The Missouri Department of Conservation is making a proposal to allow archery hunting during deer season on some city property in an effort to curb the urban deer population in Columbia.
“The bottom line is that we have problems with urban deer, and it’s going to get worse if we don’t take action,” said Lonnie Hansen, a resource scientist with the MDC. “Statewide, their population is probably fairly stable,” he said. “Where it is increasing is in our urban areas, and Columbia is no exception.”
After more than a year of discussion and tweaking, a thick revision of Columbia’s street standards — designed to make streets narrower and friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians — is finally before the City Council.
The council will hold a public hearing on the new standards at its meeting tonight but plans to continue to get public input until May 3, when it is scheduled to take a final vote on the matter.
Spring turkey season begins today, which means hunters will soon find out whether mid-Missouri’s recent run of warm weather benefits the hunter or the hunted.
“I think this recent warm-up will help the hunters,” said Jeff Beringer, a resource scientist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. “It has caused everything to get green, which should get the turkeys broken up and into their breeding ranges. They had been kind of wadding up into their winter flocks.”
With the school year winding down, the Fun City Youth Academy is preparing to shift its focus from its Saturday tutoring academy to its summer academy.
Since September, children ages 5 to 18 have been meeting every Saturday at the J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center. From noon to 4 p.m., they receive mentoring, homework help, entrepreneurial skills and leadership.
Five local students who competed at the state level in National History Day on Saturday will be moving on to the national competition June 13-17 at the University of Maryland.
Schnucks Markets Inc. reissued a recall on Friday for sliced smoked Atlantic salmon from Sea Specialties Inc. because of possible contamination.
JERUSALEM — An Israeli helicopter missile strike Saturday killed Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a well-known and popular leader of Hamas, hospital officials and witnesses said, about a month after a similar attack killed the spiritual leader of the radical Palestinian group.
Rantisi, 54, who had recently become the Gaza Strip leader of Hamas, for years launched vitriolic assaults on Israel and its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. He could order a demonstration and within hours mobilize tens of thousands of Palestinians into the streets.
When the news reached him that Abdel Aziz Rantisi had been killed Saturday night in Gaza City by an Israeli attack, MU Professor Michael Grinfeld wasn’t surprised.
“The tactical shift that’s now occurred in Israel is very significant, and it will change whatever outcomes occur in the region,” he said. “What’s clear is that the Israelis have run out of patience.”
Elson Floyd, UM system president, asked Provost Brady Deaton to be the interim MU chancellor Saturday, said a release from UM spokesman Joe Moore.
“I asked Provost Deaton to serve in the role of interim chancellor at the University of Missouri-Columbia because I believe he is the most qualified person for the job,” Floyd said in the press release. “Brady has extensive knowledge of the campus, its mission and academic programs, and its many important stakeholders. I am hopeful that he will agree to take on this new leadership challenge.”
Amid the stuffed toy donkeys, primary colors and ample campaign paraphernalia covering Columbia’s Expo Center on Friday and Saturday were Missouri Democrats on a mission to make it a blue Super Tuesday come November.
“We have a president who is not leading this country in the right direction,” said former presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Richard Gephardt, who addressed members at the state party’s convention Saturday.
Some really smart graduate students sat down with editors on Friday to present their preliminary research findings for the NewSunday Missourian’s first draft. The top headline: People who spent more time reading the April 4 edition found more stories and features to like. They liked the positive community focus. They liked the in-depth reporting. They found NewSunday to be useful and relevant.
There’s one more mouth to feed at the Fulton home of Don and Phyllis Smith, but the house still feels empty.
They miss their military son, Army Pfc. Jeremiah Smith, whose stay in Iraq was extended until August. Yet they keep some comfort in their new arrival, Niki, a stray dog the soldier found on duty overseas and nursed back to health.
Libertarians took a break from raising party awareness Saturday to host “Jefferson Days” in Cosmopolitan Park.
The Libertarian convention featured speaker Lloyd Sloan, an expert on Thomas Jefferson, who lectured on the former president’s political philosophies.
