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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (10/21/2014) at 05:13 AM

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  • 'I could have been Mike Brown'

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  • From protest to progress, what Ferguson can learn from Joplin

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  • Gun docket in St. Louis might have saved Vonderrit Myers Jr.'s life

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  • Red October meets #FergusonOctober

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  • Ferguson: Nobody should be surprised

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  • St. Louis leads post-Ferguson: Amnesty is the answer

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  • A parable of St. Louis: The saga of Devin James

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  • Keep pushing for a better Ferguson

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  • Ribbons of hope for Ferguson

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  • We all have some to work to do in stopping prejudice

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  • The hand of God in Ferguson

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  • Testimony of black parent is compelling

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  • Poor white citizens need help in the courts, too

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  • Change the police mindset on shooting civilians

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  • Is Powell Hall the right place for a protest?

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  • Song of protest further divides the community

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  • Letter: Demonstration at Symphony performance had an effect

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  • Community has to address problem of teen pregnancies

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  • Protester doesn't represent people of Ferguson

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  • Police officer should not be able to turn off body camera


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 05:13 AM

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  • Royals’ James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS but is ready for World Series Record corn, soybean harvest could hurt farm economy because prices have taken a dive #RoyalsOdyssey: ‘I hate the Royals,’ a transplanted Tigers fan says, and yet ... Chiefs’ successful late drive against Chargers offers proof of progress New poll shows Davis cracking 50 percent against Brownback Featured With the Royals in the World Series, Kansas City is a baseball town again News All News Local News 913 816 816 North Nation & World Crime Homicide KC Community Faces Politics Weird News Blogs & Columns Mary Sanchez C.W. Gusewelle The Buzz Steve Rose Reporting Live Latest Headlines Tips lacking in killing of 6-year-old Angel Hooper of Kansas City UMKC announces first seven inductees to women’s hall of fame Dalton Gay, 16, sentenced to juvenile facility for killing father in 2013 in Shawnee Baby chimp at the Kansas City zoo named “Royal George”...

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  • Search Jobs Place a Classified Ad Merchandise Cars Homes Apartments Other categories Classified Support Center Customer Service Sign In Subscribe Customer Service Search Murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper demands justice Even in a city that has become too complacent about gun violence, the murder of 6-year-old Angel Hooper is incomprehensible. Just as astounding are indications that people may be protecting her killer. A unified community roots for the Royals No one really knows who’s going to win the World Series. But let’s enjoy the ride, Kansas City, for however long it lasts. The Monday Poll: How soon will Kansas City win the World Series? Kansas City is turning blue with excitement as we get ready to watch the Royals play the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series, starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. So the Monday poll would like you to weigh in on a few baseball-related issues. Tax increases and renewals in Liberty, Shawnee, Olathe and Leawo

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  • Choose Paul Davis for governor to put Kansas on a better path In making its recommendation for Kansas governor, The Star’s editorial board writes: “In his race for governor, Democrat Paul Davis is proposing a pragmatic course that builds upon the assets Kansans have always valued. He is the best choice for the state, offering an alternative to the unproven theories and magical thinking promoted by Republican Sam Brownback.”

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  • Two strong challengers for the U.S. House in Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd districts The outcome of the races for U.S. House from Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd Districts has little chance of changing the dynamic of the Republican-controlled body. Still, voters in both districts do have real choices and viable alternatives to business as usual on the ballot.

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  • The Star’s recommendations in Kansas House races Voters who are alarmed about the direction in which Kansas is headed should look closely at the slate of candidates running for legislative seats in the House. In making recommendations in selected contested races, The Star is supporting candidates who are most likely to help reverse some of the harmful policies of the recent past and invest in the state’s schools and citizens.

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  • Share your #PaperChiefs photos and win prizes Look for our Chiefs Extra print section in The Kansas City Star each Friday before the Chiefs play for a new action figure. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperChiefs or email them to sports@kcstar.com for a chance to win prizes. This week's prize is a $100 gift card to Price Chopper. Check out our photo gallery of some of the best submissions so far. Stay Connected Oops, you haven't selected any newsletters. Please check the box next to one or more of our email newsletters and submit again.

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  • Edgar Snow Symposium in KC to showcase arts, U.S.-China relations The symposium will bring many Chinese and American diplomats and dignitaries to town and put Kansas City’s arts, education and entrepreneurship on display. Confident Royals roll into the World Series Hello, World Series, we meet again. A full 29 years after their first and only world championship, the Kansas City Royals on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at a rocking Kauffman Stadium completed an improbable four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League Championship Series. Ed Eilert, Laura McConwell and Curt Skoog are solid choices for the Johnson County Commission Voters on Nov. 4 should elect Johnson County Commission members who will find the best ways to provide first-class parks, libraries, transit systems and senior services for 560,000 residents. The Star’s recommendations are Ed Eilert as commission chair, Laura McConwell in the 1st District and Curt Skoog in the 4th D...


