Missouri students compete for ticket to History Day nationals

Laura Knutzen, 16, wore a velvet gown and red lipstick to explain the workings of a torpedo guidance system Saturday morning. She was channeling Hedy La-marr, the actress turned inventor, in “Strapless to Wireless,” her self-written entry in the Missouri National History Day contest.

Downstairs in MU’s Arts and Sciences building, girls in hoop skirts brushed by a cardboard replica of the Rosetta Stone and avoided catching their hems on adrum set.

Science Day experiments entertain children

Beneath his glasses, Julian Banks’ eyes widened and his jaw dropped as he yelled, “Oh mother Pete!” in reaction to Jered Coulibali, 9, who was dissecting a cow eye.

As Jered’s scissors pierced the eye, a strong smell of formaldehyde quickly entered the room.

Veterinary College’s open house aimed to teach

Prospective students, children and their parents attended first-aid

classes given by MU veterinary students on Saturday as part of MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s open house.

Changing the profile

Roger Worthington said that often people react to the findings of the Campus Climate Study in one of two ways: They conclude that MU lacks an inclusive environment for minorities, or they are reassured to find out that it didn’t do worse.

To him, both of these responses aren’t a good way to look at the results.

World famous towns

The map of Missouri is dotted with the names of Earth’s greatest cities, states and countries. The Show-Me state is the land of pharaohs, one-arm bandits and royal flushes, sombreros and French palaces. The state even has its own monster movie star: Frankenstein, Mo. These small towns don’t share a lot with their namesakes — no ancient ruins or artwork, sometimes not even the same pronunciation. Each one, though, has a hint of its better-known twin.

Novel translations

Unless you knew that Tatiana Kudriavtseva survived war and communism, then stood firm against Cold War prejudices to become a prolific translator of America’s finest literature, you might be surprised by the petite, gray-haired woman's strong handshake. In a career that has spanned more than half a century, Kudriavtseva, 84, is the Russian voice of dozens of American writers from Jack London to William Styron to Joyce Carol Oates. She has trans-lated masterworks such as “Gone With the Wind” and “Sophie's Choice” while forging friendships with such disparate and pugnacious personalities as Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer and John Updike.

Asked about Kudriavtseva’s intellectual and literary legacy, Updike called her a woman of “high intelligence and aesthetic passion,” but also one of courage. “At a time when such a pursuit was not only technically difficult but politically dangerous, she was the main bridge between American writing and the Russian language,” Updike says.

MU awaits approval of multicultural certificate

MU’s multicultural certificate, a program designed to promote diversity education and make graduates more competitive in the job market, is set for approval by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education in Jefferson City at the end of the semester.

The proposal is a result of a three-year process, which started with conversations between the Missouri Students Association’s multicultural committee and interim provost Lori Franz, said Noor Azizan-Gardner, task force facilitator. After assessing the need for multicultural education, a task force was established in the spring of 2003, with representatives from every school on campus. MU’s offices of the chancellor and provost brought the proposal before the Jefferson City board.

Sociology professor wins final Kemper

By Friday, nine of the 10 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence had been awarded and Mary Grigsby had all but lost hope on her first year to be nominated.

“She’s the last one awarded,” her husband, Gary Grigsby, said. “Last night she didn’t think she would get one. She really cares about her students and her teaching. She’s worked hard to get to this point.”

Schiavo death hasn’t ended debate in Missouri over end-of-life issues

JEFFERSON CITY — Nearly three weeks after the death of Terri Schiavo, Missouri lawmakers and residents are trying to sort out where the state should stand on end-of-life issues.

Schiavo died March 31 in Florida after 13 days without food or water. Although Schiavo’s parents appealed to the federal courts to have her feeding and hydration tubes reinserted, those courts upheld the decision by Florida courts to allow Schiavo’s husband, Michael, to decide her fate. Her death came amid a great deal of national protest.

‘Big Mama,’ a blind prophetess, leads missionary church’s revival

Several years ago, a state inspector told LueElla Canton, pastor of All People’s Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, that if she didn’t construct a larger ramp for her Poplar Bluffs retirement facility, she would lose her license. Canton said she was overwhelmed, and, without the money for construction, feared losing the business and her livelihood.

So she did what she always does — she prayed — and then consulted Prophetess Louise Marshall.

Professor questions chemicals in plastics

MU professor Frederick vom Saal has called into question the safety of a chemical used in manufacturing baby bottles and food and beverage containers.

Vom Saal, a biological sciences researcher, said bisphenol A, or BPA, is harmful to children because it affects the development of reproductive systems and brain function. BPA is used in the manufacturing of polycarbonate containers.

Debate rising over denying prescriptions

A growing number of pharmacists across the country are refusing to dispense prescriptions for birth control and emergency contraception, claiming it is against their religious or moral beliefs to do so.

At some pharmacies, the owners refuse to offer certain birth-control products. At others, there are individual pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions or distribute them only to married women. Some believe birth control is immoral and equate emergency contraception, also known as “morning-after pills,” with abortion.

Tickets, please

Morrison is a likeable 21-year-old, unhappily employed as an usher at the historic Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis. His search for personal fulfillment in the face of a corporate takeover and his longing for the lovely projectionist Andrea is told in “Diary of a Co-worker,” the first feature-length film by local filmmakers Matt and Amanda McLaughlin.

Morrison tells us his story of wasted effort and misplaced ambition in voice-overs and by addressing the camera. Viewers quickly feel a personal bond with him, and he effectively becomes a small-time hero.

Hickman students discuss Schiavo case at forum

After watching broadcast reporters ask questions about the Terri Schiavo case for weeks, Hickman High School students got their chance to ask questions on Thursday night.

A Speak Your Mind student forum was held in Hickman Commons with a panel of experts in the fields of law, medical ethics and religion on hand to answer questions about the Schiavo case. The forum attracted about 150 students.

Hickman seniors join Presidential Scholar semifinalists

Two Hickman High School seniors are one step away from receiving one of the nation’s top academic honors.

Gov. Matt Blunt announced on Thursday that Vellore Arthi and Benjamin Shelton are among Missouri’s 10 Presidential Scholar Semifinalists.

House passes $19 billion budget

JEFFERSON CITY — Funding cuts to social services and several state departments fueled increases to education in a $19 billion state budget passed through the House on Thursday.

With most of the contentious discussion engulfing the lower chamber earlier in the week, debate remained low-key until Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, went beyond the standard Democratic critique of the Republican budget.

Students stand close to Sting

An MU athletics van waited on Hitt Street on Thursday to whisk away more than the usual players.

Sting, an international pop star, gave an exclusive performance to 30 hand-picked students, five faculty and several staff members from the MU School of Music before being quickly escorted to the waiting vehicle to prepare for his concert at Mizzou Arena on Thursday evening.

Children in car during police chase

A brief police chase involving a car with a man and two children ended when the man crashed the car, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Police Capt. Zim Schwartze said a man fled the scene of a domestic-violence call on Thursday.

Rush to beat the deadline

Les McMillen already knows he won’t get out of the office until midnight tonight.

The tax consultant’s latest appointment is set for 10 p.m. with one of his longtime clients, who said she always procrastinates when it comes to taxes.

Filling a need for funds

When local performer Victoria Day, 41, contacted Kathy Windmoeller to ask if the Mid-Missouri Breast Cancer Awareness Group could use some money, Windmoeller’s thrilled response was immediate.

“Victoria e-mailed me and asked, ‘Would we like to have money donated to our group?’ ” Windmoeller said. “And I said, ‘Yes!’ No one has ever done that before.”