Kewpies win district golf tournament

Chris Johnson said Monday’s round felt different. He felt more comfortable than earlier this year.

Johnson, a Hickman sophomore, decided to change his approach entering the Class 4 District 5 boys’ golf tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.

Hulshof discusses Social Security reform

Social Security is not the only thing in need of reform when it comes to supporting the United States’ aging population, U.S. Rep Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., said Monday at a luncheon with members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

To support Social Security re-form, he said, more issues need to be brought to the table and dis-cussed at length.

Columbia soldier dies in Iraq

Two years after graduating from MU, 1st Lt. William A. Edens is still remembered for his quick wit. His sense of humor made him famous in the Department of German and Russian Studies.

“One of my colleagues remembers a project where he did an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression that was absolutely hilarious,” professor Nicole Monnier said.

Comeback Cards

CINCINNATI — Jim Edmonds considered bunting, then changed his mind and hit a three-run home run. John Mabry just tried to put the ball in play, but put it over the center-field wall for the go-ahead runs.

The greatest ninth-inning comeback in St. Louis Cardinals history was made of odd moments.

Getting a fair shot

The Internet has opened new doors for today’s technology-savvy college students.

A new option for measuring equality in sports, however, has people concerned the Internet could close doors for female athletes. Others say it could help re-evaluate the division of money in college athletics.

Don’t call them ‘male nurses’

When an accident brought Drew Brown to the emergency room in January 2000, hospital workers took on new importance to him. The nurses who attended to Brown became critical players in a moment of trauma and uncertainty.

The first nurse’s indifference evoked feelings of distrust and fear. A second nurse developed a relationship with Brown that comforted him and made him feel empowered to make decisions. The impact of these differences helped Brown decide to become a nurse.

Challenging cultural norms

Feminism is a word — and movement — usually associated with women.

Some men are tired of continuing to define things based on gender. They are tired of most men never considering themselves feminists, of being part of a culture that perpetuates inequality in gender.

Keeping it Local

Leigh Lockhart, owner of Main Squeeze, came to Columbia for a reason.

“Columbia was just the right size for me,” she said. “It’s easy to open a business here. St. Louis is intimidating.”

Central area slated for face-lift

The improvement work on the Columbia Terminal Railroad Corridor between Roger Street and College Avenue will soon begin, as the City Council authorized the city manager to solicit bids at Monday night’s meeting.

The railroad terminal dates back to the Civil War.

Ex-Tiger charged with felony

For former Missouri basketball player Jeffrey Ferguson, the prospects of continuing a basketball career received a blow early Saturday morning.

Ferguson was arrested around 2 a.m. Saturday and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, and three misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault.

Kansas City takes pass on White

Oklahoma quarterback passed over in the NFL draft, won’t be invited back to the Kansas City Chiefs’ mini-camp.

White, who won the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 2003, got the news Sunday from coach Dick Vermeil at the end of a three-day tryout for rookies. He had been competing with seventh-round draft choice James Kilian of Tulsa for a possible spot with the Chiefs, who already have three veteran quarterbacks on the roster.

Meaning of 'faith' distorted in politics

According to what I read in newspapers, some Americans are fearful that our country is heading toward a Christian theocracy. I really don’t think there’s reason to worry about that. A theocracy, perhaps, but Christian? Debatable. But then, if you believe the religious right is truly a Christian movement, I can understand the fear. Of course, people have the right to define themselves any way they choose, and those who want to can sign on to that belief, as well. It would be difficult, though, for me to imagine followers of Jesus Christ invading someone’s country with bombs and bullets as an example of loving their neighbors as themselves. And even though we may not agree with all of Pope Benedict XVI’s policies, he certainly has not advocated the shedding of blood as a method of carrying out Christ’s teaching. Obviously, people have the right to interpret the Scriptures any way they choose, but the hearers of their words should take the measures necessary to verify that the written words and the spoken words agree.

What is really getting on my nerves, though, is the way some journalists are labeling these politicians as members of the “faithful” simply because they spout religious verbiage as they make their political pronouncements. Some are actually criticizing politicians who prefer to keep their religion as a personal matter. I think it is a dangerous practice to try to identify the “faithful” on the basis of their public persona. It is bad enough when brainwashed cult members adopt this attitude, but when so-called literary types begin to do this, it is time to be concerned. We can remember that David Koresh’s flock also saw themselves as the “faithful.”

Discussion of Medicaid is a night of anger, fear

Harsh words sounded and tears rolled down the cheeks of community members who met at a community circle gathering Monday to discuss Medicaid cuts signed by Gov. Matt Blunt last week.

A wide circle of chairs and wheelchairs was formed in the Friends Room of the Columbia Public Library so community members could share their fears of potential Medicaid losses and how cuts would affect their disabled and elderly friends and family, and themselves.

Columbia’s first CPR party being held by MU professor

Giving new meaning to the phrase “life of the party,” a Columbia couple will throw the city’s first-ever CPR party tonight.

A Red Cross instructor will show partygoers how to resuscitate an infant and child at the home of Elizabeth Kraatz, an MU nursing professor, and her husband, Jim Kraatz, director of the MU burn center.

Columbia native to lead state alcohol agency

The Department of Public Safety has new directors for two of its divisions, pending confirmation from the Senate.

Gov. Matt Blunt appointed Dale Roberts to serve as supervisor of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control on Monday, a position filled by Steve Shimmens on an interim basis after the firings of former supervisor Keith Fuller and his deputy, Lori Baskins, on April 19. Blunt appointed Michael Schler to the position of deputy director.

Rallies for Boonville bridge begin

Citizens concerned about the future of the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge in Boonville are taking all the necessary measures to save it.

On April 22, Gov. Matt Blunt informed the city of Boonville that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources would turn the rights of the bridge back over to Union Pacific. Advocates for preserving the bridge responded by saying they were not done fighting.

Fire torches apartments

A fire in a central Columbia apartment complex caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to the building Sunday morning.

Unattended candles were the cause of the blaze that spread from a central apartment and through the walls into adjoining apartments, Columbia Fire Marshall Steve Sapp said in a news release.

Police stop protesters burying coffins

Columbia activists and St. Francis House directors Steve and Lana Jacobs staged an Iraq war protest at MU on Monday morning.

Jacobs and his wife went to Crowder Hall where detachments of Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force ROTC programs are housed. There, they attempted to bury black coffins draped in U.S. and Iraqi flags.