    The Springfield News Leader - Editorials
    As of (03/24/2014) at 11:55 PM

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  • This 'gracious lady' took interest in all her students Mar. 23, 2014 Trouble. It was not my fault. My parents, high school teachers and counselors reviewed my grades and decided I was smart enough to finish high school in three years and get a jump on college.

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  • 10 rules to live by, hard to live with Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Krauthammer: Ukraine needs strength, not MREs Mar. 23, 2014 Early in the Ukraine crisis, when the Europeans were working on bringing Ukraine into the EU system and Vladimir Putin was countering with threats and bribes, one British analyst lamented that 'we went to a knife fight with a baguette.'

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  • To the point/Roses and thorns Mar. 23, 2014

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  • Today's Editorial Cartoon 10:46 AM

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Stoeffler: Check out our fresh digital designs Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Sometimes life takes a near miss Mar. 22, 2014

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  • We are doing students a disservice when we make education an easy 'A' Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Readers' letters Mar. 22, 2014

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  • Vote 'No' to renew tax Often, we have to pay for our mistakes.

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  • Let's end domestic abuse

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  • Let's let the 'Sunshine' in

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  • Kennally served us well

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  • Morris is wildlife leader

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  • Time to talk about future


    The Independence Examiner - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 05:13 AM

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  • Dr. Elaine Heffner: Mining for good teachers Posted at 1:01 AM Continuing the effort to define what makes a good teacher, I’m following the advice of my most recent informant, which was “ask the kids.” In answer to the teacher question, I was told about a science project developed by two teachers in an upstate New York middle school. In this school there is team teaching, in which two teachers take a class within a specific grade, divide them in half for some subjects and have them together for others. This was a joint project they called “Mining,”... --

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  • Why quality and compassion go hand in hand Updated at 12:39 AM At St. Mary's Medical Center, if we are to "live" our mission statement, which embraces a "commitment to human dignity which compels us to provide compassionate, quality health care for body, mind and spirit," we must have a...

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  • Day 20: The day I struggle to love my neighbor Updated at 12:13 AM So, funny things happen when you pray to be more loving. You get more opportunities to love — even when you’d rather not. That’s what happened to me at least when someone side swiped our car. The mirror and half the hubcap are gone...

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  • DREAM SEQUENCE Updated at 12:12 AM Moments after the Kansas City Royals edged the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 at Kauffman Stadium, American League Championship Series MVP Lorenzo Cain grabbed his trophy with one hand and gently cradled his one-week-old son in arms.He then shared...

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  • Rest or rust? Royals, Giants set for Series Updated at 12:11 AM Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching...

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  • Comets look to win a new title Updated at 12:10 AM By Mike Genetmike.genet@examiner.netAfter rising from the head table on which rested 2014 Major Indoor Soccer League championship trophy, which his team won last spring, Missouri Comets coach Vlatko Andonovski stood at the metal...

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  • Jags, Cats, Pats cruise into semifinals Updated at 12:08 AM Following last week’s rousing home win over Blue Springs, Blue Springs South volleyball coach Dave MacLean's team took a step back in Monday’s Class 4 District 14 first-round match at Truman High School.Even so, the...

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  • Dyson refuses to make another 'Headline' Updated at 12:03 AM Jarrod Dyson is the Kansas City Royals’ version of the mouth that roars.When he said he didn’t believe the Royals would return to Baltimore and that the Orioles felt the same way, he made national headlines during the...

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  • Allen's OT goal lifts Eagles to win Updated at 11:56 PM An alert Elijah Allen helped Grain Valley to a non-conference soccer win Monday.After a ball was deflected in the box in the first minute of overtime against Raytown South, Allen took the loose ball, turned and fired in the winning shot to...

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  • What's Up Next sports calendar  Updated at 11:56 PM TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALLClass 4 District 14 TournamentAt Truman High School5:45 p.m. — Blue Springs South vs. Lee’s... "Why I Got a Mastectomy at 23" Updated at 10:25 PM After tracing the BRCA1 and 2 genes through her paternal side, one 23-year-old made the life-changing decision to undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy as a preemptive strike against breast cancer. NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 05:13 AM

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Schools are failing to provide adequate job preparation By Jefferson City News Tribune : Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, believes a culture change in education is needed that prepares students for the jobs of the future.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Forbes 400 grow wealthier as middle class struggles by SAM PIZZIGATI : America’s wealthiest 400 hold a combined net worth of $2.3 trillion, which places the average Forbes 400 fortune at $5.7 billion, an all-time record high.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We cannot ignore the underrepresentation of minorities among Columbia teachers by The Rev. Robert Stewart Jr. : The very Constitution that our kids learn about supports the idea that we are all created equal. Does not that mean minorities should be represented as core classroom teachers in a similar proportion to the very students they teach and serve?

