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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (09/21/2014) at 08:33 AM

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  • 'I could have been Mike Brown'

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  • Post-Ferguson, St. Louis waits for Mr. Nixon to say 'Charge!'

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  • Ferguson and the summer of 1967

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  • Ferguson City Council needs transparency first, changes second

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  • Finding empathy key to moving forward from Ferguson unrest

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  • Justice Department investigation will have to expand beyond Ferguson

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  • How to start the conversation

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  • Annual school report cards highlight St. Louis disparity in poverty

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  • County chief might be right about military-style protection

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  • No screaming for justice for other crimes?

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  • Article seems meant to drive a wedge between the races

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  • You can help by tutoring in Ferguson-Florissant district

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  • Headline could have explained, not questioned

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  • Media attention keeps Ferguson aftermath going

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  • With front-page photo, paper tries to stoke the flames again

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  • Hold police accountable with civilian oversight board

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  • Include St. Louis shooting in investigation of civil rights violations

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  • Police display of restraint in face of taunting is remarkable

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  • Protesters are unruly, chaotic at Ferguson meeting

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  • Restore Ferguson's good name


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (09/21/2014) at 08:34 AM

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  • This loss is a tough one for the Royals to swallow Children’s Mercy Hospital’s No Hit Zone is part of movement urging parents not to strike their children Chiefs can have a losing season without it being a lost season Teen births and abortions are down, but no one is certain why With touchdown in final seconds, Indiana upsets No. 18 Missouri 31-27 Featured Cartoonist Joe McCarty wanted the world, but destiny drew him back to Milan, Mo. 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 Teen births and abortions are down, but no one is certain why Children’s Mercy Hospital’s No Hit Zone is part of movement urging parents not to strike their children Use of force by police is a local decision, but experts say it should be a last resort Festival brings retail traffic to downtown Mission Teen ...

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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 Gov. Sam Brownback’s KanCare experiment has a spotty record While draconian income tax cuts stand as the most controversial experiment of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration, its overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program is not far behind. KanCare was launched with bold promises, but its record is mixed. Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cut act shouldn’t play well in Johnson County Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, the governor on Friday kept whistling his happy tune that income tax cuts are great job creators in Kansas. Proposed ordinance would curb harassment for bicyclists, pedestrians, wheelchair operators on KC streets The proposal before the Kansas City Council would promote a healthy, safe, share-the-road environment for people engaged in the slower forms of comm

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  • Online payday lenders face payback with federal litigation To its chagrin, Kansas City has become a hotbed for abusive online payday loan operations. Payday for at least some of these lenders may be coming to an end, however. A number of federal agencies are cracking down on unscrupulous practices. And none too soon.

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  • New exhibit at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins presents the astounding art of the Plains Indians “Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky,” opens to the public Friday. Expect it to astound and enlighten thousands of visitors over the next three and a half months. Go see it.

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  • Don’t let Kansas lawmaking bullies succeed at censorship in Johnson County Kansas lawmakers spent a good deal of their last session demanding “freedom” from the federal government when it comes to health care. Too bad their concerns don’t extend to freedom of speech and a free press. A delegation of 10 legislators visited the Johnson County Commission on Aging in an attempt to bully commission members into abandoning plans to publish an article expressing concerns about legislation.

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  • Share your #PaperChiefs photos and win prizes Our third of 16 #PaperChiefs action figures, Travis Kelce, is out Friday in the Chiefs Extra section of The Star's print edition. Tweet your most creative photos with the hashtag #PaperChiefs or email them to sports@kcstar.com for a chance to win upcoming prizes (we gave away a TV on Thursday, Sept. 18th). 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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  • Brownback’s deceitful attempt to scare rural Kansans over schools In the midst of his campaign against Democrat Paul Davis, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is using a phony scare tactic when it comes to rural schools. KC needs clear goals on police officers wearing body cameras At a Board of Police Commissioners meeting today, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other members need to delve more deeply to find out how Chief Darryl Forté and his department are going to resolve the hot-button issue of officers wearing body cameras in the future. Appalling drowning of Brandon Ellingson raises safety questions for Missouri Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other authorities seem to want the matter of Brandon Ellingson’s drowning to go away. It will not. Ellingson’s senseless death raises questions about whether Missouri’s waters are being patrolled in a safe and competent manner. Leaders of the General Assembly should call hearings to get answers and protect the pu...


