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St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Editorials
As of (10/25/2014) at 01:16 AM

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  • 'I could have been Mike Brown'

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  • Ex-offenders face almost-impossible odds in job market

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  • The governor creates a Ferguson Commission; St. Louis faces a defining moment

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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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  • Use Better Together's data to advocate for meaningful change

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  • Protests are demonstrations of lawlessness

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  • College campus is appropriate place for protesters

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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


    Kansas City Star - Editorials
    As of (10/25/2014) at 01:16 AM

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  • High school gunman was Homecoming prince, students say Chiefs cornerback Jamell Fleming rises from scout team to starter Both outrage and hope are visible in Ruskin Heights after killing of 6-year-old girl New poll shows Davis widening lead over Brownback for Kansas governor Warm weekend ahead; low 80s for Chiefs football game Featured Getting married on World Series day: These brides are good sports 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 Both outrage and hope are visible in Ruskin Heights after killing of 6-year-old girl Reward grows to $21,000 to solve the shooting death of 6-year-old Angel Hooper Police prepare for grand jury decision in Ferguson Campaign is launched to oust Johnson County judge who cleared the way for same-sex marriage Blaze and heavy smoke damage the iconic Savoy Grill in downtow...

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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 Spark is mostly lacking in U.S. House races in western Missouri Incumbents have the edge in three congressional races in western Missouri. They’ve got the money, the political bases and the momentum of holding office. What they might not have is much enthusiasm among voters. The Star’s recommendations are to re-elect Emanuel Cleaver in the 5th District and Sam Graves in the 6th District and to vote for newcomer Nate Irvin in the 4th District. Choose reform-minded candidates for the Missouri General Assembly The General Assembly needs to rearrange its priorities, and elections can help. Voters should choose lawmakers who genuinely want to make people’s lives better and clean up the ethical cesspool that is Jefferson City. Here are The Star’s recommendations. Missouri education board

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  • More proof rolls in that Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts aren’t saving Kansas Throwing out various claims on the campaign trail, Gov. Sam Brownback insists his radical income tax cut program is going to revive the Kansas economy. But as the data roll in — including more numbers on the all-important jobs front on Tuesday — the promises of radical progress aren’t coming true.

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  • Monday Poll results: On the Royals and KC attractions As many as 1,200 readers responded to the World Series edition of our Monday Poll. Here are the results of some key questions asked in this unscientific survey.

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  • 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.

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  • Catch a piece of Royals postseason history Click here for t-shirts, posters, copies of The Star's Royals playoff editions and to order an upcoming book on this spectacular season. 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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  • 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 Leawood will improve services A handful of tax increases and renewals will face suburban Kansas City area voters on Nov. 4. It’s encouraging to see that in most cases city officials are focused on using the funds to bolster basic public services. Here are The Star’s recommendations on selected tax issues. Choose Paul Davis for governor to put Kansas on a better path In making its recommendation for Kansas governor...


    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 (10/25/2014) at 12:10 AM

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  • Fall TV Popularity Contest: Was Constantine Hella Good? Updated at 10:00 PM Is Constantine destined to become an (oc)cult hit?Now that the NBC drama has premiered, we want to know your thoughts — and what you think of every new show this season?Will you follow Constantine's ( --

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  • ABC's Manhattan Love Story Is the First Cancellation of the 2014-2015 Season Posted at 10:05 PM So much for love. ABC has canceled its romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story after four...

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  • Hey Buddy! Which Big Bang Theory Actor Will Star In NBC's Animated Elf Holiday Special? Posted at 8:05 PM Bazinga all the way! The Big Bang Theory's 

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  • The NFL is a socialistic enterprise, and the Packers are the league’s most socialistic team Updated at 6:25 PM

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  • Microsoft's PR Boss Had A Funny Response To Google's Big News (MSFT, GOOG) Posted at 8:01 PM

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  • Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti Will Star in Showtime's Wall Street Drama Billions Posted at 6:05 PM After three seasons as Nicholas Brody on Homeland, Damian Lewis is heading back to Showtime.

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  • Amendment 3 puts load on taxpayers, with no educational gain Updated at 4:46 PM Contrary to the claims of those who initiated the attempted change to the Missouri Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot, Amendment 3 would hurt students, hurt school districts, hurt teachers, and hurt taxpayers.A school does not function as...

