Mo. to use high-tech fingerprint service

Missourians who need background checks will be able to bypass messy ink, intimidating booking rooms and, most importantly, lengthy delays thanks to a new electronic fingerprinting service.

The state awarded a contract for the service to a Minnesota-based company April 20. The aim is to decrease the turnaround time for fingerprint checks by reducing the number of paper fingerprint cards, which are less accurate and require manual entry into the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s database. The contract requires the services be available within 90 days of its signing, but the Division of Purchasing and Materials Management would not confirm a specific starting date.

Club team wants to stick

As the ball moves down the field toward the opponent’s goal, the crowd begins to cheer. One section in particular is the loudest.

“Go Columbia” the group yells out.

Atlanta scrapes by Cardinals

ATLANTA — John Smoltz wasn’t going to give in to the St. Louis Cardinals. If he had to keep pitching his way out of trouble, so be it.

Smoltz scattered nine hits and four walks, both season highs, for his second straight win, outdueling Jeff Suppan to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday.

At long last, Royals own win streak

CLEVELAND — Jose Lima didn’t get his no-hitter, but Mike Sweeney continued his success at Jacobs Field.

Lima took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before Cleveland rallied, and Sweeney hit his second home run of the game to break a tie in the eighth, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 win against the Indians on Sunday.

Unlikely Slugger Keys Big Sweep

Sarah Stringer shifted into trot mode as she rounded second base.

Missouri’s sophomore second baseman had just hit the ball over the left center-field fence for what should have been her first collegiate home run.

Harg’s History

It is only a vacant aging house on the south side of developer Billy Sapp’s property, but traces of a small community’s rich history are embedded in the land that surrounds it.

In front of the red-brick bungalow once owned by her family, Columbia resident Laura Crane sits on a stone fence built by her father, Paul Lindell Pace. She recalls memories of the farm and stories about a place called Harg. Her father lived in the house on 193 acres called Walnut Home Dairy Farm until it sold in 1928.

Finding an audience

Oprah Winfrey, watch out. Another Chicagoan has her eye on your job.

Tyra Hughley, originally from Naperville, Ill., a suburb of the Windy City, believes she has what it takes to be the next media queen.

Competing for Sight

People in swimsuits ran around barefoot in the parking lot of Wilson’s Total Fitness Center on a chilly Sunday morning eager to register for the Merrill Lynch Race for Sight Triathlon. Sign-ins completed, they stormed the gym and hopped in the pool for the first event, a 300-yard swim. They followed that with a 17.5-mile bicycle ride and a 3.4-mile run.

More than 550 people participated in the event, now in its seventh year. Proceeds benefited the Amblyopia Prevention Program of the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation. Amblyopia, or lazy eye, can cause learning and behavioral difficulties in school and can potentially lead to permanent blindness. The condition usually can be cured if detected and treated early.

MU plans to add to anatomy morgue

MU’s School of Medicine plans to renovate its anatomy morgue, spending $1.5 million to add about 1,000 square feet to the 1,700-square-foot facility.

The Boone County medical examiner’s office on St. Charles Road and the school’s anatomy morgue on campus each have two autopsy tables. The newly renovated space would have six autopsy tables.

Birthing options explored

For Jane Bush, a pre-medical student at the University of Washington, the Future of Birth Conference was about more than lectures and networking. It was an opportunity to be inspired.

As a birth assistant or doula, she came to the Columbia conference hoping to find some direction in her life.

Mind the meter man

Although parking enforcement can be a thankless job, somebody has to do it.

Steve Bartel, a sophomore photojournalism major at MU, spends about 25 hours a week walking around, checking parking passes and meters and doing other small jobs related to campus parking.

Summer cleanup to relieve Mo. River

Missouri River Relief will stay busy this summer doing its part to clean up the Missouri River. The Columbia nonprofit organization has already finished the first of four summer cleanup operations this weekend at Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, near St. Louis.

But the big adventure for the “river rats,” as Jim Karpowicz fondly refers to the group he founded, will be three consecutive three-day weekends in July, when the group will conduct a “mega-scout” of trash along the river.

Now you know: Treating macular degeneration

What happened: Dean Hainsworth, an MU ophthalmologist, has found a nonsurgical approach to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, a progressive eye condition that occurs when vessels form under the retinal tissue in the eye. The condition could reduce the sharpness of vision and lead to legal blindness.

How it works: Hainsworth, a physician at University Hospital’s Mason Eye Institute, injects Macugen, a type of ophthalmic drug, into the eye every six weeks. The drug then sets off a protein called the vascular endothelial growth factor that controls abnormal blood-vessel growth and leakage. By doing so, the treatment prevents advanced degeneration.

Faces: Irene Wolf

Irene Wolf is an active woman. When she’s not performing her duties as the administrative assistant at the Student Success Center reception desk, she occupies her time with one of her many hobbies and interests. Reading, enjoying eclectic and foreign cinema and researching and decorating different types of architecture are all things she enjoys.

Wolf lives on a 40-acre farm called Misty Hollow Farm, which has small nurseries where she tends to flowers and herbs and grows vegetables she uses for her creative vegetarian cooking.

High school requirements may change

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding 10 regional forums starting today to get feedback on proposed changes to high school graduation requirements that would put greater emphasis on math, social studies and science instead of electives.

The High School Task Force, a 25-member committee consisting of education, business and labor representatives, recommended that graduation requirements increase from 22 to 24 credits, according to a press release from task force chairman Jerry Valentine. One unit equals one yearlong class.


A story on Page 11C Sunday about home birthing misspelled the name of an obstetrician who spoke at Stoney Creek Inn. His name is Michel Odent.

Smoking ban foes inflamed by revisions

Kevin Goodwin sits on a leather couch in the back of his store smoking a cigar. Inside the recently opened Tinder Box in the Broadway Shops development, the smoke of his cigar mixes with the smell of fine tobacco.

Even though Goodwin’s store would still be exempted from the latest proposed revisions to Columbia’s no-smoking ordinance, he remains opposed to it. He jokingly calls it the “anti-American ordinance.”

Columbia man among four killed in Iraq

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) -- A Columbia, Mo., soldier was among four soldiers killed when a homemade bomb exploded near their vehicle in Iraq, the Army said Monday.

First Lt. William A. Edens, 29, of Columbia, died Thursday in Tal Afar, Iraq, when the bomb detonated near his Stryker military vehicle.