Owner of portable rock wall charged with manslaughter

When Marcus Floyd bought a portable climbing wall in September, the previous owner told him that the center cable had broken strands and needed to be replaced, according to court records filed Wednesday. The cable was not fixed.

An unlikely star

It was 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday when Billy Kubart, a homeless man sleeping behind a building on Ninth Street, was startled awake. Documentary filmmaker Kerri Yost was standing over him, waiting to start telling his story.

Later, it was Yost, 31, who was startled when her film about Kubart won the Audience Award at the inaugural Silverdocs documentary film festival in June. The American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel sponsor the festival, held in Silver Springs, Md.

Investigation of VA deaths creeping along

Clifford Eubanks’ death certificate originally listed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation as his cause of death in 1992.

Alfred Robbins’ said he died of metastatic lung cancer.

Mysterious crashed plane found in Canada

Early on a crisp 1964 summer morning in the Canadian tundra, two MU graduate students boarded a canvas covered, single-engine plane. One student was intent on finding a thesis idea, the other excited about igniting his geological career.

They never reached their destination. Although there were no memorial services, their unknown fate wasn’t forgotten.

Stephens to house MU students again

For the third straight year, more than 100 MU students will backpack to campus from Stephens College this fall.

Even though Mark Twain Residential Hall reopens after renovations, there is still a shortage of housing on the MU campus. About 77 men and 54 women will temporarily stay in Hillcrest Hall on Broadway. That’s five more than the 126 men who stayed there last fall and will put Hillcrest at its capacity. Approximately 12 Stephens students will live there this fall.

MKT to get new tunnels

Bicyclists, walkers and runners on the MKT Trail can look forward to easier access to downtown.

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has won a $75,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to help pay the cost of running the trail through box culverts beneath Providence and Stewart roads.

Lakota sustains minor damage in roaster fire

Skip DuCharme’s vacation ended quickly Wednesday when one of his employees at Lakota Coffee Co. called to tell him the coffee roaster had caught fire. Again.

Mystery of the Mountain Lion

Tracking the habits and history of a mountain lion is the kind of mystery the employees of the Missouri Department of Conservation solve best.

A light-hearted air surrounded the group of unlikely detectives gathered Wednesday around the carcass of their newest celebrity in the back corner of the parking lot behind the Missouri Department of Conservation Research Center.

Many units in complex now open for leasing

Despite some setbacks, apartments in the new Grindstone Canyon complex on Old Highway 63 will be ready for residents at the start of the fall semester.

According to Grindstone Canyon manager Laura Cagle, four of the seven total buildings will be available for leasing this fall. The other three buildings will be completed in time for a December move-in, she said.

County workers take safety class

Boone County Government Center employees took part in a two-day disaster emergency training program conducted by the Boone County Fire District.

The program, called Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, concluded Wednesday.

Robbery suspect called 911 for help

A Columbia man who called for help from police early Wednesday was arrested several minutes later on suspicion of trying to rob the Fast Lane Convenience Store at 520 Hinton Road.

Boone County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Robbins said in a prepared statement that deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Hinton Road at 2:36 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from 18-year-old Matthew F. Bruce, who said he was “really messed up” and in need of police.

Quick Woods quickly gaining notice

Russ Bell doesn’t know Marcus Woods’ name. Soon enough, Bell and the rest of the Big 12 will.

Bell calls Woods a “quick, shifty Michigan guy,” and compares Woods with another former quick, shifty Michigan guy who had a fair amount of success in football.

Bunge claims Clemons got extra tutoring

(AP) KANSAS CITY — Tutors at the University of Missouri did excessive academic work for Ricky Clemons, the former Tigers’ basketball player dropped from the team last month, his ex-girlfriend says.

On the road again

They’re trying to activate the car sensor at the restaurant next door to the team motel in Rockford, Ill., but their efforts are in vain. Broadcaster Jeff Johnson, trainer James Oyler, third baseman Seth Brown and center fielder Jake Whitesides decide to walk around the corner and knock on the first window, hoping to place their orders there because the dining room closed at 10 p.m. It's 11:15. When the manager opens the window, they explain that they just got back from a baseball game (they had beaten the Rockford Riverhawks 2-1), and they didn't have a car. He understands and begins to take their orders.

Minutes later, four cars line up behind them. Someone honks.

53 Columbia triathletes earn national title

It didn’t take long for the Columbia Multisport Club to make a name for itself.

CMC, a club of triathletes, won the USA Triathlon Division I National Club Championship on Sunday at the Boulder Peak Triathlon in Boulder, Co. The competition consisted of a nine-tenths of a mile swim, a 26-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.

Tigers eager to start in Brazil

The road to Missouri’s only soccer NCAA Tournament began in Holland. Maybe this year it will begin in Brazil.

The Tigers are leaving Saturday for a preseason trip to Brazil. The most recent time the Tigers made a similar trip was 1999, the same year MU made its tournament appearance. The tour, which the NCAA allows a team to take once every four years, will take the Tigers to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where they will play against national teams.

Martin set to defend Seniors title

The 10th annual Columbia Seniors Championship Golf Tournament starts Friday at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

It ends Saturday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.