Mavericks go a Gentile-r route

In a season that has seen plenty of change for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks, two more changes have been made at the top.

Jack Clark stepped down as manager on Monday, and Jim Gentile, a finalist for the coaching position before the season began, took over.

MU’s new addition

It didn’t take long for the Missouri men’s basketball program to fill its vacant position of associate head coach.

The Tigers announced Monday that Melvin Watkins, the former coach at Texas A&M, will join coach Quin Snyder’s staff. Watkins will take the position that Tony Harvey resigned Friday.

Housing voucher future in question in Columbia

Sonya Wright credits the Section 8 program with helping her children and herself lead a better life. With a housing voucher, she and her three children moved to Columbia three years ago from an apartment in Boonville. They live in a three-bedroom brick duplex on Bethany Street with Wright’s mother.

Wright said this choice helps her provide a better home for her family. Because the vouchers are transferable throughout the country, she was able to move her family to Columbia, where she said there are better opportunities for education and more activities for her children. If she had to live in public housing downtown, Wright said, she probably wouldn’t want to be in Columbia. She enjoys sitting on her front porch on a Sunday afternoon in peace and quiet.

Bullpen keeping Cards in game

ST. LOUIS — More than timely offense was responsible for the St. Louis Cardinals’ three straight comeback victories last week.

Without stingy work from a rebuilt bullpen, the rallies wouldn’t have been possible. Entering a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs today, the relievers haven’t allowed a run in their past 10 home games.

Sept. 11 license plates get few takers in Missouri

It has been more than nine months since Connie Stephens helped unveil Missouri’s “Fight Terrorism” license plate, but she has yet to see it anywhere apart from her own garage.

Since Missouri introduced the personalized plate last year on the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the demand has been low. Only 27 have been ordered, said Keith Bohl, bureau manager of the Driver and Vehicle Services Bureau of the Department of Revenue.

MU players honored

Missouri’s Lee Laskowski, an outfielder, and Garrett Broshuis, a right-handed pitcher, were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings All-Midwest Region Team. Both were All-Big 12 Conference selections.

Laskowski had eight home runs, 45 RBIs and hit .355. His .381 batting average was third best in the Big 12 Conference. Laskowski was named to the Big 12 Tournament team, hitting .400, driving in five runs and scoring eight runs in the four games.

Ruling in river case favors Army Corps

WASHINGTON — The Missouri River can operate without changes sought by environmentalists to save endangered fish and birds, a federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled in favor of the Army Corps of Engineers on Monday on all counts. His 51-page order came nearly a year after a different federal judge ordered the changes and, when corps leaders refused to act, cited them for contempt.

Cheney touts Bush economy in Mo.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that America is on a solid path to prosperity, with new jobs being created and great strides being made in the war on terror.

But he warned during a campaign stop in Springfield that the country could be derailed from that path if President Bush does not win re-election in November.

Hulshof will help decide DeLay’s fate

It’s been seven years since the U.S. House of Representatives has seen such a serious, public ethical charge as the one recently filed against Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas. Among the allegations, DeLay is accused of taking money for political action and using federal agencies for political gain — all of which he has denied.

Now, Rep. Kenny Hulshof, a Republican from Missouri’s 9th District, will be among the 10 House members to decide what happens next. Hulshof sits on the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, or the ethics committee, which investigates all possible ethics violations by House members. The committee is evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans.

Council approves 152-room hotel

The CenterState Crossings development between Vandiver Drive and U.S. 63 will now include a four-story, 152-room hotel as well as another 45,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

The Columbia City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve plans for a Hilton Garden Inn that will sit near Bass Pro Shops, though several members did express concern over the number of signs that will adorn the new hotel.

Suspect arrested in Friday shooting

Police have arrested a suspect in a Friday evening shooting on McBaine Avenue.

Officers took Garrett Murray, 24, into custody early Saturday morning following a traffic stop on Vandiver Drive near Paris Road. He was charged on felony counts of armed criminal action and first-degree assault. He remained in Boone County Jail Monday with bond set at $100,000.