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nobel winners must light way to end India, Pakistan fighting by THE KANSAS CITY STAR : Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi should set an example for their countries" leaders, who are continuing the battle over Kashmir.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Amendment to limit governor's powers is bad for Missouri by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Amendment 10 would change the state budgetary process from beginning to end, shifting nearly all of the budget responsibility to the Legislature. It’s a naked power grab by Republicans.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: It's up to local officials to prepare if Ebola spreads by Donna Brazile : The CDC has a good track record for preventing and controlling infectious diseases, but it can"t be everywhere at once.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Early voting measure is nothing but an empty promise by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : The measure would limit the times people could vote and require an advance ballot request, which would make it harder for some voters to cast ballots.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Sore losers shouldn't prevail on Right to Farm vote by Jefferson City News Tribune : Ballot language said to be vague or misleading must be, and frequently is, challenged in court before elections.

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  • DEAR READER: MU Homecoming drive stirs readers' blood by Tom Warhover : MU"s blood drive is one of the top-giving blood drives in the country. But it"s unwise for all members to be pressured to give, especially if they"re sick.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Royals fever brings epic pride to Kansas City Royals fans are elated to see their team compete in a World Series for the first time in 29 years.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Potential risk of meningitis has simple solution by Kristin Sohl : Today, with a quick visit to our doctors, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from dreadful diseases that our ancestors had to face.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Marijuana ordinances would take city in sensible but unpredictable direction by George Kennedy : Further moves to decriminalize marijuana in the city could cause confusion because of contradiction with federal and state laws.

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  • TIM MAYLANDER: Opus project was communication failure on multiple levels by Timothy Maylander : Many people think the handling of Opus Development Co."s downtown student housing project was bungled when the city didn"t listen to petitioners about the development agreement. But that"s not the only communication failure related to the project, and the city isn"t the only entity to blame.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Setting standards for Missouri schools needs serious attention by Joplin Globe : Setting good and challenging standards should in no way impede a teacher"s ability to teach that subject or grade level.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Proposed amendment would throw state budget out of whack by David Rosman : On the surface, Amendment 10 seems to be a good proposal, but looking closely, the amendment is worrisome for both parties.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Nixon fine with favors, as long as he's handing them out by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Missouri legislators are willing to pass a special law for one company while schools are under-funded and food insecurity rates increase.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: We can't go on eating like this by John Feffer : Agriculture is pushing up global temperatures and draining our resources. High- and low-tech solutions have been proposed, but the real answer might be to use all of them.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Amendment 3 doesn't serve educators or students by Susan McClintic : "Teaching great" is never a one-size-fits-all idea as Amendment 3 assumes. There is no other profession expected to change the world every day and then measure with an assessment like public education.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Watch for deer and spare yourself, and your car by Jefferson City News Tribune : As the animals" mating season continues, motorists are encouraged to stay alert.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: So much pink, so little money for breast cancer research by Dubuque Telegraph-Herald : NFL fans so inclined can get their favorite team jerseys, hats, and just about anything else sporting the pink ribbon or done in a pink color scheme. But breast cancer research only gets about 5 percent of that revenue.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 05:17 AM

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  • Amendment 10 First, the nod.

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  • Learning about Ebola I told you the other day I always read Mike Szydlowski's weekly column, which appears on our Wednesday “Do You Know -- Kids” page. Szydlowski is Columbia Public Schools' science coordinator. He writes for students, the quintessential sixth-grader, a good...

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  • Small conflicts President Barack Obama's approval rating is the lowest in his term. A favorite criticism is his handling of the Islamic terrorist situation. It is politically appealing to say the commander in chief is not commanding, yet such suggestions are not...

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  • Sinquefield By now, political junkies probably know the name Rex Sinquefield.

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  • The Royals In the best Johnny-come-lately-hop-on-the-bandwagon tradition, in the past two weeks I became a Kansas City Royals fan. One is eager to bask in the limelight of a team that came from a putative also-ran to a precedent-setting eight-in-a-row winner on...

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  • Amendment 6 On Monday I wondered in this column about the opposition of Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren to Amendment 6, which would establish early voting in Missouri, on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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  • Medical breakthrough On Monday, the University of Missouri Health System and Columbia Surgical Associates announced a collaboration that eventually could become a pattern for broader merging of local health care delivery.

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  • REDI and the chamber At its meeting Wednesday, Regional Economic Development Inc. declined to adopt an endorsement position on the controversial city development fee proposal scheduled for the Nov. 4 ballot. It did the right thing.