    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 (09/21/2014) at 08:34 AM

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  • Tim Crone: No room for NFL to compromise in domestic abuse Posted at 7:51 AM The past two weeks have been filled with sports stories. Some of those stories have been a real eye-opener – stories that make you want to re-evaluate your priorities.As the MLB playoff races heat up, college football and NFL football are shifting into high gear, we fans have a tendency to idolize many of the athletic stars. They are human beings with weaknesses just like the rest of us.A few weeks ago we went through the saga of Ray Rice and his domestic violence... --

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  • 4 Things to know about the Fireball Run Posted at 5:15 AM 1 Andrea Schnetzler and Darrell Tindall, who own and run Berry Nutty Farms and Granola Jones in Independence, will be among 40 teams racing in the annual Fireball Run. It starts Sept. 26 in Frisco, Texas, and ends Oct. 4 on the Square in...

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  • Morning Minutes, Sept. 21 Posted at 1:01 AM September 21Word of the Day, This Day in History, Number to Know, Website of the Day, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.Word of the Daymaunder \ MON-duhr \ intransitive verb; To talk or wander aimlessly. — Dictionary.com

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  • My Classic Movie Pick: The Devil and Miss Jones Updated at 12:54 AM Labor Day  meant my kids were off of school and they had planned on making it a Musicals Monday.  The King  and I was on their playlist and so...

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  • The Florida Keys' Best Key Lime Pies Updated at 10:29 PM Our favorite Key lime pie stops in the Florida Keys paired with The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Recipe.

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  • How to Handle That Parent-Teacher Conference Like a Pro Updated at 10:28 PM Do your homework before— and after—your next parent-teacher conference.

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  • Lauren Graham Starts A New Chapter Updated at 10:28 PM After a long stretch as a beloved TV mom, Lauren Graham is ready for her next act.

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  • Good-For-You Tailgating Grub Updated at 10:28 PM Healthy game day snacks and desserts that won't sideline your diet.

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  • Outlander's Sexy Wedding Night Has Arrived: Did It Live Up to Your Expectations? Posted at 10:05 PM The Outlander wedding — and wedding night — has arrived.For fans of the...

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  • Investigating Veronica Mars: Creator Rob Thomas on the Show's Enduring Legacy 10 Years Later Posted Sep 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM "Veronica Mars has heat right now, you know?"That's what  8 Crazy Things to Expect on Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Posted Sep 20, 2014 at 6:06 PM TV's most insane drama is back! After a finale that introduced the world to Zombie George Washington, somehow  NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (09/21/2014) at 08:34 AM

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  • DEAR READER: Meet the 2014-15 Missourian Readers Board By Joy Mayer : Readers Board members help the Missourian stay connected to the community and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Oak sapling symbolizes history, hope and tradition on MU campus by George Kennedy : The dedication of a newly developed and planted tree, the Buck"s Unlimited Oak, gives students and faculty alike a chance to take a breathe and look forward.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: What to do with a surplus military tank? Send it back Sending the armored vehicle back from whence it came saves taxpayer dollars and begin demilitarizing local police forces.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Don't buy into this ill-conceived amendment on teacher evaluations by Jefferson City News Tribune : The best teachers adapt their instruction to reach the greatest number of students. We fear a statewide standard may not acknowledge and reward that asset and, worse, might discourage teachers from reaching out to the spectrum of students.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: St. Louis 'craft beer' has suspicious origins by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : This is craft beer on a semi-industrial scale, but still keeping production under the arbitrary 6-million-barrel-a-year limit that the Brewers Association says defines a craft beer.

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  • TIM MAYLANDER: Goodell, NFL miss point on domestic violence by Timothy Maylander : NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league had a perfect opportunity to take a stand and protect women who are victims of domestic abuse. Instead, they opted to protect themselves and "protect the shield."

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tell Department of Natural Resources to oppose CAFOs by Philip E. Glenn : Research studies highlight the unintended consequences of large-scale confined-animal feeding operations (CAFO).

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Legislature did nothing to improve the lives of Missourians by David Rosman : Overriding Gov. Jay Nixon"s vetoes appeased corporate lobbies and special interest groups, created no jobs.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Even when Rex loses, Missouri loses worse by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : If money is a form of speech, as the court has ruled, then Mr. Sinquefield is talking freely, loudly and ceaselessly.

