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Devaney begins probe

Professor Michael Devaney said Wednesday that as the leader of an investigation of the MU basketball team, he has begun reading depositions and other information compiled by the university’s athletic department. “I have a lot of information to wade through,” Devaney said. “I have to depend on the primary sources like depositions. I’ve been trying to come up to speed.”

Devaney also confirmed that he met with UM System President Elson Floyd and other members of the five-person investigation team Wednesday, but refused to comment on the scope of their actions.

Sewer update goes to voters

Residents of Sunrise Estates have been living with an aging sewer system for years. A treatment plant emits a noticeable odor. Tree roots and rainwater clog the system’s weak clay pipes. Wastewater leaks into nearby Grindstone Creek.

Relief from heat in sight

The heat wave that’s sent temperatures above 100 degrees for seven days this month is loosening its grip on mid-Missouri. MU Climatologist Pat Guinan said the stagnant weather pattern is about to break down.

August water usage approaches record level

A hot and dry August is pushing Columbia toward a record month for water consumption.

The 490.03 million gallons of water used through Tuesday made August the fifth-largest month for water used in the city since such record-keeping began in 1972. Officials at the water treatment plant in McBaine believe consumption could reach 562 million gallons by the end of the month — almost 10 million gallons more than the monthly record set in August 1999.

Sounds of nature

Except for the sandy facial hair, the brown buggy eyes and the curled lips that seem almost double-jointed, Ralph Duren might be mistaken for a wild turkey. Or a barn owl. Or a coyote.

Squawking, gobbling and hooting, Duren, a 49-year-old public relations specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, has become well known in mid-Missouri as an animal caller, a skill that is making him famous throughout the nation. He plans to branch further out of Missouri, after retiring in another year, and make a living imitating the calls of the wild.

Bats plague city homes

Recent hot weather has created an unusual problem for some Columbia residents. Bats that often roost near buildings are seeking cooler temperatures inside people’s homes.

New county health official would warn public of outbreaks

Following a national trend, the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health plans to hire a public information specialist this fall to streamline local communication about health emergencies and bioterrorism.

Program brings news to MU students

Monday morning, MU joined more than 250 schools across the nation participating in USA Today’s Collegiate Readership Program. Copies of USA Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The New York Times and the Columbia Missourian were distributed to all residence halls and Greek houses for students to read, almost free of charge.

Pitchman

A day with Jeff Johnson is dizzying and best expressed by the number of elevator rides he takes during the pregame hours.

Greenwell powers Mavs

The Mavericks Booster Club should have named Bill Greenwell the team MVP before every game.

After receiving the honor in a pregame ceremony, Greenwell led the Mavericks to an 11-4 victory against the Cook County Cheetahs on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.

Unproven wideouts vs. new defenders

Although he is a sophomore, Kendrick Jones can claim seniority over his fellow wide receivers.

Jones is the only receiver on the Illinois team who has caught a pass in a game. He had one reception for 12 yards against Indiana in 2002.

‘Wild’ Bill shoots from the hip

Bill Hippe isn’t Bob Barker, but he’s close.

Many Columbians know “Wild” Bill by name, by face and by noise. A lot of it. The on-field emcee for Mid-Missouri Mavericks games, “Wild” Bill’s job is to generate fan excitement. The job requirements, though, do not include high stepping around the field, blurting out lines to famous movies and carrying on with fans even when he doesn’t have to.

Tigers young, but confident

Although the Missouri volleyball team is young, that hasn’t decreased the expectations placed on it.

A promising fall awaits Columbia College

Columbia College starts its sports year with a nationally ranked women’s volleyball team and a men’s soccer team looking to defend a conference championship.

Bruins’ pitching, defense dominate in shutout

Jennifer Mast was a little worried about her Rock Bridge softball team’s defense going into Wednesday night’s game against Smith-Cotton.

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