Clinton library sketches path from Hope to White House

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Bill Clinton, America’s first baby boomer president, opened his library Thursday with a rock ’n’ roll gala that hailed the $165 million glass-and-steel museum as “a gift to the future by a man who always believed in the future.”

Despite a steady, bone-chilling rain, nearly 30,000 people joined a celebration that included tributes from President Bush, his father and former President Carter. Rock stars Bono and The Edge of the band U2 performed a three-song set before Clinton spoke to the crowd .

The show must go on

Music blares as girls in curlers and half made-up faces scamper frantically across the room singing, dancing and nervously chattering.

Across the hall, anxiety fills the room as boys pace silently, rehearsing lines; a few talk among themselves as they dress. These are the typical scenes before the opening night of a play, but the preparation for this play was missing one key element: Its lead actor.

Wal-Mart plat receives P&Z recommendation

Developers of a proposed Wal-Mart at Broadway and Fairview Road cleared a procedural hurdle on Thursday when the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of a final plat for the site.

The plat divides the property into two separate commercial and residential lots and clears the way for the developers to build no matter how the City Council votes on a contentious rezoning request in December.

Schools get high marks

Columbia Public Schools students scored better than national averages on four standardized tests taken during the 2003-04 school year.

Sally Lyon, the district’s director of research and assessment, presented the results to school board members at a morning work session Thursday.

Conference an outlet for coping with suicide

Stories of suicide are often shrouded in secrecy and shame.

A father-in-law buried in the middle of the night. A father’s suicide kept from his son for 10 years.

Promoting sisterhood through high fashion

With Beyonce blaring in the background singing “Crazy In Love” and girls shouting “all right now” and “I like that,” 70 Hickman High School No-Limit Ladies experienced the thrill and entertainment of being runway models.

Junior Ashley Hill, 17, is part of the all-girls club and encouraged her fellow “sisters” as they strutted their stuff upon the faux runway. The club hosted the fashion extravaganza in honor of Laura Wilson, an alumna of Hickman, clothing designer and the owner of the Blackberry Exchange.

P&Z approves new building on Providence

A plan to construct a 13,000-square-foot, two-story building was approved at Thursday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The building will be used for office space.

The property, called Providence Home Center, is located on the east side of Providence Road and north of Campusview Drive.

Developers propose low-income homes

If two developers get their way, Columbia’s low-income renters will soon see their options increase.

Columbia developer Jeff Smith submitted a proposal for a $1.95 million loan and $624,332 in state and federal tax credits from the Missouri Housing Development Commission for a 72-unit complex for low-income seniors. Located at the northeast corner of Bethel Street and Nifong Boulevard, the units would have estimated monthly rents of between $410 and $450.

Floyd to ask UM for lower fee increase

University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd announced Wednesday at the UM Board of Curators meeting in Rolla that he will recommend a cap of 3.5 percent on educational fee increases for the 2005-06 academic year.

If implemented, this would be the lowest increase for the UM system in the past three years. Educational fees increased by 7.5 percent in 2004-05, by 19.8 percent in 2003-04 and by 14.8 percent in 2002-03.

Family caught between the winter holidays

My house looks as if it’s been hit by a bomb. This is the “tween” time of the year, with Halloween just passed, Thanksgiving lurking around the corner and Christmas waiting in the wings. I still have a few stray witches to put away, and a Santa I just bought is lounging in a corner of my dining room. I have early Christmas presents piled on my treadmill, which makes using the thing impossible. (That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking by it.)

I’ve decided to do away with my conviction to not decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. This year, our two daughters and their families will be here for turkey day (something that hasn’t happened for at least a decade), and we will celebrate Christmas with them the next day.

One-man show on Twain performed at MU

On Wednesday night, Hal Holbrook brought his masterpiece, the one-man-show, “Mark Twain Tonight!” to a crowded Jesse Auditorium.

The show features 79-year-old Holbrook playing humorist and author Mark Twain. The show was written by Holbrook as a college honors project and began playing off-Broadway in 1959.

Libertarian: Campus diversity ‘disaster’ for blacks

Diversity training on college campuses and the potential addition of “diversity” as MU’s fifth core value were among the topics addressed by Reginald Jones on Wednesday night in Hulston Hall.

Jones, an African-American Libertarian, spoke to a crowd of about 50 students about how the growing movement toward diversity on college campuses has, in his opinion, “been a disaster” for blacks.

Oral stories keep river history alive

Rich with stories about growing up in Overton, Fred Oerly gushed with memories that seemed almost like yesterday.

“My family is all dead but me,” Oerly said during an oral history interview with Meredith Ludwig. “You would think that I would be dead a long time by now. I don’t know why I am still here.”

Owner of G&D in Mexico mourned

Police are searching for two individuals in connection with the robbery and death of Komninos “Gus” Karellas, 60, owner of G&D Steak House in Mexico, Mo.

Lance Lee Berry and Quinton O’Neal Canton Jr., were identified as “persons of interest” by Lt. Bob Welliver, who is in charge of the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad.

Student’s research wins spot

Hickman High School senior Anand Palaniappan hasn’t had much sleep lately. This is not because he fears an asteroid might destroy the planet, but because of the work he has done to make sure that doesn’t happen.

This weekend, Palaniappan will compete in the Midwestern Regional Finals of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The event, which will take place at the University of Notre Dame, is a science research competition for high school students. Palaniappan helped develop a project in connection with the University of Hawaii’s Pan-Starrs Project, which studies asteroids and comets. Palaniappan created a new computational algorithm that automatically tracks dangerous comets and asteroids.

Television station to offer public orientations

Every regular television viewer has an opinion about what ought to be on the tube. For the next two days, people in the Columbia area can actually turn opinion into action.

Columbia Access Television, the month-old community access channel, is inviting people who think they’ve got some bright ideas for television shows and those interested in the technical side of making them to attend the first monthly orientation on creating a TV show.

Ceramic Sparky scooped off street

Scott Southwick, manager of Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream, was at home Tuesday night at 8:30 when his phone rang.

“It was the phone call every parent dreads,” Southwick said.

The caller, one of the ice cream parlor’s staffers, told Southwick that the shop’s mascot, Sparky the bulldog, had been kidnapped.

McClure lends wisdom to Blunt

When Matt Blunt appointed Ken McClure to lead his transition team, Blunt probably didn’t think his first public decision as Missouri’s newly elected governor would be compared to that of the U.S. president.

Yet that’s the comparison one political analyst makes, citing Bush’s choice of his dad’s top aides for jobs like vice president and defense secretary.

Future of bridge still uncertain

The question of what should be done with the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge that crosses the Missouri River in Boonville remained unanswered Tuesday after a meeting at Boonville’s Turner Hall.

Advocates for saving the bridge as well as those who would like to see it relocated presented suggestions, but no final decision was reached.

Double duty for deer plant

While retailers prepare for the post-Thanksgiving rush of holiday shoppers, some meat processors are already working around the clock wrapping another kind of package: cuts of venison.

“It’s a profitable time for us,” said Tim Schwennesen, owner of Tune’s Locker Plant in Centralia. “It’s just like Christmas for the stores.”