Program lets teens make a difference

Instead of spending last summer swimming at the pool, cruising the mall or going to the movie theater, 13-year-old Jessica Diestel decided to make a difference.

Today’s graduates: beware of the world

Frankly, I was relieved that there were no high school graduates among my family members this year; I would have been hard-pressed to offer them any degree of encouragement.

To speak up and out is to live freely

My dad is a World War II hero, a winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross, so not much scares him. He does not, however, talk about politics.

Midwifery success a step to freedom

The citizens of Missouri, especially those who love freedom, should laud John Loudon. Sen. Loudon is the architect of the recently enacted substitute legislation that will permit midwifery in Missouri.

Republicans need true conservative

With the current sentiments of the American people toward the war in Iraq, I feel that the Republican Party is headed down a dangerous path.

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Baltimore rides slam to victory

KANSAS CITY — A little extra work between starts helped Steve Trachsel pitch an unusual complete game.

Late goal secures Ducks’ win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Travis Moen helped shut down Ottawa’s big three, then scored a goal that trio would have been proud of.

Duncan, Ginobili carry Spurs in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Foul after foul, free throw after free throw, the San Antonio Spurs won Game 4 of the Western Conference finals the hard way.

Duke’s title defeat emotional ending

BALTIMORE — There were hugs, handshakes and plenty of tears. The Duke lacrosse team had run through a myriad of emotions over the past 14 months, and now it was over.

Vanderbilt earns top national tournament seed

Tim Corbin caught himself daydreaming for a moment after his Vanderbilt Commodores were selected as the top-overall seed in the NCAA baseball tournament.

Cardinals rocky again on the road

DENVER — Jeff Francis doesn’t want to analyze why he’s pitching so well in May. The Colorado Rockies feel the same way about their six-game winning streak.

Tournament Field Set

On Sunday, the Missouri baseball team learned an NCAA baseball regional tournament would be held in Columbia for the first time since 1965. The announcement washed away any doubts about the team’s postseason chances.

Patriotism on parade

Hundreds lined Broadway on Monday to honor veterans and those serving in the military at the Memorial Day parade. The event capped off the Salute to Veterans weekend.

As summer begins, are gas prices affecting ...

BRANSON — Business owners here are hopeful that while high gas prices may keep some visitors from showing up this summer, they’ll more than makeup for it with Midwestern tourists looking to stay close to home.

Parade features 10 honored guests

“Honor my country, serve my country, cherish my family, and love God,” were the words boasted from the banner of the American Heritage Girls, a Christian-based nonprofit scouting organization. Eight-year-old Elise Stephenson participated in her first Salute to Veterans’ Memorial Day Parade as part of the group.

Information sought in Saturday shooting

Columbia police officers responded to reports of shots fired near the intersection of Hanover Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Earning Memorial Day

In a week, Lance Cpl. John McClellan will get a golden retriever puppy, which he has already named “Lucky,” the same name given to him by his fellow Marines after he was shot twice in one week in Afghanistan.

Land buy to fix road and sewer problems

A city purchase of property along Creasy Springs Road holds the promise of addressing a problem with a private sewer lagoon and eliminating a treacherous curve between Obermiller Road and Bear Creek.

EMS studies won’t seek patients’ OK

WASHINGTON — The federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting the patients’ permission.