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Bush jeered about jobs, Iraq

Olin Fugit, a 61-year-old pipe fitter, has been in and out of work for the last four years.

“Because of outsourcing and little construction, about 90 members of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 562 are unemployed,” he said.

Blind computer users have trouble with Internet

Gail Bryant listens impatiently to her computer as it lists each of the links on the city of Columbia’s Web site.

Last Christmas, she did all her shopping online, even though she is blind and cannot see the screen.

Car-parts store draws hot discussion

A plan to put a car-parts store at the intersection of Providence Road and Third Avenue has drawn heat from neighbors.

Shop owner Tom Kardon wants to rezone the area for commercial use to allow for the store.

Storage goes underground

The real dilemma in the Boone County Courthouse isn’t in the courtroom. It’s in the clerk’s office.

The Missouri Judiciary, the governmental body that oversees the state’s court system, has decided Circuit Court Clerk Cheryl Whitmarsh needs at least five more full-time employees to help her handle the court’s swelling docket.

Subterranean storage center touts space, security

Jeremy Fike was a bit jumpy after he started working in Subtera.

“Sometimes we hear dynamite explosions, and the first couple of times we heard those, it was a little freaky,” Fike said. “But we got use to them pretty fast.”

Green Meadows rezoning on hold

City officials will once again table a developer’s requests to rezone land along Green Meadows Road to accommodate a plan to build townhouses and villas on the property.

A news release from the office of City Manager Ray Beck confirmed that the Columbia City Council will not hold public hearings on the requests, though they were scheduled to be held tonight.

Agency looks to expand service

A proposal by Boys and Girls Town of Missouri to zone and annex land along Bearfield Road will be the subject of a public hearing before the Columbia City Council today.

Boys and Girls Town received a positive recommendation at the last meeting of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission to bring about 5.5 acres of land south of Nifong Boulevard into the city. The group hopes to use six multi-family residences on the property to house children in the program and to provide offices for Boys and Girls Town staff.

Rios pleads not guilty

Murder suspect Steven Rios pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the June 5 death of 23-year-old MU student Jesse Valencia during his arraignment this morning.

Transcript of President Bush's remarks in Sedalia

Here is a transcript of President Bush’s remarks and interaction with Sedalia residents during his visit Tuesday to the Coliseum on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The transcript was provided by the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Quiet under the BIG TOP

Circus performers got a Labor Day morning break when nobody showed up for the Bailey’s Circus at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Monday.

The performance tent, at left, sat empty for the day, while performers relaxed and got ready for the later shows.

New law requires headlight use in bad weather

A new law requires Missouri drivers to turn their headlights on during periods of inclement weather. Gov. Bob Hol-den signed the law into effect Aug. 28, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

The law mandates the use of headlights during fog and anytime weather conditions require the use of windshield wipers.

Transcript of President Bush's remarks in Columbia

Here is a transcript of President Bush’s remarks during his visit Tuesday to the Boone County Fairgrounds. The transcript was provided by the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Bush highlights health care, terror war

The Boone County Fairgrounds became a national political battleground Tuesday as President Bush delivered a campaign speech that highlighted health care and the war on terrorism to a supportive crowd of about 15,000.

The president arrived at the fairground just after 3:30 p.m. in a red-white-and-blue campaign bus. His appearance followed speeches by numerous Missouri Republicans, including gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt and Ninth District U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, who introduced the president.

Ready for Some Football

ASHLAND — The wait is over. It’s finally football time for Ashland.

After decades of hoping and dreaming, the moment has arrived for the town’s first varsity football team. On Friday night, as about 200 parents and friends cheered, the Southern Boone Eagles made their debut on the road against North Callaway.

Labor unions unite to endorse local candidates

Local politicians who have adopted labor-friendly platforms will be rewarded with support from the United Working People of Mid-Missouri, a group of about 60 individuals representing nearly 20 union organizations.

The political action committee first met in February and has decided to endorse eight candidates since the August primary elections. Each politician will receive backing from the group in the form of money and organized canvassing.

It’s so hard to find time to be bored

Well, here it is September, and I’m still waiting for three consecutive days without rain so I can put the cushions on my lawn chairs. Geronimo, the cat, is still waiting for his first dose of flea repellent. That pretty much sums up the story of how we spent the summer — waiting. Period.

Still, I have found plenty of interesting things to do. Most of my work involves history writing, and that keeps me enough removed from the present that I don’t get deeply entrenched in the here and now. I could easily get depressed over the fact that history repeats itself so often and so few notice, but I don’t. I try to forget, for instance, how many times we have lived through a presidential election like this one simply because it does no good. I find that people prefer to make their own mistakes and let the rest of us suffer for them.

Rios trial venue change possible

Lawyers defending murder suspect Steven Rios could request a change of venue for the trial of the former Columbia police officer at his arraignment Tuesday.

Corrections

A story about an unemployment compensation fund on page 8A Sunday incorrectly referred to a 1996 amendment. The amendment was called the “Farmahan” amendment because it received backing from former Gov. Mel Carnahan and the Farm Bureau.

Pregnant driver hits boys crossing Broadway

A Buick Skylark driven by a pregnant woman hit two juveniles crossing West Broadway at Highland Drive on Friday afternoon.

Yvonne Piersee, 17, of 2401 W. Broadway, who is 37 weeks pregnant, was transported to Columbia Regional Hospital shortly after her car struck the two boys.

Man critically injured in motorcycle accident

Chris S. Schneider of Columbia crashed his motorcycle into a tree off Rock Quarry Road Saturday at 11:10 a.m. Schneider, 32, was taken to University Hospital for treatment of broken legs and pelvis, said Traffic Officer Lynn Woolford of the Columbia Police Department in a media release.

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