Insured bear burden for uninsured

In 2004, unpaid medical bills cost MU Health Care $40.5 million. Jennifer Coffman, MU Health Care media relations coordinator, said the bills are the result of uninsured patients who seek treatment and are then unable to pay.

According to a national study released last week by Families USA, 765,000 Missourians, or 13.3 percent of the population, will be uninsured in 2005. The Missouri Department of Social Services’ Division of Medical Services reports that the value of hospital care provided in Missouri to uninsured patients in 2004 was $335 million.

Black men to discuss concerns

A new community coalition will be hosting its first conference Saturday in an effort to focus attention on the issues facing black men in Columbia.

Nathan Stephens, spokesman for The Black Men United Coalition, said the meeting, The State of Black Men in Columbia, will address the sense of discrimination he feels is pervasive in the community.

Homicide investigation widens

Investigators are looking for a 34-year-old Fulton man identified as a “person of interest” in the death of a 28-year-old woman.

Francis H. Kempker lived across the street from Shawnda Reed, who was found dead in her home at 414 Tanglewood Way in Fulton on June 7, investigators said.

Columbia man shot in foot at gas station

A 36-year-old Columbia man was shot in the right foot Tuesday night following an argument in the parking lot of a College Avenue gas station.

Columbia police were dispatched to Phillips 66, 500 N. College Ave., at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday after a shooting was reported.

Benefit earns $7,200 for vet students

First-year veterinary students at MU will be surprised by a $100 scholarship when they arrive this August.

The money — $7,200 divided among 72 students — comes from the Gentle Doctor Benefit held each April by the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Bubble tea business to leave downtown

Fusion Brew fanatics will soon have to look elsewhere to get their dose of bubble tea in Columbia.

Vinh Tran, the owner of Fusion Brew, will be closing the store June 30. He said he finalized a deal in May to sell the Fusion Brew concept to a man in Bloomington, Ill.

Judge Kelly to retire

One of Boone County’s most well-known public officials began telling family, friends and colleagues in February that he would retire from his position as associate circuit court judge at the end of 2006.

Chris Kelly told them he had been in public life long enough, and there are other things he wants to do.

Arts funding falls short of requests

Sixteen groups have asked the city for a total of $127,180 to fund arts projects in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

The Commission on Cultural Affairs met for six hours Monday night to review the requests and to make recommendations on how much money the groups should get. The group has a little less than $77,000 to work with.

Blunt signs bill to curb meth labs

About a year after the Oklahoma pseudoephedrine law passed, Tulsa police are able to spend more time doing criminal investigations and less time rushing from one meth lab to another, Officer Scott Walton said.

“It has freed up officers and narcotics officers to go about and do the jobs they are assigned to do, instead of the burdensome task of cleaning up meth labs,” he said.

Cancer survivors to lead ‘Light the Night Walk’

Ryan McNeil gave up the lead role of “Henry Higgins” in Hickman High School’s production of “My Fair Lady” last October after being diagnosed with leukemia. Unable to avoid the limelight, the 18-year-old will lead the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Third Annual Light the Night Walk in Columbia.

McNeil will co-chair the Sept. 23 walk with Irene Haskins, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor, as they attempt to raise $50,000 to beat last year’s $40,000. The pair led a kickoff breakfast Tuesday to invite new teams. It was attended by about 30 people.

Lilly keeps Cardinals’ hitters struggling

TORONTO — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has practically made it his mantra: Ted Lilly has to have a good season if Toronto is going to contend in the AL East.

Lilly finally lived up to the expectations Wednesday night, pitching seven scoreless innings in a 5-2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

State rodeo finals in town

Goat tying, pole bending and steer wrestling are some of the events at this year’s Missouri high school rodeo finals.

The 2005 Dodge City Missouri Finals, held today through Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds, includes 10 contestants from Boone County.

Royals pitch solidly to win

KANSAS CITY — Jose Lima pitched eight solid innings for his first victory in 14 starts and Emil Brown drove in two runs Thursday night in Kansas City’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Announcer returns to Taylor Stadium

To hear Florence manager Jamie Keefe tell it, Jeff Johnson, the team’s radio voice, is Superman.

“He’s outstanding,” Keefe said. “First of all, he’s, in my eyes, probably the best broadcaster in the league. But, more importantly, he throws good BP. And he’s a good sales guy.”

Loyal fans star in Tigers’ commercial

Jack Frier’s persistence finally paid off. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, he was one of about 50 Missouri football fans who showed their enthusiasm for the Tigers in a commercial to promote the upcoming season. It was the second attempt to shoot the commercial after bad weather foiled the first try last week.

After driving from St. Louis to Columbia last week for the first attempt, Frier was disappointed when it was postponed. However, he wasn’t going to let anything stop him from participating, not even his doctor’s orders.

Seminar provides disaster training for health professionals

Missouri is the perfect state to be a leading model in disaster prevention and response, according to Roberto Dansie, a psychologist.

“Missouri has the ability of helping people of very different backgrounds find common unity,” said Dansie, the recipient of this year’s International Center for Psychosocial Trauma’s Humanitarian Award.

Columbia girls to attend national student leadership conference

Columbia, your future leaders are in the making: Xiaoke “Jessica” Cui and Jamie Andes, both 14 and ninth-graders this fall at West Junior High School, will get leadership advice this month from moti-vational speakers such as Oprah Winfrey.

Both girls were selected to attend the 69th annual National Association of Student Councils National Conference, June 25-29 in Collinsville, Ill.


A May 22, Israeli, Palestinian bring message of peace, incorrectly identified the killer of Nadwa Sarandah's sister, Naela Kara'in. According to reports in the Palestinian Human Rights Monitor, Kara'in's killer was a Palestinian. Parents Circle, which sponsored the tour that brought Sarandah to MU on May 20, could not confirm that. Also, to clarify, Yitzhak Frankenthal founded the Parents Circle and headed it for nine years before stepping down in 2004.