News for Thursday, January 19, 2012



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Tigers on record-setting pace from the line

Missouri forward Ricardo Ratliffe reached a point earlier this season where he wasn’t happy with how he was shooting free throws.

St. Elizabeth 44, Vienna 34

St. Elizabeth defeated Vienna 44-34 in the semifinals of the Iberia Tournament.

St. Elizabeth 62, Chamois 56

The Lady Hornets picked up a 62-56 victory over Chamois on Thursday night.

California 59, Fatima 47

The Lady Pintos overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Fatima 59-47 Thursday night.

Crocker 60, Russellville 56

The Russellville Lady Indians dropped a 60-56 decision Thursday to the Crocker Lady Lions.

Blair Oaks 72, Warsaw 40

Blair Oaks eased to a 72-40 victory over Warsaw on Thursday night.

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Big night for wrestling Falcons

On a night where the celebrations took almost as long as the on-the-mat action, the Blair Oaks wrestling team wrapped up the home portion of its schedule Thursday night by thumping Missouri Military Academy 72-10.

Lady Jays roll to Invitational win

Napheesa Collier led four Lady Jays in double figures Thursday night as Jefferson City topped Jackson 74-59 at the Rock Bridge Invitational.

Jays boys post win in tournament

Jefferson City picked up a 71-68 victory over Jackson in the first round of the Lindbergh Tournament on Thursday night.

Three wounded in Eldon area shooting

Suspects, victims still unnamed pending charges

Three men are in critical condition following a shooting incident near Eldon late Wednesday, while three others are being held pending charges in the incident.

Homeless NY science whiz getting $50K scholarship

The accolades continue for a homeless New York teen who’s a semifinalist in a prestigious national science contest.

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GOP campaign turns bizarre

The race for the Republican presidential nomination is veering toward South Carolina surreal.

SPIN METER: Candidates love, hate super PACs

With independent groups known as super PACs playing a pivotal role in the presidential contest, the Republican hopefuls are increasingly calling one another to account for the ads run by groups backing their candidacies.

US companies move staff to foreign posts

U.S. corporations transferred staff last year to Germany, Australia, China and other major American trading partners, while foreign companies — especially in Europe — posted staff to the U.S., according to a study released Wednesday.

Strip club sales raise sandwich company's ire

The owners of a Las Vegas sandwich shop are asking a Delaware judge to prevent their franchise from being terminated.

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No Wikipedia? What if the Internet went down?

If a day without Wikipedia was a bother, think bigger. In this plugged-in world, we would barely be able to cope if the entire Internet went down in a city, state or country for a day or a week.

Movie Review: Carano kicks butt in 'Haywire' film debut

A straight-up action picture may sound unusual coming from Steven Soderbergh, but as he's repeatedly demonstrated throughout his career, he's keen to experiment with every genre imaginable. And if you look closely at his latest, "Haywire," you'll find it reveals glimmers of some of his greatest hits.

Study: Santorum tax plan swells deficit by $900B

The tax plan by Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum would cut taxes for most Americans while swelling the federal budget deficit by $900 billion in a single year, according to an independent study.

Q&A on contested Internet anti-piracy bills

Online piracy costs U.S. copyright owners and producers billions of dollars every year, but legislation in Congress to block foreign Internet thieves and swindlers has met strong resistance from high-tech companies, spotlighted by Wikipedia's protest blackout Wednesday, warning of a threat to Internet freedom.

Music Review: Spend a lazy afternoon with Jessie Baylin

Jessie Baylin, "Little Spark" (Thirty Tigers)

Lana Del Rey has sucked the air out of the pop chanteuse genre this month, but we'd like to point out Jessie Baylin for your listening consideration. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter's third album "Little Spark" offers a similar kind of promise — lush, thoughtful pop music in a post-Adele era where everyone's looking for just that kind of thing.

1,000 mistakenly accused of red-light violations

About 1,000 people have mistakenly received letters incorrectly stating that they owe fines for running red lights in the St. Louis-area town of Arnold.

Your Opinion: Observations on Marines' behavior

Well we have another video that will set the progressives off. Four Marines were filmed relieving themselves on the dead bodies of three Taliban fighters.

Your Opinion: More responses debunking falsehood

A two-second Google search shows that the “facts” in Mr. Givens’ letter about a so-called “anti-American agenda” came from a fanciful satire by John Semmens on “Semi-News.”

