October 21, 2014

Community Colleges struggling

A study of Missouri’s 34 higher education institutions shows deteriorating facilities that can mean deteriorating opportunities. Sixty percent of those institutions have special missions—and special problems. [Read more...]

A sinking feeling for Mizzou at the Texas Bowl

Mizzou senior Danario Alexander congratulates a Midshipmen after Navy's 35-13 win (Manny Haley, Missourinet)

Mizzou senior Danario Alexander congratulates a Midshipmen after Navy's 35-13 win (Manny Haley, Missourinet)

Stunning. That is the only word I can use to describe the clinic Navy put on with their triple option offense as they kept the Tigers’ defense off balance all day to defeat Missouri 35-13 in the Texas Bowl. However, I think plenty of blame needs to be handed out for the playcalling of Missouri’s offense. 

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Ethics Commission unveils online tutorials for lobbyists

The Missouri Ethics Commission not only requires comprehensive information filing of politicians, campaigns, and committees – lobbyists are expected to file information, as well. Executive Director Julie Allen says a set of tutorials is now available on the Commission’s website.

“It gives some comprehensive information about lobbyists, their reporting requirements, the available online Commission resources and searches, and navigating the lobbyists’ online filing system,” said Allen in an interview with the Missourinet. [Read more...]

Skelton demands fix to communications breakdowns

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton has told President Obama that key federal security agencies need to get their acts together.

Skelton, Missouri’s senior congressman, has sent a letter to the President saying the attempted terrorist bombing of an airliner on Christmas Day represented “failures across the government and the international community.” He says he pointed out interagency communication problems within the Defense Department in 1997 and 1998. But he says those problems appear to have extended to other agencies. “The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing,” he says. Skelton says there is no excuse for that situation.

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Blue moon tonight first New Year’s Eve phenomenon in 20 years

And you’ll have to wait almost another 20 to see the next one.

However, there’s some controversy as to what exactly a blue moon is.

A blue moon is rare, but even more rare for one to fall on New Year’s Eve. The last time that happened was in 1990. The next won’t be until 2028. But what exactly is a blue moon?

However, Missouri S & T physics professor John Schmitt says that’s not entirely accurate.

While it’s always been thought that a blue moon was the second full moon in any given month, researchers now believe it’s an extra full moon in any given season. That means there could be a blue moon that is the first and only in a month. Either way, it’s still a rare occurrence.

Whichever is correct is still being debated, but one thing’s for sure, a true blue moon … when the moon actually looks blue … comes from dust particulates or pollution in the atmosphere.

The next regular blue moon we see in the night sky will be in November, and then again in 2012 … there won’t be one next year.

Schmitt urges those interested to visit the research, debate and calendar online at Sky and Telescope Magazine, and here.

Audio report by Jessica Machetta
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Interview with Professor Schmitt (6 min)
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