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  • Phil Hanson: Congress should improve the rules for those who give Updated at 4:41 PM No matter your political persuasion, you are probably like I am, looking forward to the Nov. 4 election being over so we can stop being bombarded by all of the negative political ads. It will be nice when the dust settles on the election and...

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  • ABC Orders More Episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time and More Posted at 5:05 PM This may end up being the kindest fall TV season in recent memory. Not only have the broadcast networks not canceled a single new show, but one of them is already adding episodes to its existing hits.ABC is rewarding some of its best...

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  • Granlund cartoon: New York Ebola Updated at 3:42 PM Dave Granlund cartoon on the New York Ebola case. Royals shake up lineup for tonight's Game 3 Updated at 3:41 PM SAN FRANCISCO – Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was moved from center field to right for Game 3 of the World Series to boost defense in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions.Kansas City manager Ned Yost made the move Friday... NEXT 10  »


    The Columbia Missourian - Editorials
    As of (10/25/2014) at 12:10 AM

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  • GUEST COMMENTARY: New development should pay fair share for roads, reduce cost to taxpayers By ROY DUDARK and KARL SKALA : Recognizing that different uses generate different amounts of traffic, Proposition 2, which is on the Nov. 4 ballot, would raise the charge for new construction to $1 per square foot for residential, $1.50 per square foot for nonresidential with low traffic and $2 per square foot for nonresidential with high traffic.

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kim Shaw is most qualified for associate circuit judge by CJ and REBECCA DYKHOUSE : Kim Shaw, who is running for Division 5 associate circuit judge, has the necessary criminal and civil law experience.

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  • GEORGE KENNEDY: With Ginny Chadwick, a need to better communicate by George Kennedy : Chadwick"s votes against causes she supported in her election campaign have drawn the ire of her constituents.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Marijuana edibles cause long list of concerns in Colorado The budding marijuana industry in Colorado leaves edible products with a high chance of being mistaken for a treat by children. Lawmakers should push to better regulate and label these products.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri legislators fight Ebola with ignorance by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Politicians are using scientifically unfounded fearmongering to gain political leverage.

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  • TIM MAYLANDER: Hiring more officers may not be cheap but is greatly needed by Timothy Maylander : On Nov. 4, Columbia residents will decide if they want to raise their property taxes to pay for more police officers. While the officers won"t come cheap, they are desperately needed and raising the property tax incrementally is the best way to do it.

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  • DAVID ROSMAN: Drawing the line on religious practices in schools by David Rosman : There is no reason that a student cannot bring a Bible to school, as long as an atheist can bring Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great” on the same day.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: Drop in student loan defaults is welcome sign by St. Joseph News-Press : The national student loan default rate fell from 14.7 percent to 13.7 percent from 2010 to 2011.

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  • ROSE NOLEN: Preparing for holidays was — almost always — a treat and a blessing by Rose Nolen : The bounty of summer became the bounty of the holiday season as family members gathered to share stories and food — lots of food.

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  • WHAT OTHERS SAY: The wageless recovery might bring humbug to the holidays by St. Louis Post-Dispatch : Despite a recovering economy, t he Census Bureau reports that in 2013, the median household had $4,500 less buying power than it did in 2007, which could result in fewer purchases during the holidays.

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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.


    Columbia Daily Tribune - Editorials
    As of (10/25/2014) at 12:14 AM

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  • Collector The Boone County collector is responsible for receiving county tax revenue and disbursing a large percentage of it to recipient agencies. Democrat Pat Lensmeyer is retiring after a successful incumbency. Her would-be successors are Republican Cheri Reisch and Democrat Brian...

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  • Proposition 1 Columbia has fallen behind average in our number of police officers and firefighters. To gradually close the gap, city officials propose an increase in property taxes of 30 cents per $100 of assessed valuation phased in over five years at...

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  • Ebola Secure in the knowledge that the world has been waiting desperately for word from this quarter, I hereby proclaim the imminent threat of Ebola over, at least in retreat -- or to be more accurate, never to have arrived.

