Postal service unveils anthrax testing

Postal workers, known for delivering mail through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night, can add another element to the list of things that won’t stop them: biohazards.

The Columbia mail processing and distribution center will begin using its new Postal Service Biohazard Detection System today.

Director displays danger to workers

JEFFERSON CITY — Monday wasn’t just another quiet day at the office for Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn.

He sat behind a desk, complete with a potted plant and a calculator, in a construction zone on northbound U.S. 63, fielding questions from the media as cars whizzed by.

Two MU students injured in blaze

Two MU students remain in critical condition on Monday after suffering burns in a south Columbia house fire caused by improper use of a clay outdoor fireplace on Sunday morning, said Battalion Chief Steve Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.

John Rubin and Cody Boswell, both 22, remained in critical condition and are being treated at University Hospital, media coordinator Jeff Hoelscher said Monday.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ to film in KC

KANSAS CITY — The wheel starts spinning later this week. By the time it stops, Kansas City will be set for a three-week run of nationwide publicity reaching an estimated 10 million homes each night.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White are bringing their popular “Wheel of Fortune” television game show to Kansas City, where the Bartle Hall convention center will host a studio audience Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with five shows taped each day.

Surprise Show of Thanks

History professor John Bullion and his students got a surprise Monday afternoon when MU Chancellor Brady Deaton strode into Waters Auditorium and interrupted Bullion’s class.

Deaton and Jim Schatz, the chairman of Commerce Bank in the central Missouri region, were there to present the first 2005 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to Bullion. The Kemper comes with a check for $10,000.

Bills seek to clarify end-of-life issues

JEFFERSON CITY — As the nation comes to grips with how to care for those who can’t make their own decisions, Missouri lawmakers are considering a handful of proposals to address end-of-life care.

One piece of legislation was introduced Thursday, the day Terri Schiavo died after a years-long legal battle that ended after the court-ordered removal of her feeding tube. She had left no written instructions in the event she became disabled.

Columbia celebrities help teach reading

Michelle Linn, KMIZ/Channel 17’s news anchor, will help preschoolers at Fay Street Head Start jump-start their week with reading.

Linn is one of four local celebrity guests who will read at preschools around Columbia next week thanks to the local branch of Jumpstart, a tutoring program sponsoring Literacy Week, which begins today and runs through Friday.

Youths ponder Bush’s Social Security plan

KANSAS CITY — Twenty-two-year-old Mike Payne inserts the topic into conversations with his family, with colleagues at the sandwich shop, classmates, even his skateboarder friends: Social Security.

“Anyone that’s willing to listen to me,” he said, “and even if they’re not.”

A flock in mourning

VATICAN CITY — Finally at rest after years of crippling disease, Pope John Paul II’s body lay in state Sunday, his hands clutching a rosary, his pastoral staff under his arm. Millions prayed and wept at services around the globe, as the Vatican prepared for the ritual-filled funeral and conclave that will choose a successor.

Television images gave the public its first view of the pope since his death: lying in the Vatican’s frescoed Apostolic Palace, dressed in crimson vestments and a white bishop’s miter, his head resting on a stack of gold pillows. A Swiss Guard stood on either side as diplomats, politicians and clergy paid their respects at his feet.

Kids fish, target shoot for fun at wildlife day

Children’s joyous cries could be heard all the way from the archery range to the fishing pool to the falcon exhibit at the 24th annual A Day with Wildlife, held Sunday at the American Legion Post 202.

“Hey, I think I got one,” they shouted.

In U.S. church, John Paul left mixed legacy

Pope John Paul II inspired American Catholics with his globe-trotting, charismatic leadership, perseverance in the face of debilitating illness and deep spirituality.

But his tight grip on church leadership and unwillingness to change some unpopular teachings clashed with the more democratic approach that many of the 65 million U.S. Catholics favor.

More parks sought as city grows

As Columbia sprawls outward, some local officials hope to maintain what they say is a unique part of the city’s community-oriented ambience.

The goal: for each resident to have a neighborhood park within walking distance of home.

Satirical MU paper aims to entertain

There is strange news at MU. Golden retriever Buddy the Dog signed with MU’s men’s basketball team to play most valuable pooch. “Crazy” Carl Young lives in campus recycling bins. And students wearing colored bracelets are making a fake statement of care.

Some might find these stories crass and offensive, and others might find them funny, but MU students Hayley Salvo and Leslie Pimmons hope their newspaper can be all three. The two friends are the brains behind Misery Weekly, a satirical campus publication that carried the stories above in its debut issue Friday.

Fire leaves three hospitalized

A fire at 3209 Skylark Lane left one person in serious condition and two others in critical condition after a small outdoor fireplace called a Chiminea was misused or malfunctioned, fire investigators said. Damages are estimated at $200,000.

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to the house on the south side of town at 7:29 a.m. on Sunday.

Closet cleaning must be hidden from husband

It’s that time of year again when I move the winter stuff to the attic and bring down the spring and summer clothing.

  I have done a fair job of purging my unused clothing, but I just looked at my husband’s side of the closet. Actually, it isn’t quite a side. It’s more like a corner — and he obviously needs an intervention.

Papal election is complex process

Cardinals from around the world have begun to gather in Vatican City for the funeral of Pope John Paul II and to take part in the election of a new pope, a process known as the conclave.

The historic series of events began with the verification of John Paul’s death, at 9:37 p.m. Rome time, by the cardinal carmelengo, Eduardo Martinez Somalo. The carmelengo then sealed the papal apartment and arranged for the fisherman’s ring, the official seal of the pope, to be broken, beginning an official nine-day period of mourning known as the novemdiales.


Women of the cloth

Amy Kay Pavlovich first heard the call of God as a child. When she was 14, she began telling others that she planned to become a pastor —news that didn’t exactly thrill her parents.

“I’m from a farm family that does not favor women in the ministry,” said Pavlovich, 28, an associate pastor at First Christian Church.

Digital state of art

There are more ways to create a masterpiece than stroking a paintbrush across a canvas.

In MU art instructor Sabine Gruffat’s introduction to 3D animation class, students sit in front of desktop computers instead of easels and storyboards, adding color and texture to multi-dimensional images using a software program called MAYA.

A dedication to interfaith understanding

Beyond Vatican City and the sanctuaries of 1 billion Catholics around the world, Pope John Paul II will be remembered not only as an advocate for his church’s moral beliefs, but also as an eloquent voice for Christian unity.

Local religious leaders, scholars and adherents of various faiths all point to significant moments in the papal legacy that have improved interfaith relations.