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  • Early voting Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren, whose opinion on election matters carries as much weight as any in the state, told Muleskinners last week she is “absolutely” opposed to Amendment 6 on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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  • Fee increase The debate over community development policy will coalesce Nov. 4 when voters decide whether to sharply increase fees paid by developers of construction projects.

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  • Uber Without fanfare, Uber opened Thursday for business in Columbia, sending Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine & Co. scrambling. How shall the city cope with this newfangled taxi service?

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  • The cold One of my must-read columnists in our paper is Mike Szydlowski, who writes about science matters on our Kids Page. Szydlowski is writing for an average sixth-grader, which means a few of us adult readers might be able to understand.

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  • Ebola If you live in the West African nations plagued with the disease Ebola, your abiding fear is not paranoia. Those germs really might be after you. Your entire culture and its public health system are ill-equipped to deal with the...

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  • Health care So far, health care reform is a gathering but erratic breeze promising wider coverage and more consistency. But a tsunami is coming.

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  • Marriage The die has been cast for some time now, but the legal tipping point arrived Friday when Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs issued the first Missouri court decision affirming what is becoming the law of the land. He...

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  • Recent Blog Entries Tiger Tidings Football scouting report: Vanderbilt Behind The Stripes Missouri Notes: The "Murphy and Ray are SEC players ... Charting Health Local agencies talk Ebola at Tuesday press conference Behind The Stripes Gary Pinkel Speaks: Week 9 Mental Math Mental Math for Monday October 20 Behind The Stripes Kentucky-Missouri game set for 3 p.m. kick on SEC Ne... Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Class 1 Learning Curve UM System allocates $20.6 million in strategic fundi... Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Class 2 Behind The Stripes Snap Decisions: MU used 15 D-line combos at UF. Whic... Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Class 3 Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Class 4 Prep Rally District matchups by the numbers: Classes 5 and 6 Behind The Stripes Game Rewind: Missouri 42, Florida 13 Tiger Tidings Soccer scouting report: Alabama at MU, 1 p.m. Sunday Tiger Tidings Volleyball scouting report: MU at Mississippi Stat...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 04:12 AM

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  • We believe in our Royals Long before they became America's team ... before they swept into the World Series with an undefeated playoff streak ... before they stole bases and the nation's hearts ... they were ours. Our Kansas City Royals.

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  • College? You are not alone Inexperienced applicants to college, have no fear: Your high school counselors stand ready to help you and your parents navigate the sometimes intimidating process of filling out the required paperwork.

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  • What makes your `Big 5' agenda? A community agenda for St. Joseph cannot start and end with fixing the streets, but we all understand why streets are on the list.

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  • Schools confront reality The St. Joseph Board of Education is doing its job by acknowledging reality - kids will struggle to learn when life interferes.

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  • Cemetery woes disrespect dead Anybody in any profession can give others in the same line of work a bad name. It's not fair, but it happens.

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  • Progress on defaults critical It's not enough to get our young people enrolled in college. We have to find a way for them to graduate with both a degree and manageable debt.

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  • More to unrest story A young man is dead, a grand jury is meeting and a police officer's fate hangs in the balance.

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  • Nurses on front lines fill vital health role In pledging to practice their profession "faithfully,” new nurses most likely envision a wide range of medical challenges, but we suspect few think much about their own mortality.

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  • Cart in front of horse Missouri lawmakers and appointed regulators need to get their arms around problems at the state lottery - and do so before others take over the issue for their own purposes.

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  • Partners score big win Outside the Silicon Valley, it is rare to find a local economy that awakens and is propelled to success with nary a dip or setback.

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  • Open government means just that One of the big misunderstandings about Missouri's Sunshine Law is that somehow this testimony to transparency is a tool reserved solely to advance the interests of the media.

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  • Protect children all year A stepped-up Halloween law enforcement effort announced this week sheds light on the problem of sex offenders - and simultaneously risks alarming the public about the wrong thing.

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  • Drugs merit response for sake of the kids Drugs destroy families.

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  • It pays to splurge on basics What are we to make of two recent studies that come to similar conclusions about the haves and the have-nots?

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  • Refine attack on assaults Members of Congress - including, prominently, Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri - want an end to sexual assaults on our university campuses. Don't we all.

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  • Homeless but not forgotten It's a fact nearly all of the Midland Empire's homeless school-age children have a roof over their heads at night. But they are still homeless.

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  • Council gets credit for trying Citizens of St. Joseph asked the City Council to do something about the streets, and the council is responding.

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  • Grants support preservation It's difficult enough for those of us who own "regular” homes or businesses to keep up with repairs, from leaky roofs and drafty windows to rotted flooring.

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  • Go pink to save a life For people who adopt a cause, usually there is a moment of choosing - something that prompts them to go "all in.”

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  • Drones in our future? Ag boosters are ready Drone technology is advancing, but the agricultural industry should not be happy playing second fiddle to the next "Godzilla” thriller.