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  • Marijuana On Monday the Columbia City Council decided not to decriminalize the cultivation of marijuana plants. The vote was 4-3, reflecting the general local attitude on the subject.

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  • Uber Meanwhile, the city tries to figure out how to deal with Uber, the ride-sharing service operating on city streets without a business permit or taxicab license.

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  • Amendment 3 Amendment 3 would impose an external evaluation system for school districts and teachers based in part on student performance as shown on standardized tests. Teacher contracts would be limited to three years, and teachers and their organizations could not bargain...

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  • Amendment 6: Early voting The idea of early voting is valid, but Amendment 6 is a faulty approach, actually passed by Republicans in the state legislature to head off a better plan in the process of initiation by advocates of early voting.

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  • Amendment 2 Missouri is the only state in the union that bars testimony showing “propensity” in child sex abuse cases. Amendment 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot would make prosecution easier by allowing testimony about prior criminal convictions and even crimes that...

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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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  • Recent Blog Entries Behind The Stripes Pre-Game Rundown: Vanderbilt-Missouri Between Party Lines Webber reveals future political plans at Kelly roast Mental Math Mental Math for Friday October 24 Exposure A view of MU game day, from a photographer's perspec... Behind The Stripes Behind the Stripes live chat - MU vs. Vanderbilt Learning Curve Round up: Homecoming edition Tiger Tidings Soccer scouting report: MU at Mississippi, 7 p.m. Fr... Tiger Tidings Volleyball scouting report: MU at Florida, 6 p.m. Fr... Behind The Stripes On the Beat with ... The Tennessean's Adam Sparks Learning Curve Provost candidate discusses lawsuit mentioned in Tri... Mental Math Fix the Problem for Thursday October 23 Learning Curve Curators approve bond issuance for capital projects Courtside View Counting down the Top 25 (Nos. 5-1) Street Talk Coming up in Saturday Business Behind The Stripes Stat Spotlight: Missouri's Defense vs. Missouri's De... Tiger Tidings Opposing view: Vandy's Mason discu...

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    St. Joseph News-Press - Editorials
    As of (10/25/2014) at 12:15 AM

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  • Be calm, but plan for Ebola New! Justifiably, the headlines these days are full of news about the Ebola virus, its threat to people in this country and around the world, and what we're doing about it.

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  • Incubator refocuses on ag innovations Our business incubator is growing up.

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  • Empowered workers boost Boehringer The slogan "Value through innovation” holds great meaning for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

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  • New exhibits entice visitors to return Buffalo Bill and the Buffalo Soldiers are among St. Joseph's newest "residents.”

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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.


    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 (10/25/2014) at 12:15 AM

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  • Your Opinion: Campaign donation casts shadow - There's an odor rising from the Cole County Circuit Judge race in Cole County, specifically a $100,000 contribution to Brian Stumpe's campaign laundered anonymously through the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) in Washington D.C.

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  • Your Opinion: Troubled by smear campaign - Like most Cole County voters, I don't know much about Circuit Court Judge Pat Joyce.

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  • Your Opinion: Concerned about campaign contribution - I am writing to address Mr. Stumpe's bid for circuit court judge. I am very concerned that he didn't acknowledge the donor of his $100,000 campaign contribution or just return the money.

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  • Our Opinion: Time to ponder changes in leadership, direction - What direction do you want your community to take?

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  • Analysis: GOP hopes Obama is key to Senate control - Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, off-shore jobs in New Hampshire and women's issues in Colorado.

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  • Your Opinion: ­Response to column on Chronic Wasting Disease - Brandon Butler is incorrect in his recent article about an Iowa deer farm whose animals were found to have Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

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  • Your Opinion: Frustrating inaction on roads - For more than two years, we have been working with the Callaway County Commission to set up a Neighborhood Improvement District and improve the roads in our subdivision.

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  • Our Opinion: Coping with declining city revenues - The alchemy of budgeting is a blend of mathematics, prioritization and educated guesswork.

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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.


    The Southeast Missourian - Editorials
    As of (10/23/2014) at 11:04 PM

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  • Congratulations to local National Merit Scholarship semifinalists (10/23/14) Three seniors in high school have reached an impressive milestone by being named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Alex Gentle of Cape Girardeau Central High School, Tyler Pech of Notre Dame Regional High School and Joshua Vogel of Saxony Lutheran High School each has different interests, but their success in the classroom and involvement in clubs and sports is a common thread. These young men have ambition, and that's a good thing...

