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Few drug cases made by search warrants

The search warrant is a frequently deployed weapon in the Columbia Police Department’s war on drugs. Since January 2003, officers have searched 120 residences using a tool that, according to one police commander, is designed to target people who sell narcotics.

Yet police rarely find enough evidence during those searches to make the case for drug dealing. Court records say that in 2003, police searched 84 residences and found evidence of drug distribution in 12 of them; six of those cases were eventually reduced to possession charges. Through this April, police have exercised 36 search warrants and have netted seven distribution charges.

Sales tax boosts state revenue

JEFFERSON CITY — The money is flowing freely again from the Missouri Capitol.

The legislature’s proposed budget for next year will include big spending increases for education, pay raises for state employees and hundreds of millions of dollars for growth in the Medicaid program for the poor, elderly and disabled. All without a tax increase.

Beefing up Columbia

Roast beef could be what’s for dinner this summer, at least for those who live near the MU campus. A new restaurant famous for the meat plans to open in downtown Columbia later this month.

Lion’s Choice, 406 Ninth St., will specialize in roast beef sandwiches freshly made in the store. It is replacing Osama’s Coffee Zone, which closed after a fire last August destroyed the neighboring Heidelberg restaurant.

O negative blood supply is low

The universal donor blood type O negative is in short supply in mid-Missouri.

O negative blood is given to all accident victims in need of blood until they arrive at a hospital and their blood type can be determined. But the O negative supply can be depleted quickly if a hospital receives several accident victims with the relatively rare blood type.

Back to drawing board for logo

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Bentonville High School has changed its tiger logo after a licensing company told the school that it was too similar to the tiger that MU uses.

Collegiate Licensing Co. asked for the change to protect MU’s copyright. Bentonville athletics director Lauren West said the school received a letter two months ago requesting the change.

Many women key in helping growth

A woman who was a mentor to me, my son and scores of others passed away last week at the age of 105. Every child growing up, I think, should have a person like this in his or her life. For many years, she was our church pianist and director of the youth choir. She strove always for excellence, and she demanded that the rest of us do everything “by the book.” As children, most of us looked upon her as a Holy Terror. As adults, we look upon her as a shining example of a superior human being that made the world a better place just by her presence in it.

My friend’s passing reminded me of all the women who played a role in helping me to make it into adulthood. Growing up female was always a special experience for me. I never remember being envious of boys. Certainly, I suppose, my oldest brother enjoyed certain privileges, such as accompanying my grandfather on his carpentry jobs, which we girls did not share. Even as a little boy, he had his own wheelbarrow and his own special tools. But none of us was interested in carpentry. My oldest sister enjoyed cooking, and she spent time with a next-door neighbor learning to improve her skills. Another sister was a budding artist who spent much of her leisure with her sketchbook. As a future writer, I had my own little space in the attic where I kept my tools and worked on my stories.

Spreading their wings

They are young and restless, with dreams that have grown too big for this town. After growing up in Columbia, many young adults want to leave their roots behind.

MU sophomore Brett Wessler, who has lived here for 15 years, sums it up: “I want to go out and see what’s out there.”

Instrument of healing

In a small Columbia College conference room, they came inside, expectant and hopeful. Some sat on folding chairs, and others took the floor. These 15 women were seeking healing, therapy, answers. They weren’t expecting to receive medicine or any traditional treatments for their ailments. Instead, they were looking to Margaret Waddell to use sound for healing.

Waddell is a woman of all trades. In addition to her work with sound healing, she’s also an early-childhood music educator at Children’s House Montessori and offers classes at the Whole Health Wellness Center in Columbia. She coaches parents of infants as young as 4 weeks old in the value of singing to children. As a performer, Waddell sings sacred chants of Hildegard von Bingen, a 12th-century abbess and mystic. Waddell tries to educate people on how to tap into the power to heal themselves.

Kerry stresses international cooperation in Iraq

FULTON — Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry on Friday told a crowd at Westminster College that the world today is as perilous as it was nearly 60 years ago, when Winston Churchill warned that the “iron curtain” of communism was descending upon Europe.

