Lauries give up Paige name rights

The search for a new namesake for the $75 million Paige Sports Arena begins today after the Laurie family on Tuesday passed the naming rights of the arena to the university.

UM President Elson Floyd and Chancellor Brady Deaton announced the decision Tuesday.

Test sanctions lifted from three schools

A federal sanction was lifted on three Columbia elementary schools after an annual progress report was corrected and finalized this month.

A preliminary report released in August by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education indicated three schools hadn’t met Adequate Yearly Progress requirements after failing different sections of the Missouri Assessment Program for the second year in a row.

Healthy revision

Glenn McElroy remembers gazing up as a child at the towering ceilings of what used to be the post office on Cherry Street.

“The ceilings were huge; to a little kid they look huge. It was a big open lobby,” said McElroy, vice president of the Health Adventure Center board, of what was most recently known as the Federal Building. “It was just beautiful.”

Range Line plan expenses mount

State officials seeking to expand a stretch of Columbia highway have hit a bump in the road.

Projected costs for the south section of the Range Line Street expansion have increased from $16.5 million to $19.5 million because of rising right-of-way costs, said Kenny Voss, project manager with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Department. He said with incidentals — design costs, construction inspection and unexpected change orders — the cost of the south-section project likely will rise from $22.6 million to $26.6 million. Only the south section is budgeted in the department’s five-year plan.

Missouri Democrats look for ways to revitalize party for ’06

JEFFERSON CITY — In the aftermath of the Democratic losses in Missouri on Election Day three weeks ago, top Missouri Democratic leaders met Tuesday to discuss the future of the party.

In January, Democrats will hold two fewer statewide offices, three fewer Senate seats and seven fewer House seats.

Getting the basics

If underwear and socks are on children’s wish lists this year, it’s because some of them — namely, students at Midway Heights Elementary School — want to give them away.

The Keeper of the Keys, an after-school character-building program for fifth-graders at Midway, has elected to join the “socks and undies for kids” drive sponsored by Caroline & Company and benefiting children who stay at the Rainbow House, an emergency shelter and regional child-advocacy center that serves newborns to 18-year-olds.

Police arrest two men in separate rape cases

Police interrupted an apparent sexual assault Monday night in the 200 block of Hitt Street, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

A 20-year-old woman was treated and released from an area hospital, according to the press release.

Alumnus donates $7.5 million

The building that houses the heart of MU’s engineering programs will be renamed and renovated in the wake of a $7.5 million gift from an alumnus and his wife.

Engineering Building East will be renamed Thomas and Nell Lafferre Hall. The announcement came Friday at a meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators in Rolla.

Blunt begins appointing for gubernatorial term

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov.-elect Matt Blunt announced appointments Tuesday to the Department of Revenue, the Public Service Commission and his gubernatorial staff.

Blunt said he would nominate Trish Vincent as director of the Revenue Department, which he said is one of the state’s most important agencies because its work affects every resident. Vincent has served as the deputy secretary of state for business services for four years.


A story on page 3A Sunday included an incorrect date for Komninos “Gus” Karellas’ emigration from Greece to the United States. He moved here in 1965.

Giving thanks, bridging divides

With no turkey, no dressing and no cranberries, more than 40 international students at Smithton Middle School celebrated no less a Thanksgiving.

English is their second language.

County begins plotting means to clear snow

Getting ahead of the snow, Boone County officials are considering improvements to the county’s “snow fight” strategy. The Boone County Commission and laborers, however, are questioning some of the changes Public Works operations manager Chip Estabrooks said are necessary to improve snow removal.

“We have a pretty good track record in regards to snow removal,” said Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin, whose concerns have been shared by Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller at previous work sessions.

Attorney cites conflict in asking for split cases

Public defender Michael Hamilton told the Audrain County Court on Friday that there is a conflict of interest in his representing all three people charged in connection with the killing of Mexico restaurant owner Komninos “Gus” Karellas.

Quinton Canton Jr., 17, and Lance Berry, 17, were each charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. They are being held without bond at the Audrain County jail.

When it can never be taken back

There is no one kind of abuser. A National Institute of Justice study of a batterers’ counseling group from June 2003 described the participants as ranging from 19 to 71 years old, with monthly salaries ranging from $250 to $10,000.

“We have to be careful we don’t categorize our abusers in a certain fashion,” says Detective Jeff Westbrook of Columbia Police Department. “When it comes down to relationship stuff, people go berserk.”

Abuse program fails to track men ordered to class

Boone County victims’ advocate Mark Koch says men haven’t been the primary focus of domestic violence programs. “It wasn’t men calling hotlines saying ‘Help me stop being an abusive bastard.’ It was women saying ‘I’m going to die if I don’t get out of here.’ What we’ve been dealing with is the ways in which women can change. Men have to change, too.”

Most domestic violence offenders in Boone County are ordered by the court to supervised probation for two years and counseling, according to Boone County probation and parole officer Julie Florence.

Racer imparts life advice

Carl Edwards usually sends a clear message to his NASCAR opponents by passing them at 170 mph. On Monday, Edwards slowed down to give Oakland Junior High students a different message: “Follow your dreams.”

A former student at Oakland, Edwards spoke at the school Monday at an assembly.

Cooper’s liquor license reinstated

After 144 days of fighting to regain his liquor license, Mike Cooper has won.

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control reinstated Cooper’s license on Monday afternoon, allowing him to sell beer at Cooper’s Landing south of Columbia. The division decided not to appeal last month’s ruling from the state’s Administrative Hearing Commission, which sided with Cooper.

More flu vaccinations to be available today

The Boone County Health Department will offer flu vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at its Columbia clinic to anyone who meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s high-risk guidelines.

High-risk candidates include children aged 6 to 23 months, adults 65 or older, women who will be pregnant during flu season, nursing-home residents, health-care workers, those who work with children and anyone with a chronic medical condition.

Sincere apologies can save time, cash

It really doesn’t surprise me that people in certain professions, including the practice of medicine, need to be taught the value of apologizing when they make an error. This is an idea being fostered by some who are urging malpractice reform.

I’ve been noticing this trend of refusing to apologize for a long time, especially among politicians. I’ve been convinced for years that many conflicts might have been avoided if people could have brought themselves to apologize for their words or actions. Still, I’d have to say, in my experience, this phenomenon tends to be more prevalent among men than it is among women.

Students charged in opossum abuse

MU sophomores and Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity members Zachary Famuliner and Adam Thomas will appear in court on charges of animal cruelty and holding opossums without a permit following an incident early Friday morning.

At 1:47 a.m. Friday the Columbia Police Department responded to a complaint from a neighbor.