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  • WHAT OTHER SAY: Why America should care about Scottish secession by The Republican, Springfield, Mass. : Neither Scotland nor England has a real plan about how to go forward if the two lands, linked for more than three centuries, are suddenly severed.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Americans must assist those in need at home by Rose M. Nolen : Financial greed should not distract from helping those in need.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veto session does offer few encouraging signs by Jefferson City News-Tribune : Sen. Bob Dixon of Springfield and Rep. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City were among the Republican lawmakers who backed off targeted tax relief in favor of pursuing more far-reaching tax reform when the regular session convenes in January.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: America's reluctant warrior-in-chief needs allies by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : A discussion about what national security interests are at stake is essential. A forecast of possible exit options would be helpful. Playing politics while U.S. troops have their hides on the line is despicable.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: To the NFL: This is what domestic assault looks like by Dubuque Herald-Telegraph : When powerful people don"t call out domestic violence as a brutal act worthy of stiff punishment, every victim suffers.

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  • DEAR READER: Amendment 3 campaign falls flat, but how to assess teachers rolls on by Tom Warhover : Proponents of the amendment to mandate teacher evaluations by student progress didn"t like what they saw in the polls and withdrew from active campaigning. Amendment 3 might not pass, but it"s not going away.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Mo. lawmakers show 'callous disregard' for women by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Missouri"s new 72-hour abortion waiting period is the second-most restrictive abortion law in the country.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: Early childhood education, job prospects could fight crime by George Kennedy : Instead of investing in the police force, we should be putting our money toward long-term solutions.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Highway tolls forecast economic disaster by Julian Walker : Tolling existing interstates is double taxation because it charges people for using roads for which their tax dollars have already paid.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Memory of 9/11 reinforces need to strangle new threats of terrorism by David Rosman : We need to act, and we need to act sooner rather than later. America’s air support of the Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops is only a start.

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Obama strategy against ISIS — deliberate, thorough, cautious To have an actual national conversation about ISIS, we first need to understand what it is and how we can beat it.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (09/21/2014) at 08:38 AM

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  • Grain Belt Express As observers of this column know, I'm not a big fan of wind-generated electric power, but I will confess curiosity about the Grain Belt Express, a 750-mile, high-voltage line to carry wind power from western Kansas to Indiana with a...

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  • Growth The U.S. Census Bureau reports Columbia proper grew by 6 percent in the past three years to a total somewhat over 115,000.

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  • PARK(ing) Day As our city gets larger and supposedly more sophisticated, odd ideas proliferate. This is inherently a good thing, but some schemes seem calculated to drive traditional segments of the population mad.

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  • Jane Goodall As I sat among several thousand people in Mizzou Arena on Wednesday evening awaiting the arrival of Jane Goodall onstage, I didn't know what to expect. I knew she was a pace-setting researcher into the habits and mores of African...

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  • E-cigs The other day I conducted some unofficial research on the effect of e-cigarettes, the controversial alternative, or gateway, to potentially deadly tobacco smokes.

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  • School guns After the Missouri General Assembly overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a law allowing local school districts to designate teachers or administrators as security officers carrying guns, most districts are deciding wisely not to take the option.

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  • Beer in the stadium Last weekend I went to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game and learned once again how a large arena deals with booze.

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  • Police diversity Since the shooting in Ferguson, we are hearing a lot more about the lack of black officers in local police departments.

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  • Cyber-money While most tech enthusiasts were preoccupied with new iPhones and wristwatches, I perked up when Apple announced the coming of the digital wallet.

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  • Cervids In this week's legislative veto override session, one of the most fervid discussions concerned regulation of cervids.

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  • The president The topic of the day is Barack Obama vs. ISIS. On a broader basis, it's the role of the United States as defined by the commander in chief in projecting American power throughout the world.

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  • Internet Hardly a week goes by without some new revelation about the glories and gotchas of the Internet.

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  • The unthinkable The reprehensible Islamic State is accomplishing the unthinkable, generating something of a unified front among notoriously disparate nations that normally complain about terrorism but resist collaboration in fighting it.

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  • Chris Kelly I hope everyone found time to read the excellent memoir of Chris Kelly's career written by Rudi Keller in our Sunday edition.

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  • Opus The term “Opus” has come to mean more than another downtown student housing building. It represents a disappointing effort to stymie legitimate downtown development in ways contrary to the law and the best interests of the community.

