MU fills coaching roster

Despite all the negative connotations associated with the NCAA’s investigation, the Missouri men’s basketball coaching staff can say it benefited from its effects.

The Tigers announced Thursday the hiring of former Liberty coach Jeff Meyer to take the position Lane Odom held. Meyer, along with newly hired associate head coach Melvin Watkins, combine for 24 years of head coaching experience. Meyer’s hiring completes the program’s coaching search.

Detroit calls Paulding; other Tigers denied

To play in the NBA is a dream for any college basketball player. To play in the NBA for the champions would be nice. To play in the NBA in his hometown would be the best.

The Detroit Pistons made all of it a reality for former Tiger Rickey Paulding on Thursday night when they selected him with the 54th pick of the 2004 NBA draft.

NCAA pattern hints at MU’s fate

MU appears to face charges of major violations in its men’s basketball program, based on how the NCAA has behaved in recent similar cases and on the views of a former longtime investigator for the college athletics authority.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association defines a major violation as one that provides “an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage.”

Golf and tennis mark first day of Senior Games

Alfred Richardson knows Lake of the Woods Golf Course. After all, he used to work there.

Before Lake of the Woods became a municipal course, he worked as a chef during its country club days.

Mavericks tip Otters

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks had the biggest crowd in their three-game series against the Evansville Otters on Thursday, and they gave the 2,260 in attendance something to cheer about in their last game of the series against Evansville.

The Mavericks beat the Otters 7-6 at Taylor Stadium in a Frontier League game.

Red Cross throws out sorority’s donations

All blood donations rounded up by an MU sorority were quietly destroyed after a student organizer urged fellow members to lie about their health to qualify as donors, according to an American Red Cross spokesman quoted in local news reports.

Jim Williams of the American Red Cross told the Columbia Tribune the organization didn’t announce its destruction of the 81 units of blood because it didn’t want to raise undue concerns about the safety of its supplies.

Senior Games adds event

Jack Timmons began playing bridge when he was 20 and working as a radar mechanic for the Air Force in Germany during the Korean War. It all started when a group of three friends was looking for a fourth person to play.

“I was pretty good with cards of any kind and liked the game,” Timmons said. “Some weeks we played as much as 70 to 80 hours a week, which was virtually all our spare time.”

Cause of canine death a concern

The necropsy report on Seaman, the dog of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, found no definitive cause of death, Waverly Police Chief Jesse Coslet said Thursday.

The 20-month-old dog was in the group of re-enactors traveling the Missouri River to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He was found dead about 6 a.m. June 16, while the expedition was in Waverly.

Health care solutions discussed

Eleanor Wickersham’s experience with the failings of the medical world set the tone for a Columbia forum Thursday on health – care reform.

Years ago, Wickersham said, she was taken to the hospital for a gall bladder emergency. She said that because someone from her health insurance company was unavailable to speak to the hospital, she waited in the hall on a stretcher for eight hours before anything could be done.

Grading MAP tests adds up for teachers

The teacher squints at her computer, her face tight with concentration. She calls over a few of her colleagues, hoping they might have an insight. They lean over her terminal and squint as well, trying to make out the loopy, round handwriting.

“It’s enough to make a person go blind in the morning,” the first teacher jokes.

Pierpont residents want village of their own

In the not-so-far-away countryside, about 30 homes cluster together in small strings along State Highway 163 and Route N, nestled against the backdrop of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Where the two highways cross sits the Pierpont store, a relic of earlier times.

Driving south along Providence Road from Columbia, you might notice a road sign that points to Pierpont. Officially, however, Pierpont does not exist. It’s an unincorporated part of Boone County, subject to county laws and regulations.

Southern Revival

Nestled in the rolling green hills and lush foliage of southern Boone County, the Warren-Douglass farm has stood for more than 150 years through war, death and even the beginning of a town named Columbia.

On Sunday, the Boone County Historical Society will be recognizing the farm and its history by dedicating it as a county historic site. The event, open to the public, begins at 2:30 p.m. and will include the dedication ceremony as well as tours of the home.

Carriage rides offer nostalgia for customers

In the midst of classical music from the Missouri Theatre, rock music from the 9th Street Bookstore and crowds of passers-by, longtime volunteer Deb Huffman was carefully organizing the schedule for horse carriage rides at the Downtown Columbia Twilight Festival on Thursday evening.

Beside her, 5-year-old Taylor and 20-month-old Jordan impatiently waited for their turns, busy in the meantime with waving at the horses, running after them and petting them when they stopped for the next ride. Taylor has come to the carriages every year for as long as she can remember, and Jordan went for her first ride last year.

‘Fahrenheit’ heat spikes ticket sales

Michael Moore’s new film “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which has stirred up controversy around the country, appears likely to have a protest-free opening in Columbia today.

The film — which has its first showing this morning at 11:30 at the Forum 8 theaters — looks at an alleged connection between the Bush family and Osama bin Laden.

Liquid paradox

Quinn Long believes a spill in Hinkson Creek nearly cost him his life.

In August 2000, Long, a whitewater paddler and then-student at MU, tipped into Hinkson Creek during a kayak run and got some creek water in his nose. A few weeks later, Long lay nearly dead in a bed in a St. Louis hospital.

16 Missouri soldiers depart for Afghanistan

JEFFERSON CITY - A combination of pride and sadness filled the Missouri Army National Guard Armory in Jefferson City on Thursday as families and community representatives said goodbye to 16 soldiers bound for Afghanistan.

The soldiers - senior officers from a variety of occupational specialties - will be in Afghanistan for 545 days to train the Afghan National Army.

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