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Selected Items from October 1985 • On the 20th, the Department of Defense decided to test all 21 million military personnel for the AIDS virus. • Gov. John Ashcroft aboard the World … more
Selected Items from October 1980 • At what is now the University of Central Missouri (UCM) on the 17th, it was announced that Phyllis Collins, sponsored by Black Collegians and Captain of … more
Selected Items from October 1975 • An ad for Ward Grocery, 404 Mulberry, on the first had round steak, $1.39 per lb.; Oldham sausage, $1.48 per lb.; pork roast, $1.38 per lb.; beef liver, $0.59 … more
Missouri’s recent veto session was another chapter in a long and fascinating legislative history. Until the 1970s, there were no veto sessions. Instead, prior versions of the state … more
Can you believe that we just entered the third quarter of 2021? It has been quite a year, hasn’t it! And we have so many amazing things coming in this season, like Halloween, the presidential … more
Now more than ever, the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” is coming into play as families, schools and the community are becoming more and more creative in nurturing, feeding … more
Selected Items from September 2015 • On the eighth, Stephen Colbert hosted his first “The Late Show” on CBS. The show had been “dark” since the departure of David Letterman in May of … more
Selected Items from September 2010 • The movie “Pride and Prejudice” was released on the 11th. In it, Elizabeth Bennet, played by Keira Knightly, quickly formed a negative impression of Mr. … more
The General Assembly returned to the State Capitol Building for the constitutionally-mandated annual veto session. The Missouri Constitution requires the General Assembly to meet each year in … more
Selected Items from September 2005 • “Our local history is a historic treasure that is in danger of being lost and forgotten, and only by bring it to the forefront can we preserve it for … more
This week, the Missouri General Assembly returned to the Capitol for a constitutionally mandated veto session. Lawmakers had the opportunity to overturn the governor’s vetoes of two statutory … more
Selected Items from September 2000 • Bi-Lo Market on the 7th advertised T-bone steak for $3.99 lb.; chicken breast $1.89 lb.; white bread 16oz. 29 cents; Boston crème cake 32oz. $5.99; and … more
If there’s one thing our culture has excelled in, it’s the art of deception. Politicians and journalists have become so adept at spin that the average person has no chance of navigating the … more
There’s a giant scheme afoot to disenfranchise voters in November — it’s called mail-in balloting. Mail-in voting has, like many things in our politics, taken on the aspect of tribal warfare … more
I have a great idea for Joe Biden’s campaign slogan! I’m surprised no one has thought of it before. Are you ready? How about “Make America Great Again”? Yes, I know it has been Donald … more
As Missourians continue to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, the state is working to ensure citizens can get important documents notarized without the need for in-person contact. Gov. Mike Parson … more
Hollywood is accommodating a new era of McCarthyism, imposed this time by Red China. It involves everything that Hollywood tells us that it hates — censorship, pressure to conform and blacklists. … more
Here is why I believe the gist of the Atlantic magazine article that President Donald Trump called American troops “losers,” “suckers” and much more: Trump denies it. By now we have learned … more
Selected Items from September 1995 • On the sixth, the Ethics Committee of the Senate voted 6-0 to recommend the expulsion of Oregon Senator Bob Packwood. The 62-year-old senator denied all … more
Missouri’s House displayed unusual constitutional discipline during this summer’s anti-crime special session. House leaders obeyed a state constitutional provision which requires a bill be … more
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