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Manners for dinner

Tre Knoche stood chivalrously by his chair, waiting for a young lady to spy her place card at his table.

Tugging at her floor-length, red velvet skirt, Tess Sims smiled as Knoche pulled out her seat. He tucked her snugly beneath the rectangular table’s rim.

Rededication, Hanukkah coincide

Phoebe Goodman picked up another page of browned photographs and squinted slightly, holding it close.

“That’s my husband!” she said, happy to have located him in the photo.

Program to help bars spot drunks

Missouri has implemented a new approach to combat drunken driving and underage drinking. The State of Missouri Alcohol Responsibility Training Program, called SMART, launched last Wednesday and is online and free for bar and restaurant owners and employees.

The program allows businesses to train employees online on how to spot a fake ID and when to stop serving drinks to an inebriated patron. Employees complete the program by taking a test that they can take as many times as necessary to pass.

Holiday Wonderland

After an excited “10, nine, eight” countdown by more than 150 people and with the flick of a switch, Columbia College was transformed Friday evening into a holiday wonderland.

More than 6,000 white lights instantaneously illuminated the outlines of the building and trees around Bass Commons. The commons is the lawn in front of St. Clair Hall, at Tenth and Rogers streets.

Growing into leader’s role

It might be hard to picture wrestling as beautiful, but that is what Rock Bridge senior Cam Purcell calls it.

Purcell, the Bruins’ lone returning state qualifier this season, said the sportsmanship in wrestling makes it beautiful, not the grappling between two sweat-soaked athletes.

Tests show U.S. math skills behind curve

WASHINGTON — Fifteen-year-olds in the United States don’t have the math skills to match up to peers in other industrialized nations, test scores released Monday show.

The latest international comparison also underscores an achievement gap in America: White U.S. students scored above the average, while blacks and Hispanics scored below it.

Heated rivalry renewed

It might not approach the fervor of the Missouri-Kansas rivalry, but there is no love lost between the Tigers and Arkansas.

The Missouri men’s basketball team will play host to the Razorbacks at 7 tonight at Mizzou Arena.

Blunt considering Medicaid overhaul

JEFFERSON CITY — A reorganization of Missouri’s Medicaid system must be seriously considered given recent reports criticizing its management, a spokesman for Gov.-elect Matt Blunt said Monday.

While no specific proposals have been developed, Blunt spokesman Paul Sloca said Blunt’s transition team has been looking at ways to improve Missouri’s government, including overhauling Medicaid.

Hunting popular, but tough to classify

During the winter, outdoor sports in Mid-Missouri are hard to come by.

That is, unless you consider hunting a sport.

Kindness of a few can better society

I reminded myself first thing this morning. It’s time to begin accepting the reality that within a few days we will be welcoming a new year. For some of us, a brief but painful glance across the shoulder will reveal in intricate detail all the promises we made to ourselves this time last year, facing us now, unfulfilled. Personally, I’m going to offer a huge sigh, a weary shrug of the shoulders and the profound reminder that, well, that’s life. So, OK, it will give me a foundation to build on for 2005.

One new reality I’m having a hard time adjusting to is that it’s difficult for me to focus on national news. I’ve never been one to embrace denial as a method of facing the future. Perhaps, the majority of Americans feel the need to believe that denying gays the right to marry and overthrowing Roe vs. Wade will restore the nation to the status intended by the founding fathers. Meanwhile, there seems to be a whole boxcar load of troublesome problems which are being ignored.

Faces

Calling Zach Foerstel a fan doesn’t quite cover it. His tattoo, license plate, nickname and hobbies all reflect one thing: his passion for MU.

“I think the first game I remember seeing on TV was (Scott) Frost’s freak (touchdown) sending Mizzou and Nebraska to (overtime) in 1997,” he said.

Kewpies’ late rally falls short

The Hickman boys’ basketball team lost 75-71 to William Chrisman in the Blue Springs South Tournament on Monday.

Hickman coach Jim Sutherland said his team led William Chrisman at the half but let the Bears take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Kewpies fought back to within three, but turned the ball over on their only chance to tie the game.

How Do I?

There are several possibilities to see MU in an organized tour. Prospective students can arrange a tour that includes a special presentation and visits to a classroom, a computer lab and a residence hall by calling the Office of Admissions at 573-882-2456 or by registering online.

These tours are offered three times a day during the school year.

Now You Know

What was learned: MU veterinarians are using a surgical procedure to treat small dogs suffering from airway blockage.

How it works: Normally, cartilage in canine windpipes is stiff and supports a tightly stretched membrane across the top of it, which allows air to flow to the lungs, said Carol Reinero, assistant professor of veterinary medicine and surgery at MU.

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