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  • Speak Out Speak Out 10-22 (10/22/14) Thank you Thank you to the Dalton father and son for going out of their way to return my billfold that was lost. My wish is to thank them personally for their kindness. Standardized test Do not become complacent. Even through Teach Great has dropped its support of a very poorly written constitutional amendment, Amendment 3 will still be on the Nov. ...

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  • Editorial Online learning and a look at quality (10/22/14) The Internet has changed many things over the years. From online banking and bill paying, to entertainment options, to how you may be reading this editorial, digital devices, though not without flaws, can benefit us. Education is one of these categories, and recently a Southeast Missourian story looked at what Southeast Missouri State University is doing to improve quality in online courses...

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  • Opinion Column The political landscape (10/22/14) If I didn't know better, I'd think the president was intentionally trying to torpedo Democrats' hope of holding Senate control in next month's midterm elections. For an administration prone to missteps, the past few weeks have raised the bar on the apparent rudderless ship of state...

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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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  • Editorial 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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  • 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. ...


    Sedalia Democrat - Editorials
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  • S-C defense holds off Ruskin 23 hours ago Smith-Cotton’s defense recovered a fumble, picked off three passes and knocked away Ruskin’s last chance at the goalline in a 19-12 district playoff win Friday in what is likely the last game at Jennie Jaynes Stadium.Ruskin reached the 14 with 3:55 left and a chance to win when Logan Parham knocked the ball away on a 4th-and-11 pass to the end zone.“(The receiver) came up at me so I had to jam him some,” Parham said. “I saw the quarterback was looking at me and I swatted the ball away with my left hand.”Lane McFail ended the previous Ruskin drive with an interception. He had another interception earlier in the game and Barry Rivera picked off another pass.

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  • Windsor falls short of upset CENTERVIEW — Windsor went down by double digits three times Friday night and answered with scores each time, but Crest Ridge never gave up the lead in a 26-20 win.Crest Ridge started the game with a bang, getting the ball at the Windsor 10-yard line on its first drive after a high snap on fourth down resulted in a loss of 25 yards for the Greyhounds.Crest Ridge used one play to get on the scoreboard, a 10-yard run by Justin Donald to the right side. The extra point...

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  • Healthy U officials looking for Class of 2015 Now in the final stretch of the yearlong program, many Healthy U students are seeing significant changes in themselves from when they started in January, and many of them are reaching goals they set almost 10 months ago — Sarah Siegel is within 10 pounds of her goal weight, and Nicole Thomas completed her first half marathon last weekend.

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  • Two vie for commissioner seat On the Nov. 4 ballot, Pettis County voters will choose between Republican David Dick and Democrat Kenneth Schuber for Pettis County presiding commissioner, taking over for current Commissioner John Meehan.David DickDavid Dick is a longtime Pettis County resident and farmer with membership in a long list of agriculture-related organizations. He has served as the Vice Chairman of the National Cattleman’s Association and Chairman of the Beef Industry ...

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  • Green Ridge junior high wins Kaysinger The Green Ridge Junior High soccer team won the Kaysinger Conference Championship Wednesday night. They played the entire season a man down to all opponents but still went undefeated against all conference teams, out-scoring them 19-1. The Tigers’ only loss was to Class 3 Marshall Middle School 7-0, the only game this season Marshall did not win via mercy rule. Pictured: Front row from left, Harrison Needy, Holly Thomas. Second row: Tanner Hoos, Carson Brown, Vadim Timoshchuk, Irina Oli...

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  • There have been a lot of changes over the past 30 years This column first appeared in the Sedalia Democrat in June of 1984 and has been a weekly feature continuously since that time and, hopefully, will continue to be well into the future. The myriad of components that form what is collectively referred to as the “outdoors” has undergone a lot of changes in the past 30 years.For example, that first column was about fishing for hybrids on Truman Reservoir, and it was a timely topic. 1984 was close to the high water mark for h...

