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. : ........ . .. ; .... , ........ Neic00hborhood News iPatrol hopes playing cards help solves cold case crimes Colonel James F. Ke- i athley, superintendent of the Missouri State High- way Patrol, announced a playing card initiative will :begin February 1,2009. This initiative targets !inmates currently incar- cerated in county jails and :the Missouri Department :of Corrections facilities. :These customized playing cards will be distributed featuring unsolved homi- ;cides, missing persons, wanted fugitive photos, and case profiles with the hope Unit they generate new tips re- lated to the cases indicated on each card. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has part- nered with the Taney County Prosecuting At- torney's Office, Bass Pro Shops, and One Missing Link Inc., to provide these cards to inmates who may have crucial information that will assist law enforce- Support Unit, within the Division of Drug and Crime Control, developed these cards, which feature cold cases from more than 30 law enforcement agen- cies and communities from around the state of Mis- souri. Initially, 5,000 decks will be distributed to key areas of the state. It is hoped this project merit with many cold cases will develop new leads and throughout the state .................. these The Missing Persons crimes, which have affect- and Violent Crime ed families, communities, and law enforcement agen- cies throughout Missouri for many years. Other agencies from around the country have distributed customized playing cards with effec- tive results. Any agency that would like to have a case featured on possible future decks, or would like to become involved with this endeavor, to contact the Missouri State High- way Patrol's Violent Crime Support Unit. INFORMATION, PLEASE - Playing Cards with un- solved crimes will be distributed to get information to close some of the cases, Digital conversion is often confusing situation for TV owners Dan Steinbeek PNJ Editor Could the change in TV broadcasting later this year be the next Y2K? Or could the results be different? The answer will be de- termined next month. It has been widely re- ported TV stations will cease broadcasting in ana- log on February 17, 2009, and instead broadcast sole- ly in digital. It has also widely been reported that people who try to use analog TVs in the new all-digital age will see only electronic snow on their TVs. However, there are a number of complicated factors: Many older TV sets may only need an antenna. Some older sets may just need the converter box. Some may-need both. Some with a satellite subscription service may need the antenna or con- verter box to pick up local channels-.  "! f you've not bought a new TV set in the last year, it's probably an analog," said Tony Dye of Dye Ap- pliance in Canton. However, Dye said some analog sets are pro- grammed to receive digital signals. "Ask yourself 'do you have Dish or Direct-TV'. If you do, (ask) 'do you get local channels?' If it's yes to both, you don't need the converter box. "Otherwise, you may need a digital TV or a new antenna." A key issue for the need for the digital sets or the converter boxes is local TV. The boxes will allow nine local channels, includ- ing CBS, NBC,ABC, FOX, WB, WTJR and three pub- lic broadcast stations. Dye said without the digital tuner required in TV sets, TVs will get "digital static" or "snow." "If you get the digital signal well with a current antenna, an amplifier (for Culver-Stt00,zkton among 16 colleges selected for National Genomic Research Initiative Culver-Stockton Col- lege is one of only 16 col- leges in the nation to be selected this year to par- ticipate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Science Education Alliance, which engages students in real-world sci- entific research as part of the National Genomic Re- search Initiative. Culver- Stockton becomes only the second college in Mis- than sending the material to a Los Alamos laboratory like other colleges. In the second semester, students will use bioinfor- matics tools to analyze and annotate the DNA sequence from their phage. "We are honored that Culver-Stockton College has been selected to be part of this important national program to improve sci- ence education," said R. Jo- souri to be selected,joining seph Dieker, academic vice Washington University in.,=presit.amideataxfthe.. St. Louis, which was- se- college. "Ourselection into- lected in 2008. the program is evidence of The list of colleges the outstanding work of our selected to expand the re- search initiative in Fall 2009 was announced Janu- ary 8 by HHMI, which cre- ated the Science Education Alliance in 2007 to allow faculty from various col- leges and universities to work together to deliver faculty in biology and the innovative curriculum that they have developed." Indi_ren Pillay, chair of the C-SC Division of Natu- ral and Mathematical Sci- ence, said that C-SC was selected as. an associate member, and that he and innovative science educa- Wei Li, assistant professor tion programs and "bring of biology, will be travel- the excitement of the do- ing to HHMI for training ing of science directly to this month. students in a novel, collab- C-SC will recruit up orative way," according to to 10 freshmen to enroll two semesters of lab-based classes to research the ge- Home of the locally isolated phage, sequence its DNA, and annotate the genome. "We are very excited to be included in this na- tional initiative to enhance science education," Pillay said. "Our participation in the SEA genomics initia- tive further illustrates Cul- vet-Stockton's ongoing commitment to providing our students with pOrtunities as pitrt of'the" EXP@CSC