Your Opinion: Conference center ... and fries with that

Hey, Jefferson City, I discovered a way for the chamber to save $10 million plus “Transformation” dollars.

Your Opinion: Say no to Transformation sales tax

Please consider these issues before deciding how to vote. Our sales tax will be higher than Columbia. Other city sales tax revenues may decrease if shoppers avoid Jefferson City. If business increases, it will not offset cost of the tax and only benefit select taxpayers.

Your Opinion: Transformation offers vision for future

Although serious arguments can be made that we are already overtaxed, I believe it is important that Jefferson Citians approve the Transformation sales tax on Feb. 7.

Our Opinion: The underlying message: More shared pain

The interpretation is inconsistent with the data.

Perry abandoning bid, backing Gingrich

Republican Rick Perry says he's dropping out of the GOP presidential race and endorsing Newt Gingrich.

Democrat Baker enters race for Missouri lt. gov.

Former Missouri House member Judy Baker has entered the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

JC police officer assaulted during traffic stop

Police arrested Jefferson City resident Quentin Michael Davis, 47, on Wednesday afternoon after he fought with an officer who pulled him over for careless driving.

Mo. man gets 28 years in death of 3-year-old

An eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for causing the death of a 2-year-old boy.

Navy officer dies during training at Va base

The Navy is investigating the death of an officer who collapsed during physical training at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

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I-70 toll road testimony continues

After about four hours of testimony over two days, members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation said the conversation about Interstate 70’s future is just beginning.

Pre-kindergarten literacy is latest step in JC school strategy

“We’re serious about literacy”

For several years, the Jefferson City’s public schools have taken a directed interest in literacy at the elementary level.

KC woman charged with taking drugs to prison, assaulting officer

Prosecutors will be in court Friday morning, asking Cole County Associate Circuit Judge Tom Sodergren for an order to compel Sheena C. Clark to give a blood sample.

JC man charged with drug possession

A Jefferson City man faces a Feb. 17 arraignment on three drug charges filed Friday.

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Bus driver gets probation after manslaughter conviction

A 78-year-old man who was driving a school bus that struck and killed a 6-year-old boy in January 2011 received five years of probation Wednesday.

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Banquet celebrates pro-life advances

Many of the speakers at Wednesday’s Pro-Life Banquet celebrated Missouri’s steps toward becoming the first abortion-free state.

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USDA announces $308M for disaster-stricken states

The nation’s top agriculture official on Wednesday announced more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico to help them recover from an unusually intense year for natural disasters across the U.S.

County explores redistricting options

Some Cole County residents likely will be switched from the Eastern District to the Western District, changing their County Commission representative.

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FAA says pilots can guide whooping cranes

The pilots of the bird-like aircraft that has been leading nine young whooping cranes to their winter home in Florida have been granted a special exemption by federal regulators to continue their journey.

Paul gives new life to an old issue: gold standard

Facing double-digit inflation in 1981, Congress created a commission to consider a role for gold in U.S. monetary policy. The 17-member panel rejected the idea of returning America to the gold standard — except for two dissenting members. One was a little-known congressman from Texas named Ron Paul.

Mortgage settlement between banks, states 'close'

A $25 billion settlement between the nation's major banks and U.S. states over deceptive foreclosure practices during the housing crisis is nearing completion.

Marg Helgenberger leaving CSI but open to a return

It's not easy to walk away from a secure gig in Hollywood, especially one that's popular, but Marg Helgenberger is doing just that. After 12 seasons the actress will leave "CSI" in a two-part episode airing Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at 10 p.m. EDT.

Georgia teacher resigns over slavery math lesson

A spokeswoman says a suburban Atlanta teacher has resigned after an investigation over third-grade students being assigned math homework with word problems about slavery.

Ratings king 'American Idol' ready for 11th season

"American Idol" is having a bit of a Goldilocks moment. When the nation's favorite TV addiction debuted 10 years ago, critics complained the judges were too mean to the hordes of would-be singers seeking celebrity.

NTSB: Controller nearly caused midair collision

An air traffic controller with a history of disciplinary problems nearly caused a midair collision between a regional airliner and a small plane last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

YouTube plots 'Your Film Festival' for users

YouTube is launching a film festival that will play out online and ultimately send 10 finalists to the Venice Film Festival.