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  • Oct. 25-26 Crash Reports Warrensburg woman injuredA Warrensburg woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident at 7:40 a.m. Thursday in Johnson County.Jean M. Vanegdom, 58, of Warrensburg, was driving north on state Route 13 at NW 625 Road when she traveled into the path of eastbound Lori A. Embrey, 51, of Warrensburg, while passing another vehicle, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. Embrey’s vehicle then struck Vanegdom’s vehicle.Vanegdom was taken ...

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  • Oct. 25-26 Police Reports This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentArrestsOct. 237:25 p.m.: Freddy L. Points, 46, and Chasity Bond, 35, both of the 1700 block of South Prospect Avenue, were arrested at their residence on a charge of loud no...

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  • SPCUW helps produce published writers Helping seniors with meals and various enrichment activities, such as bingo, dancing and art and writing classes, is how the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way’s contributions to the Sedalia Senior Center makes a difference.

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  • Vote no on Amendment 3 The November election is fast approaching, and I would like to ask for your support in defeating Amendment 3.This amendment was placed on the ballot as a result of its supporters’ failed attempts to pass legislation limiting teacher tenure. But the tenure issue is just the shell of a seriously flawed measure that would set back public education for decades to come.In a nutshell, Amendment 3 requires at least 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation be based on qu...

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  • Brink enters Hall of Fame WASHINGTON, Mo. — Sydney Brink smiled as he posed for photos he would have dreaded taking himself.

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  • S-C Class of 1954 60th reunion The Smith-Cotton High School Class of 1954 hosted its 60th reunion Sept. 19-21 with approximately 43 class members in attendance. A wonderful weekend was spent together visiting and reminiscing. On Friday evening all were treated to a night of “Fun at the Fair” with fair food and entertainment. A tour was available to members and guests on Saturday morning at the old Smith-Cotton High School. Everyone was amazed at the improvements. A picnic lunch followed the tour. That evening t...

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  • Oct. 25-26 Birthdays GeorgeBarbara George will observe her 96th birthday Oct. 25.She was born Oct. 25, 1918, in Independence, Kan.Barbara was married to the late J. Kenneth George.She was a hotel owner and a teacher, and she loves playing cards and reading.Barbara has two children, Sherry Younce, of Odessa, and the late Riche Morgan; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.Cards may be sent to Barbara at the Sylvia G. Thom...

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  • Steele anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Wray Steele will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 with a reception hosted by their children at the Celebration Center, 1701 W. 32nd St. in Sedalia.Cora Lewis and Wray Steele were married Nov. 4, 1954, in Sedalia.Mr. Steele is retired from Alcan Cable and Mrs. Steele is retired from J.A. Lamy Manufacturing Co.The couple has five children, Tony (Helen) Steele, Vickie Fidler, and Gene Steele, all of Sedalia, an...

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  • Ulmer-Stoermer engagement Jeff and Debbie Ulmer, of Sedalia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Colleen Ulmer, of Sedalia, to David Stoermer, of Mora. He is the son of Larry and Kathy Stoermer, of Mora.The future bride is a 2007 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 2012 from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She is employed as a fifth and sixth grade Language Arts teacher at the Cole Camp R-I School District.The f...

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  • Social media gets too personal I admit that I don’t really know anyone personally who communicates with Facebook or Twitter. Still, I’m absolutely fascinated by individuals who have that much personal information that they wish to share with the general public.I enjoy communicating on subjects that are generally interesting to the public. However, I’m actually tongue-tied when it comes to discussing purely personal matters with the public. In the first place I can’t imagine that anyone wo...

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  • We are called to ‘fear not’ On multiple times through scripture we hear the word of our Lord saying “fear not.” In our world today, where pestilence like Ebola, terror like ISIS, instability like the economy, and disasters like earthquakes and storms surround us, the words of our Lord are put to the test. We must hold onto the promises of God and continue to fight against the spirit of fear with ever increasing faith knowing that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a...

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  • Weird science at the Club Jacob Boyd covers his ears just as the balloon Hayden Herrick is holding over the candle flame begins to pop Thursday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri Sedalia Middle School site. The students also tested what would happen when holding a balloon filled with some water over the flame.Aaron Bilbruck quickly places a boiling hot soda can into a bucket of ice water, which crushes the can due to the extreme temperature changes during one of the science experim...


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