’Berg fire traced to faulty wiring

A swarm of hungry honey bees couldn’t prevent fire investigators from identifying the cause Thursday of the fire that wiped out the Olde Heidelberg Restaurant.

Monday’s blaze started in a ceiling area above the kitchen’s circuit breakers and was caused by faulty electrical wiring, Batallion Chief Steve Sapp said. Arson and all other possible causes have been ruled out, he said.

Fire walls help prevent spread of catastrophe

The fire at the Olde Heidelberg Restaurant was a tragedy to be sure. But further disaster was averted by a masonry structure that is a standard building practice now but

wasn’t when many of Columbia’s buildings were erected.

Internet access cut in campus housing

The high number of students with virus- and worm-infected computers has forced Information and Access Technology Services to shut down network connections in MU’s residence halls and Greek housing.

Todd Krupa, spokesman for IATS, said each computer will need to be “audited” and cleaned before it can be put back on the network. Until then, computers in dormitories and sorority and fraternity houses are especially vulnerable.

Mixed feelings shown at first I-70 workshop

Columbia residents expressed both confidence and concern Thursday as the Missouri Department of Transportation held its first public workshop on plans to widen Interstate 70.

Department representatives and the agency’s consultants revealed four options for the I-70 project. In preliminary meetings with the Improve I-70 Advisory Group and about 100 residents, it was determined that widening the corridor would be the best response to the current traffic problems.

Sharpening their tongues

The Lee family is from Korea and has been in Columbia for the past two years. Hyoshin Lee is the mother of four children and cares for a niece and a nephew who are all enrolled in the English as a Second Language program.

These six children are just a few of the 400 students who do not speak English fluently. Of the 400, administrators expect 100 Koreans, 100 Latinos, 50 Bosnians, 30 Chinese and a host of other nationalities including Rwandans, Malaysians, Mongolians and a few students who speak Arabic.

Water temperatures rising as Missouri River level falls

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri River has dipped to its lowest levels on record since the 1950s, when the once free-flowing river was restrained with a series of reservoirs constructed in upstream states, Missouri officials said Thursday.

The National Weather Service is projecting the river will continue to fall to levels not seen since the drought of the 1930s — long before reservoirs were built.

Wheel recall affects local police cruisers

After acknowledging fuel tank problems in Crown Victorias, Ford has admitted to yet another safety concern, this time involving the wheels.

A day after Ford announced it would offer fire-suppression technology on its 2005 Crown Victoria models, a recall was issued earlier this month calling for the replacement of defective wheels. Steel wheels on the 2003 Crown Victoria produced between August 2001 and September 2002 may develop cracks, leading to tire air loss and difficulty steering.

Campers trash Current River

Summer’s crush of visitors is trashing the Current River, raising water-quality concerns for one of the main streams of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

The Current River is a popular place for canoeing, fishing, camping and swimming. More than 1.5 million people visit the Ozark National Scenic Riverways every year, and 64 percent of them come in the summer, according to the National Park Service. Almost half of these summer visitors come on Saturdays.

A second chance

After a short stay at the crowded Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, a shy 10-week-old kitten — black with white stripes — found a home Wednesday.

“We used to have three dogs and one cat. Now we wanted a kitten,” said Payge Pleimann, a junior at Hickman High School. Later, she named the kitty “Lady Binx.”

Faurot’s new FieldTurf a cut above old sod field

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel is sick of talking about the turf.

He understands, though, why Faurot Field’s new FieldTurf excites so many people.