The Missouri River Cultural Conservancy plans to give funds raised at a benefit concert Saturday to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina survivors fund. The event is from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Cooper’s Landing, Musicians include Bob Dyer, Henry Clay and the C3 band. The conservancy group is videotaping the event as part of its efforts to archive the history and culture of the Missouri River in this region. For more information, contact Mike Cooper at 657-2544 or Jeff Wheeler at 673-1329.
A benefit concert held Wednesday night at The Blue Note raised $330 that will be donated to the Salvation Army. Sixty people came to the concert, which was organized by Joe Lewis of the local band Soulshine. Five local bands played the free concert to raise money for hurricane victims in the Mississippi area.
The Mid-Missouri Tourism Council will donate $2,000 to the Disaster Relocation Center in Columbia to buy $100 Target and Wal-Mart gift cards for evacuees who are staying in Columbia, according to a news release. The MMTC is also collecting donations such as diapers, paper products, dishes, cutlery and other household items at a drop point at the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at the corner of Providence Road and Elm Street.
Syed Arshad Husain, a professor of child psychiatry and child health at MU, traveled to Houston this past weekend to volunteer and observe the conditions at the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center, which is now a temporary home to as many as 5,000 Southerners rescued from the hurricane. Husain said his main goal was to meet with Houston’s director of health to discuss the possible need for a program he created through his International Psychosocial Trauma Center called “Teachers as Therapists.” The director was enthusiastic about the proposal, which will help Houston teachers become temporary therapists for child victims and help them cope with post-traumatic feelings.
Missouri farmers will be paying more to harvest crops this season because of higher fuel prices, according to a recent report issued by the MU Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute. The report said that because of fuel prices, the cost of harvesting will increase $5 per acre for corn, $3.20 per acre for soybeans and $2.75 per acre for wheat from last year, , excluding hauling costs.
Trying to capture the youth of an American icon like Mark Twain is a bold endeavor that, at first glance, might not lend itself to a theatrical performance. But Mary Barile has turned her longtime interest in Twain into a one-act play called “Leaving Hannibal,” which will be performed this weekend at the Corner Playhouse before moving on to New York for a September 24 showcase at the off-Broadway York Theatre.
BOONVILLE — Even while carrying 80-pound cinder blocks in the Missouri heat, the 12 inmates participating in this year’s Boonslick Area Community Service event were grateful to have the opportunity to be working. The men from the Boonville Correctional Center participate in an annual community service project sponsored by the United Methodist Men of Boonville.
A bill that prohibits posting certain personal information on the Internet with the intent or threat to cause harm or death to a person is officially law. The governor signed it shortly after Senate approval Thursday. The law applies to all persons, not just public officials, as the original bill indicated. The bill’s emergency clause was also approved, which enabled the law to go into immediate effect after the Governor’s signature.
Sally Ride’s Space Shuttle flights are behind her. Her mission these days is to close the gender gap among scientists. In her lecture at MU on Thursday night, the former astronaut said that although girls and boys have the same interest in science when they are in elementary school, more girls begin to lose that interest in middle school because of societal stereotypes.
The Columbia Public School District is taking another step toward narrowing the gap in academic achievement between black and Latino students and their white and Asian counterparts by joining the national Minority Student Achievement Network. The school board approved the move Monday.
NEW ORLEANS — President Bush promised Thursday night the government will pay most of the costs of rebuilding the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast in one of the largest reconstruction projects the world has ever seen. “There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans, and this great city will rise again,” the president said. Standing in Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, Bush acknowledged his administration had failed to respond adequately to Hurricane Katrina, which killed hundreds of people across five states. The government’s costs for rebuilding could be $200 billion or more.
An attorney for the 14 MU football administrators, coaches and trainers facing a wrongful-wdeath lawsuit from the family of deceased linebacker Aaron O’Neal has asked a court to dismiss the case. Though the university is not a party in the lawsuit, MU has hired attorney Hamp Ford to defend athletic director Mike Alden, coach Gary Pinkel, team medical director Rex Sharp and 11 other trainers and strength coaches.
An article on page 5A Thursday about winners of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism listed the incorrect location for the KHOU/Channel 11 News Defenders. The station is in Houston; it is owned by Belo Corp., which is based in Dallas. Also, the name of medal winner Alejandro Junco de la Vega was spelled incorrectly. A listing on page 2A Thursday listed the incorrect date for the Mid-Missouri Tackle Collectors Show. It is set for Sept. 24.
The MU School of Law has received $1 million to improve the Law Library. The money will go for both facilities and staff. The latest contribution to the "For All We Call Mizzou" campaign, which has raised about 98 percent of its $600 million in private donations for the university, came from George Ashley, who graduated from the Law School in 1948.
At 9:30 each morning, Tim Seidel makes his rounds. He casually swings a whistle around his finger, strolling by the pool. He stops to check the chlorine and pH levels and makes sure all his lifeguards are at their stations. Seidel, 19, said he hasn’t experienced many heart-pounding situations in the three years he’s worked as a lifeguard. Most days are like this one, soaking in the sun. But his training prepares him for those sudden moments when a person veers beyond the shallow water and begins to panic.
In Dallas, a team of investigative reporters has delved into rollover crashes involving Firestone ATX tires and exposed testing errors within the Houston Police DNA Laboratory. Now that team, dubbed “The Defenders,” is one of six recipients of the 2005 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the MU School of Journalism. The medal celebrates career achievements in journalism and advertising.
A film making its Missouri premiere Thursday in Columbia alleges that U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, while acting as a special prosecutor in a 1996 murder trial, helped railroad a man into prison for killing his mother. A product of Illinois State University’s Innocence Project, “Matter of Innocence: The Dale Helmig Story” will show at 5:30 p.m. today at the Ragtag Cinemacafe. The film chronicles the story of Dale Helmig, a Linn, Mo., a man serving a life sentence at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron for a crime he says he didn’t commit.
Joe Schulz yells to his father in the other room, “You’re deaf.” His father, Walter Schulz, responds, “You’re a twit.” Walter and Joe enjoy giving each other a hard time as they pack boxes and prepare to close the business they both started a year ago. Tiger Textbooks, 904 Elm Street, will close Friday at 5 p.m. A 50 percent sale is helping to keep the boxes light.
ASHLAND — Molly Oilar cried, and students cheered and stomped on the bleachers Wednesday as Oilar was awarded a 2005 American Star of Teaching Award. The Ashland teacher is the only teacher in Missouri to receive the U.S. Department of Education award, given in each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. “I feel like Miss America,” joked Oilar, who teaches fifth grade at Southern Boone County Elementary School.
A power outage on the MU campus Wednesday morning raised questions about what could happen at University Hospital during a major power failure. Although Wednesday’s outage did not affect the hospital, officials say the facility is ready.