had overcome huge deficits and made big plays all season on Missouri, a Tiger cornerback running out of the end zone with the ball in overtime was a reversal of fortune.

A.J. Kincade streaked down the sideline after intercepting a Bret Meyer pass to seal the 17-14 win for Missouri over Iowa State, ending a five-game losing streak and giving the Tigers their first win since Oct. 9 against Baylor.

LONG-AWAITED RETURN

ST. LOUIS – Just when Hickman thought it had possibly shut the door on its first state championship in 30 years, Hazelwood East managed to put its foot in the way.

With time running out in the second quarter, Spartans quarterback Carl Wood found Gerald Fulton streaking across the middle of the field around the Kewpies’ five-yard line.

Kendrick sixth on Hickman rush list

ST. LOUIS – Nothing could prevent Brandon Kendrick from smiling on Friday night.

His grin didn’t shrink when he learned he failed to reach fifth in Hickman’s record books for the most rushing yards in a single season. He fell 19 yards short.

Tekotte relishes Kewpies’ victory

ST. LOUIS – You’ve heard it before: You can’t win if you don’t play.

Whoever thought of that catch phrase didn’t meet Blake Tekotte.

All that jazz

Tom Andes’ fingers dance up and down the keys of the piano. Wearing a crooked smile, his eyes half shut in concentration, Andes is oblivious to the steady murmur of conversation in the crowded room.

It’s Saturday night at Murry’s, and as Andes and his trio finish up a jazz standard, few people seem to notice. Other than the people at a handful of tables and three enthusiasts at the bar, everyone else in the restaurant seems to have delegated the music to background noise.

Naturally inspired

Sometimes, during a walk in the woods, a leaf is all it takes to inspire fiber artist Vicki Smith. At other times, it’s the walk itself.

For Smith, life is interconnected with nature, and so is her art. Smith, 54, creates handmade paper bowls and collages from plant material and found objects. She says her pieces tend to develop themselves.

A place for the heart

A brightly lit, bushy Christmas tree stands in a corner of Heart to Heart Christian Supply, draped in gold ribbon and adorned with ornaments strategically placed upon its branches.

Couches sit on either side of the tree — overstuffed invitations to patrons to relax and read. Small tables and chairs, available for customers to sip a cup of coffee and chat, complete the scene.

Cardiac concerns

Marilyn Petersen hurries into University Hospital’s Fit for Life center, pulling a T-shirt over her head and lacing her sneakers in preparation for her new routine.

A freshly minted health nut at 62, Petersen boasts that she’s the picture of wellness. With her intense daily regimen of walking, biking and weight lifting, it’s hard to argue.

Getting under the skin

Holograms — 3-D images created by lasers — have been around for about 30 years. But it is only recently that scientists, including an MU physicist, have started to think about using the technology to photograph live tissues as a way to detect diseases.

Though his work is still in initial laboratory stages, Sunder Balasubramanian, a post-doctoral fellow in the MU Department of Physics and Astronomy, hopes it could lead to one of the first noninvasive methods to screen for skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States.

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