News for Sunday, May 27, 2012



Kansas City Catholic diocese proposes dorm

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has proposed building a five-story dormitory geared toward Catholic students at Rockhurst University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, but the city has yet to approve the plan.

Mo. man charged with defrauding Joplin victims

A Nixa contractor faces federal charges for allegedly stealing from elderly victims of last year's Joplin tornado.

Your Opinion: Expense to protect bust deserves to be stricken

Missourians spare no expense to secure the Missouri State Capitol Building. Strike that.

Your Opinion: Not too late to end hate-speech

Maybe repetition is good for us. For almost three years now I have been writing letters about the consequences of hate-speech. Since we currently are awash in hate-speech along with hateful actions, maybe I need to repeat myself more forcefully.

MU alumni group gets more members

Membership in the University of Missouri's official alumni group has been growing this year as the university heads toward a centennial Homecoming celebration.

Break in Patz case brings hope, tears to other families

After 33 years, someone has confessed to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz. And people immediately start speaking of "closure." Patty Wetterling hates the word.

Memorial Day: Objective remains constant amid change

News Tribune editorial

Today’s celebration of Memorial Day will differ from the initial observance nearly 150 years ago, but the objective of the holiday remains unchanged.

Watercraft explodes, injuring two

Two people were injured Saturday afternoon when a malfunctioning personal watercraft blew up at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Industries investing in Jefferson City

A climate of expansion growing in Missouri, expert says

After a period of economic downturn, some industries are making large investments in the Jefferson City area, mirroring a larger state trend.

Bond forged by soldiers in World War II continues today

Families bound by military service

Bonds formed in the midst of a war decades ago has spanned generations, forming connections between people hundred of miles apart who only recently met.

Memorial Day service planned

Jefferson City’s Veterans Council again this year will conduct the annual Memorial Day Services at the National Cemetery, in the 1000 block of East Miller Street.Jefferson City’s Veterans Council again this year will conduct the annual Memorial Day Services at the National Cemetery, in the 1000 block of East Miller Street.

Memorial Day closings

Because of Monday’s Memorial Day holiday, federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Monday except for emergency services, such as law enforcement and fire protection.

State DeMolay conclave taking place in Capital City

The bonds of brotherhood and fraternity will be a little stronger at the end of this Memorial Day weekend. For the 39th year, the Missouri DeMolay is holding its annual conclave at Capitol Plaza Hotel and other locations around Jefferson City.

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Boating bill passes on last day of session

As soon as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signs it, a bill allowing out-of-state visitors to get a onetime, temporary boating safety ID card will become law — allowing Lake of the Ozarks area companies that rent or sell boats to do more business this summer.

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Mural to depict historical streetscapes of South Side

‘A mixture of time periods’

Below the ascending floor joists of the former Dunklin Theater, eight large panels are covered with dark, monolithic rows and starkly-colored skies.

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Riverview Cemetery is Jefferson City’s newest Landmark

Resting place of history

Many public servants are memorialized at Riverview Cemetery in Jefferson City. Some survived the Civil War, others immigrated here after that dividing point in Missouri history and others were pioneers long before the 1860s.

Records broken, champs repeat at state track

It was a day of record-breaking performances. Seven state meet records were broken Saturday at the Class 3-4 Missouri State High School Activities Association State Track Meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

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Missouri full of parks that offer ride of your life

Summer is amusement park season, and Missourians who seek a thrill have plenty of options. From metropolitan areas like St. Louis and Kansas City to smaller towns like Linn Creek and Rolla, there are theme park attractions in Missouri to fit nearly every age range and interest.

Brian Miller: May State Employee of the Month

City parks disheveled by the May 2011 tornado in Joplin benefited from the State Parks Youth Corps, coordinated by Brian Miller.

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World’s Worst Farmer to appear at Callaway County church

For the last quarter century, Lewis Baumgartner of Millersburg has been entertaining audiences around the nation when he appears as “The World’s Worst Farmer.”

Shock over arrest in NYC boy's '79 disappearance

When police dug up a Manhattan basement last month in a fruitless search for the remains of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared in 1979, Lucy Suarez saw the news on TV and wished that the family of the missing child would finally get some peace.

Mo. Supreme Court could be poised to direct state auditor’s duties

At least three rulings this year by two Cole County circuit judges may have set up an opportunity for the Missouri Supreme Court to tell the state auditor what to do.

They meet again: Heat-Celtics in East finals

It's a rematch: Miami and Boston will meet in the playoffs again, this time with a spot in the NBA finals at stake.

14 named Glory of Missouri recipients

Fourteen Jefferson City High School students were recognized as Glory of Missouri recipients by Rep. Mike Bernskoetter.

KC man pleads guilty to packing gun in luggage

A 26-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from having a loaded handgun in his carry-on bag at Kansas City International Airport.

Britney Spears debuts on 'X Factor' show

Britney Spears has been on the job just two days and she's already proving to be a popular judge on "The X Factor."

