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Huge relief efforts needed across Asia

The Boone County office of the American Red Cross has been fielding calls from people concerned about family members in southern Asia after tidal waves crushed coastlines in several countries Sunday.

“We refer them to the State Department,” said Jutta Hopkins, executive director for the Boone County chapter.

Millions left homeless by tidal waves

GALLE, Sri Lanka — Bodies washed up on tropical beaches and piled up in hospitals Monday, raising fears of disease across a 10-nation arc of destruction left by a monster earthquake and walls of water that killed more than 22,000 people. Thousands were missing and millions homeless.

Humanitarian agencies began what the United Nations said would become the biggest relief effort the world has ever seen.

SMS name clash has deep roots

The rhetoric centers on a name change, but the battle about a proposal to rechristen Southwest Missouri State University has long been a regional struggle over state resources.

Craig Hosmer, chairman of the Democratic Party in Greene County, represented Springfield in the House from 1991 to 2002. Hosmer, an MU graduate, sponsored the name-change bill during part of his tenure. He said the issue has been blown out of proportion.

Learning farm to bring agriculture to the people

Rob Myers has a plan that would allow children to read a book, plant a garden and pet barnyard animals all in one location.

Jefferson Farm and Gardens is being planned as a new educational farm that would offer visitors a hands-on approach to agriculture. At a time when less than 2 percent of the U.S. population is directly involved in agriculture, the facility would focus on the relevance of agriculture to each visitor’s everyday life.

Confession could shape slaying case

KANSAS CITY — Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery face an immediate hurdle that could challenge the defense throughout her case: Her alleged confession to killing a pregnant woman and cutting the baby from the victim’s womb.

Montgomery is due in federal court today, her first appearance before a judge in Missouri. It is just the next step in a long judicial process in which she will likely fight for a declaration of innocence — and possibly to save her own life.

Tea, traditions and Tinseltown

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

The expression familiar to so many brides will be one of many traditions highlighted at “Bridal Legends: A Weekend of Tea, Traditions and Tinseltown” next month at Stephens College.

Resident escapes, but candle fire consumes condo

A woman narrowly escaped a fire that destroyed her home and displaced five other condominium residents Monday morning.

At 1:12 a.m. Monday, the Columbia Fire Department arrived at the fire at Park De Ville Condominiums, 2307 Park De Ville Place, in west Columbia, Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said.

Austin’s record night powers Bruins

LIBERTY — A record performance from junior Alex Austin helped the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team overcome a slow start and sloppy play on Monday.

The Bruins defeated Kansas City Central 73-62 in the first round of the Holiday Basketball Classic at William Jewell College.

Rams stay in playoff chase

ST. LOUIS — The Rams desperately needed a win and played like it. The Eagles desperately wanted to stay healthy and played like it.

Rookie Steven Jackson’s best NFL performance carried St. Louis to a 20-7 victory against Philadelphia that kept the Rams in the NFC playoff race. Jackson rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown, but he also limped off midway through the fourth quarter with a bruised right knee.

Vermeil seeks win in finale

KANSAS CITY — If ever an NFL game might seem meaningless, it’s Sunday’s regular-season finale between playoff-bound San Diego and the going-nowhere Kansas City Chiefs.

Nevertheless, there are several ways for each team to approach things, and Dick Vermeil can only guess what path the Chargers will take.

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