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  • Recent Blog Entries Art Axis Chatting up Bettye LaVette Behind The Stripes Indiana scores with 22 seconds left to stun No. 18 M... Street Talk The Sept. 20, 2014, edition of Saturday Business Street Talk Columbia-area businesses increase exports Tiger Tidings Volleyball scouting report: MU at Miami Invitational... Behind The Stripes Pre-Game Rundown: Indiana at Missouri Mental Math Mental Math for Friday September 19 Learning Curve Afterthoughts: Making the mace Prep Rally Three storylines: What to watch for in tonight's Pro... Behind The Stripes Behind the Stripes live chat - MU vs. IU Behind The Stripes On the Beat with ... The Bloomington Herald-Times' M... Tiger Tidings Soccer scouting report: LSU at MU, 6:30 p.m. Friday Prep Rally Week 5 Rock Bridge notebook: Bruins looking for fast... Prep Rally Week 5 Hickman notebook: Kewpies hoping to grow up f... Prep Rally Battle notebook Week 5: Spartans heading into Helias... After Deadline City making plans for third disc golf ...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (09/21/2014) at 08:39 AM

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  • Export efforts vital As the world gets smaller, the opportunities for our region get bigger.

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  • Secrecy harmful to public We're learning something every day about openness in government - the good it does, and the damage done when some institutions and people fail to acknowledge this.

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  • Memories still made at South Side festival A tour through St. Joseph's South Side is all that's needed to remind why this part of our community and region is so proud of its heritage.

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  • Good sense prevails on size of gun classes As long as there is an instructor present for every 40 students, providers of safety training required for Missouri concealed-carry gun permits no longer are breaking the law.

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  • To thrive, prevent a fall If you wake up every morning and can navigate your world while staying upright, take heart: Whatever challenges you face, it could be worse.

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  • Join the arts conversation The arts enrich our lives every day. Yet, rarely do many people take the time to think about what we should do to enhance their impact - for us, for our families, for our community.

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  • Dodge next credit crisis Are we headed for another subprime loan crisis?

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  • Justice for all at risk Gov. Jay Nixon's actions and words in response to the unfolding events in Ferguson, Mo., have drawn criticism on two fronts. But one matter is more serious than the other.

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  • Strange but true past part of health history St. Joseph's Glore Psychiatric Museum never has shied away from the more colorful chapters that make up the history of state mental hospitals and mental health care.

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  • On second thought, just send it back We have a new idea for what to do with Buchanan County's 36,000-pound, 11-foot-tall armored vehicle acquired this spring as U.S. government military surplus: Send it back.

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  • Storm threat returns Just like that, summer turned to fall. And as quickly, Northwest Missouri found itself Tuesday night at the center of a severe storm system.

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  • Bumpy ride reminds of road challenges As members of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission gather today in St. Joseph for their monthly meeting, we wish their travels would take them west on Frederick Avenue - from Interstate 29 toward Downtown.

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  • Many versions of scams Did you hear about the deal where you pay a door-to-door sales person a small price for a small item, you receive the item, and the person thanks you and leaves?

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  • Exhibit offers lessons for all A powerful exhibit coming to Benedictine College showcases some of the most significant moments from the history of our nation and world. It holds lessons for all of us.

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  • Sewer system fix comes at big cost Although not necessarily an initiative of our choosing, St. Joseph's multiple steps to separate storm water from sewage discharges have evolved into an asset for the city.

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  • Police focus prompts questions The St. Joseph Police Department risks public good will when its officers are seen as particularly interested in policing activities that hardly rank among the our top public safety concerns.

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  • Needs always exceed funding The leaders of the United Way of Greater St. Joseph face both a challenge and an opportunity in a year when they have increased focus on simply meeting their fundraising goal.

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  • Lesson of Kawasaki: pair people, process Kawasaki has a message for other large employers who might consider setting up shop in Northwest Missouri: you can do this.

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  • Speed up approval of drones For a second year in a row, farmers in the Midland Empire have been tantalized with an expert's view of the alluring possibilities posed by drone technology.

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  • Sensible law overdue When our system of laws confounds people, it breeds contempt for the law.


    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 (09/21/2014) at 08:40 AM

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  • Perspective: Empowering students to take charge of their learning - Elementary schools and middle schools in Springdale, Ark., have an effort in place to encourage students to take a deeper interest in their progress.

