New laundry agitates some residents

Last summer, Kathy Williams sat outside watching construction begin on a new laundry facility across the street, something she said would make her life easier.

Six months later, she now finders herself wiping the top of a shiny white front-load washing machine with a stainless-steel industrial dryer spinning behind her. A Columbia Housing Authority resident, she has been hired part time to keep up the building.

Three found dead in home

Two women and a 10-year-old girl were found dead in their beds in a northwest Columbia home Wednesday night, the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Evidence at the scene clearly indicated that carbon monoxide poisoning caused the deaths,” said Sgt. Steven Monticelli of the Columbia Police Department. “We have questions that we’re still getting answers to before we can make a final ruling on whether it’s a homicide or accidental.”

Defense key for Cougars

Football experts often say great defense beats great offense. Columbia College proved Thursday the theory applies to basketball as well.

The Cougars defeated McKendree (Ill.) 63-43 in the second round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

From sidelines to the spotlight

JEFFERSON CITY — Pete Adkins, legendary high school football coach. Melissa Etheridge, Grammy award-winning musician. Two paths that seemingly would never cross, but they have in Etheridge’s newest music video.

Adkins coached the Jefferson City Jays football team from 1958 to 1994, racking up the highest winning percentage in history for a high school football coach in the United States, with a final record of 405-60-4. When Etheridge began the process of figuring out a concept for her latest single, “Breathe,” she had football on her mind.

Iraqi uses talents to aid his homeland

Sewage floods the streets as Rahim AlHaj struggles to walk through the filth and stench in a ruined neighborhood southeast of Baghdad. These are the same streets where he used to play as a child.

“I was heartbroken,” said AlHaj in a phone interview. “Kids don’t even have a place to play outside.”

Bombings stun Spain

MADRID, Spain — In the most devastating terrorist attack in Spanish history, 10 bombs that detonated minutes apart ripped through crowded commuter trains at three Madrid stations early Thursday, killing nearly 200 people, wounding 1,400 and sending the capital into convulsions of shock and horror three days before a national election.

Authorities immediately blamed the Basque separatist group ETA for the deadliest wave of terrorism seen in Europe in almost two decades. But the scale of carnage went far beyond anything the separatists had ever carried out and led to speculation that other groups might be responsible.

Bryant points way for offense

DALLAS – When Travon Bryant’s offense has struggled, so has Missouri.

The Tigers’ past two losses serve as a perfect example, but with the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament hopes in danger Thursday, Bryant regained his midseason form.

Spain’s tragedy hits home

The Spanish community in Columbia was in shock Thursday after learning that terrorists had blown up three trains in Madrid killing more than 190 people.

Arturo Guillen Moreno, an MU doctoral student in computer sciences from Madrid, was listening to the radio Wednesday night when he first heard.

Suspects arraigned in local slaying

Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane said he will wait until the preliminary hearing to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty for Ryan William Ferguson, one of the two suspects charged in the murder of former Columbia Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.

Ferguson, 19, and Charles Timothy Erickson, 19, were arraigned Thursday in Boone County Circuit Court by video link from the Boone County Jail, where they are being held without bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 30, when the men will have an opportunity to enter a plea.

Second round

In the sporting world, the two-minute warning usually means more to television broadcasters than athletes.

The look on every Missouri basketball player’s face with a little more than two minutes left in the first-round game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Thursday meant everything.

Title shot

At 10, Amy and Jodi Bolerjack felt left out.

Playing soccer and softball weren’t enough.

With so many of their friends playing basketball, Amy and Jodi decided to add another sport to their repertoire.

They started on the driveway with the goal of 50 made shots daily. It took forever. That didn’t discourage them. Before long, the Bolerjacks had deadly jump shots and were basketball fanatics.

Missouri gets pass happy

DALLAS — Missouri was in a giving mood Thursday night.

No, the Tigers were not willing to give Texas A&M its first Big 12 Conference win this season. Nor were they willing to give the Aggies their first win in the Big 12 Tournament, though the final margin was tighter than the Tigers might have hoped. A tight Aggie zone defense and aggressive trapping brought the Tigers another scare.

Timeline of events since Heitholt’s death

Nov. 1, 2001

Tigers wait for postseason destination

Whether Missouri will play in the postseason for a school-record tying fifth straight season is not a question, but there is much suspense surrounding the Tigers’ postseason fate.

After Missouri’s disappointing 79-58 loss to No. 8 Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday in Dallas, Missouri can do nothing but wait and see where it will head next week.

Stress-free zone

On Monday, the Missouri divers did not seem as if they were preparing for the biggest meet of the season.

The two male and three female divers jumped on one another and made faces at one another through the windows of the lobby at the University Natatorium while they waited to leave for the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Tough road to success for Bennett

Jennifer Bennett has squashed the injury bug.

Bennett, a senior Missouri pole vaulter, will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships today and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tennis gives Barry focus

When other coaches ask Missouri tennis coach Blake Starkey about the international players on his team, his response is always the same.

There’s one from Slovenia, three from the Czech Republic and one from Mississippi.

Stars must learn quickly

Generally, a college sports team fills its roster with players whom coaches have been recruiting for months or years, leaving maybe one or two spots open for walk-ons.

Stephens College is different.

State’s best play at Hearnes

Missouri has played its last regular-season game in Hearnes Center, but the building isn’t done with basketball.

The Show-Me Showdown starts at 9:15 a.m. today in Hearnes Center and continues all day. Sixteen Class 4 and Class 5 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will compete in the state championship semifinals.

Deaths ruled accidental

After the Medical Examiner's Office found signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, Columbia Police have classified the death of three women found Wednesday night as accidental.