Sorkin, Hemingway, Snooki: It's a mixed TV summer

Television isn't taking the summer off anymore, and networks fervently hope viewers won't either. To make the remote control as key to the season as sunblock and barbecue, cable and broadcasting are pumping out a variety of shows and specials, both scripted and reality. And NBC's "America's Got Talent" and Howard Stern are not the standard-bearers: Welcome back to TV, Aaron ("The West Wing") Sorkin!

New Mexico fire forces evacuation near ghost town

Residents near a privately owned New Mexico ghost town were ordered Saturday to evacuate as a blaze in the Gila National Forest continued to burn erratically, as Colorado crews took to fighting a new fire along the Utah-Colorado border.

Chris Harrison on his favorite 'Bachelor' romances

Chris Harrison has seen a lot of roses. As host of ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," the 40-year-old has a front-row seat as an eligible man or woman looking for "the one" is wooed by 25 suitors (often with the help of alcohol, over-the-top dates, a hot tub or occasional sleepover).

Warning signs for Obama on path to electoral votes

President Barack Obama faces new warning signs in a once-promising Southern state and typically Democratic-voting Midwestern states roughly five months before the election even as he benefits nationally from encouraging economic news.

Vatican in chaos after butler arrested for leaks

The Vatican's inquisition into the source of leaked documents has yielded its first target with the arrest of the pope's butler, but the investigation is continuing into a scandal that has embarrassed the Holy See by revealing evidence of internal power struggles, intrigue and corruption in the highest levels of the Catholic Church governance.

Biofuel firm marks completion of new enzyme plant

The leading maker of the enzymes used to produce biofuels is celebrating the completion of its new plant in eastern Nebraska.

Tear-jerker 'Mud' ends Cannes competition lineup

The Cannes film festival on Saturday wrapped up the movies in competition wading deep in the Mississippi river with "Mud," a heart-wrenching, Mark Twain-influenced tale of a teenage boy searching for the meaning of life in a harsh world and starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon.

Matthew McConaughey pulls off Cannes double header

To have one film competing at the Cannes Film Festival is a privilege. To have two, Matthew McConaughey says, is wonderful good fortune — and the reward for a spell of hard labor in the trenches of independent cinema.

Sweden's Loreen wins Eurovision song contest

Sweden's Loreen has clinched the top spot at this year's Eurovision Song Contest with her dance hit "Euphoria," pushing aside competition from a sextet of Russian grannies and a Serbian balladeer.

Illinois growers: Mild winter means earlier peaches

When it comes to southwestern Illinois orchards' peach crops this year, Chris Eckert and other growers have every reason to feel a bit warm and fuzzy.

Big New Orleans spring may lead to summer slump

New Orleans latest tourist event — the annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience — provided the perfect occasion for tourism officials in the Crescent City to raise a toast to one of their most successful springs ever.

Businesses look to summer tourists on Miss. coast

Hopes are high that the summer will bring visitors and their money to Mississippi's coastal attractions as Memorial Day weekend kicks off the period of increased tourism. While casinos bring visitors year-round, other Gulf Coast businesses are built around the lure of beaches and water.

Austrian finance minister: No to eurobonds

Austria's finance minister is rejecting the idea of introducing jointly issued eurobonds any time soon and says that running up new debts to finance growth is "nonsense."

Tigers beat Jayhawks 12-2 to reach Big 12 final

Dane Opel doubled, tripled and drove in five runs to lead Missouri to a 12-2 rout of Kansas and earn a trip to the Big 12 tournament championship game for the second straight season.

Saturday's National League Capsules

NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Kyle Kendrick threw a seven-hitter for his first career shutout, winning his first game of the season and putting the Philadelphia Phillies on the verge of their first four-game sweep in St. Louis since 1913.

Saturday's American League Capsules

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Kansas City's Eric Hosmer singled in the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning, Billy Butler homered and the Royals rallied to beat the Orioles.

Saturday's MLS Capsules

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER ROUNDUP: Toronto FC ended its MLS record nine-game losing streak to open a season with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on a late goal by Danny Koevermans on Saturday.

Saturday's WNBA Capsules

WNBA ROUNDUP: Candace Parker had 27 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 99-88 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday night.

Saturday's Golf Capsules

PRO GOLF ROUNDUP: Jason Dufner matched playing partner Zach Johnson's birdie putt on the 17th hole Saturday, then overcame a wayward final tee shot to save par and keep the lead at the Colonial.

Spain's lender Bankia says it won't need more aid

The president of Bankia tried Saturday to calm fears about the future of the bank, saying Spain's second largest mortgage lender will emerge as a solid financial entity after it receives €23.5 billion ($29.5 billion) in state aid in the country's biggest-ever bank bailout.

Michelle Obama, daughters attend Beyonce concert

Michelle Obama is with the single ladies this weekend: The First Lady is at a Beyonce concert in Atlantic City.