I’m ready for fall and the remote

This is my favorite season of the year. I’ve tired of summer, especially this past summer when the temperature soared to such heights that I holed up inside for days not wanting to venture out into the heat. I’m sick of my skin sticking to my clothing even indoors with the air conditioner going full blast. I want to see a utility bill under $200.

I’ve become bored with my clothes. I want to exchange the shorts and cotton-knit tops with sweaters and shoes that aren’t flip-flops.

This Old House

On any weekend, Becky Snider can be found balanced atop scaffolding next to her house, carefully scraping layers of paint off the wood siding and shingles.

  “As a historic preservationist I couldn’t live in a historic house with vinyl siding,” Becky says. “The good thing is the wood is in decent shape, and there are shingles on the house, which add interest.”

Without words

The mime talked.

The mime also did the usual mime things: He ran into invisible walls. He acted like a lost baby, looking for his mother. He stomped around like a disgruntled dinosaur.

University merger delayed

A proposed merger between the University of Missouri system and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville will take longer than expected. Thorny issues such as admission standards, educational fees, changing Northwest’s name and workers’ compensation have slowed the merger, officials from both universities said Friday.

This is the second time in five months that the universities have decided to delay seeking approval.

Competition awards artists for work

Starting this weekend, the 44th Annual Boone County Art Show includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics and more. The show, cosponsored by Boone County National Bank and the Columbia Art League, features 275 works of art by 182 artists.

The popular choice award and the bank’s purchase award will be announced at 4:30 p.m. today in the lobby of Boone County National Bank on the corner of Eighth Street and Broadway. All of the entries will be on display in the lobby and selected works of art will remain on display through October.

Insurance on tower questioned

Children with painted faces licked powdered sugar from their fingers, their tummies full of funnel cake. Nearby, parents browsed among craft booths, greeted neighbors and hoped the rain would hold off. As dark storm clouds rumbled into Ashland on Saturday afternoon, threatening to soak the town’s annual Fall Festival, a gray tower stood alone against the skyline. Colorful footholds jutted out from the wall’s surface; however, any adventurer hoping to reach its craggy summit was out of luck.

Premium blues

When Julie Burdin envisioned being a doctor, she saw herself practicing rural family medicine and delivering babies in communities like Macon.

“I am from a small town, and this has always been my dream,” said Burdin, a family practitioner and obstetrician at Total Family Health Care, a community clinic associated with Samaritan Hospital in Macon.

Students short on requirements, study says

As if high school freshmen didn’t have it hard enough: A recent study says only about one in three will graduate with the courses needed to get into the nation’s least-selective four-year colleges.

Nationwide, only 70 percent of all students entering high school will graduate, says a study from the Manhattan Institute, a New York think tank that advocates vouchers and school choice. Fewer than half of those — 32 percent of all students — have transcripts that will get them into four-year programs with what the study defines as the least demanding course requirements.

Tigers get rundown feeling

LAWRENCE, Kan. – A dark cloud passed over Memorial Stadium on Saturday as a Brad Smith pass dropped incomplete on fourth-and-13.

Shortly after, the sound of a bell tolled loudly over the stadium public address system.

KU’s defense keeps close eye on Smith

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Brad Smith passed to himself. That was about the only extraordinary thing he did in Saturday’s loss.

Smith, a sophomore quarterback who has been touted as one of the best in the Big 12 Conference, had an unexpected reception on a fourth-quarter play from MU’s 13. On first down, Kansas defensive end Monroe Weekley batted Smith’s pass backward, and Smith caught the ball and ran 5 yards.

Racing only part of triathlon

LAKE OZARK – Wind ripped through tents that housed makeshift first-aid and food centers. Fathers drank beers and talked over rock music blaring from a series of speakers on the side of the road while their kids guzzled Cokes.

Men in spandex and women in Lycra sipped Red Bull while eating hamburgers and pizza, and those waiting at the massage tent were drawn to open-air barbecue pits. PA announcers tried to keep the crowd entertained while they ran to a tent to wait out sporadic showers, and then back out to the stands to bask in the sunlight several times throughout the day.

Kansas’ Whittemore gets even

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Bill Whittemore had a lot of time.

He had a year to think about last season’s loss to Missouri and all game Saturday to find wide-open Kansas receivers and holes in the Tigers’ rush defense.

Professor envisions an edge for MU

Hans Bohnert has a vision for MU’s new Life Sciences Center that includes ways to stay on the cutting edge and to involve the community.

Bohnert, professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois, is one of four finalists vying to become the first director of the $60 million Life Sciences Center, scheduled to open sometime next year.

Posts torn down after MU torn up

LAWRENCE, Kan. – When Missouri beat Kansas 36-12 in 2002, the Tigers and their fans charged the field, goal posts fell and general mayhem ensued in Columbia.

Goal posts fell again Saturday, but this time the location and cast were different.

Building presented to health center

Flags fluttered and blue and white balloons bobbed in front of the Columbia Federal Building at 608 E. Cherry St. on Saturday morning. A crowd gathered outside to celebrate the award of the historic building to the Health Adventure Center, which will convert the building into an interactive health science museum for youth.

“This is a great day for our city,” said Ann Cohen, president of the Health Adventure Center Board of Directors.

Minority Men’s Network honors local educators

Five black educators will be honored today by the Minority Men’s Network for outstanding efforts in education.

The educators include the late Muriel Battle, former associate superintendent of Columbia Public Schools; Wanda Brown, principal of Hickman High School; Beulah Ralph, director of Home School Communicators, Columbia Public Schools; Keener Tippin, retired MU administrator; and Rosie Tippin, principal of West Boulevard Elementary School.

Web site gives students voice

MU students can now voice their complaints online through the Megaphone, a Web site created by the Missouri Students Association. The site became available last week.

“Megaphone’s purpose is to give all students an easy way to complain or suggest something to a department on campus and to make sure it gets to the right people right away,” said Nichole Radman, web developer for the association and designer of Megaphone.

Worn-down Stars swept in two home matches

The visiting crowd had too much energy and Stephens College didn’t have enough.

The Stars lost twice in a volleyball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Silverthorne Arena.

Jaguars win Kewpie Classic

Blue Springs South won its first Kewpie Classic championship Saturday night behind Cola Krueger’s dominant pitching.

The Jaguars defeated Blue Springs 7-1 in the title game at Cosmopolitan Park. The Wildcats defeated the Jaguars 2-0 in their previous contest.

‘Altared’ states

Huang Ping and Farika Rusli spent their wedding night apart. The groom watched TV and spent time with his friends. The bride attended a concert in MU’s Jesse Auditorium and then went home to study.

Huang and Rusli walked down the aisle on Friday in a mock American wedding organized by the International Student Friendship and Chi Alpha Campus Ministries under a program called “Discover America.”