curriculum." "We will be part of a national experiment in both research and education through which undergradu- ate students participate in an authentic research ex- perience that will result in a significant contribution to the broader genomics field," Pillay added. "This course builds on themes and technique from across biology and is an excellent and unique opportunity for those prospective fresh- men who are interested in the HHMI release. HHMI, in C-SC for Fall 2009 to learning how to do science headquartered in Chevy begin work on the project, in a collaborative, inquiry- Chase, Maryland, is a non- Although both biology and based, hands-on manner. profit medical research or- non-biology majors are eli- "I think students will ganization. It has commit- gible, students must have ted $4 million over the past a minimum ACT score of four years to the Science 24 to be accepted into the Education Alliance (SEA). program. Once accepted, The SEA's first project each student must enroll in is the National Genomics Research Initiative, a two- part, year-long research course offered by colleges and universities selected through a national compe- tition. Through the initia- five, college students make real discoveries by doing research on bacterial virus- benefit tremendously by participating in this pro- gram, especially since we are a small school taught exclusively by faculty in i i SAVE UP T050% "" OFF YOUR NEXT HEATING I J'Heats up to 1000 sq. ,/Cannot start a fire ft. evenly for about a / FREE shipping $1 a day ,/Full factory warranty es, called phages. ,/Safe around kids & pets v NEW low prk'el In the first semter,. C-SC students and oth- ers in the program will isolate colonies of phage from locally collected soil samples. Since phages are extremely diverse and most are different from each other, students will get to name their newly isolated life form. They then will purify and characterize their phage and extract its DNA. C-SC will be able to sequence the purified DNA itself, using its on-campus DNA sequencer, rather Don't forget FLEET PHOSPHO-SODA LITIGATIOI Visit our website newsjournal,com (Don't forget the dash) (::all NOW to Order 1-800-469-0456 Order online 24-7 www.iHeaterStore,om **.) i l00l'l0000i i The use of Fleet Phospho-Soda bowel "  prep before colonoscopies and other surgeries can cause serious kidney problems. If you used Fleet Bowel Prep Products, you may be at risk. If you, a family member or a loved one have experienced kidney problems from Fleet products, call: Rill ImNIlffMIONI CALL NOW 1-866-828-4699 small classes and labs." Colleges which be- gan participating in the program during the 2007 launch year have found that students are quickly "hooked" by the classes and note that the courses are changing how faculty teaches the subject matter. For details about what oth- er colleges are saying about the SEA project, you can read the organization's full Other..cglleges se- lected for expansion of the SEA initiative are Alabama A&M Univer- sity (associate), Brigham Young University, Cabrini College, Calvin College, City University of New York-Queen's College (as- sociate), Georgia State University, Lehigh Univer- sity, North Carolina State University, St. Joseph's University, University of Colorado, University of Montana, University of North Texas, University of Puerto Rico, Virginia Com- monwealth University (as- sociate) and Western Ken- tucky University. the antenna signal) may be all it needs." That costs $60 to $70. Converter boxes cost $40 and up, but the U.S. government had allowed homeowners to apply for up to two converter box coupons toward the pur- chase of the converter box- es. Additional converter boxes can be purchased at full price. However, although some 18 million coupons were requested, there xs now a waiting list on peo- ple receiving them, because the $1.34 billion Congress set aside has been used. President-elect B arack Obama said last week he wanted the digital kick-in date moved back, so more money would be allocated for the coupons. Dye said digital broad- casts produce "better sound and a better signal." He said local stations are now broadcasting half analog and half digital. As of Feb- ruary 17, they'll be fully digital. Dye himself sells TVs and can get the amplifiers if needed. He hasn't sold the antennas, but hearsthey are   ,"A lot of people have thought about it, but not wanted to do something yet," Dye said in Novem- ber. The initials DTV stand for digital teleivsion. and are different than the HDTV, which stands for "hiigh defintion TV," and addresses more of the dis- play of the signal than how the signal is received. Hawaii will actually begin it's digital conver- sion later this week. A number of web sites are available with more in- formation about the digital conversion. These include: for the private sector - http ://www.; for gov- ernment (by DTV Transi- tion Coalition) http://www. dtv.g_QyJ (by the Federal Communications Commis- sion); for retailer participa- tion - http://www.ntiadtv. (by NTIA for retail- ers); for consumer elec- tronics industry -; for the broadcasters and con- sumer electronics industry - http://www.antennaweb. An automated coupon program pphone number 24/7 is 1-888-DTV-2009 (1-888-388-2009). The at has- tottfe phone foT the gdigital con- version: 1-888-CALL FCC (888-2255-322). John - E-- B's Bar & (;rill L.L.C. 107 S. 4th, Canton (ne00lt0"eaqna00er00) 573-288-5908 Saturday, Special Sloppy ]oes and Fries Rueben Sandwich and Fries Sunday Buffet (AI wa, s $7.95) Fried Chicken - Srnotl00t'rei Pork Chops Start the new year with a smart savings plan! Setting aside money into a savings account is a smart move, and we're here to help! 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