Speaking in the same gymnasium where Churchill spoke in 1946, and just four days after Vice President Dick Cheney lambasted Kerry’s foreign policy stances, the Massachusetts senator outlined his strategy for bringing peace and stability to Iraq.

The young and married

Before Jan. 3, Megan Roe, 20, always gently ousted her high school sweetheart, 23-year-old Andy Roe, out of her home when the clock struck midnight.

Although there were no parents enforcing this rule — as they had during the budding years of their romance, when her parents sometimes limited their dates to strolls around the block — the couple wanted their relationship to mirror their religious beliefs about being pure before marriage.

Speeches enliven Mo. politics

FULTON — Westminster College became a dance floor for presidential partisan politics last week. The music was foreign policy and the disc jockey was Fletcher Lamkin, the college’s president.

Lamkin strove for balance by inviting Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry to speak Friday on campus, just four days after Vice President Dick Cheney addressed the Westminster College community on Monday.

When it comes to gardening, I’m all thumbs

I’ve never been very good at gardening. To say I don’t have a green thumb is putting it mildly. As a matter of fact, I’m all thumbs when my hands come in contact with dirt.

When I was growing up, my mother loved to plant flowers and was actually quite good at it. She planted rose bushes and was proud of her rock garden. She never asked us to help. I think she took up the hobby to get away from her six kids. And although I’m almost a clone of my mother — down to the varicose veins — I never had the urge to take up a hoe and dig in the ground.

A musical recovery

Sheryl Clapton suffered from total amnesia in 1997. She moved from California to Albuquerque, N.M., where she worked as an on-site radio producer, and has lived in Columbia since last July. As an AmeriCorp Vista volunteer, she fixes computers at the Intersection, a local activity

center.

Drumming to the past

A light morning rain did not dampen the spirits of festivalgoers Saturday at the Hartsburg Lewis and Clark Festival.

“Nothing stops us Hartsburgers,” said resident Cheryl Miller.

Political Roundup

A potential “enterprise zone” in Columbia’s First Ward took its legislative first steps last week, when state Rep. Jeff Harris, D-Columbia, introduced legislation allowing for its creation.

Enterprise zones are set up in areas of the state considered economically disadvantaged, according to the Missouri Department of Economic Development. By giving businesses tax credits to set up shop there, enterprise zones are seen as one way to spark economic growth.

Cannon explosion leads to suspension

The MU chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order faced criticism from both its national organization and the MU Office of Greek Life after a cannon exploded on the front lawn of the fraternity’s house Thursday night.

Three members of the organization have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Walk points focus to HIV

It was the early 1980s, and Damon Willow was a 20-year-old living in New York City. He remembers his friends becoming infected with HIV, and in 1985 he found the courage to be tested and learned what he had suspected all along. He, too, was HIV positive.

Twenty years later, at 42, Willow looks healthy and at peace. “I found my equilibrium,” he said.

Heartfelt singing

Everyone has something to say. We want to devote a space for you, the reader, to express your thoughts and emotions about more than just politics. In Muse, we want to give you a space to tell us what inspires you. For this week, we invited people to write about singing.

Kabob queen

As she stands behind the Schnucks meat counter, all that can be seen of 5-foot-5 Virginia Marshall is a shy smile, two blue eyes that never leave yours and neatly curled dark-blond hair under a black Certified Angus Beef hat adorned with pins.

She’ll let you pick out your meat cuts, instruct you on how to cook the meat or suggest a recipe. For example, trout is best marinated in lemon juice and butter then baked for 15 minutes in an oven preheated to 400 degrees then turned down to 350. One customer came back asking Virginia for this recipe: “It was just so flaky and good,” the woman reported.

How to start knitting

Expert knitter Julia Helvey has been knitting for 35 years and teaching others to knit for 34 years. She took her first knitting class at Columbia Career Center’s Adult Learning Center when she was a new mother looking for a night out and a new hobby.

“Knitting circles are a great way to socialize one night per week,” Helvey said.

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