For seven months, a large silver van plastered with “Free Tibet” stickers has carried 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks on a tour around the United States. That van arrived in Columbia on Friday night from St. Louis, and after unloading, the monks gathered with Students for a Free Tibet for dinner at the Interfaith Center.
The monks come from the Drepung Gomang monastic college in Mundgod, India, where 1,700 refugee Tibetan monks live in a settlement of 16,000.
John Neihardt’s poetry about the Missouri River inspired the latest musical piece to be performed by the Missouri Symphony Society Youth Orchestra and Children’s Choir. They will premiere composer Mark Nicholas’ Missouri River Cantata for Youth Orchestra and Chorus tonight at 7 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St.
Neihardt is best known for Black Elk Speaks, the 1932 biography of an American Indian holy man. He was also a poet, literary critic and English professor at MU. He died in 1973 in Columbia.
As the election year continues, Boone County is gearing up for 2004’s primary. The election, in which voters from each party will select nominees for federal, state and county offices, will be held on Aug. 3. The general election, in which voters will make final selections for those offices, is Nov. 2.
The August primary will feature intraparty elections for a host of offices. On a state level, voters will choose nominees for governor, secretary of state, state treasure, attorney general, state senator and state representative. In Boone County, races include the 19th District senate seat and state representative in the 21st, 23rd, 24th and 25th districts. With the exception of the county central committees, which will be chosen in August, the same offices will appear on the November general election ballot.
They are the Missouri task force. There’s Mary Palmer, early 40s, a soft-spoken homemaker from rural Alabama. After her husband goes to bed, she works on Missouri cases until the wee hours, her cat lounging on the 19 notebooks stacked by her computer. There’s Liz Chipman, a woman in her early 20s. She recently moved from the Rolla area to Florida but didn’t leave her Missouri cases behind. There’s Shelley Denman, an upbeat mortgage underwriter in her late 40s who serves as media liaison on Missouri cases from Kansas.
And these are the people they work for: The Caucasian female found in 1987 in St. Louis, aged between 15 and 30 years, had brown hair and only weighed about 74 pounds. The Caucasian male located in Jefferson County in 1994 was in his late 30s, had balding brown hair and a medium build. The black child discovered in Kansas City in 2001 had black hair weaved into cornrows, brown eyes and a crescent-shaped birthmark on her shoulder.
Not many local and state police officials have heard of the Doe Network. They have not dealt with many cases involving unidentified victims, so they have not been seeking the network’s help. But most officials said they are appreciative of help from agencies outside law enforcement.
Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said that the department would have to first do a background check on the Doe Network to assure its credibility.
It’s the Thursday afternoon before the Big Day, and Angela Pulis is almost ready.
She’s prepared for this day since September, when she joined a cheerleading and tumbling class in Columbia. Every Wednesday, she practices her movements and jumps. And all of this mid-March week, Angela and 15 other sixth- and seventh-grade girls at Hallsville Middle School have spent almost two hours a day in a pre-tryout clinic, because cheerleading tryouts are on Friday.
I just had my horde of grandchildren over for Easter brunch and our annual egg hunt. I’ve got quite a spectrum of sizes, shapes and personalities. But sadly, only two of the 14 are still considered babies, and both are teetering on the brink of childhood. I love being a grammy to babies. I love rocking them and making them coo. I also love the fact that they are not mobile — and they sleep a lot. But once they take those first few steps, infancy is pretty much over. Within days, they’ve gone from tentative to racing through the house. And from what I’ve seen of the 12 older kids, they don’t slow down until they hit their teens. Then they become slugs.
My youngest grandchildren were born six months apart. The two boys are 2 and 2 ½ . Both mothers are doing their darnedest to keep them in babyhood. Both are still in diapers, but I watched as the 2 ½ -year-old snuck behind a couch and grunted. His little face turned red as he strained in concentration. Then he walked up to his mother and said, “I pooped in my pants, Mommy. Change my diaper.”