Veteran Kewps tee off season with windy win

Hickman’s experience showed Wednesday at its season-opening meet.

The Kewpies, who tied for fifth in the Class 4 state championship last season, didn’t falter in the face of a stiff wind on the front nine at L.A. Nickell golf course.

Golfer’s familiarity breeds success

Kyle Kovar had a familiar feeling walking into the clubhouse at gusty LA Nickell Golf Course on Wednesday.

Kovar, a junior on the Hickman golf team, grew up playing this course.

Feminism for the masses

On Wednesday afternoon, when a group of MU students asked bell hooks how she decides what to write about, she took a dark, book-size journal out of her bag. She opened it to show pages and pages filled with writing so small that her mother claims she needs a microscope to read hooks’ letters.

In the book are hooks’ finances and her to-do lists — she writes down 10 things she wants to accomplish that day. It has observations about the world that could become books; a life map with goals for each decade of her life, currently in the 50- to 60-year-old span.

Navy aids MU police in murder legwork

Naval Criminal Investigative Service federal agents — including a renowned “cold case” forensic specialist — have been assisting the MU Police Department in its investigation into the slaying of Jeong Im since early February, Police Chief Jack Watring said Wednesday.

The body of the MU microbiology researcher was found in the trunk of his burning car on the third level of the Maryland Avenue campus parking structure on Jan. 7.

Candidate’s $21,222 tops opponents

Any Columbia resident who hadn’t seen Laura Nauser’s name before the City Council race began has probably seen it by now. According to campaign-

finance reports filed with the Boone County Clerk’s office earlier this week, Nauser — a candidate for the Fifth Ward council seat — has raised $21,222 in funds for her campaign, money that she said she is using to get her name out before the election.

Schiavo case creates interest in living wills

Wendy Lochrie has no plans to leave her death in the hands of someone else.

After working as a nurse’s aide in Illinois hospitals for more than two years and seeing the helplessness some terminally ill patients and their families feel as a result of failing to outline their life-ending decisions in living wills or health care directives, she knows better.

Faces: Silvia Martinez

Silvia Martinez, who cleans Cramer Residence Hall, is one of those people who is not a teacher or a student but who makes it possible for life at MU to go on.

Martinez, 26, was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and moved to Columbia five years ago. She has a husband and two children, 3-year-old Eduardo and 4-year-old Adilene.

Workers’ comp revisions become law

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt signed a fundamental rewrite of the state workers’ compensation system into law Wednesday. The changes will reduce the number of injuries that qualify for benefits and increase scrutiny on the program’s judges.

Blunt praised the new law, which his Democratic opponents say will make life harder for injured workers, as a necessary reform to a program he says is costing Missouri business.

Stretchy yoga threads

Anne Appleby said she thinks fashion has always been in her genes: Her parents met at Macy’s.

Today, the Stephens College alumna has her own company, YogaForce, which sells yoga clothing and gear.

Falun Gong movement core of talk

The struggle between the Chinese government and the spiritual practice of Falun Gong highlights how weak the Chinese government really is, 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner Ian Johnson said Wednesday at Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.

Johnson’s lecture, which focused on his award-winning coverage of the Falun Gong movement in Beijing, was part of the Paine Lectures sponsored by the MU Department of Religious Studies, the School of Journalism, the Asian Affairs Center and the Center for Religion, the Professions and the Public. His book, “Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China,”highlights the events of the movement.

Shaping College Dreams

Je’Vonte Prayer has dreams of becoming a professional basketball player — after he goes to college, of course.

Eleven-year-old Je’Vonte is one of 50 fifth-graders from Eugene Field Elementary School who experienced college a little earlier than most at “College Day” at Columbia College on Wednesday.

Protesters dispute cuts to Medicaid

JEFFERSON CITY — One e-mail changed Barbara French’s whole day.

When French, 67, of Edgar Springs, received an alert from a liberal think tank Wednesday morning that Gov. Matt Blunt’s proposed cuts to Medicaid would come up in a House committee that night, she sprang into action.

School bus driver accused of child molestation

A man arrested Sunday on suspicion of first-degree child molestation and possession of child pornography was a driver for First Student, the company that operates the buses for Columbia Public Schools, said Columbia Police Capt. Zim Schwartze.

Justin Blaine, 22, is accused of inappropriately touching an acquaintance’s daughter inside the Quick Trip convenience store at 3211 Clark Lane, police said.

Council to examine MU’s grading policy

MU faculty might be provided with a more flexible grading policy for undergraduate programs if the Faculty Council votes today to rewrite the statement in the Faculty Handbook about plus/minus grading.

Under the current policy, the faculty is “expected” to use plus/minus grading for undergraduate courses.

Pursuit of death penalty likely

A prosecutor said Wednesday he is inclined to seek the death penalty for a southeast Missouri man accused of slaying a state trooper with a shotgun and a rifle in an ambush outside the officer’s home.

Carter County Prosecutor Michael Ligons charged Lance Shockley, 28, of Van Buren with first-degree murder and armed criminal action on Tuesday.

MU event celebrates service partnership

“Engaged Mizzou” has nothing to do with students wearing diamond rings.

It has everything to do with students giving of themselves.

Rams welcome former lineman

ST. LOUIS — Defensive end Jay Williams, an 11-year player who broke in with the then-Los Angeles Rams in 1994, is returning to the franchise.

The Rams announced Wednesday they have signed Williams, 33, to a three-year, $2.65 million contract. The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus.

St. Louis readies for NCAA crowds

ST. LOUIS — Expecting thousands of guests in town for college basketball’s premier event, police say they will keep their guard up for any trouble without applying a stifling press on revelers in the city’s first Final Four in a quarter century.

About a year in the planning, security downtown during the next several days, including Saturday’s Division I semifinals and Monday’s title game, will be measured, not as smothering as some complained things were when Pope John Paul II visited St. Louis six years ago.

Blockbuster offers refunds for ‘no late fees’ program

When Blockbuster announced the end of late fees in December, some customers were unaware of the program’s fine print.

On Tuesday, Blockbuster announced that it will improve communication of the program as part of a settlement with 47 states, including Missouri.

MUHC faces proposed budget cuts

Medicaid might not be the only part of Missouri’s health care system to undergo budget cuts from Gov. Matt Blunt. Last week, Blunt handed down

$239.2 million in proposed budget cuts across state agencies and, though he promised no reductions in higher-education funding, the MU Health Care system was on the list.