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Aim of technology should be new jobs

A few weeks ago I turned down the opportunity to learn how to use the Automated Postal Center that was installed recently at the post office. It’s probably a great technological wonder allowing folks to have 24-7 access to a full range of mailing services. I’m sure over the next few years it will save the government a lot of money by replacing postal clerks with machines. But frankly, until somebody comes up with some new technology to replace machines with people, some that create jobs instead of taking them away, I’m going to remain far from enthusiastic about our great advances.

Every time I have to fill up my gas tank I’m reminded of how we were all going to save money by pumping our own gas, checking our own oil and cleaning our own windshields and eliminating the jobs of service attendants. I never wanted to grow up to pump gas, but the thing I resent most is the fact that it is getting increasingly more difficult to find a station that offers full service. And I haven’t reached the point where I have to prove my worth as a woman by trying to perform tasks for which I’m ill-suited.

Two Wal-Mart proposals outlined

Developers who want to build a Wal-Mart at West Broadway and Fairview Road have asked city staff to review their plans and are warning that neighborhood residents can either accept a large store with accompanying amenities or a smaller store they say would be “an inferior result.”

On Wednesday morning, Van Matre and Harrison P.C., legal representatives for the Wal-Mart developers, submitted a packaged request for a concept review to the city’s Planning and Development Department. The package outlined details of two options for the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter; both have met with serious opposition from neighbors.

Columbia businesses mull new alliance

Local, independent shops and cafés line downtown streets. But the owners of some of these independent businesses worry that the atmosphere created by Columbia’s local stores will be displaced by corporate chains. As a result, several Columbia shop owners hope to form an independent business alliance that would strive to improve business and advertising for local stores.

In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark

The same path William Clark followed to get a view of the Missouri and Osage rivers is now open to the public.

Clark’s Hill/Norton State Historic Site opened at the end of May. From the bottom of the hill to the top, there are 10 interpretive panels that explain historical and environmental aspects of the paths. At the end of the path you can see out over the rivers. You can also see a rock where Meriwether Lewis and Clark carved their initials.

GRO registers voters in low-income areas

Members of Grass Roots Organizing canvassed low-income neighborhoods Satuday asking residents if they were registered to vote.

GRO, whose membership is about 75 percent low-income, has organized several voter registration drives in historically low-income neighborhoods.

Coaches sign legal settlements

COLUMBIA — MU paid more than $136,000 to two basketball coaches who are accused of breaking NCAA rules in exchange for their resignations and pledges never to sue, documents show. Missouri had no legal obligation to pay anything to Associate Head Coach Tony Harvey or Assistant Coach Lane Odom; Quin Snyder, Missouri’s head coach, confirmed that neither had a contract and both served at his pleasure.

The university president’s office referred questions about the payments to Mike Alden, athletic director of the Columbia campus. Alden declined comment Friday through spokesman Chad Moller, who said the payments were tied to the NCAA investigation and that Alden is bound by confidentiality rules.

Wild horses find new homes

Twelve-year-old Megan Parks perched on the bar of a fence, her arms looped around a horizontal metal rung, rocking back and forth on her worn white cowboy boots as she pointed eagerly to a brown horse that stood near the back of the pen.

“I wonder why some horses have such long tails,” she said. “Seems like they could have some Appaloosa in them.”

Veteran attorney noted for integrity

Morley Swingle is a storyteller. And the law, he says, is all about being able to tell a story; to have 12 men and women on the edge of their seats, awaiting what the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor calls “The Perry Mason Moment.”

“I love trying cases,” Swingle said. “I wanted to be Perry Mason.”

Many moved by Fahrenheit 9/11

Bill Monroe of Columbia stood in line at the Forum 8 movie theater Friday evening shielding his eyes from the sun with a clipboard that included the words “register to vote.” Monroe was waiting to see Michael Moore’s new controversial film “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Moore’s film, which initially had trouble finding a distributor in the United States, looks at President Bush’s administration and its reaction to the terrorist events of Sept. 11 and the move toward war with Iraq. It also looks at business connections between the Saudi royal family and the Bush family.

Aiming for fellowship at Senior Games

At Stephens Lake Park, a long line of men and women were trying to puncture a number of golden circles no bigger than the face of a clock from 60 yards away. They held completely still, with their hands drawn back by their ears, until the bow string was loosed, and they reached for another arrow from their quivers.

