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Mavs hope for season of rebirth

Spring is a time of rebirth. The grass turns from a dull brown to a vibrant green, the leaves come back on the trees and flowers sprout and bloom as the doldrums of winter give way to warmer weather.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks hope that is a fitting metaphor for their second season in Columbia.

New tactics helping Stars despite loss

Bea Barton’s new strategy worked to perfection; Lindsy Hively’s came close.

Barton played more aggressive tennis and Hively took a nap before her match. Stephens lost 7-2 against Missouri Valley on Monday at Stephens.

Enamored with Armor

Brian Romine was born in Kirksville in 1978, but his second identity — Aylwin Ruthwell — hails from 11th-century Northumbria, England.

Surrounded by men and women preparing for fighting practice, Romine unpacked a blue wooden box full of armor, looking over his wares with a perspective colored by modern America and the Middle Ages.

West Elementary to be model

West Boulevard Elementary School will be restructured into a model school for next fall, Superintendent Phyllis Chase announced Monday at the Columbia Board of Education meeting.

Chase also further outlined the goals and ideas of the school, but said the staff and parents of the school would be the ones who ultimately decide West Boulevard’s top priorities.

MU confronts blood drive controversy

In order to discuss changes to the Greek Week blood drive, MU administrators and Greek Week directors began meetings Monday that will continue throughout the week.

The meetings are in response to concerns brought to light by an April 6 e-mail sent by Gamma Phi Beta member Christie Key that encouraged sorority members to lie to Red Cross volunteers about their health history before donating blood during the Greek Week blood drive. The Red Cross does not allow people who have gotten tattoos or piercings in the past year to donate blood because there is a risk of spreading hepatitis B.

Survey: Some groups more accepted

The first thing Khandicia Randolph does on the first day of class at MU each semester is look around to see how many black people are in the room. She’s usually the only one.

“To have to be that one voice against the rest of the class gets annoying, but you get used to it,” said Randolph, president of the MU chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, who intends to get her master’s degree at MU. “I sometimes feel marginalized. It hasn’t been a negative experience per se, but a lot more positives could have taken place.”

Voter-registration drive focuses on bus riders

Volunteers are taking to the streets in an attempt to get Columbia Transit riders registered to vote.

Grass Roots Organizing, with the city of Columbia’s support, will have volunteers with voter registration forms ride city buses today and Wednesday.

Frazzled

Customer satisfaction in the retail industry is the highest it’s been in a decade.

The most recent results of the American Customer Satisfaction Index indicate that customers are more satisfied now than they have been at any time since the survey began in 1994.

Astros corral Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The Houston Astros turned to their bullpen to quiet the St. Louis bats.

After starter Jared Fernandez allowed four runs in the first inning, Brandon Duckworth and four other relievers gave up one run the rest of the game and Houston beat the Cardinals 10-5 on Monday night.

Sillinger boosts St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Mike Sillinger has played for 10 teams in his 14-year NHL career, tying a league record. All that traveling and no hat tricks. Until now.

The St. Louis Blues’ late-season pickup had his first career three-goal game in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night, helping a much more disciplined team work its way back into the first-round series.

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