A University of Missouri football player has pleaded guilty to running marijuana from Texas to Missouri. 23-year-old Brandon Paul Ford of Columbia pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana during an apperance before a federal judge in Jefferson City. Ford also has agreed to forfeit nearly $22,000 in drug trafficking funds to the federal government. Ford, formerly of Garveston, Texas, played tight-end for the Tigers between 1998 and 2000.
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State Auditor Claire McCaskill charges the state transportation department has been wasting money with its annual “roadeo” competition. The auditor says the events the last two years have cost the state more than $870,000. The events are held for department employees to demonstrate their expertise with heavy equipment. The auditor says it’s not an effective use of resources. MODOT says it already had suspended the roadeos before the audit was released, but it insists the competition was a valuable training tool.
The penalty phase of Keith Nelson’s murder trial in Kansas City has been delayed by a week. Nelson has been hospitalized in a privately-run jail for federal prisoners in Leavenworth, Kansas. The federal prosecutor is not saying why the delay has been called. Nelson admits he kidnapped 10-year-old Pamela Butler two years ago and killed her, then dumped her body behind a church in Grain Valley. Jurors will be deciding whether he is to be executed or whether he is sentenced to life in prison.
The Kansas City Royals have named a pair of new coaches to their staff for the 2002 season. Bob Schaefer will serve as the Royals new bench coach while John Mizerock will be the new bullpen coach. Tom Gamboa, who was the Royals bullpen coach in 2001, will take over as K.C.’s first-base coach. Schaefer will replace Jamie Quirk as the Royals bench coach. Quirk was let go after eight seasons in that capacity earlier this month.
He has one of the best first name’s in Division I college basketball and he is being counted on to lead the St. Louis Billikens into the 2001-2002 season. Marque Perry will start at the point for SLU this season as they try to make some noise in Conference USA in head coach Lorenzo Romar’s third season. Matt Leon had the chance recently to visit with Perry at a SLU practice and learned why he choose St. Louis, what his thoughts are on the Billikens and what it’s like to play for Coach Romar.
The Big 12 preseason media poll was released yesterday and to no one’s surprise, Kansas and Missouri were ranked #1 and #2. Those two schools also occupy the top spot in the coaches poll. Missouri is coming off a 20-13 season which ended with second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to Duke. Tiger swingman Kareem Rush has been named the Big 12 preseason player of the year. Rush averaged 21.1 points a game last season.
The Southwest Missouri State mens basketball team is looked at as a middle-of-the-road squad in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. Barry Hinson’s crew has been picked fifth in the MVC preseaon poll, they did receive a first-place vote. The Bears went 13-16 last season, losing in the first round of the conference tournament. Nine letterwinners are back for the Bears this year. SMS opens the regular season on Friday, November 16th at the University of North Texas.
The Southwest Missouri State Lady Bears are preparing for the 2001-2002 season, a season which will see them play without NCAA all-time leading scorer Jackie Stiles as well as four other graduated seniors. Despite a lot of new faces, the Lady Bears have been picked as high as second in some Missouri Valley Conference pre-season polls. Of course the Lady Bears are coming off an NCAA Final Four appearance last season, and hopes are high for this season. At MVC Media Day this week, Matt Leon had the chance to talk with senior forward Carolyn Weirick who is expected to start for SMS. Coming off an injury redshirt, Weirick thinks this SMS team is ready to compete at a high level and she gives some insight as to what the 2001-2002 SMS squad is all about.
Charities in Missouri are having a tough time meeting contribution goals as money has been diverted to New York. The Chairman of the United Way in the Ozarks, John Twitty, acknowledges it will be difficult to meet the agency’s campaign goal of $3.2 million. The nonprofit organization is about $1 million short of its goal with the November 8th deadline fast approaching. Twitty says money that normally would go to the local United Way has been sent to help the national relief effort. He also blames layoffs and a shaky national economy.
Fear about bioterrorism shouldn’t be dismissed as we try to deal with difficult times, so says the chair of psychiatry at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Joan Lang has heard the term “paranoia” thrown around, but says paranoia means irrational fear and it would be hard to argue fear of bioterrorism is irrational with the current events in America. Lang advises people pay attention to the latest news, but not dwell on it. Also, she says people should ground themselves in normal activities, especially with friends and families within a faith community. As for children, Lang says parents should simply comfort small children, acknowledge to older children the tragedy and then point out how heroes responded and she says the best way to deal with teen-agers might be to listen to them and deal with the emotions they express.