More sharing comes to Facebook with new apps

Facebook is adding a bevy of new applications to let users share everything from photos of what they cooked for dinner, to details on what they are wearing, to what concert they scored tickets to.

William Howard Taft reappears in 'Taft 2012'

"Taft 2012" (Quirk Books), by Jason Heller

William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, reappears in present day and creates political chaos in Jason Heller's charming and funny debut novel, "Taft 2012."

AdWatch: Santorum ad lumps Romney, Obama together

A series of jarring noises that sound like slamming metal doors punctuate alternating images of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. A male narrator intones darkly as he reads the script addressing Romney's record.

Martha Graham Dance Company pitches cybercontest

The Martha Graham Dance Company wants to know: What are you thinking — or feeling? That's the question participants worldwide must answer in an online competition called "On the Couch: An Inner Monologue."

Crime at 4-decade low in St. Louis city, county

The number of serious crimes committed in St. Louis and the surrounding St. Louis County dipped last year to levels unseen in more than four decades, according to new crime data released Wednesday.

SEC clears Deutsche Borse-NYSE Euronext merger

U.S. regulators have cleared the proposed merger of Deutsche Borse AG and NYSE Euronext Inc., which would create the world's biggest stock exchange operator, but the deal still needs European regulatory approval.

Understanding Greece's bond swap deal

The Greek government has resumed talks with its private creditors in Athens in the hope of sealing a debt relief deal needed to avoid a disastrous default.

HDNet to relaunch as live entertainment network

Mark Cuban's HDNet is joining forces with sports and entertainment presenter AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media and Hollywood talent firm Creative Artists Agency to rebrand the network.

Details of his vast personal fortune trail Romney

Under duress two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney acknowledges he has part of his millions invested in the Cayman Islands, although his aides say he never used the location as a tax haven.

GOP lawmakers decry Obama's pipeline rejection

Texas lawmakers denounced President Barack Obama's decision Wednesday to reject a proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline, while environmental groups praised the move as a step toward creating clean energy jobs and decreasing U.S. dependence on oil.

High court upholds copyrights for once-free work

The Supreme Court upheld a law Wednesday giving U.S. copyright protection to paintings by Pablo Picasso, films of Alfred Hitchcock, music from Igor Stravinsky and millions of other works by foreign artists that had been freely available.

SEC charges BankAtlantic, CEO with hiding losses

Federal regulators have accused BankAtlantic Bancorp Inc., the parent of one of Florida's biggest banks, and its chief executive of misleading investors about the bank's financial health as its holdings of commercial real estate loans soured in 2007.

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Kodak files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

Photography icon Eastman Kodak has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as it seeks to boost its cash position and stay in business.

ABC News to air interview with Gingrich ex-wife

BC News plans to air an interview with the second wife of Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on "Nightline" just two days before the GOP's South Carolina primary.

Actor Wahlberg apologizes for 9/11 comments

Actor Mark Wahlberg has apologized for asserting that he would have stopped terrorists from flying an airliner into New York's World Trade Center on Sept. 11 if he had been on the plane.

Mo. tax preparer admits filing false returns

The owner of a suburban St. Louis accounting firm has pleaded guilty in tax fraud scheme that prosecutors say cost the federal government more than $200,000.

Wednesday's NBA Capsules

John Wall scored 25 points, Nick Young had 24 and Jordan Crawford added 18 to lead Washington to a 105-102 victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, snapping the Thunder’s seven-game winning streak and giving the Wizards just their second win of the season.

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Curt Yaeger to step down

Sometimes, you just know when it’s time to say goodbye. Even if there are plenty of reasons telling you to stay.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Brittney Griner scored 21 points to lead No. 1 Baylor over Texas Tech 72-64 on Wednesday.

Wednesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Jorge Brian Diaz made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Nebraska the lead, Indiana couldn’t score on its last possession, and the struggling Cornhuskers upset No. 11 Indiana 70-69 on Wednesday night for the Hoosiers’ third straight loss.

Wednesday's NHL Capsules

NHL ROUNDUP: Jonathan Toews had two goals, rookies Andrew Shaw and Jimmy Hayes also scored, and the Chicago Blackhawks handed the Buffalo Sabres their 10th straight road loss, 6-2 on Wednesday night.