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  • Perspective: Job-creating bills stalled in Senate - This week, the House sent the Senate two packages of bills that are designed to foster job creation and promote a common-sense energy plan to lower costs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

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  • Your Opinion: Who approves of Obama's job performance? - Who are the 40 percent who, according to a WSJ/NBC poll, still approve of Obama's overall job performance?

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  • Our Opinion: The laws of civics News Tribune editorial - Alarmed by data showing only about a third of Americans can name the three branches of U.S. government, a group of concerned Missourians has launched the Missouri Civics Education Initiative.

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  • Your Opinion: Questions to ponder - What would happen if everyone started to speak up with what they believe is wrong? In our schools, work, neighborhoods, etc.

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  • Your Opinion: Terrorists must be eradicated - In light of the latest sick, pathetic, cowardly, barbaric events happening over in the Mideast against innocent American journalists and humanitarians, I'd like to express my own personal opinion, politically incorrect as it may or may or may not be.

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  • Our Opinion: Employers aid process of recovery - Among the many contributions businesses make to our community, 35 employers were honored Wednesday for helping people in recovery.

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  • Your Opinion: Pork production and family farms - Here is part two, as promised. Pork producers are a strange lot, when we do something it tends to be overkill.

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  • Justice Matters: Honoring the Bill of Rights - Many milestones exist in our country's history, which are often forgotten.

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  • Our Opinion: Teen tobacco, alcohol and drug use down - Regular readers of this forum are familiar with our abiding interest in the health and welfare of young people.

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  • Your Opinion: Christian values under assault - Christian values are under assault in America.

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  • Your Opinion: Response on university's energy workshop - In the Sept. 14 paper Tony Smith shared his concern and sadness that the University of Missouri was involved with the development and presentation of a workshop entitled “Energy in Today's Classrooms" that he read about in the Huffington Post.

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  • Our Opinion: Another unfair, misdirected proposal - Perseverance isn't always a virtue. Noranda Aluminum is seeking a rehearing from the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) on a proposed compromise to a rate reduction idea that was rejected last month.

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  • Your Opinion: NOW calls for NFL commissioner's resignation - This week, we learned that the National Football League (NFL) had access to the second video in the Ray Rice case months ago, contrary to their denial, and that an investigator has been engaged to look into the NFL's internal processes concerning the Ray Rice spousal abuse case.

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  • Your Opinion: CMCA director responds on purchase of business - Recently a reader brought up some interesting issues about our decision to buy Café Via Roma, and I wanted to clarify a few points.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (09/21/2014) at 08:40 AM

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  • Solid process, effort in CID voting (09/21/14) It was an interesting outcome from an unusual vote for a unique place. Last week we learned the results of two separate-but-connected votes concerning a special taxing district for downtown Cape Girardeau. Registered voters in the Community Improvement District approved a sales tax of a half cent, but rejected the creation of a property tax of $0.6709 per $100 assessed valuation within the district...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/21/14 (09/21/14) Cape Girardeau has many patriotic people who often fly the flag. However, I thought the flag was not to be flown after dark unless there was a light on it. I've seen many of these flags late at night and in the early hours, so they have apparently been left out all night. Has this rule been changed?...

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  • Editorial Opportunities to enjoy music this weekend (09/19/14) The last performance of the fall season for Tunes at Twilight will be held tonight. Allie Farris will provide the music entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Common Please Courthouse Gazebo. Tunes at Twighlight, a popular event in Cape Girardeau's downtown, is hosted by Old Town Cape and sponsored by SoutheastHEALTH, Fox 23 KBSI and Cape Air...

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  • Letter to the Editor Congratulations to Alma Schrader (09/19/14) How very proud I was Wednesday morning as I attended Alma Schrader's Constitution Day and Heroes Recognition Assembly. Ruth Ann Orr, Julia Unnerstall, Rebecca Gentry and the entire staff at Alma Schrader are to be congratulated and recognized for their visible and measurable efforts in educating our young children, and instilling in them with a love for our country! As these children introduced their "Heroes" to all attendees, we were reminded of the tremendous sacrifice these men and women have provided for us and our city, state and nation.. ...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/19/14 (09/19/14) I'm confused. I thought that a red light meant that you were supposed to stop, as opposed to it just being a suggestion. Be nice if the police would actually enforce that law. There seems to be a nationwide problem, from watching TV and such, but so many people are talking so very fast, as if they've got to get so many words out per second or per minute. ...