    The Joplin Globe - Editorials
    As of (08/14/2014) at 08:34 AM

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  • Geoff Caldwell, columnist: Shine a light in Williams' name Join me for a reflection upon a person I never met, a person I never knew, but who we will all miss ever so much. August 13, 2014

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  • Too bad Dole's not on ballot Bob Dole still has a lot of practical wisdom to offer state and federal officials. The problem is that many of them won’t listen. August 13, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Your View: Play ball I’m not a big fan of the word “disabled.” The prefix “dis” means “lack of, not.” I prefer to use the term “differently abled.” August 12, 2014

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  • Your View: Atrocities Reading about the atrocities against the Iraqi women by the Islamic State group, it appears these fanatics may have read Judges 19 through 21 in the Old Testament. August 12, 2014

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  • Your View: Here's the frustration Regarding Taylor Armerding’s column (Globe, Aug. 9), I think he has missed the point about why many Americans, including the president, are frustrated with the “do-nothing Congress.” August 12, 2014

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  • Our View: Truth lost amid hysteria It started as a peaceful protest for a death that should have provoked questioning and even outrage in the community of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. August 12, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Marilyn Beasley, columnist: Nothing transparent about this administration In January 2009, newly elected President Barack Obama made this statement: “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” August 11, 2014

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  • Other Views: Tenure issue now on ballot In a case of election irony, on the day voters were settling five statewide issues, a new controversy was added to the November ballot. August 11, 2014 1 Photo

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  • Herb Van Fleet, columnist: International laws don't easily apply today In the immediate aftermath of World War II, the world was made painfully and shockingly aware of the atrocities, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by the Nazis and the Japanese military. August 11, 2014

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  • Carol Stark: Woman's final request was a call for action If, at the end of a person’s life, a family could write an obituary like the one that announced the passing of Connie Davis, the world would be a better place. August 11, 2014


    The Jefferson City News Tribune - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 04:12 AM

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  • Perspective: Parents urged to set driving rules for teens - Learning to drive is very exciting for teens, and a driver's license is a giant step toward independence.

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  • Your Opinion: MoDOT contributes to driver distractions - There was a recent article in the News Tribune telling how our Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) was going to use their 250 electronic billboards around the state to flash messages to motorists.

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  • Your Opinion: School board isn't getting the message - On Oct. 13 School Board Vice President Doug Whitehead presided over the monthly meeting and heard from 20 citizens taking the board and administration to task.

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  • Our Opinion: Sore losers plead voters were 'misled' - The vote must stand. Opponents of a constitutional amendment creating a right to farm have filed a legal challenge to overturn the results of the election on the grounds that voters were “deceived" and “misled."

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  • Your Opinion: Law enforcement deserves support - I am not much of a touchy feely guy, most of my emotions result from thought, not from feelings, but I am really starting to wonder when the state, news media and community will start showing some support for the law enforcement attempting to hold things together in St. Louis and Ferguson?

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  • Your Opinion: Praise for feature on 'Stella Maris' - Our compliments to Jim Dyke and the News Tribune for the “Stella Maris" (“The Star of the Sea") feature in the Oct. 12 Views section.

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  • Our Opinion: Sensible proposal for prosecutors - County prosecutors have enormous discretion.

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  • Your Opinion: World Food Day drive - World Food Day, Oct. 16, is a time to reflect on the problem of hunger and to explore solutions that people of faith and of good will are promoting so that all may eat and know God's abundance.

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  • Your Opinion: Criteria to elect candidates - Your Oct. 8 editorial although understated points out what Cole County voters have come to expect from elections.

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  • Your Opinion: Lawmakers shirk duties - Missouri legislators are dodging their responsibilities by pushing legislative matters off on the people generally.

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  • Our Opinion: Is it time to rebalance components of education? - What is the purpose of education?

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  • Your Opinion: Bible sheds light on homosexuality - It is sickening to have read in the paper about United States Supreme Court backing so-called homosexual marriage.

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  • Your Opinion: Statistics show economic ills - Who are the 42.5 percent who still approve of Obama's job performance?

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  • Our Opinion: 'ShakeOut' drill covers earthquake preparedness - State officials want you to help shake things up Thursday.

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  • Our Opinion: Oh, deer! Be watchful for whitetails - White-tailed deer are among nature's most graceful creatures.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (10/21/2014) at 04:12 AM

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  • Newspaper to host wellness fair Wednesday (10/21/14) This community is a medical attraction for many. Across the area, people come to see doctors and receive treatment. There's a lot to learn about health care, and prevention and becoming knowledgeable is a good start. This week the Southeast Missourian and Healthwatch Magazine will host their first Wellness Fair. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Amendment 3 not good for education (10/21/14) Amendment 3 is on the ballot in November. If approved by voters, it will impose a standards-based performance evaluation system for teachers, the majority of which shall be based upon "quantifiable student performance data..." ( sos.mo.gov/elections/2014petitions/2014-024.pdf ). Yes, there are pros to standardized testing, but the cons are damning...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/21/14 (10/21/14) Of course President Obama cannot or will not shut down air traffic from parts of the world infected with Ebola, because that would destroy his insane adherence to open-borders-at-all-costs policy. The policy is ascribing to a one-world and one-government world, and this is a good part of it...

