Flavored to a tea

According to ancient legend, tea was first introduced to society when the great Indian master and traditional founder of the Zen school of Buddhism, Bodhidharma, came to China in 519 A.D. bearing tea from India. Tea leaves simply and miraculously blew into a pot of water Bodhidharma had boiling.

Skeptics say this seems very unlikely. However, another story claims he was growing weary after staying awake for seven years, so he plucked off his eyelids, threw them to the ground and in their place sprang two tea trees that had the power to keep him awake and alert.

UM approves raise for administrators

The UM Board of Curators approved a 2 percent salary increase for five administrative officials during its executive session Friday.

Vice President for Human Resources Ken Hutchinson, Vice President for Academic Affairs Steve Lehmkuhle, Vice President for Finance and Administration Nikki Krawitz, UM General Counsel Marvin “Bunky” Wright and UM Board Secretary Kathy Miller will be receiving the raise.

Calling all bakers

Creative cooks have a chance to win a lot of money at this year’s Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, which runs from Aug. 7 to Aug. 17, so whip out the pots and pans and get cooking.

Contest coordinator Cyndi Harles, with Agnew Inc., said more than 300,000 people attend the Missouri State Fair each year and about 75 to 100 enter the baking contests, so more participation is always encouraged.

Burial caskets can be taxed, Missouri Supreme Court says

There’s an old saying that there are only two sure things in life — death and taxes. On Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled on both.

The state’s highest court ruled unanimously that burial caskets are subject to state sales tax but that the containers they are placed in are not.

Contest opportunities

Some of the contests offered at the Missouri State Fair :

Mavericks roll past Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. — When the Mid-Missouri Mavericks decide to score runs, they do it in bunches.

After managing six runs in their first two games on the road, the Mavs scored more than that Tuesday night, beating the Rockford Riverhawks 8-0 in the rubber match of their three-game series at Marinelli Field.

Warrant amnesty ends with offender roundup

After the period for amnesty from some Boone County warrants ended, residents spent Monday evening in a different way than they had undoubtedly envisioned — in jail.

As a way to bring attention to stricter payment enforcement, Boone County offered amnesty to more than 300 warrant holders for a three-week period starting July 7. The period ended Friday, and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department made good on its promise to culminate the event by rounding up offenders who did not take advantage of the amnesty on Tuesday afternoon and evening.