Deadly accident

An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 Wednesday resulted in the deaths of a young couple and the hospitalization of the couple’s infant and two other people.

At 11:52 a.m., a 2001 Ford truck traveling west, which was driven by Anderson Williams, 53, of Florissant lost control, crossed the median and struck an eastbound 1995 Chrysler driven by Seth Owen, 25, of Rexburg, Idaho, said Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Ken Hines. The Ford overturned and the Chrysler ran off the roadway and caught fire, Hines said.

Whooping cough diagnosed

Two Columbia students have been diagnosed with whooping cough, a contagious respiratory disease, the Boone County Health Department announced Wednesday.

Plan would make walking, biking on Broadway safer

It cuts through the heart of the city. And if all goes according to plan, Broadway, the artery of downtown, has some changes coming.

A quaint, friendly street frequented by bicyclists, joggers and parents with strollers; a happy retreat from the hustled traffic in other parts of the city — this is the concept plan developed by the Broadway Corridor Steering Committee, which is taking steps toward making that image come alive.

Floyd outlines UM plans

UM system President Elson Floyd and MU Chancellor Richard Wallace stood on opposite ends of a time continuum at a campus-wide MU faculty meeting on Wednesday.

While Wallace, who will retire in August, looked to the achievements and problems at MU, Floyd outlined plans for the system he has led since January 2003.

APY or APR, it’s all OK for Money Smart grads

What does FDIC stand for? LaVonda Carter can tell you it stands for Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

By completing the new Money Smart course offered by the Columbia Housing Authority, Carter said she learned the difference between APY and APR — annual percentage yield and annual percentage rate — and in doing so gained financial savvy she’ll need to reach her dream of owning of home.

Police to hold First Ward meeting

Following a series of town hall meetings in which First Ward residents have accused the Columbia Police Department of little community involvement, the department and the Columbia Neighborhood Watch are hosting a Neighborhood Watch Revitalization meeting for the central city today.

The gathering is at 7 p.m. at the Armory Center, 701 E. Ash St. and is specifically focused on police beats 50 and 55, which make up much of the First Ward.

Deal in

n 1986, Bill Mullins, a Columbia resident and former video store owner, left the Black Jack table at a Las Vegas casino and walked to a Texas Hold’em game being played nearby. Back then, Mullins wasn’t an extremely experienced poker player. In fact, he didn’t know what a flush was.

But as Mullins tells it, he sat down at that table and won more than $100 off a royal flush, the highest hand in poker.

Making of stars

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth has been a frequent setting for productions since the Oscar-winning films revived the “Lord of the Rings.” This phenomenon recently hit Columbia in a live showing of “The Hobbit.”

Underneath the dwarf and hobbit costumes were children from third to seventh grade helping unveil a new youth theater company in Columbia called Performing Arts in Children’s Education, or PACE. “The Hobbit,” which was the group’s first production, debuted the weekend of May 1 at Smithton Middle School.

Kewpies reward coach

The most stressful part of Sandy Paulsen’s night came right after Hickman’s game against Hazelwood West Wednesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

A parent came up behind Paulsen as the teams walked off the field and blindfolded her.

Incoming recruits still loyal to Tigers

Marshall Brown, an incoming recruit, said Wednesday he remains loyal to the Missouri men’s basketball program despite the release of the NCAA’s investigative findings.

Brown, a 6-foot-6 forward from Austin, Texas, said he is excited to come to Missouri to play basketball next season. Brown’s support of the program comes a day after the suspension of associate head coach Tony Harvey, who recruited him.

Bruins roll past Tigers

Morale has improved and so has Rock Bridge’s defense.

The secret formula: Stop thinking about it too much and have fun.

Missouri sweeps into tournament

Erin Kalka said Nebraska has the toughest batters in the Big 12 Conference.

Yet she had 11 strikeouts and gave up two earned runs against the Cornhuskers in the first game of Missouri’s two-game sweep last weekend.

Norway’s red, white and blue

Athletes across America train hard to wear the red, white and blue in the Olympics. Knut Sommerfeldt is doing the same, but he hopes to wear those colors for Norway.

Sommerfeldt, a former Missouri decathlete, will compete in the Audrey J. Walton Combined Event Carnival at noon today and Friday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. He will test himself against a strong field of 44 athletes from around the globe that has similar Olympic dreams.

Pinkel builds momentum with recruits

Missouri defensive back Lareno Seymour could not help but give Chris Brooks, a former high school teammate, one piece of recruiting advice when colleges came calling.

“He just told me, ‘Man, don’t go to Illinois,’ ” Brooks said.

In-state recruits eyeing Missouri

D.J. Hord wasn’t the biggest name on the Rockhurst football team Nov. 29, 2002, but he might have made the biggest play.

Hord, a wide receiver, had a state championship game record 81-yard touchdown reception against Lindbergh that helped the Hawklets win a state title and helped him gain a new level of attention.