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  • Editorial Day on the River could bring big crowd Saturday (09/19/14) Living next to the Mississippi River has its advantages. Among them are opportunities like the Missouri Department of Conservation Day on the River event to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This is the fifth event the department has held, and there will be many activities for those of all ages to enjoy. ...

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  • Editorial Plenty of activities for SEMO Family Weekend (09/18/14) Students have been in class for a few weeks, and this weekend the university and community welcome parents back to town to celebrate Family Weekend. There are several events on the schedule, and you can find a full list on the university's website, semo.edu, and more area events on semoevents.com . But here are a few to highlight:...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/18/14 (09/18/14) I would like to give my most grateful thanks to the lady who stopped her car and helped my husband, who had fallen in the yard, get back up. You're an angel. Thank you. Immigration delay Not even those people who were gullible enough to vote for Obama once and then twice will believe that he is delaying his executive action on immigration until after the election for anything but to provide cover for those lame duck Democrats who are surely going to lose the Senate...

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  • Opinion Column Partisan words from minority leader (09/17/14) "The end of civilization as we know it." Those are powerful words. Frightening words. Doomsday words. Yet those were the words used by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week to describe the results of a Republican victory in the United States Senate this November...

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  • Editorial Special thanks to all involved in producing fair (09/17/14) There was plenty of food, rides, music, vendors and more. And the weather, minus a little rain and cool temperatures, was nice for the recent SEMO District Fair. The annual event that traditionally draws tens of thousands capped off eight days of fun on Saturday at Arena Park. Official attendance numbers were not available on Tuesday, but Pete Poe, a longtime SEMO District Fair organizer, said the numbers were down slightly from last year due to the rain and cooler temperatures...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/17/14 (09/17/14) On Sept. 7, I had a flat tire on East Main Street in Jackson. A very nice couple with their good Sunday clothes and three small children stopped and changed my tire for me. And I want to thank you for being so kind and helping a lady out who doesn't know much about it. There are good people out there...

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  • Opinion Column Cape shined for Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run (09/16/14) On Sept. 9, Cape Girardeau had the opportunity to host a Welcome Party for the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. Cape Girardeau was selected as an overnight stop due in part to the excellent experience their route planner had when the Great Race visited Cape in 2013. This may have been a one-time opportunity to experience the Motorcycle Cannonball without leaving home, since it has never previously passed through Cape Girardeau...

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  • Editorial VintageNOW combines fun fashion with a good cause (09/16/14) There are several events in the area each year that match good fun with a worthy cause. Count the VintageNOW fashion show as one of the best. The fifth annual fashion show will be held Oct. 17 at the Osage Centre in Cape Girardeau. It's a 1950s theme this year. The doors will open at 6 p.m...

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  • Opinion Column A look at the ISIS conflict (09/16/14) President Obama finally decided on a strategy this week against the Islamic State (IS) -- the terrorist movement that occupies vast areas of northern Iraq and eastern Syria. There is little that was new in this announcement, but for a president who has done much to avoid committing U.S. forces against the Islamic State, or in support of defending allies in the Middle East, it was a welcome change...

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  • Letter to the Editor Speak truth on sin (09/15/14) In the book of Jeremiah, he complains that the more he passed on the word, the more the people would hate him. That is still true today. In today's society the more you promote moral values, the more trouble you get into. (Remember Matthew 5: 11-12)...

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  • Editorial A new way to test student performance (09/15/14) We understand the need for standardized testing. It's necessary as a matter of accountability to be able to somehow measure the successes or failures of any school. Over the last several weeks, the Southeast Missourian, via reporter Ruth Campbell, has brought you several stories regarding the results of the Missouri Assessment Program, aka MAP...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 9/14/14 (09/14/14) Say what you will about people outside this area being little interested in the locals who will appear in the movie, "Gone Girl." Although they will likely go unheralded, I think the extras will be the reason for the movie's mind-boggling success at the box office...

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  • Opinion Column Limbaugh book a strong defense of the Christian faith (09/14/14) David Limbaugh's new book "Jesus on Trial" opened for public sale on Monday. I highly recommend it, not because Limbaugh is a friend but because it opened my eyes to the defense of Jesus and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies in the New Testament...

