City staff recommends Philips plan rejection

Though the city planning staff has recommended rejection of Elvin Sapp’s plans for the 489-acre Philips farm, Sapp’s representative sees the report only as an extension of debate on the proposed development.

Miles of Stripes

The yellow center stripe down endless miles of road starts beneath a 58,000-pound mechanical monster. Route BB in Morgan County had never been striped before the monster came rumbling over it one peaceful summer day.

“When people come home tonight they’ll really notice it. They’ve lived here all their lives and all of a sudden, there’s this yellow paint in the road,” said Bob Russell, driving the lead of the 10 mph procession of the three MoDOT vehicles that escort the monstrous machine its crew calls “the striper.”

Computer worm to strike tonight

Twenty-five minutes.

That’s about how long it takes for an unprotected computer connected to the Internet to contract the Blaster worm, said Oliver Friedrichs, senior director of Symantec Security Response. The software development company in California specializes in security issues worldwide.

PTA, school boards group to share HQ

The Missouri Parent and Teacher Association will move into the Missouri School Boards’ Association headquarters at 2100

I-70 Drive S.W. today.

MU nursing school 53rd on new list

The MU Sinclair School of Nursing was recently ranked 53rd in U.S. News and World Report’s 2004 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

The school received a score of 3.4 out of 5. Its rank, the highest of Missouri public schools, was shared with Marquette University in Wisconsin, Medical University of South Carolina, St. Louis University and Texas Women’s University.

E-mail most popular at MU

MU students and professors agree with a 2001 study conducted by an MU professor that named e-mail as the preferred method of student-professor contact.

Out of curiosity, Martha Townsend, English professor and director of the Campus Writing Program, queried her colleagues in the English department and the National Council of Writing Program Administrators, asking what method students used most often to contact them.

Help from within

When Jeffrey Johnson was a child in Arkansas with a quick temper and an even quicker tongue, his mother told him, “Boy, your mouth is gonna get you killed.”

Mid-Missouri blackout seen as highly unlikely

Whether by man or nature, overloads in the power grid can cause a large-scale outage like the one in the northeast on Thursday. Authorities are still unsure of the cause of the overload.

One theory is that lightning may have struck a power plant. Another holds that overuse may have gradually taxed the system. Like rush-hour traffic on a highway, power lines can be slowly jammed when electricity usage is at a premium.

Floyd released after bail cut to $5,000

The owner of Columbia Climbing Gym, who was arraigned on first-degree involuntary manslaughter charges Thursday afternoon, was released from Boone County Jail later in the day after posting a reduced bond.

Marcus Floyd, who was charged in connection with the death of Christine Ewing, who fell from a portable climbing wall at a Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ game, was originally held on $50,000 bond.

Police look for two robbery suspects

Police are searching for two men in connection with a robbery that occurred early Thursday morning in the 900 block of Broadhead Street.

Just before 1 a.m., a woman came home and was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle when a man approached her, according to a release by Columbia Police Sgt. Eric Stevenson. The woman told police that the man reached into her vehicle and took her purse from her lap. The suspect and a second man who appeared to be involved fled on foot to the east, Stevenson said.

Tackling new job

At the end of the Missouri football team’s 2002 season, Atiyyah Ellison loathed himself. Scanning his yearlong statistics at defensive end after MU’s 38-0 loss to Kansas State on Nov. 23, he saw no sacks and not enough tackles.

“I could have done way more to help out,” Ellison said.

Mavs waste shots to win

Mid-Missouri had its chances but wasted too many of them.

As a result, the Mavericks lost to the Rockford Riverhawks 4-3 at Taylor Stadium on Thursday.

Mavericks fall to Riverhawks

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ pitching and fielding didn’t give them much of a chance to win.

In a 13-3 loss to the Rockford Riverhawks on Friday night at Taylor Stadium, the Mavericks committed nine errors and gave up 13 hits. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 29-45, and the Riverhawks improved to 38-35.