The sport is one of concentration, but amid the thumps of bow strings and whooshes of air, talking and laughter prevailed as the athletes in the archery competition of the Missouri State Senior Games joked and shared stories with each other.

Having a Konniption — sci-fi lovers gather

A war was waged Saturday afternoon on the second floor of the Stoney Creek Inn. Across a table-top covered in green cloth, jagged terrain and wispy trees, Casey Clark and Jason Dubbert squared off to battle in a game of Warhammer 40,000.

With the roll of a handful of dice, Dubbert showed signs of distress.

Missouri trooper kills man wanted in Florida

The California man who was fatally shot Thursday by a Missouri State highway patrolman was being sought by a Florida sheriff’s office in connection with a double homicide.

The patrol said Friday morning that the Hillsborough County, Fla. sheriff’s office was seeking 63-year-old Michael Melberg of Solana Beach, Calif., for questioning in the double homicide of his ex-girlfriend, Lorelei Fairall, and her boyfriend, Michael Moore. Hillsborough County deputies found the victims shot in their apartment.

Sheriff asks for arrest warrants

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has applied for warrants for the arrests of two individuals involved in the accidental shooting of a 17-year-old woman on June 13, Sgt. Tom Reddin said Friday.

The shooting occurred north of Columbia at 501-A Mauller Road when an occupant of the house fired a handgun through the floor. The bullet struck the woman in the back as she was making a bed in the lower floor of the home.

Summer bites when ticks attack

I lived almost three decades before I saw my first tick. And the first sighting happened in a dramatic fashion. The children had been outside playing in the yard for the entire afternoon. I fed them dinner and then proceeded to start the baths. As I started scrubbing, I noticed that my 5-year-old had several moles that seemed to have miraculously appeared overnight. I had him stand to inspect the new flaws, and then one of the spots started wiggling. I had worked in the nursing field for more than a decade. I had assisted on amputations. I had even helped with a man who was literally eaten up inside with a staph infection, but when I saw that “nasty, flat, black thing” wiggle and realized what it was, I lost it.

I screamed for my husband and fled the bathroom.

NCAA pattern hints at MU’s fate

MU appears to face charges of major violations in its men’s basketball program, based on how the NCAA has behaved in recent similar cases and on the views of a former longtime investigator for the college athletics authority.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association defines a major violation as one that provides “an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage.”

Red Cross throws out sorority’s donations

All blood donations rounded up by an MU sorority were quietly destroyed after a student organizer urged fellow members to lie about their health to qualify as donors, according to an American Red Cross spokesman quoted in local news reports.

Jim Williams of the American Red Cross told the Columbia Tribune the organization didn’t announce its destruction of the 81 units of blood because it didn’t want to raise undue concerns about the safety of its supplies.

Cause of canine death a concern

The necropsy report on Seaman, the dog of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, found no definitive cause of death, Waverly Police Chief Jesse Coslet said Thursday.

The 20-month-old dog was in the group of re-enactors traveling the Missouri River to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He was found dead about 6 a.m. June 16, while the expedition was in Waverly.

Health care solutions discussed

Eleanor Wickersham’s experience with the failings of the medical world set the tone for a Columbia forum Thursday on health – care reform.

Years ago, Wickersham said, she was taken to the hospital for a gall bladder emergency. She said that because someone from her health insurance company was unavailable to speak to the hospital, she waited in the hall on a stretcher for eight hours before anything could be done.

Grading MAP tests adds up for teachers

The teacher squints at her computer, her face tight with concentration. She calls over a few of her colleagues, hoping they might have an insight. They lean over her terminal and squint as well, trying to make out the loopy, round handwriting.

“It’s enough to make a person go blind in the morning,” the first teacher jokes.

Pierpont residents want village of their own

In the not-so-far-away countryside, about 30 homes cluster together in small strings along State Highway 163 and Route N, nestled against the backdrop of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Where the two highways cross sits the Pierpont store, a relic of earlier times.

Driving south along Providence Road from Columbia, you might notice a road sign that points to Pierpont. Officially, however, Pierpont does not exist. It’s an unincorporated part of Boone County, subject to county laws and regulations.

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