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  • Opinion Column The limits of blame in the Middle East (10/21/14) Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East, are in the midst of conflicts over belief and borders. The march of the Islamic State continues, threatening Baghdad and beyond. In this context, identity and loyalty become existential questions, as young men decide whether to enlist under the black flags of the Islamic State, or serve in the armies and militias of their nations...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/20/14 (10/20/14) Congratulations to the Southeast Missourian for all the recent awards you've won. It gives me an opportunity to say thanks for what you do. I love reading the newspaper and going to your website. It's the best newspaper in the country, and I'm not afraid to say that. But I'm glad to see others recognizing you, too...

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  • Letter to the Editor Keep program for mammograms (10/20/14) As a five-year survivor, Breast Cancer Awareness Month means more than a pink tradition. It's a time to raise awareness about the importance of lifesaving cancer screenings and treatment services associated with the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among Missouri women; of the estimated 4,610 women who will be diagnosed in the state this year, 910 will die from the disease. ...

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  • Editorial Learning about Down syndrome's challenges, misconceptions (10/20/14) Parents of children with Down syndrome know the challenges. They may not all be the same, but there are challenges. In a story that appeared in Tuesday's Southeast Missourian by reporter Tyler Graef, Sarah Kuntze shared her family's story about son Carter who has Down syndrome. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Support fire tax on ballot (10/19/14) Cape Girardeau's Fire Department is a team of professionals, dedicated to protecting the quality of life and economic stability of our community in the most effective, efficient, safest manner possible. As a proud citizen of Cape Girardeau, I support the extension of the fire tax. Our Cape Girardeau Fire Department does far more than responding to fires...

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  • Letter to the Editor Empty Bowls event helps with hunger (10/19/14) Last season, thanks to community support, we received over $5,800 in donations towards the Salvation Army's community meals. This year, our 9th annual Empty Bowls banquet will be from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope. Admission is $12 at the door for a soup meal and handmade ceramic bowl with all proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army's meals with friends program...

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  • Editorial Cape College Center name change is good step for partnership (10/19/14) A partnership between Southeast Missouri State University, Three Rivers College and Mineral Area College and operated in the Career and Technology Center in Cape Girardeau has been interesting to watch since its inception in the fall of 2010. Here you have three higher education institutions, housed in a fourth educational facility, and all with a goal of helping meet an educational need...

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  • Editorial Aaron Shust concert among weekend activities (10/17/14) Contemporary Christian music singer Aaron Shust will perform at Cape Bible Chapel tonight. Many recognize songs performed by Shust, though they might not make the initial connection. A few popular praise anthems he performs include "Cornerstone," "God of Brilliant Lights" and "No One Higher."...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/17/14 (10/17/14) Hello. I am 89 years old, and I am tired of the Ferguson protesters. If I were able and an honor guard were held for security persons and policemen, I'd try to be in it. We need to do everything we can to support them. I feel very sorry for the loss of their child. But it's no excuse for the behavior of destroying property and all that sort of thing. They need to be arrested and punished. Anybody breaks the law, they need to be punished...

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  • Letter to the Editor Court undermines the family (10/17/14) America is no longer on a slippery slope. We are simply hanging on to the edge. The latest slip was the Supreme Court disregarding the will of the people and states' rights regarding homosexual marriage (a contradiction in terms). It seems that our government, for the people, of the people, and by the people, really is nothing more than tyranny of the minority. ...

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  • Editorial Great ShakeOut offers reminder alert preparedness (10/16/14) At 10:16 a.m. today local time many organizations will participate in drills as part of the Great ShakeOut, a national effort to make people aware of earthquake preparedness. Missouri and Illinois are among the states listed at highest risk for a damaging earthquake, according to a Wednesday story by reporter Samantha Rinehart in the Southeast Missourian. ...

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  • Opinion Column Soviet missiles in Cuba (10/16/14) My generation had gone through elementary school practicing "duck and cover," the worthless exercise to convince us we could survive a nuclear war. We had watched as Civil Defense signs went up on public buildings to tell us where food, water and medical supplies were stored for use after that war. For children, the threat of a nuclear war became something we simply accepted as normal...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/16/14 (10/16/14) Yes, to all you people that think it's wonderful that the media is tearing down or starting to jump on Obama, they have to do that, because then they got to build Hillary Clinton up. Even Rush Limbaugh predicted this four years ago. I knew this was coming. ...