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  • Opinion Column School meals provides quality food for students (09/14/14) By Georganne P. Syler I'm a retired dietetics professor at SEMO and was concerned about the "sidebar story" within the excellent article on the USDA school lunch program in Monday's Southeast Missourian. The headline reads: "Author scorches school lunches." Dr. ...

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  • Letter to the Editor Thank you for food bank help (09/14/14) Thank you to all who participated in our fourth annual Party For the Good event to support the Southeast Missouri Food Bank and our BackPacks For Friday children's program. Thanks to the City of Cape Girardeau for hosting us at the Osage Centre facility and to the Isle of Capri for their sponsorship and helping hands. ...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
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  • Pettis GOP open campaign office 1 days 14 hours ago Pettis County Republican elected officials, candidates and party members gathered together on Friday to celebrate the opening of the party’s general election headquarters.About 30 people attended the event at West 16th Street and State Fair Boulevard with incumbent state Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-51) offering opening remarks.“This is the time of year to put in a few extra hours. Things are looking good, but you can never take anything for granted,” Dohrman said. “I think this is a good kick-off to a good campaign season.”Dohrman faces a three-way race in the Nov. 4 general election, where he will attempt to head off challenges from Gary Grigsby, a Democrat, and Bill Wayne, a Libertarian, both of Warrensburg.

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  • Turnovers cost Warsaw in loss to Eldon WARSAW — Turnovers were costly Friday for Warsaw, as Eldon ran away with a 36-15 win.The Wildcats got within eight points late in the third quarter after Will Bunch found Bailey Jelinek for a 15-yard touchdown and Tommy Proctor caught a pass for the two-point conversion.The score was 23-15 Eldon, but Warsaw punted three times and turned it over once the rest of the game.“We just need to be more consistent,” said Warsaw coach Paul Thomas. R...

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  • Hoos pitches Tigers to win Green Ridge beat Prairie Home 9-3 on Friday.Taylor Hoos pitched seven innings and struck out seven for the win.Justin McCarthy went 2 for 4 with two RBI at the plate for the Tigers. Tom Dove hit a triple and stole a base.Green Ridge scored two in the second, two more in the fifth and five in the sixth.Green Ridge (1-2) will face Bunceton on Tuesday.

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  • Smith-Cotton soccer beats Ray-Pec The Smith-Cotton soccer team won the opening game of the Jefferson City Tournament, beating Ray-Pec 2-1 on Friday.Jonathan Lopez scored in the 11th minute assisted by Blake Grupe. Grupe scored on an assist by Roberto Ramirez in the 34th minute.

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  • Cole Camp cruises The Cole Camp football team beat Sherwood 34-0 on Friday to improve to 5-0 on the season.Kyle Chamberlain got the scoring started with a 22 yard touchdown reception from Jaycob Schrader in the first quarter.In the second quarter, Schrader ran it in from two yards out to make it 14-0. Brandon Thoennes added a three-yard score just over a minute later. Cole Camp beat the halftime buzzer with an 11-yard pass from Schrader to Koby Knievel.Thoennes then added anoth...

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  • Turnovers cost Warsaw in loss to Eldon The Wildcats got within eight points late in the third quarter after Will Bunch found Bailey Jelinek for a 15-yard touchdown and Tommy Proctor caught a pass for the two-point conversion.The score was 23-15 Eldon, but Warsaw punted three times and turned it over once the rest of the game.“We just need to be more consistent,” said Warsaw coach Paul Thomas. “Bailey played a heck of a game and I thought we played hard.”The Wildcats drove do...

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  • Smith-Cotton drops heartbreaker in final minute A Steven Archambault 1-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left in the game put the Smith-Cotton football team briefly ahead but Nevada got a 95-yard kick return from Chaden Brandt to reclaim the lead and a 35-28 win Friday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.S-C had one last gasp with 55 seconds left as Caleb Reed completed passes to Marquez Raye and Lane McFail to get to the Nevada 39 with seven seconds left, but a Hail Mary fell incomplete as time expired.“We just told them that ...

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  • Juvenile court proving successful It’s been about eight months since the Pettis County Juvenile Drug Court began, and so far officials said they are pleased with how the juveniles involved have responded to the program.The program began in January as a partnership between the Pettis County Juvenile Office, Pathways Behavioral Health and the Sedalia School District 200. So far 17 juveniles have been in the program, eight are currently in the program, and three have graduated, with two more set to graduate soon...

