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Able replacement

ST. LOUIS — Together, the oldest player and the youngest player on the St. Louis roster came through.

The Rams’ best call in a 16-6 victory against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday was backup quarterback Chris Chandler, 39, handing off to Steven Jackson, 21.

Miles fly by as STRIPES marks its achievements

When three MU students called the volunteers at Supportive Tigers in Pursuit of Ensuring Safety for a ride home Thursday night, it was the 30,000th time in the past four years STRIPES has provided students with safe transportation after a night out.

By the end of the night, 100 more groups of students were taken home by STRIPES’ drivers.

Chancellor’s house to be updated

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and his wife, Anne, will move in to the Chancellor’s Residence on campus after the university completes a renovation of the house to improve accessibility for those with disabilities.

Although the date for the move-in is yet to be determined, Sue Mills, MU’s director of development, said her office hopes to have the residence ready for the Deatons by December 2005. The house on Francis Quadrangle will be closed during construction.

Green shakes injury, Raiders

OAKLAND, Calif. — Trent Green played a nearly-perfect half, tender ribs and all, to lead the Chiefs to an important comeback win.

Green completed 14-of-15 passes after halftime for 229 of his 340 yards and hit Eddie Kennison for a winning 70-yard touchdown with 2:04 left in Kansas City’s 34-27 victory against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

Students question rising cost of tuition

When MU Chancellor Brady Deaton spoke with students Thursday evening, he answered some tough questions about MU policies, many of them centering on the rising cost of education at the university.

“It is increasing, and it’s very hard for us to pay for school,” said Lacey Hanson, a journalism student and Cabinet member of the Missouri Students Association, who is concerned about rising tuition.

Hitting the jackpot

Sitting comfortably in his office in Boonville’s new 5,000-square-foot police station, Chief Joel Gholson remembers when the police force operated out of the basement of City Hall.

“It was awful,” he said. “We had all 20 of us coming in and out of the same door.”

Connected parents

Omega McNeese is getting her master’s degree at MU on five hours of sleep every night.

McNeese wakes every morning at 5:30. In 30 minutes, she’s about ready for class and turns her attention to getting her 19-month-old son, Makari, ready for the day. She drops the toddler at day care and arrives at her office in MU’s Clark Hall by 7:30. She attends class and does work for her research assistantship in health management.

Losing leads getting old for Tigers

It’s an all too familiar storyline. One that drives senior Jason Conley crazy. One that has been replayed several times this season.

Missouri builds up a lead, lets it dwindle and sneaks by with a close win.

Rural vote evens out Boone County

The splatters of the blues and reds on a map of November’s U.S. presidential election plainly show the political differences between urban and rural geographies. Big blue bursts of dense, Democratic, urban islands contrast sharply against sprawling red seas of suburban and rural Republicans.

The mix of blues and reds in Boone County is no different, with election results showing a particularly strong Republican edge outside of Columbia. However, a few observers see a blending of colors in the works.

Gatekeepers battle suicide, get help for those at risk

After a suicide, there are often those who blame themselves.

They saw something wrong. They didn’t know what to say. They didn’t know how or where to get help.

Healthy interaction

In September, Christine Gardner moved in to an independent retirement community on Bluff Creek Drive.

Along with several of her belongings, Gardner brought with her Ophelia, her cat and faithful companion of eight years.

Local UCC supports barred ad

Amanda Helm came to Columbia looking for a church she could agree with. At Columbia United Church of Christ, she found the inclusiveness she was seeking.

The Columbia church is now one of 6,000 United Church of Christ congregations nationwide enmeshed in a battle with NBC and CBS over the church’s ad campaign.

Auburn left out of championship

This season, Auburn knows what it’s like to be the odd team out, a feeling Southern California knew too well last year.

USC and Oklahoma finished atop the final Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday and will meet in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 in a title game that, again, might not end the argument about who is No. 1.

City considers reduced-cost rec services

The Columbia City Council will receive a report at its meeting tonight proposing a pilot program that would give financial assistance to low-income adults using Columbia Parks and Recreation facilities, including the Activity and Recreation Center.

Parks and Recreation director Mike Hood said his department has received many inquires from low-income adults looking for aid.

Agencies brace for budget cuts

State social service and education officials are expected to have to cut or reduce programs next year, when millions of dollars are redirected to pay for transportation and road projects.

More than three-quarters of Missouri voters approved Amendment 3 last month, which amends the state constitution to redistribute General Fund revenue from vehicle and fuels sales taxes.

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