Judge declares mistrial in climbing-wall case

Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton declared a mistrial Thursday when jurors returned deadlocked after nearly nine hours of deliberations in the second-degree involuntary manslaughter trial of Marcus Floyd.

Assistant Prosecutor Richard Hicks said if there is a new trial, he imagined it would be a couple of months after a July 5 hearing date set by Hamilton.

Extra frustrating

After a string of blowout losses, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks found a more agonizing way to lose Thursday night.

A Mavericks rally fell just short as the Windy City ThunderBolts defeated Mid-Missouri 8-7 in 10 innings at Taylor Stadium.

Tutoring one focus of sports reforms

Academic reform could hit MU’s athletics department hard this fall.

Both the MU Faculty Council and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are working on measures to increase graduation rates among student athletes.

Final 16 prepare for conclusion at Francis Hagan Match Play

Ed Paten believes in himself, but when it comes to others, he isn’t so sure they feel the same.

“I have never placed well in this tournament (Francis Hagan Match Play Championship),” Paten said. “I tied for fifth once. Some people, deep in their hearts, don’t give me a chance.”

Viers leaves Westminster athletics

Chris Viers, the Westminster College volleyball and softball coach, resigned Thursday.

Viers, a 1982 Missouri graduate, coached at Westminster for the past four years, leading the Blue Jays volleyball team to a 72-52 record and the softball team to an 18-78 mark.. He began his career in 1983 as the Columbia College volleyball coach.

‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ booking dashes Ragtag’s hopes

The sun isn’t the only thing causing temperatures to rise this summer. Filmmaker Michael Moore’s latest production, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” is likely to set opinions ablaze across the nation and will soon be kindling reactions in mid-Missouri.

Based on the book “House of Bush, House of Saud” by Craig Unger, the movie critiques President Bush’s war on terrorism and alleges Bush family ties to Osama bin Laden. The title is meant as a further jab at Bush because it invokes “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury’s novel about government censorship. Goodrich Quality Theaters confirmed the movie will come to the Columbia Forum 8 on June 25. Currently there are no plans for advance ticket sales, though sales for a Friday release typically start Tuesday or Wednesday before opening night.

New stores turn mall inside out

The Ann Taylor Loft opened Thursday in the Columbia Mall, the fifth and final store to settle into the shopping center’s new Fountain Court.

Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Jos. A. Bank and the Ann Taylor Loft recently joined an existing Talbot’s store as part of the mall’s new “lifestyle” area, a current trend in the mall industry that features upscale stores in an open-air setting, said Leslie McKay, the Columbia Mall marketing coordinator.

Changes in speed limits to proceed

Despite concerns by some county residents, the Boone County Commission approved changes to speed limits on seven roads Thursday after hearing the proposal for the third and final time.

The roads under contention were Obermiller, Roemer and Blackfoot. Community reaction to the changes had been mixed, with some citizens calling the commission to voice their concerns, but no formal public comment was presented at any of the three meetings.

Going for green

A flower corresponds to each letter of the alphabet in a section of Barb and Dan Devine’s garden designed especially for children.

‘A’ is for aster, ‘B’ is for Barbara’s buttons, and ‘C’ is for clematis.

Galloping toward success, teen ropes in rodeo

Christy Smith’s family teases her about her rodeo skills when they tell about her mom falling off a horse when she was just a few weeks pregnant with Christy. Since then Christy has taken her fair share of tumbles, but has improved from each one.

The 18-year-old Christy Smith from Clark is one of 90 high school-age competitors taking part in this weekend’s Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals, also known as MHSR, at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

New degree to focus on benefiting Mo. farmers

This fall, MU will become the first educational institution in the Midwest to offer an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture.

The sustainable agriculture degree program “is structured more toward a holistic approach to agriculture that includes the farm, environment and community and incorporates the social, environmental and economic components of food production and consumption,” said Tom Payne, MU vice chancellor for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

Harvey resigns from basketball coaching staff

Less than two weeks before the Missouri basketball program will respond to the NCAA's letter of allegations, another key member of the program resigned his position.