Bills seek to clarify end-of-life issues

JEFFERSON CITY — As the nation comes to grips with how to care for those who can’t make their own decisions, Missouri lawmakers are considering a handful of proposals to address end-of-life care.

One piece of legislation was introduced Thursday, the day Terri Schiavo died after a years-long legal battle that ended after the court-ordered removal of her feeding tube. She had left no written instructions in the event she became disabled.

Columbia celebrities help teach reading

Michelle Linn, KMIZ/Channel 17’s news anchor, will help preschoolers at Fay Street Head Start jump-start their week with reading.

Linn is one of four local celebrity guests who will read at preschools around Columbia next week thanks to the local branch of Jumpstart, a tutoring program sponsoring Literacy Week, which begins today and runs through Friday.

Youths ponder Bush’s Social Security plan

KANSAS CITY — Twenty-two-year-old Mike Payne inserts the topic into conversations with his family, with colleagues at the sandwich shop, classmates, even his skateboarder friends: Social Security.

“Anyone that’s willing to listen to me,” he said, “and even if they’re not.”

A flock in mourning

VATICAN CITY — Finally at rest after years of crippling disease, Pope John Paul II’s body lay in state Sunday, his hands clutching a rosary, his pastoral staff under his arm. Millions prayed and wept at services around the globe, as the Vatican prepared for the ritual-filled funeral and conclave that will choose a successor.

Television images gave the public its first view of the pope since his death: lying in the Vatican’s frescoed Apostolic Palace, dressed in crimson vestments and a white bishop’s miter, his head resting on a stack of gold pillows. A Swiss Guard stood on either side as diplomats, politicians and clergy paid their respects at his feet.

Kids fish, target shoot for fun at wildlife day

Children’s joyous cries could be heard all the way from the archery range to the fishing pool to the falcon exhibit at the 24th annual A Day with Wildlife, held Sunday at the American Legion Post 202.

“Hey, I think I got one,” they shouted.


Annie Morrison defies easy categorization, and that’s just the way she likes it.

An MU junior majoring in biology and English and a member of Diversity Peer Educators and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, she sees variety in her life as a necessity.

Talks continue on plus/minus grading policy

The statement in the Faculty Handbook on grading policies for undergraduate programs is being evaluated by the MU Faculty Council and its Academic Affairs committee to develop a clearer interpretation.

The statement, discussed at a council meeting Thursday, says faculty members are “expected” to use the plus/minus grading system. Council member Jenice Prather-Kinsey said some faculty members interpret this policy to mean all possible grades on the plus/minus scale must be administered within the class.

Final Four puts spring in St. Louis’ step

ST. LOUIS – As they stretched out on top of the steps leading to the arch, it was apparent there was no place they would rather be.

A refreshing breeze swept out toward the Mississippi River. Banjo music played on a nearby riverboat. A few patches of white speckled the blue canopy overhead.

En Garde!

Friends say Pat Peritore is a mild-mannered professor of political theory during the day, but at night he’s a dueling sword fighter — even though he can’t even stand the sight of blood.

“It’s an interesting dichotomy,” said Rick Hardy, Peritore’s colleague in MU’s political science department. “Pat is a mild individual, and to imagine him in a fencing outfit, he’s the last person I would think of doing that.”

In U.S. church, John Paul left mixed legacy

Pope John Paul II inspired American Catholics with his globe-trotting, charismatic leadership, perseverance in the face of debilitating illness and deep spirituality.

But his tight grip on church leadership and unwillingness to change some unpopular teachings clashed with the more democratic approach that many of the 65 million U.S. Catholics favor.

Costly mistakes cut short Missouri’s 15-game streak

Despite shaky defense, baserunning errors and stagnant hitting, the Missouri baseball team had a chance to beat Texas Tech in the late innings on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Then came some suspect relief pitching.

College faculties tend to be liberal,study says

WASHINGTON — College faculties, long assumed to be a liberal bastion, lean further to the left than even the most conspiratorial conservatives might have imagined, a new study says.

By their own description, 72 percent of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15 percent are conservative, says the study, which is being published this week. The imbalance is almost as striking in partisan terms — with 50 percent of the faculty members surveyed identifying themselves as Democrats and 11 percent as Republicans.

More parks sought as city grows

As Columbia sprawls outward, some local officials hope to maintain what they say is a unique part of the city’s community-oriented ambience.

The goal: for each resident to have a neighborhood park within walking distance of home.

Tigers lose focus, match

Yelena Olshanskaya and the Missouri women’s tennis team were the victims of bad luck on Sunday.

The Tigers lost 5-2 to Texas A&M at Green Tennis Center, falling to 12-5, 2-4 in the Big 12.

Tigers again cannot overcome big inning

They had a reconfigured lineup. They made fewer errors. They hit Oklahoma pitching hard.

The Tigers even wore different uniforms.

Satirical MU paper aims to entertain

There is strange news at MU. Golden retriever Buddy the Dog signed with MU’s men’s basketball team to play most valuable pooch. “Crazy” Carl Young lives in campus recycling bins. And students wearing colored bracelets are making a fake statement of care.

Some might find these stories crass and offensive, and others might find them funny, but MU students Hayley Salvo and Leslie Pimmons hope their newspaper can be all three. The two friends are the brains behind Misery Weekly, a satirical campus publication that carried the stories above in its debut issue Friday.

Fire leaves three hospitalized

A fire at 3209 Skylark Lane left one person in serious condition and two others in critical condition after a small outdoor fireplace called a Chiminea was misused or malfunctioned, fire investigators said. Damages are estimated at $200,000.

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to the house on the south side of town at 7:29 a.m. on Sunday.

Awards put spotlight on sportsmanship

There wasn’t an award given for the league’s most valuable player, or a trophy given to the leading scorer. The only awards at this banquet were about sportsmanship.

The Columbia Youth Basketball Association hosted its annual Matt Twenter Sportsmanship Awards Banquet on Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Teams from all of the league’s age levels, ranging from fourth to ninth grade, were recognized.