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Sports mailer worries parent

When the Kids Sports News arrived in Larry Fredette’s mailbox earlier this month, the first thing he noticed was the address label. It read: “Alex Fredette,” specifically indicating that the newspaper was for his 8-year-old son.

Fredette, a youth baseball and basketball coach, said he likes the new monthly newspaper, which features young athletes’ pictures and coverage of their games, and isn’t concerned that his son is receiving it. However, he hopes youth sports leagues are cautious when deciding to release the names and addresses of players to businesses. He said it’s the first time he’s seen anything in the mail addressed only to Alex.

The right to bear beer

For more than 10 years, Village Wine and Cheese on Broadway has served its outdoor diners alcohol. Because of the small outdoor dining area, some of the patrons sat at tables on city sidewalks.

In April, Village Wine and Cheese owner Kathy Fluesmeier was notified by the Columbia Police Department that she was in violation of city ordinance 17600 — “possession of open container of alcoholic beverage or consumption of alcoholic beverage in certain public places.” She no longer serves alcohol to the outdoor diners.

Voters weigh in on sheriff

Since Sheriff Ted Boehm took office in 1985, the population of Boone County has increased by nearly a third to more than 135,000 people.

Boehm’s department has grown to 140 full-time personnel with an annual budget of nearly $9.5 million. The county has a bigger jail, built in 1991, and two years ago, Boehm helped convince voters to approve a one-eighth cent sales tax for law enforcement.

Season for deer earlier in county

Firearms deer season this year will open earlier than ever in Boone County.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has set up an early season for firearms hunters from Oct. 8-11 in Boone and 11 other urban counties — more than a month earlier than the traditional firearms season.

An MU minor with a major impact

Staying active in her community is important to Emily Wenzlick, a junior in biochemistry at MU, because she believes it gives her a broader perspective on life. So when she heard that the Office of Service-Learning would offer a minor in leadership and public service, she decided to pursue it.

“It’s important to me to challenge myself to keep seeing the world from different points of view, from different people’s perspectives, because it just changes your heart on so many issues,” Wenzlick said.

Treasurer hopefuls urge kids to make sense out of dollars

Candidates for state treasurer worry about Missourians’ financial literacy.

“We have problems with finance because people don’t know how to calculate or make rate comparisons,” said Anita Yeckel, who is running for the Republican nomination for treasurer.

Graham campaign lodges ethics claim against Harlan

With the Aug. 3 primary less than a week away, criticism has been flying between Democrats Chuck Graham and Tim Harlan, who are running for the 19th District state Senate seat.

The attacks intensified Tuesday as Graham’s campaign manager, Mike McGennis, filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission saying Harlan did not disclose the source of $13,595 in 2002. The commission requires all contributions to be itemized, with the contributor’s name, address and occupation listed. Harlan’s Oct. 14, 2002, report lists his expenditures, but not his contributions.

MU’s list of values may add diversity

Respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence — not just words, but values to MU. For the last few years, these concepts have been the foundation of MU’s values statement, but a change could be in sight.

The Missouri Students Association, in a letter last week, asked a task force that created the initial values statement to consider diversity as a fifth value for MU. The letter cites recent events, particularly a racially charged column in a March issue of the independent MU Student News, which led to a sit-in on the steps of Jesse Hall.

Third-party candidates to join Missouri ballot

Political independent Ralph Nader and Michael A. Peroutka of the Constitution Party will be added to Missouri’s presidential race, according to their campaigns.

Vying for a spot on the ballot in the November elections, the two presidential candidates, along with three new parties and six independent candidates running for state representative, filed petitions and declarations of candidacy Monday. The secretary of state’s elections office was still receiving petitions minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline.

Arena brings concession changes

MU basketball players won’t be the only ones noticing changes when the new Paige Sports Arena opens this year. Fund-raising groups will also have to adapt.

The layout of the new arena means some groups who participated in concession stand fund-raising last year will need more people if they hope to do so again this season, said Alan Petersen, director of Athletic Dining Services.

Gunfire injures 2 in Harrisburg burglary

A burglary that left two people injured with shotgun wounds early Sunday morning in Harrisburg appears to be related to domestic violence, police said Monday.

