Kemper school proposal unveiled

BOONVILLE — Sign-carrying protesters greeted a controversial educator who on Monday night publicly unveiled a proposal to open the shuttered Kemper Military School as a new school for troubled teens.

With messages such as “Say no to child torture in Boonville” and “All children deserve basic human rights,” five protesters stood outside the Boonville City Hall chambers as brothers Randall and Russell Hinton shared their plans with 75 spectators.

Record crowd sees large loss

KANSAS CITY — The Kansas City Royals disappointed a lot of people.

The crowd of 41,788 was the largest to see a Royals’ home opener, and the third-biggest regular-season gathering in Kauffman Stadium history.

Amnesty International director questions limits on rights during war on terror

The executive director of Amnesty International USA began his talk at MU on Monday night with a question:

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights contains more than 40 rights. What do we do when one right comes in conflict with another right?” William F. Schulz asked. “What do we do when, to protect our rights of security, we must sacrifice other rights? How many limitations on our rights are necessary?”

First Ward aims to increase the peace

For the more than 40 residents who crowded into the cafeteria of Douglass High School on Monday night, it was not just about the gunfire that occurred last week at Allen Street and LaSalle Place or Fourth and Grand avenues or a March 29 fight at Douglass Gym.

In addition to a lack of parental guidance, many said problems with rising violence among the area’s youths can be attributed to a lack of economic opportunities.

Sliding start

ST. LOUIS — Just like last season, the St. Louis Cardinals have stumbled out of the gate.

Knowing they led the major leagues with 105 victories last year and won the team’s first NL pennant in 17 seasons keeps them calm about their mediocre 2-3 start.

Grant school wary after car hit pupil

After the final bell rings at 3:45 p.m. at Grant Elementary School, Principal Crystal Church changes from school administrator to crossing guard and traffic director.

On Monday afternoon, Church was out in the rain battling mid-afternoon traffic on Garth Avenue. One moment, she was standing in the middle of the street directing traffic. The next, she was holding a student’s hand as he crossed the street.

Oates discusses life as an author

Joyce Carol Oates has at least a few loyal fans among the maximum security prison population.

Though Oates doubts that they are reading her work, the letters the prisoners have written left a lasting impression on the author. Monday night, years after she received one particular letter, she read it to her audience at Jesse Hall at MU, still mock-apprehensive about whether this particular criminal had been released yet, the one who wrote cryptically at the end of the letter, “PS — The U.S. started World War II.”

Schools use service for learning

Five AmeriCorps members will work with teachers and students in Columbia Public Schools next year after the Columbia Board of Education unanimously voted to approve the submission of a grant to the Missouri Department of Education for further review Monday night.

The grant focuses on teachers and students becoming familiar with service learning, a method that applies classroom knowledge to the community. Students take things they learn in school and use them when volunteering in the community.

Nostalgia welcome in ‘Little House’ trip

Several years ago, someone gave me a special diary in which to record my Missouri memories. It’s a handsome piece, but because I have other diaries, I’ve put off using it. Finally, last week, I decided to whip it out. The occasion? A friend and I decided to make our first spring road trip. Destination? The home of Laura Ingalls Wilder in Mansfield. We both have a soft spot in our hearts for cozy memories, and they don’t get any cozier than the “Little House on the Prairie” books.

I admit, I’m not a big fan like my friend, who until last week had collected all but two of the series’ books. She is a Florida native, and unlike her, I’ve heard these kinds of tales all my life. Ingalls Wilder’s stories, for me, strike a familiar note. Most of us who grew up in the Midwest in an earlier generation have been hearing about the situations described in her books for much of our lives. Still, it was a wonderful visit and time well-spent in the home where Ingalls Wilder wrote all of her books.

MU golfers win Berning Invitational

The Missouri women’s golf team won the Susie Maxwell Berning Invitational on Monday in Norman, Okla.

Sophomore Kelli Strubinger shot a 222, earning a career-best second. Denise Knaebel, Maria Ohlsson and Mindy Bullard also placed in the top 10.

Eighth Street plan is ready for action

One unified, vibrant street, from columns to columns.

That’s the goal of the Historic Avenue of the Columns Committee, a group that has been trying to revitalize the downtown stretch of Eighth Street, from MU to the county courthouse, for years.

Suspect is linked to gunfire

A warrant was issued Monday for a suspect who police say was involved in two related gunfire incidents last week.

Police are looking for Koda A. Coats, 18, of 1706 Stanford Drive. Coats was not apprehended or arrested as of 5 p.m. Monday, and police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Two more Kempers awarded

Hani Salim

In place of class, civil engineering students snacked on doughnuts and juice Monday morning in the corridors of Lafferre Hall to celebrate their teacher’s excellence.

Floyd: Beef up coordinating board

JEFFERSON CITY — University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd wants state lawmakers to drop out of the classroom.

Appearing before a government reorganization task force assembled by Gov. Matt Blunt, Floyd argued for boosting the role of the Missouri Coordinating Board of Higher Education and taking power away from the General Assembly.

Korean office for Mo. marketing shut down

JEFFERSON CITY — An office charged with marketing Missouri products in South Korea is targeted to be closed by July 1.

The move to shutter the Seoul, South Korea, office follows the House Budget Committee’s recommendation to slice more than $800,000 from the division that oversees the marketing offices in the Department of Economic Development.

Faces: Carolyn Henry

Carolyn Henry always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She also knew she didn’t want to specialize in oncology or work at a university.

She got one out of the three correct.

Pizza jobs hurt by inflated gas prices

Delivering pizza has never been considered a high-paying job, and the recent spike in gasoline prices isn’t helping.

Padraic McGrath, who delivers pizza for Domino’s, said he’s paid 65 cents for delivery runs that average 12 miles.

Now you know: Brain activity studied

What was learned: Advances for treating patients with psychiatric disorders might be attainable through the ability of understanding how self-awareness is rooted in the brain.

Bernard Beitman, who is chairman of MU’s Department of Psychiatry, and assistant professor Jyotsna Nair are the editors of “Self-Awareness Deficits in Psychiatric Patients,” which was published in February. The book’s purpose is to explain how the brain shapes and maintains a person’s sense of self.

A Matter of Science

Can you hammer a nail with a banana?

Hundreds of people who visited the MU Physics Department’s open house Saturday know the answer is yes —if you happen to have liquid nitrogen at your disposal.