First Ward simmering

As a young police officer patrolling the streets of the First Ward in the mid-1980s, Capt. Marvin “Moon” McCrary was often met with wary eyes, insults and indifference from residents.

He remembers people accusing him of being a sellout, calling him “Uncle Tom” and saying he was a black man obeying his master’s orders.

Groups seek police review board

Even if Columbia had a Civilian Review Board to assist in investigating complaints against police, Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said it would not play a role in the current investigation of former officer Steven Rios.

Rios is currently being investigated in connection to the murder of MU student Jesse Valencia, whose body was found on East Campus on June 5. Boehm has repeatedly said Rios is not a suspect in the case at this time.

Town on the mark with tourists

Arrow Rock bustled in the 1800s as a political and economic hot spot in Missouri. It boasted wealthy plantation owners, prominent doctors and Missouri governors.

Today the town, which was once populated by 1,000 people, is inhabited by only 70. A day trip to this place offers visitors a glimpse of what mid-Missouri was like a century ago.

Group plans to restore WPA-era art

The Pony Express rider who has watched over the City Council chambers from the canvas of Edward Buk Ulreich’s painting for the past 21 years is fading — his paint is slowly chipping and his fabric is beginning to fray. And soon, he won’t be there at all.

Next week, conservators from Page Conservation, working on behalf of the U.S. General Services Administration, which owns the mural as part of its Fine Arts Collection, will remove it from its place behind the council dais in the Daniel Boone Government Building and take it to Washington, D.C., to preserve it for posterity. There, it will be cleaned and restored to look as crisp as it did when Ulreich painted it in 1937. The mural will also be reunited and refurbished with its pair, “Indians Watching Stage in Distance,” currently housed in the old Federal Building. The Health Adventure Center sought to preserve this mural when it bought the Federal Building in September 2003.

Funding tops Senate debate

Democratic state Senate candidates Chuck Graham and Tim Harlan agree on many issues. They both want affordable health care, plan to increase emphasis on higher education, think the funding formula for K-12 needs to be reconsidered and support worker’s compensation.

The two butt heads on one issue, however. In 2001, the Missouri General Assembly approved a bill to allocate $35 million to finance the building of a new basketball arena at MU. Bill and Nancy Laurie, private donors, had given $25 million for the building. Both Graham and Harlan were then House representatives. Graham sponsored the bill; Harlan opposed it on the floor.

Columbia man shot in chest Friday night

A 32-year-old Columbia resident was shot in the chest Friday night on McBaine Avenue, Columbia police said. No suspects have been arrested yet; police are searching for three men in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of a single gunshot wound to the upper chest. The victim’s identity and condition were unavailable Saturday.

Branson’s family image threatened by casino

ROCKAWAY BEACH — The town of Branson’s main industry is wholesome, family entertainment. Think Andy Williams and The Osmonds.

But the ringing of slot machines, the rattle of dice and the snap of a well-shuffled deck of cards threatens to drown that out, and it’s setting up a fight between the gambling industry and theater owners in the Ozarks.

Research finds white bread more likely to add belly fat

WASHINGTON — Many Americans are like a loaf of bread — soft, with one side round. Their choice of bread may be part of the reason.

Some researchers say white bread and other refined grains seem to go to the gut and hang out as belly fat.

Leg, torso in Missouri River likely from same body

Authorities say a leg and beheaded torso found one day apart in the Missouri River are part of the same set of human remains.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it was investigating the dismemberment as a single homicide after the Boone County medical examiner confirmed Thursday that the DNA of the two body parts matches.

Expedition’s dog dies on journey

The Discovery Expedition of St. Charles has lost its best friend.

Seaman, the Newfoundland dog who brought joy to thousands of people along the path of the Lewis and Clark expedition, died Wednesday. He was 20 months old.

Cemeteries worth a visit

John Sappington, prominent doctor, plantation-owner and resident of Arrow Rock, donated land for two cemeteries just outside of downtown prior to his death in 1856.

The Sappington Cemetery contains gravestones for Arrow Rock residents, several Sappington family members and two Missouri governors — Meredith Miles Marmaduke and Claiborne Fox Jackson. Marmaduke was Missouri’s eighth governor and served in 1844 after the death of Gov. Thomas Reynolds.

Friendship set aside for golf championship

During the college golf season, they are friends; Saturday they were competitors.

Michael Unger and John Weston shared the course many times before Saturday; Unger as a player on the Missouri men’s team and Weston as one of his supporters.

Harvey leaves Tigers

Fewer than two weeks before the Missouri basketball program will respond to the NCAA’s letter of allegations, another key member of the program resigned.

Tony Harvey, the associate head coach, resigned Friday afternoon, the basketball program announced in a release.

Rock Bridge student earns goat tying title

Adrienne Vought hopes to earn a college rodeo scholarship, and a state title will look good on her resume.

Vought, who just finished her junior year at Rock Bridge, won the goat tying championship at the Missouri High School Rodeo Association state finals at Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Cantwell’s streak hits 14

Christian Cantwell has again proved he is consistent.

Cantwell, a Missouri graduate, won his 14th straight shot put title, throwing 71 feet, 4 inches on Saturday at the 2004 Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

Mavs’ Bill Clark resigns; cites his lack of contributions

Bill Clark resigned as the director of player procurement for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Thursday.

Clark, who joined the Mavericks in December, said he felt like he did not help the Mavericks as much as he would have liked.

Mavericks end nine-game losing streak

Mid-Missouri beat the River City Rascals 9-7 on Saturday in O’Fallon to end a nine-game losing streak.

Blake Blase’s two-run home run in the top of the ninth was the winner. It was his 10th of the season.

A town in the middle

For a few seconds, I stood on a sun-burnt bronze circle planted into the ground to mark the country’s “center of population,” a few feet to the right of the cemetery in Edgar Springs.

For those few seconds on April 19, I stood in my black Adidas sneakers, put my feet as close together as I could, looked down and pictured myself balancing the United States on my finger — half the population to my left, half to my right.

Dad’s belt loops fond memories

Today we honor all of the Dads. My husband is the BEST Dad ever. And I have four sons and two sons-in-law who are showing signs of greatness. Every year around this time I start reminiscing about when my father was alive.

My Dad wasn’t the “Leave it to Beaver” kind of father. He was a gruff man who seldom smiled. That made it all the more magical when he did. He could curse like a sailor (although he was a career Army man) or be as gentle as a lamb when he held my infant son.

Touched by a tattoo

Seated comfortably at his station as doorman at Columbia’s Eastside Tavern, Josh Windle lifts the sleeve of his black shirt to reveal an image of an agonized Jesus tattooed upon his right upper arm. The Christian savior’s hair tangles around a gnarled crown of thorns from which blood drops to a wreath of roses around his neck.

Windle’s arm is so large, his skin is so white and Christ’s face so anguished that the effect is stark, even startling.