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Top rank given to college in Maine

LEWISTON, Maine — Bates College, where tuition, room and board costs roughly $40,000 a year, has been ranked by The Princeton Review as the nation’s “best value” college.

Bates, which was fifth in last year’s rankings, topped the 81 schools profiled in the 2006 edition of “America’s Best Value Colleges.”

School board to hold closed talk

With Columbia School District officials virtually silent regarding sexual misconduct allegations against Rock Bridge High School Principal Bruce Brotzman, school board members are scheduled to meet behind closed doors today in a hastily called special meeting to discuss personnel issues.

If the session will include a discussion of the Brotzman incident, board members aren’t saying.

Chancellor meeting with protesters

ST. LOUIS — Washington University’s chancellor told students staging a sit-in that he will meet with them again, but he wants it to be after they end their protest.

The sit-in was in its 17th day on Wednesday.

Kinney tackles next level

Former Missouri linebacker James Kinney may see his four years away from home end soon.

Kinney, 22 from Kankakee, Ill., might be returning home if everything falls into place at the NFL Draft this weekend. Kinney, who grew up about 60 miles south of Chicago, wouldn’t mind if the Bears drafted him.

Summer novel is ‘Enough’

Incoming MU freshmen who join this year’s summer reading program will have their hands full. The assigned book, “Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age,” looks at north Texas as the next Silicon Valley and the ethical ramifications of genetic engineering.

This is the second year for the program.

Doctors advocate openness

More than 50 medical students and professionals gathered Wednesday at MU’s School of Medicine to discuss end-of-life ethical issues as part of a nationwide dialogue.

Visiting monk rallies for support from MU students

Geshe Sonam Tenpa, a Tibetan Buddhist Monk living in exile in New York City, asked MU students for support Wednesday in his campaign for Tibetan freedom.

Tenpa traveled to Columbia to speak to students about his experiences with persecution and to ask for help in the campaign to free fellow Tibetan Monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche from prison.

Faculty Council to vote on plus/minus grading system

For more than two months, the issue of plus/minus grading has lingered on the agenda of the MU Faculty Council, awaiting action.

Today, however, a vote is scheduled on whether to change wording in the Faculty Handbook to make plus/minus grading optional for faculty. Council chairman Gordon Christensen said Wednesday he does not think the resolution will pass.

Fair to boost summer workers

In the wake of recent disturbances and concern about developing positive opportunities for Columbia’s youths this summer, Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman and First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton have drafted a letter that will be sent to hundreds of local businesses in the next few days.

Hindman said the letter is the result of the city’s efforts to match young people with employers. It urges local businesses and volunteer programs to provide staff to interview prospective employees or volunteers at the upcoming Mayor’s Summer Youth Opportunities Fair.

Formula aims to fix state’s gap in funding

Revamping the formula used to distribute state money to schools has been a long and winding road for Charlie Shields, the Senate floor leader who served 16 years as a school board member.

Shields’ proposal, which cleared the Senate last week, calls for school districts across the state to spend at least $6,117 per student and would base state support on the characteristics of a district’s students rather than tie it to local property tax receipts.

KCOU in line to broadcast MU football season

Aspiring broadcasters and roommates Brendan McCaffrey and Nick Hoette often find themselves practicing their craft while playing video games at home.

They’ll have a much bigger opportunity to call games this fall. McCaffrey and Hoette will be part of the KCOU/88.1 FM broadcast team that will call Missouri home football games for the first time.

Graham eyes Talent’s seat

JEFFERSON CITY — Democratic state Sen. Chuck Graham, a symbolic leader of stem-cell research supporters, said he will probably challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, who has endorsed legislation to criminalize a certain kind of stem-cell research.

Graham, D-Columbia, who would be his party’s first candidate for the 2006 Senate race, is paralyzed from injuries he suffered in a car accident while a teenager and has helped lead the effort against Missouri legislation that would ban a type of stem-cell research commonly known as therapeutic cloning.

Whatever floats your boat

GLASGOW — From Stump Island Road, the 8,000 square foot white and blue steel building looks like an unpretentious warehouse. But the gravel drive and creaking gangplank lead to a complex unlike anything else in this Missouri River town.

At Rooster’s Marina, boaters can buy Cheetos at the convenience store and fill up their gas tanks after a long day in the sun. Or they can take a shower and join other visitors at the Driftwood Restaurant upstairs and treat their palates to caramelized goat cheese appetizers and sauteed duck as they sit at antique English pub tables.

Garciaparra injures groin against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Nomar Garciaparra took two steps out of the batters’ box, then collapsed in pain.

Garciaparra was carried off the field with an injured left groin that likely will land him on the 15-day disabled list for an extended period, tempering an impressive outing by Carlos Zambrano in a 3-1 victory that ended the St. Louis Cardinals’ five-game winning streak on Wednesday night.

Faces

Michelle Runyon finds adventure on a daily basis.

Runyon is the site facilitator for the Adventure Club at Rock Bridge Elementary School. The club is operated through MU as part of the College of Education.

MU golfer rejuvenated

Kelli Strubinger’s second-place finish at last week’s Susie Maxwell Berning Classic was a reminder of how far she had come.

After a tough sophomore season last year for the Missouri women’s golf team, Strubinger said she felt burnt out. She didn’t always have the desire to play and felt like she needed a break.

EXTRA POINTS: Nine Tigers drive in 13 runs in win against SLU

The Missouri baseball team defeated Saint Louis 13-4 on Wednesday in the Sixth Annual Wood Bat Classic in O’Fallon.

The victory ends a three-game losing streak for the Tigers, who are 28-9. The Billikens are 7-28.

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