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Agency hears Wal-Mart concerns

Representatives from two sides of a familiar public debate rehashed their opinions Monday about plans to put a Wal-Mart Supercenter in the already-polluted Hinkson Creek watershed.

At the request of the Sierra Club, officials from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources recorded testimony at a meeting Monday night about storm-water plans for the proposed 53-acre commercial development.

MU player faces rape charges

An MU football player was charged with rape and sodomy Monday.

After a female student at the university accused him of assaulting her early Sunday morning, Alvin D. Newhouse, 19, was charged of forcible rape and forcible sodomy.

Abstinence-only sex ed promoted

Some state lawmakers want to allow Missouri public schools to teach abstinence-only sex education.

Earlier this month, Rep. Cynthia Davis, R-O’Fallon, pre-filed a bill that would remove the requirement that sexuality education curricula include information about contraceptives.

Dressing the scene

On a weekday early in December, things are a little calmer at the Stephens College costume shop. “The Will Rogers Follies” has opened; “A Dickens Victorian Christmas” has closed. Approaching final exams have left the costume shop nearly empty of students, but there are still thousands of costumes that help tell the history of the school’s theater, dance and music departments.

In the main room of the shop where designs are created, performers are fitted and costumes are crafted, three women sit at their respective stations. Shop foreman and chief designer Patty Doyle remains anchored to her sewing machine. Patricia Davis sits at the end of a long drawing table and faces the door of the costume shop. Gail Shen sits across from her, facing the wall.

Balanced Bruins roll

The Rock Bridge basketball team showed there is strength in numbers Monday night.

The Bruins defeated Marshall 79-33 at Rock Bridge, replacing the starters with a younger lineup in the second half.

No glory for sports officials

Being a sports official is a lot like being a journalist.

Officials and journalists say they’re objective, but the public is generally quite skeptical of those claims. Also, both often receive more blame than they deserve.

Restoring history

One brick at a time, downtown Columbia is getting a face-lift and a little government help to pay for it.

Another historic preservation project has been completed downtown, funded in part by tax credits specifically for that purpose. John Ott, owner of The Paramount Building at 29 S. Ninth St., will host an open house today to show off the results of his tax credit project, which was one and a half years in the making.

A Good Opportunity

When Amber Cox planned to visit a college friend in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the summer, she had no idea she was visiting her future home state.

But when Cox, the assistant athletic director at Columbia College, saw a job posting in June that said the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury was looking for a Director of Marketing, she decided to apply.

Faces

Working two jobs to make ends meet normally wears people out. For Mark Partington, a manager at T.A. Brady’s and a supervisor at J.C. Penney’s, one would think that a proper way to relax would be to rest in a peaceful setting.

Instead, Partington has a much more boisterous pastime.

Debits help ease sting of interest

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat — and so are most Americans’ credit card bills, although so far this holiday season debit cards have a slight edge.

Times

Women’s athletics on the MU campus go back to 1889, when the University of Missouri Board of Curators made one semester of physical education a requirement for women.

The female students used a room on the top floor of Jesse Hall along with a small run-down shack, which was used as a dressing room for women involved in outdoor sports. Over the years, MU women participated in wall scaling, hiking, field hockey, indoor baseball, table tennis and badminton.

Rock Bridge overcomes poor shooting

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team survived a sloppy performance Monday at Marshal.

Time time to nurture the Christmas spirit

Well, it’s beginning to look, sound and smell a lot like Christmas. Almost everywhere you turn, multi-colored lights are twinkling from rooftops, strains of Handel’s “Messiah” are pouring through the seams of stained-glass windows, while the sweet, smell of fresh pine trees clings to the crusty air.

Frankly, I welcome the spirit of Christmas. Over the past months, my mind and soul have grown weary of war and violence and harsh words crackling across the airwaves like rifle shots firing from all directions. Sometimes, I think a sense of peace and tranquility is not something which is valued in contemporary life. Some people seem to be almost embarrassed if their households are not surrounded by noise around the clock.

District deficit $2 million lower

Money from a successful summer school program has officials predicting that the Columbia Public School District will finish its 2004-05 fiscal year with a $2.8 million deficit, a figure $2 million lower than originally anticipated.

Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent for the district, presented the board with a monthly financial report of the district’s revenues and expenditures within the 2004-05 budget on Monday night.

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