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  • Opinion Column Left uses Ferguson for agenda (10/15/14) The ongoing protests and civil disobedience in Ferguson, Missouri, is no longer about the police shooting of the "gentle giant" Michael Brown. Instead, left-wing organizations like LGBT groups, Planned Parenthood, abortion rights organizations and pro-Palestinian groups have co-opted the protests along with federal unions and climate-change promoters...

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  • Editorial Matheny to talk on leadership at Arrow event (10/15/14) Mike Matheny has an impressive resume as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Three appearances in the National League Championship Series in three years. One National League title and currently in competition for another. The former catcher-turned-manager is trying to send the reining National League Champions back to the Fall Classic. But regardless of how the season turns out, Mike Matheny has made his mark in baseball and leadership...

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  • Editorial Annual fashion show a popular attraction with a cause (10/14/14) The stories of domestic abuse are heartbreaking. There's verbal abuse. There's physical abuse. And the emotional abuse it places on individuals and families can be significant. A two-part series in the Sunday and Monday editions of the Southeast Missourian looked at the issue, stories from victims and how abusers try to control them...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10/14/14 (10/14/14) Yeah, St. Jude. I would like to thank Sherri and Karl for putting on last Saturday's poker run for St. Jude's Research Hospital. Attendance was down this year, but more money was raised. A special thank you to the businesses on the poker run and all of the businesses that donated for the auction. ...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
    As of (10/19/2014) at 06:25 AM

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  • S-C defense stops Center 2 days 6 hours ago Coming into week 9, the Center Yellowjackets averaged 28 points per game. Smith-Cotton held the two-time defending West Central Conference champions to a quarter of that in a 12-7 win Friday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.Down by five in the second half, Center had three possessions to try to take the lead but Smith-Cotton stopped each drive, the last getting to Center’s 37 with just over a minute left before Ricky Warren sacked Yellowjacket quarterback Raheem Muhammad on fourth down.“Coach said blitz and to come off hard,” Warren said. “Playing hard and physical, we had to shut down the run game. We had to shut down their speed.”

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  • Cole Camp powers past Lincoln COLE CAMP — After losing its first game of the season last week at Osceola, Cole Camp returned home Friday and took their frustration out on Lincoln in a 52-20 win against Lincoln to win the Kaysinger Conference title.“It’s nice to finally be able to hang it officially,” said Cole Camp head coach Kevin Shearer. “We feel like we’ve had a few, we just weren’t able to call it the real thing.”Brandon Thoennes took the opening k...

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  • Goetze, Rubio lead Stover over Calvary Lutheran Stover opened its own soccer invitational with a 5-0 win over Calvary Lutheran on Friday.Brock Nolting and Ruben Rubio each scored twice and Garrett Goetze added a goal of his own in the win.Alex Haag recorded the shutout with four saves.In other Stover Tournament action, Jefferson City beat Green Ridge 2-1, Fair Grove beat Cole Camp 3-0 and Osage beat Smithton 2-1 in overtime.Cole Camp will play Calvary Lutheran at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Smithton will...

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  • Braverman receives alumni honor In addition to the football game, tailgate and dance, Smith-Cotton homecoming festitivies include the recognition of Dr. Alan Braverman, the 2014 Distinguished Alumni, as named by the Sedalia School District Foundation.Braverman was the 1979 valedictorian of Smith-Cotton High School, participating in soccer, swimming, golf, marching and jazz bands, and several theater productions. Thirty-five years later, he is spending his weekend in Sedalia celebrating with his alma mater.

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  • Strong opposition for Amendment 3 Missouri voters will decide whether to implement teacher performance evaluations in the Nov. 4 general election with Amendment 3, an issue which has strong opposition and almost no supporters.Amendment 3, known as the Missouri Teacher Performance Evaluation amendment, asks voters if the state should implement teacher performance evaluations to determine whether a teacher should be dismissed or stay with the district. Demotions and promotions would also be based on the proposed eval...

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  • Sedalia Symphony celebrates 80 years Celebrating 80 years of the longest continuous running symphony west of the Mississippi River, the Sedalia Symphony opens this season with the Liverpool Legends on Oct. 20.Sedalia Symphony Society Board President Betty Sue Viterna said the Sedalia Symphony began in 1935 with a local music club approaching musician Abe Rosenthal and asking him if he would be the conductor.

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  • Tiger Pride hits Ohio Smith-Cotton High School Tigers wave to the crowd atop a perch on a Sedalia Fire Department firetruck during the 2014 Homecoming Parade in downtown Sedalia on Friday. The team was was set to face Center High School Yellowjackets Friday evening. For more on the game see B1 Sports.Smith-Cotton Tiger Battalion JROTC cadets, led by Christian Sarabia, march down Ohio Avenue during Friday’s parade.Students, parents and staff from Skyline Elementary show off their support...

