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Greenspan: Go slowly with Social Security

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan urged Congress on Wednesday to take a go-slow approach in setting up the private Social Security accounts favored by President Bush. The president said he wasn’t ruling out taxing high-income workers more to help the retirement program.

Bush, who has been stumping across the country for the personal accounts, kept up that effort in New Hampshire. But his comments about levying Social Security taxes on more of big wage-earners’ income got the attention.

Rally groups protest Blunt’s Medicaid cuts

JEFFERSON CITY — Protesters dumped a large trash bin full of prosthetic limbs, discarded walkers and empty prescription bottles in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday to demonstrate their disdain for Medicaid cuts proposed in Gov. Matt Blunt’s budget for fiscal 2006.

The spectacle was intended to call attention to Blunt’s proposal to eliminate Medicaid coverage for durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs. Participants at the rally said Blunt’s plan suggests such equipment is refuse that the state need not fund.

Lackluster victory

When a star player says the game put him to sleep, it’s usually not pretty.

The Tigers defeated Baylor 60-53 on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but at this point, the Missouri men’s basketball team will take its wins any way it can get them.

SMSU name bill advances to the Missouri House

A bill that would drop the “Southwest” from Southwest Missouri State University’s name moved to the state House of Representatives on Wednesday for a first reading.

Senate Bill 98 passed, 25-7, its third and final reading in the Senate on Wednesday morning. Senators perfected the bill’s wording early Tuesday morning after an almost 14-hour filibuster.

High school wrestlers gear up for state finals

Last year about this time, Rock Bridge’s Cam Purcell trudged slowly into a lonely, dark tunnel at Hearnes Center, vowing never to feel the same disappointment again.

Purcell had just been eliminated from the state wrestling tournament, losing in the first round and again in wrestlebacks, after he had qualified for the first time. He hopes not to repeat the feeling this year.

Legislators consider repealing helmet law

Tracy Benton has spent 22 years riding motorcycles, the past five in Missouri. Much has changed in that time — bikes are faster, more powerful and more popular. But in Missouri, one thing has remained constant for Benton: Helmet-wearing is required by law.

Benton, who leads the mid-Missouri chapter of the Freedom of the Road Riders, said he should be entitled to make up his own mind about helmet-wearing.

Young’s play stands out

Kevin Young had a great game against Baylor on Wednesday night. Yet, he wasn’t flashy. He had no highlight reel dunks. He didn’t swat any balls into the stands. He had a great game because he played with grit.

Young’s diligent play helped lead the Tigers to a 60-53 victory against the Bears at Mizzou Arena.

Dailey lifts Missouri

Brian Dailey didn’t hesitate.

When coach Quin Snyder turned toward the end of the Missouri bench and motioned for Dailey to check in, he sprung out of his seat, took off his warm-up and rushed to center court.

Missouri depending on sunny skies

The Missouri baseball team takes its show on the road for the first three weeks of every season, hoping to avoid nasty weather.

But while Columbia enjoyed unseasonably warm weather last weekend, rain and the resulting field conditions in Phoenix forced the cancellation of three of the Tigers’ four scheduled games.

Don’t get mad, get even

Victories from three seniors meant the most Wednesday night, both for themselves and Missouri.

Six Tiger wrestlers were victorious against Tennessee-Chattanooga at Hearnes Center as No. 13 Missouri won 22-15 on Wednesday, avenging a Jan. 14 loss to the No. 24 Mocs.

Stars win despite first-half struggles

Dane Pavlovich’s body language showed his frustration in the first half Wednesday night.

Pavlovich paced the sideline, shook his head, put his head in his hands and even sat on the end of the bench by himself for a moment.

City aims to assess planning

The city wants your input, and that’s news to some people.

In an effort to better increase communication between the public and city planners, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission formed a 12-member committee last week that includes representatives from various public organizations and private companies.

Two arrested on liquor charges; cash, business records seized

Undercover agents with the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on Sunday arrested Zachary Riley, 36, and Autumn Cox, 41, on charges of operating a nightclub, the Corn’s Lake Bar in rural Boone County, without a state liquor license.

A court date has been set for Feb. 24 for a misdemeanor charge of selling alcohol without a license.

U.S. Cellular sponsors Black History Month art competition

Elementary students are celebrating Black History Month by participating in the second annual U.S. Cellular-sponsored art competition.

Columbia Public School students in grades one through five can participate by submitting an original portrait of a famous historical or present day African-American person using any art medium. The competition began Feb. 1.

Assembling an Archive

The Health Communication Research Center at MU plans to create a digital archive of black newspapers from across the nation.

In a joint effort with Saint Louis University, the research center will use a grant from the National Cancer Institute to fund the project. It is meant to help researchers, scholars and residents further understand how black newspapers provide health information to black communities.

Feminists take look at future

New and veteran voices of the feminist movement say it needs a reassessment for changing times and aging women.

Suzanne Levine, a writer and former editor at Ms. Magazine; Amy Richards, co-founder of the Third Wave Foundation; and multimedia journalist Farai Chideya were in Columbia last week to commend their colleague Gloria Steinem.

Faces: STEPHANIE FALER

Stephanie Faler never participated in theater in high school, but that didn’t stop her from helping found the Elysium Players Drama Club at Columbia College.

Faler graduated in May 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She said there was never a drama club at her high school in Van Buren, so when another student came to her with the idea of founding one at Columbia College, she was interested.

Earnings tax proposed as funding fix

Only two weeks before a self-imposed deadline, a legislative committee charged with fixing the formula for distributing state money to school districts discussed what some members called a novel plan to replace local property taxes with a statewide earnings tax.

The plan is the brainchild of Rep. Ed Robb, R-Columbia. Robb is a former MU economics professor who specialized in governmental budgeting.

Best film will win screening at True/False

Aspiring filmmakers from mid-Missouri can win a chance to have their short film screened at the upcoming True/False Film Festival.

The CATapult Cinema Showdown is a contest of three- to five-minute films inspired by “This Charming Couple,” an 18-minute educational short filmed in Columbia in the 1950s by the government. The film explores the dangers of hasty marriage in the face of rising divorce rates and focuses on the engagement, marriage and ultimate divorce of a young couple, Ken and Winnie.

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