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  • SFCC hosting comedy basketball show High-flying dunks, ball-handling tricks, comedy routines and dancing are coming to State Fair Community College.The Harlem Ambassadors will provide a comedy basketball show at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.“There’s a lot of comedy and a lot of audience participation and there’s still some competitive ball in it as well,” said SFCC Spirit Squad coach and Davis Center coordinator Dana Page.Tickets are available at...

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  • Sacred Heart celebrates Gremlin pride Nicole Cooke Democrat Members of the Sacred Heart School cheerleading squad get the crowd along Third Street excited with some SHS cheers as they ride through the homecoming parade route on a Sedalia Fire Department truck Friday afternoon. The Gremlins take on the Windsor Greyhounds at 7 p.m. Saturday at Jennie Jaynes Stadium for the homecoming football game. The queen coronation will take place at halftime.Nicole Cooke Democrat Some younger Sacred Heart students eagerly await ...

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  • Anderson birthday Dorothy Mae Anderson will celebrate her 95th birthday on Sept. 22, in Joplin.Dorothy is a 1936 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and attended Central Business College in Sedalia. She did secretarial work and bookkeeping at Acme Broom Company and Town and Country Shoe Company. She was employed in the principal’s office at Smith-Cotton High School for 15 years, retiring in May of 1985.She is currently resides in Joplin, near her daughter.For her birthda...

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  • Morton birthday Donald Morton, of Sedalia, will celebrate his 80th birthday with a reception hosted by his wife and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 in the fellowship hall of East Sedalia Baptist Church.He was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Sedalia. On Oct. 8, 1966, he married Deloris Cole.Donald is retired as Director of the Sedalia Public Library after 32 years.He has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, of Conway, Ark.Friend and relatives are invited...

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  • A special note to Jennie Jaynes Jennie Jaynes Stadium has been tagged by a graffiti artist with a sentimental heart.Built in 1950, the stadium is seeing its final action before being replaced by a new multiuse complex under construction behind Smith-Cotton High School. The turf field has gone down and the bleachers are going up at the new facility, and as S-C Tigers of all stripes watch the transition from old stadium to new, some alumni are getting sentimental for the old gal.Last week, one of those o...

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  • Not all change is for the better I’m glad I don’t have any grandchildren. I was thinking that, when I was listening to some friends talk about their school lessons. I was amazed that the parents were content to go along with the teachers as they attempted to drag the children into such bizarre undertakings.Okay, I have been out of school many years. I can still count in my head. When I visit fast food restaurants I know that the servers don’t know how much a hamburger costs. They only know how mu...

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  • Lessons on hope from an unlikely source Our dog has taught me a great deal about hope.Maybe it should have been more obvious than it was, but, admittedly, I’ve never had a dog before. It wasn’t until I moved here a little over a year ago that my wife really wanted us to get a dog. After much avoidance on my part she finally convinced me to go with her to the Sedalia Animal Shelter. It was there that we met Lars and eventually brought him home. And since that day our dog has taught me a number of things....

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  • Schuber wedding Laura Close, of La Monte, and Tyler Schuber, of Sedalia, were married at 5 p.m. Aug. 2, 2014, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Sedalia.The bride is the daughter of Joe and Linda Close, of La Monte. The groom is the son of Wayne and Cheryl Schuber, of Hughesville.Pastor Chris Kellogg conducted the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Gloria Close was the vocalist and Erin Helland was the pianist.Katie Close was the matron of honor, Shelby S...

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  • Sept. 20-21 birthdays MartinEmmett “Russel” Martin will observe his 76th birthday Sept. 22.He was born Sept. 22, 1938, in Idaho.Emmett is married to Shirley Martin, of Sedalia.He worked in sales ranging from car sales to bakery sales and farm equipment and insurance. He is a member of the Sedalia Shrine Club and Elks Club and enjoys fishing, hunting, golfing and boating.Emmett has five children, Jerri Barnes, of Blue Springs, Carri...

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  • Meade anniversary Thomas and Margaret Meade will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Sept.19.They were married Sept. 19, 1964, in Springfield, Mass.They are both retired and live in Sedalia.They have three children, Tracey Meade-Mancini and Tammy Meade, both of Sedalia, and Tommy Meade, of Germany; and five grandchildren.


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