“There is a domestic violence element to it,” said Sgt. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. “The guy who came into the residence shooting is apparently the estranged husband of a woman in the house.”

City ranks 14th best for running business

Business is good for businesses in Columbia, at least according to one magazine.

Expansion Management magazine ranked Columbia 14th out of 331 metropolitan areas across the nation of best metros for business expansion and relocation. Columbia ranked fifth among metro areas with a population of 250,000 or less.

McCaskill rakes in contributions in month of July

While State Auditor Claire McCaskill led gubernatorial hopefuls in money raised in the most recent reporting period, Gov. Bob Holden maintained the lead in total money and Secretary of State Matt Blunt has the most money on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

The “Eight Day Before Election Report” was required of all candidates as the Aug. 3 primary elections approach.

A second chance

Bernard walks around the eroding pasture, nonchalantly picking at tufts of grass, twitching his giant ears to keep the flies away. Wherever the 3-year-old donkey goes, Ladybug the horse isn’t far away.

Bernard and Ladybug, a 10-year-old thoroughbred mix, have an unusual relationship that was formed at their previous home. Andrea Rickards, a volunteer for Columbia Second Chance animal shelter, said Ladybug became blind after not receiving proper medical treatment and being picked on by other horses. As a result, she said, Bernard became her “seeing-eye” donkey.

State seen as bellwether

With the failure of the Federal Marriage Amendment in the U.S. Senate, which had attempted to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and restrict the ability of courts to force the recognition of same-sex marriages, Missouri voters will be the ones who write the next chapter on who is granted access to the institution of marriage in America.

Since Missouri is a key battleground state in the national election and the first state to vote on this type of amendment, many think the voters’ decision on Aug. 3 might influence similar votes across the country.

Common Ground

The lunch rush has hit Brady Commons and with it a sense of mildly contained chaos. People are everywhere: sitting, standing, calling to friends and laughing. The tables are full, a few overloaded with extra chairs so that large groups can sit together. Strangers share tables just to get a place to sit and eat.

Long lines snake through the food court — past Pizza Hut, Burger King, Chick-fil-A and Sunshine Sushi — as people wait for their turn to pay, hands full of foods ranging from California rolls to cheeseburgers. The aroma of fries and pizza wafts into the main dining area.

Young voters earn spots as delegates

WASHINGTON — When it’s your first presidential election, it’s not enough that you can vote. Not when you want in on the process. Not when you want your voice heard.

Three young Missourians jumped into politics last February, setting out on a daunting path to becoming delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Residential Life helps students develop

With four new halls opening this fall and a 15-year master plan to renovate or rebuild the existing halls, residential life at MU is undergoing rapid change. However, the blending of student affairs and academics — which has made MU’s program a model for other institutions — will continue to remain the focus of the department.

“Residence Halls exist to help students succeed academically and personally ... we’re very much a part of the educational experience for students,” said Frankie Minor, director of Residential Life at MU.

Local Kerry off to Boston to back Kerry

Her last name attracts attention. Columbia resident Elizabeth Kerry said everyone, right down to the cashier at her grocery store checkout line, wants to know if she’s related to Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic Party’s presumed candidate for president.

She’s not. So, Elizabeth Kerry, a lifelong Democrat, has coined an answer for the curious.

We the people need new political party

If what I keep hearing proves to be true, there are going to be lots of people who refuse to vote for either presidential candidate. They are saying there is no appreciable difference between the two political parties. While I agree with them, I doubt if failure to participate will make any impression on the party leaders. I think what they really care about is the electoral votes that will earn one of them the office. And frankly, I don’t know what it will take to break the stronghold the Democrats and Republicans have on our political process short of forming other political parties.

It will obviously take strong will and a true sense of purpose to start another political party. I think that a real grass-roots movement would work, if anyone can remember how to organize such an endeavor. I believe people are tired of money ruling everything. They see the results when monied interests are allowed to control government. I think what they want are sincere people who have nothing personal to gain, who go out on a limb and begin to build a political party that is truly concerned with the welfare of the people.

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