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Local twist to Fla. case

A Columbia woman attempting to take water to Terri Schiavo was arrested Tuesday afternoon outside Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., for trespassing.

According to Miami Herald reporter Erika Bolstad, a crowd of about 100 protesters watched as Columbia activist Lana Jacobs, 56, was handcuffed and escorted away by officers from the Pinellas Park Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department at 1:45 p.m. EST. Jacobs was charged with trespassing after warning, a misdemeanor in Florida. She was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where her bond was set a $250. She posted bond about 7:45 p.m. EST.

Rose left legacy of music, insight

Columbia Renaissance man Forrest Rose was by all accounts a prolific musician, writer and thinker. Often characterized as humorous, witty and intelligent, Mr. Rose wrote and performed with passion.

“He was someone who loved to skinny-dip in the fountain of life,” said longtime colleague Irene Haskins.

Providers blamed for most Medicaid fraud

When Gov. Matt Blunt announced plans to drastically reduce Medicaid services in Missouri, he set his sights on “well-documented instances of individuals defrauding the Medicaid system and costing taxpayers millions of dollars each year.”

As it turns out, the actual numbers squash the myth of the stereotypical Medicaid queen sucking most of the money from a broken system.

Sculpture plan approved

Stonehenge-style columns will be added to the list of unusual art that adorns Columbia’s landscape, which already includes alligators playing banjos and flying french fries.

Columbia City Council approved plans on Monday night to add St. Louis artist Carol Fleming’s concept design “Look Out Point” to Stephens Lake Park as part of the Percent for Art program.

Older artworks need restoration

Restoration of the Gentry and Howard buildings on Broadway has ignited discussions about the maintenance of city-owned art.

There is talk to set aside part of the building-restoration costs and use the money to maintain some existing art.

Communication crucial, science journalist says

When Columbia School Board candidate Mike Martin’s mother attended school to get her paralegal’s certificate and private investigator’s license, Martin helped care for his sister, Stephanie, who had muscular dystrophy.

The family’s income was a “cobblestone course” of different avenues: the Supplemental Security Income and Supplemental Security Disability Income helped, as did his father’s child support, his mom’s income, the money Martin earned mowing lawns and taking odd jobs. The Section 8 housing program paid a large portion of his family’s rent for 10 years, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Foster Grandparent Program also gave them financial help.

Blunt spends $75,000 on office gear

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt has spent about $75,000 on new computers and phones for the governor’s office, raising the total taxpayer cost for his office makeover to nearly $120,000.

Blunt’s information technology director said Tuesday the old computers dated to the mid-1990s and couldn’t support the latest antivirus programs and operating systems. The phones were last replaced in 1997.

Finding success off the mat

As a redshirt freshman in 2002, Missouri senior Tyron Woodley was an NCAA qualifier. The next season, Woodley was a Big 12 Conference champion and an All-American in the 165-pound class.

With lofty expectations, Woodley finished his junior campaign in 2003-04 with a 21-10 record, missing out on attending the NCAA championships in St. Louis.

Cards apologize for comments by broadcaster

DENVER — St. Louis Cardinals general manager Walt Jocketty has apologized to the Colorado Rockies for comments by radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin suggesting Colorado first baseman Todd Helton used steroids.

“He said on behalf of their organization that he was sorry, and that Todd Helton is one of the finest people in baseball,” Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd said after a conversation with Jocketty on Monday.

Scott, Mabry shine in California tournament

The Missouri men’s golf team finished fourth out of 14 teams at the Stevinson Ranch Invitational in Stevinson Ranch, Calif.

Juniors Ben Scott and Chris Mabry tied for eighth place among individual finishers. Both shot a 3-over par 219 at the two-day event.

NY flavor

Even Micki Marrero’s fingernails showcase the atmosphere of her family’s newly opened business. Hearts and “I love NY” are printed on each of her nails.

Ramon and Micki Marrero, the owners of New York Deli at 1301 Vandiver Drive, moved from the Bronx in New York to Columbia about 10 years ago. For Ramon Marrero, starting his own deli wasn’t a new experience. He’s been around food since he was 9 years old and has managed and been a chef at several delis in New York. He has also worked at Peachtree Catering and Banquet Center in Columbia.

Cajun comes to Columbia

Mardi Gras may be over, but that doesn’t mean Columbia residents can’t have Cajun food and live jazz music all year long. Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen, which features authentic Cajun cuisine, opened Dec. 13 at the corner of Forum Boulevard and Chapel Hill Road.

The restaurant is owned by Jeff England, his son Matt England, Justino Gomez and Vic Allred. Allred owns all six Jazz restaurants. There are three Jazz restaurants in the Kansas City area and two in Texas. Matt England, general manager, has been with Jazz for four years, working his way up at the Lee’s Summit location from server to bartender to general manager. A 1994 graduate of Hickman High School, England said he was excited to return to Columbia to open the restaurant.

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