Katrina leaves family without home — twice

The Wallace family spent Sunday morning driving around Columbia looking for a new place to live. With the classifieds open across the front seat, Xiomara Wallace went down the list looking for a place that would let them move in that afternoon. After evacuating New Orleans almost a month ago, Wallace and her daughter, Maya, moved to Columbia to stay temporarily with Wallace’s daughter, Bea, a graduate student at MU. That plan was cut short over the weekend when Bea Wallace’s landlord wrote the family a note saying Bea Wallace’s mother and sister would have to move out Saturday.

11 make cut as National Merit Semifinalists

A banner hangs in the hallway of Rock Bridge High School congratulating nine seniors who qualified as National Merit Semifinalists after taking the PSAT standardized test last year. Two other Columbia students, seniors at Hickman High School, are also semifinalists, bringing the city’s total to 11 students. The results were released recently by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., a nonprofit organization that seeks to honor the nation’s top performing students by awarding a select few with a scholarship to be used toward a college education.

Temple’s absence felt in Tigers’ lopsided loss

One game after Tony Temple busted a career long 59-yard touchdown run, the sophomore was held to 0 yards on Saturday; not by a stifling Texas defense, but by an ankle injury. Temple, a key element of Missouri’s running game and special teams, saw no action in the team’s 51-20 loss to No. 2 Texas at Memorial Stadium and his status for the Tigers’ next game at Oklahoma State is uncertain.

Cards wrangle 100th victory

ST. LOUIS — The final day of the regular season was doubly pleasing to St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan. His team won its first NL ERA title since 1969 and his son, Chris, hit the winning home run. “I’m proud of them both,” Duncan said after the Cardinals posted their 100th victory by rallying past Cincinnati 7-5 Sunday in the last regular-season game at Busch Stadium. “A lot of work goes into winning an ERA title, these guys have to really put their nose to the grindstone and be consistent.

Manning handles Rams

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A week after spending the first quarter on the sideline for violating team rules, Plaxico Burress redeemed himself with one of the best days of his career. The sixth-year wide receiver had two touchdown catches among a career-high 10 receptions Sunday as the New York Giants defeated the St. Louis Rams 44-24. In addition to Burress’ two touchdowns, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw scoring passes of 1 yard to Amani Toomer and 31 yards to Jeremy Shockey.

Park Avenue tour makes case against demolition

Residents of the Park Avenue area and members of Grass Roots Organizing hosted a Fall Parade of Homes on Sunday in response to plans by the Columbia Housing Authority task force to demolish and redevelop the 70 existing homes in the area. For months now, the task force has been working with two consultants hired from Kansas City to plan ways of redeveloping the neighborhood. At their last meeting, the task force agreed they wanted to demolish the 70 homes and rebuild with apartments, single-family homes and retail space. Park Avenue residents say they oppose demolition and invited Columbia residents into the neighborhood Sunday to show that their homes are perfectly livable just the way they are.

MU group responds to finance inquiry

Two days past its deadline, the Legion of Black Collegians, one of three student governments at MU, responded to a university demand for financial information. Legion vice president Travis Gregory said Sunday that the most recent records for an off-campus bank account — which violates university policy — were given late Friday afternoon to the Department of Student Life.

Group raises money to oppose road taxes

Citizens for Timely and Responsible Road Infrastructure Financing hosted a pig roast benefit Sunday to raise money for its campaign to defeat the Columbia City Council’s road tax ballot proposals. The group raised $1,000 through the event, which 40 people attended. Tickets were $25.

Diversity takes the stage

When audiences watch MU’s Interactive Theatre Troupe, they are required to become part of the performance. The troupe performs pieces involving multicultural issues and then lets the audience take the place of one of the actors and try to solve the problem depicted.

New traffic unit added to Sheriff’s Department

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department grew Saturday, adding a new traffic unit. “Traffic compliance complaints are one of the highest complaints this agency receives,” Maj. Tom Reddin said. “For years, we have been trying to get a traffic unit off the ground.”

Insurance practice aids firms

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit insurance companies with a big blow, but Shelter and State Farm Insurance, two of Columbia’s biggest employers, both said they don’t have financial worries. The latest estimates from Risk Management Solutions, a risk modeling firm based in Newark, Calif., put insured losses from both hurricanes between $44 billion and $67 billion.

Experts say hurricane costs likely to cause rise in insurance rates

Some industry experts predict the recent hurricanes will translate into higher insurance premiums for some policyholders. “Rates are just going to go up across the board,” said Bill Bailey, managing director for Hurricane Insurance Information Center, an industry group established in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

Workshops offer conservation ideas

The Unity Center of Columbia on West Broadway was bustling with energy Saturday as the annual Sustainable Living Fair took place. The center was filled with displays and workshops from a variety of organizations including PedNet, the Community Garden Coalition, the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition and the MU Environmental Network. During workshops participants learned how to grow healthy food in their backyards and how to conserve energy at home.

Pitching in for the United Way

More than 500 volunteers gathered for breakfast Friday morning at Columbia Mall for the 13th Columbia Area United Way Day of Caring Campaign kickoff before moving out to work on projects across town. “The most important resource we coordinate is human capital, hundreds of people that volunteer their time and expertise,” said David Franta, executive director of Columbia Area United Way. “United Way cannot raise money without volunteers who give up a significant period of their time.”

Charity pie auction brings in more than $1,300

Intricate scalloping, sugary glazes and fruit filling lay just beneath transparent kitchen wrap on a table in Courthouse Square on Friday as county employees held their second annual Pie Contest and Auction to benefit the Columbia Area United Way. The auction raised a little more than $1,300 for the United Way’s 2005 campaign.

Line workers return from Louisiana

Nine Columbia Water and Light electric line workers and four trucks dispatched to help restore power in communities affected by Hurricane Rita arrived home Friday. The line workers spent a week restoring power and fixing broken lines in Lafayette and Abbeville, La. Clad in a blue Water and Light T-shirt with smudges of dirt, line worker Kevin Thorton discussed the experience.

Arguments aired in free-speech case

A case regarding free speech awaits a judge’s decision following oral hearings at the MU School of Law on Friday. Lawyers for the plaintiffs, Maureen Doyle and Bill Wickersham, and the defendants, Salute to Veterans Corporation and the city of Columbia, argued before District Court Judge Nannette Laughrey in the courtroom at Hulston Hall.

Booze arrests on rise at MU

Arrests for liquor law violations on MU’s campus increased 59 percent from 2003 to 2004, and drug arrests decreased by 11 percent, according to the 2004 MU Campus Safety and Crime Report released Monday. The statistics are compiled from arrests made by the MU and Columbia police departments on public property, on-campus residences and MU campus and non-campus buildings or properties.

Spending on support

Virginia Stephens never has a bad day at the Eldercare Center. Even when she’s not in the best of moods, she makes sure to put on her happy face before going in. Stephens suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease and has gone to Eldercare, Columbia’s only state-licensed day care center for adults, off and on for roughly two years. Her husband, Gene Stephens, said she loves to sing “Amazing Grace” and other favorites with friends, and she enjoys lively conversation with all the people there.

5 Ideas

[1] Reorganizing education The state committee working to reorganize government agencies has made suggestions that would give Gov. Matt Blunt more power to appoint top education positions. Blunt could appoint the heads of Missouri’s two education departments, Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as Higher Education, should the committee’s recommendations be approved.