Ban on execution sought by group

Paul Hinshaw has opposed the death penalty since it was reinstated in Missouri in 1989. After years of working in the low-income housing business, Hinshaw said he has seen how the death penalty disproportionately affects people who can’t always afford good defense attorneys.

“As a businessman with a conscience, I believe in this stance,” said Hinshaw, a managing partner of Hinshaw Family Partnership.

Ashland-area development proposed

Take hundreds of newly proposed homes, throw in a small commercially zoned area and then add discussions about annexation. The result is yet another classic subdivision proposal for Boone County.

The county’s Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing and vote Thursday night on whether to recommend approval of Shadowridge Estates, a new 230-home development that would be built about a mile west of Ashland at the intersection of Route MM and Route M. The developer, Miller Properties, is working with Ashland officials on a pre-annexation agreement that would eventually bring the new subdivision into the city.

Gender equity sought

A crowd of about 15 people rallied in support of equal pay for men and women at the Capitol on Tuesday. The rally, which recognized Equal Pay Day, was attended by elected officials, representatives for Missouri women’s rights groups and concerned citizens.

Most of those in attendance wore red clothing to symbolize that salaries for women are “in the red” compared with salaries for men. They also passed out PayDay candy bars to legislators to symbolize the need for pay equity.

Fresh flavor

Home-grown herbs are as accessible as your kitchen cupboard and an uncomplicated way to add intense flavor to your food. Fresh herbs also add powerful flavor to recipes and an intoxicating scent to your home.

“It’s hard to imagine life without fresh herbs,” said Walker Claridge, owner and chef of the Root Cellar, a natural foods restaurant and store in Columbia. “It’s just part of my lifestyle, and I’ve really grown accustomed to cooking with them.”

House looks to cap state spending

JEFFERSON CITY — Leaders in the Missouri House are pushing a proposed constitutional amendment to cap state spending.

Citing the failure of a constitutional amendment requiring voter approval of tax increases greater than $75 million to curtail state spending, Republican leaders said the amount of state money spent per year must be limited by the Missouri Constitution.

Benedict XVI

VATICAN CITY — At 78, Joseph Ratzinger seemed the ideal candidate for the role of a “transitional” pope — a short-term pontiff allowing the Roman Catholic Church to take stock of the legacy from Pope John Paul II’s dynamic 26 years.

Known as the Vatican enforcer of church teaching, the first German pope in nearly 1,000 years was the most suitable prelate to pursue John Paul’s conservative policies — including rejection of contraception, abortion, women priests and gay unions.

‘Parking lot guy’ remembered

It was a service that was as unique as the individual it honored. The 75 people in attendance ranged from students to senior citizens; they wore slacks, skirts and biker shorts. Perhaps the only thing that the group had in common was that they were all friends of the late William Findley Guffey.

Shakespeare’s seemed to be the perfect venue for Tuesday evening’s service. After all, it was the Shakespeare’s parking lot where Guffey truly made his mark on the community. It was there that Guffey, or Finn, became the local celebrity known as the “parking lot guy.”

Reconciliation was hallmark of last Benedict

While it’s too early to know how the new pope will lead the Roman Catholic Church, the name Joseph Ratzinger chose, Benedict XVI, might cast some light on the goals of the new pontiff.

Monsignor Michael Flanagan of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish said the new pope might have chosen his name because of an appreciation for Pope Benedict XV.

Two students earn national honors

Two Columbia area high school seniors have been named finalists in the 50th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Home-school student Carmen Pettus and Hickman High School student Suzanne Wetz are two of about 8,200 Merit Scholars that will be selected nationwide in the 2005 contest.

7 Columbia teachers win awards for teaching excellence

Twenty-seven years ago, Raymond C. Lewis Jr. and his wife, Jeanne Lewis, established the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence Awards to give the school district’s greatest teachers the recognition that they deserve.

“My husband was on the school board and he felt that a person could be the best teacher in the world and not get the recognition that they deserved,” Jeanne said. “It (setting up the fund) was also influenced by the fact that we had three kids who went through the public school system.”

Iowa school district to look at allegations

Officials from Cedar Rapids Community Schools in Iowa said Tuesday they are working with a school district attorney to begin an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Rock Bridge High School Principal Bruce Brotzman, whom they recently hired to be their executive administrator for secondary education.

Cedar Rapids Community Schools hired Brotzman in March, after he resigned from Rock Bridge after six years as principal in January with little explanation about his plans. Brotzman is scheduled to begin work in Cedar Rapids on July 1.

Matzo recipes mom would be proud of

For millions of Jewish families across the United States, Passover signifies a time rich in tradition — a time to begin some serious spring cleaning, to host elaborate family gatherings and to eat deliciously heavy meals. More importantly, this joyous holiday allows Jews to remember their exodus from Egyptian enslavement through several symbolic customs — especially ones revolving around food.

I vividly remember the custom that welcomed Passover into my home each year, and the eight days of unleavened bread that would follow.

Minner back in black and gold

Micaela Minner said she should have learned her lesson the first time.

An Arkansas player had just hit a ball over her head in left field during an early season game last year. Minner slammed into the fence in pursuit.

Senate scrutinizes teenage drinking

JEFFERSON CITY — Teens could lose their driver’s licenses or possibly a spot on the football team if they’re caught drinking alcohol, under legislation that won initial Senate approval Tuesday.

The measure by Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood, includes many deterrents to teenage drinking.

Housing consultant approved

Proposed redevelopment of public housing on Park Avenue will soon be sculpted from an ambitious idea into a definite plan. The Columbia Housing Authority has chosen a planning consultant to guide the long-gestating project.

The housing authority Tuesday approved a joint proposal from Swope Community Builders and the Applied Urban Research Institute, two branches of Swope Community Enterprises of Kansas City. The companies, which will work together to determine the feasibility of any Park Avenue redevelopment, have had experience with projects similar to the one envisioned for Columbia.

Nash tests NFL waters

Former Missouri running back Damien Nash says he is not a bad guy.

With the NFL Draft starting on Saturday, Nash wants teams NFL teams to know that.

‘Awesome’ Bruins get third sweep

A member of the Helias boys’ tennis team walked toward his fellow Crusaders after losing in singles competition, looked at the rest of his teammates and shrugged his shoulders.

“This just in,” he said. “Rock Bridge is awesome.”

Intrasquad competition pays dividends for Tigers

In golf, there is no substitute for experience in pressure situations.

A player can spend countless hours on the driving range, pounding golf balls off the tee, and still fail that first time in competition when one wedge from 100 yards can be the difference between winning and losing.Members of the Missouri men’s golf team do not have to worry about lacking that experience. They get it every week trying to qualify for a tournament.

End of road motivates Robinson

Alisha Robinson’s career will be capped by what she does on Thursday.

Missouri’s All-American gymnast is traveling to Auburn, Ala., to compete in the NCAA national tournament. She qualified for the event as an individual in the all-around competition by placing fifth at the South Central Regional on April 9.

Cougars sweep, win AMC title

The Columbia College softball team clinched the American Midwest Conference regular-season title on Tuesday, sweeping Illinois-Springfield in a doubleheader.

The Cougars defeated the Prairie Stars 11-0 in five innings in the first game and 10-2 in six innings in the second game, bringing their record to 35-15, 13-1 AMC.