Semitrailers, cars collide on freeway

The sun broke through a layer of clouds late Tuesday afternoon, but only after the weather took its toll on Columbia’s roads. Eight traffic accidents occurred within three hours, three of which involved injuries and multiple vehicles. Sgt. Timothy Moriarity, Traffic Unit Supervisor, said the heavy rain played a factor.

The most severe accident occurred just west of the Lake of the Woods Exit on Interstate 70. Moriarity and other members of the Traffic Unit were preparing for the Veterans Corporation Memorial Day’ Salute to Veterans air show at Columbia Regional Airport when they were called to the scene around 2:30 p.m., he said.

Continued rain expected

Bring the barbecue grill inside this Memorial Day. After already seeing 1.5 inches of rain in a 24-hour period last week, more rain and storms are predicted throughout this week and over the holiday weekend. This includes enough rainfall to bring the Missouri River above flood levels in Gasconade County and Hermann.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say that while major flooding isn’t likely, it is possible if this weather pattern of rain and storms continues for the next few weeks.

Drive-in done in by storms

On its opening night in May 1952, Kenneth Mears and his date attended an open-air show at the Macon Drive-In Theater on the outskirts of town off U.S. 63. That night, the theater sponsored a raffle. Mears saved his ticket stub hoping he would win one of the prizes that included a set of fishing tackle.

The following week, Mears again took his date to the theater. When he went to the concession stand, he learned he had won the fishing tackle.

Kewps in hurry to advance

JEFFERSON CITY — It was swift, it was surprising and it couldn’t have come at a better time, at least for Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen and the Kewpies.

Hickman left little doubt as it scored quick goals and made easy work of Fort Zumwalt West in a 5-1 Class 2 sectional win Tuesday at 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City.

Residents raise issue of profiling with police

In an NAACP meeting billed as a public forum, Columbia residents aired concerns about racial profiling to Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm behind closed doors Tuesday night.

Members of the media were barred from the discussion after members of the organization’s executive board voted to close the session. The move to close the meeting frustrated some who participated in the forum.

Kayaking the Big Muddy

Hunkering in his tent on the banks of the Upper Missouri River, David Miller could hear the bull stamping and circling. It was June 2002, the first summer of his expedition, and Miller was 30 miles west of the Montana-North Dakota border.

“He was just as agitated as he could be,” Miller said of the bull, which retreated after about an hour. Miller attributes the positive outcome to the fact that his tent is blue.

Blase’s fire drives need to succeed

Blake Blase has the chiseled physique of a former college football player and a powerful swing designed to make pitchers cringe.

The intensity seen in Blase’s face and actions might be the most striking aspect of his game.

Tigers draw OU in opener

Winning is a trend the Missouri baseball team needs to continue this week.

After ending the season on a four-game winning streak, the Tigers begin the postseason today with the Big 12 Conference Tournament at Ameriquest Field in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers (24-20-1) finished seventh in the conference and face the No. 2 seed, Oklahoma (36-20), at 1 p.m.

Twisters strike rural areas

ALBANY, Mo. — Tornadoes that hit northwest Missouri and northern and eastern Kansas blew some houses off their foundations, tore up several businesses and damaged an Albany hospital.

But there were no reports of any deaths from Monday night’s storms.

Burchard heads to Taylor

Brett Burchard’s college choice might turn his mom against his dad.

At least for a few games.

Agency to hire 11 more staffers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Boone County has been awarded $62,000 to hire 11 full-time and part-time AmeriCorps members.

Kim Highfill, program officer for the Missouri Community Service Commission in Jefferson City, which administered the grant, said the money comes from AmeriCorps and its supervising organization, the Corporation for National Community Service.

Woman, 83, pleads guilty to manslaughter

An 83-year-old Columbia woman pleaded guilty Monday to voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of her 86-year-old husband.

Marjorie Franklin Leslie entered the plea in Boone County Circuit Court in connection with the Nov. 14 shooting of James R. Leslie, her husband of 53 years. An autopsy revealed that James Leslie suffered from a form of dementia, possibly caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

Police continue search for suspect in assault

Columbia police completed a composite sketch Tuesday of the suspect in two burglaries and a sexual assault Saturday at the Valley Creek Subdivision.

In a statement, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said the suspect is believed to be in his early 20s or late teens. Authorities believe he was wearing a light-colored, horizontal-striped pullover knit shirt, khaki shorts and sandals, the statement said.

Making chefs from scratch

Simmer or sauté? Braise or broil? For beginner cooks, it might be difficult to know the differences. Learn these basic terms and techniques found in recipes and make your cooking ventures a little easier.

Al dente

Mediterranean diet offers alternative to carb-counting

The Atkins diet is anti-carb, but the pasta industry is fighting back, claiming that it is OK to eat carbohydrates as part of a healthy diet. The industry points out that it works for the Mediterraneans and that it should work for Americans, too.

It’s the Atkins diet meets the Mediterranean diet with Spaghetti a la Carbonara, a recipe my Italian neighbor Giancarlo made for me when I was living in Spain.