Two of Missouri’s former United States Senators, both of whom oppose abortion, say they support cloning stem cells for medical research. Former Senators John Danforth and Thomas Eagleton say the stem cell research could save millions of lives. Both say they oppose cloning a human being. Danforth says a proposed law from Kansas Senator Sam Brownback – which would ban all cloning – is ill-conceived.
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The Springfield City Council is looking at a proposed ordinance letting the City Prosecutor seek stronger penalties aginst people who abuse referees and umpires in youth sports. One councilman says he has seen several instances in which umpires have been punched. A public hearing will be held next month.
A Cass County school district’s effort to get and keep some teachers in fields that are hard to find teachers to teach has triggered a lawsuit by the National Education Association. The Sherwood Cass School District is paying $1,000 and $2,000 bonuses to the teachers, who have signed two-year contracts. But the NEA says the deals violate the state teacher tenure law, which requires uniform salary schedules for all teachers, and violates the agreement the NEA has with the school system.
The failure of a metal detector at Lambert-St. Louis airport has led to the evacuation of part of the airport. Dozens of flights were delayed. Hundreds of passengers had to go through security a second time. Bomb dogs were taken into the east terminal and to Concourse D. Nothing was found, except the cause of the failure of the detector. It appears somebody unplugged it or turned it off, perhaps while another machine was being worked on.
A remark by a high-ranking Missouri official demonstrates what some people would claim is a lack of understanding of Muslims. State Homeland Security Advisor Tim Daniel says Islam and democracy do not mix; they are like oil and water. He made his remarks to a businessgroup at the Lake of the Ozarks. Daniel later qualified his remarks saying there is a lack of democracy in predominantly Islamic countries in the Middle East. Hamed Ghazali, who teaches at an Islamic school in Kansas City and serves as an imam at an Islamic Center, agrees there is a problem with having no democracies in Middle Eastern countries. But he believes Daniel has mistakenly blamed that on Islam. Daniel admits he is no expert on Islam and is only quoting what the record shows. Ghazali believes more information is needed for many Americans to understand the Islamic world.
The Central Missouri State baseball team had to sit and wait only to go back to their hotels as rain washed away their semifinal game against Columbus State at the Division II World Series Thursday. They’ll try again today at 2:30. With a win, the Mules will advance to their second straight title game.
Southeast Missouri State baseball coach Mark Hogan is a Cape Girardeau native, so being at SEMO is a natural. But he spent 13 years as a college baseball coach for two different schools in Alabama. He returns, as Southeast takes on the Crimson Tide in their NCAA Regional opener in Tuscaloosa. The 36-18 Indians were winners of the Ohio Valley Tournament. Alabama is 48-13.
The SMS Bears first opponent of the NCAA Regionals will be a team with experience. The Red Foxes of Marist have made it to the post season three straight seasons. The Bears haven’t been since 1999. It’s the first time the two teams have ever met. Marist, which is located in Poughkeepsie, New York, was the winner of the Metro Atlantic Atheltic Conference tournament. Brad Ziegler will get the start for SMS. MAAC pitcher Chris Tracz will start for Red Fox.
Rams starting tackle Orlando Pace will miss this weekends mini-camp after slipping on a flight of stairs and spraining his ankle. Pace says it’s just swollen and he’ll be alright. The Rams made Pace the first overall pick in the ’97 draft. This weekends mini-camp will be full squad practice.
Former SMS standout, Jackie Stiles scored just nine points as the Portland Fire lost to the Utah Starz 69-64 in WNBA action last night. The loss drops the Fire to 0-2 on the season. In the season opener on Wednesday, Stiles scored 11 in a loss to New York.