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  • Districts open in volleyball Volleyball enters the postseason on Monday as teams around Missouri vie for district titles.At Smith-Cotton, a new solid season and a chance to host have the Lady Tigers eyeing a district championship for the first time since 1979. Finishing the regular season 20-5-1, the Lady Tigers are the top seed in the Class 4, District 9 bracket.“There’s a little bit of pressure there, but I think the girls are ready for it,” said Smith-Cotton coach Darcia Koettin...

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  • Open Door offers many services Many people have heard of Open Door Benevolent Ministries, but Executive Director Jack Menges said not all Pettis County residents realize the services it offers.Open Door was started in 1972 as an outreach for local churches. The organization isn’t tied to one specific church, but the board includes a representative from about 20 local churches, Menges said. Residents know that Open Door runs a food pantry, but they offer many more services.

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  • Panic its own deadly virus Our nation is caught in the grips of a brewing hysteria regarding the threat posed by the Ebola virus.The 24-hour cable news cycle and other media reports are largely to blame for spreading bad information and feeding a fire that, rather than helping keep the public informed, could actually make the problem worse as individuals act on spurious information from sources that are far from authoritative.As if the bleating of many poorly informed talking heads was not enough ...

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  • Learning vacations helped a lot I started my school career in a one-room schoolhouse. I was only there for three years, so I don’t know how it would have worked out in the end. But I loved school and so I never tried to figure it out. I just know that when my family moved to the city, I decided to stay behind. I stayed behind in the one-room schoolhouse. I was in the third grade before I went to a real school.At the time, people said my mother encouraged me. That could be true. My mother told me when I was ...

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  • Wellingtons awarded for largest pumpkin Philip and Patricia Wellington, of Cole Camp, are the 2014 winners of the largest pumpkin in Missouri and second largest pumpkin in Missouri, along with largest squash and second largest squash and largest cantaloupe and second largest cantaloupe. They were this year’s winners of the Prestigious Howard Dill Award for growing the Most Beautiful Pumpkin.They also won second and third place largest Bushel Gourd, and second and third place largest tomato grown in Missouri. Phil&#...

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  • Sculptor Ritter receives awards Western-themed sculptor Elizabeth Ritter, of La Monte, is showing a sculpture of a running bull, titled “Bodacious,” at the Hannibal Art Center in Hannibal. Ritter had a productive year, winning the 2013 Best of Show at the Columbia Art League National Bank Show, followed by Best of Show of $2,000 in June at the 12th Annual Iowa Sculpture Festival in Newton, Iowa.In August, Ritter demonstrated at the Sculpture in the Park Show for Sculpture Depot in Loveland, Colo. Last...

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  • Thanks for veterans’ court Dear Editor:I am not one to write a letter to the editor but I do read all. The headline entitled “Cole County creating veterans’ court” really caught my eye. Yes, my war (Vietnam) seems like a long time ago to most. At times it seems like last month to me. Let me tell you this: no combat veteran comes home the same stable person (they hopefully were) - period.Experiencing combat or being around the environment takes a great toll on our servicemen and w...

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  • Elliott-Moon anniversary Diann and Tim Steele, of Sedalia, and Denver and Debbi Brattain, of Knob Noster, announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Elliott (Brattain), to Nick Moon. He is the son of Pat and Lisa Moon, of Sedalia.The future bride is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Bothwell Family Health in Sedalia.The future groom works at Duke Manufacturing in Sedalia.A Nov. 22, 2014, wedding is planned at First United Methodist Church in Sedalia.

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  • Luper anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Dick Luper will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their daughters from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Celebration Center in Sedalia.Val Schrader and Dick Luper were married Nov. 4, 1964, in Sedalia by Walter P. Arnold.They have two daughters, Teresa and Pamela, both of Sedalia; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.Family and friends are invited to celebrate with the couple.

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  • Bauml-Beckett engagement Don and Laura Bauml, of Warsaw, announce the engagement of their daughter, Shauna Bauml, of Kansas City, to Luke Beckett, also of Kansas City. He is the son of Sam and Ana Beckett, of Kansas City.The future bride is a 201o graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Independence. She graduated in 2014 from Rockhurst University in Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science and Nursing degree. She is a R.N. in the oncology department at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City....

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  • Pace yourself for the long run “Let us lay aside every weight and sin which does beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1Thirty years ago I “ran” my only marathon (26.2 miles). It was the Macy’s Marathon in Kansas City, on a beautiful fall day in 1984. I had been running/jogging for several years. I had run several 5K’s (3.1 miles), 10K’s (6.2 miles) and even a few half marathons. I ran several of those races with my old friend...


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