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Coaches sign legal settlements

COLUMBIA — MU paid more than $136,000 to two basketball coaches who are accused of breaking NCAA rules in exchange for their resignations and pledges never to sue, documents show. Missouri had no legal obligation to pay anything to Associate Head Coach Tony Harvey or Assistant Coach Lane Odom; Quin Snyder, Missouri’s head coach, confirmed that neither had a contract and both served at his pleasure.

The university president’s office referred questions about the payments to Mike Alden, athletic director of the Columbia campus. Alden declined comment Friday through spokesman Chad Moller, who said the payments were tied to the NCAA investigation and that Alden is bound by confidentiality rules.

Wild horses find new homes

Twelve-year-old Megan Parks perched on the bar of a fence, her arms looped around a horizontal metal rung, rocking back and forth on her worn white cowboy boots as she pointed eagerly to a brown horse that stood near the back of the pen.

“I wonder why some horses have such long tails,” she said. “Seems like they could have some Appaloosa in them.”

Veteran attorney noted for integrity

Morley Swingle is a storyteller. And the law, he says, is all about being able to tell a story; to have 12 men and women on the edge of their seats, awaiting what the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor calls “The Perry Mason Moment.”

“I love trying cases,” Swingle said. “I wanted to be Perry Mason.”

Many moved by Fahrenheit 9/11

Bill Monroe of Columbia stood in line at the Forum 8 movie theater Friday evening shielding his eyes from the sun with a clipboard that included the words “register to vote.” Monroe was waiting to see Michael Moore’s new controversial film “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Moore’s film, which initially had trouble finding a distributor in the United States, looks at President Bush’s administration and its reaction to the terrorist events of Sept. 11 and the move toward war with Iraq. It also looks at business connections between the Saudi royal family and the Bush family.

Aiming for fellowship at Senior Games

At Stephens Lake Park, a long line of men and women were trying to puncture a number of golden circles no bigger than the face of a clock from 60 yards away. They held completely still, with their hands drawn back by their ears, until the bow string was loosed, and they reached for another arrow from their quivers.

The sport is one of concentration, but amid the thumps of bow strings and whooshes of air, talking and laughter prevailed as the athletes in the archery competition of the Missouri State Senior Games joked and shared stories with each other.

Having a Konniption — sci-fi lovers gather

A war was waged Saturday afternoon on the second floor of the Stoney Creek Inn. Across a table-top covered in green cloth, jagged terrain and wispy trees, Casey Clark and Jason Dubbert squared off to battle in a game of Warhammer 40,000.

With the roll of a handful of dice, Dubbert showed signs of distress.

Missouri trooper kills man wanted in Florida

The California man who was fatally shot Thursday by a Missouri State highway patrolman was being sought by a Florida sheriff’s office in connection with a double homicide.

The patrol said Friday morning that the Hillsborough County, Fla. sheriff’s office was seeking 63-year-old Michael Melberg of Solana Beach, Calif., for questioning in the double homicide of his ex-girlfriend, Lorelei Fairall, and her boyfriend, Michael Moore. Hillsborough County deputies found the victims shot in their apartment.

Sheriff asks for arrest warrants

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has applied for warrants for the arrests of two individuals involved in the accidental shooting of a 17-year-old woman on June 13, Sgt. Tom Reddin said Friday.

The shooting occurred north of Columbia at 501-A Mauller Road when an occupant of the house fired a handgun through the floor. The bullet struck the woman in the back as she was making a bed in the lower floor of the home.

Good sports, good times

Jaime Vergas, 50, of Columbia, showed an iron man effort at the Green Tennis Center.

Vergas took second place in the men’s singles 50-54 division Saturday at the Missouri State Senior Games. The final match against Stephen Robertson, 51, of Kirkwood, lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

Bryant signs contract to join Lakers

Rickey Paulding won’t be the only former Missouri player with a chance to play in the NBA near his home.

A day after the Detroit Pistons selected Paulding in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft, Travon Bryant signed a free-agent contract to play with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Bryant, a Long Beach, Calif., native, will play with the Lakers’ summer league team and compete for a spot on the team’s regular-season roster.

Mavericks waste 12-hit effort

Although the Mid-Missouri Mavericks had 12 hits, they couldn’t produce them when they needed them the most.

As a result, the Mavericks lost to the Rockford RiverHawks 10-4 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium in a Frontier League game. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 5-30, and the RiverHawks improved to 22-13.

Competitors gearing up for downtown bike races

Spectators will line the course as the pack roars around the corner, and for a few hours it will be all about pure speed.

It won’t be NASCAR or the Kentucky Derby, though. It will be cycling.

Missouri’s Mayes second in 800 at junior nationals

Missouri’s Marcus Mayes, a freshman, finished second in the 800 meters in College Station, Texas, on Saturday and earned a place on the USA Junior Team.

He finished in 1 minute, 51.24 seconds at the USATF Junior National Championships. He will compete in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Grosseto, Italy, on July 12-16.

Summer bites when ticks attack

I lived almost three decades before I saw my first tick. And the first sighting happened in a dramatic fashion. The children had been outside playing in the yard for the entire afternoon. I fed them dinner and then proceeded to start the baths. As I started scrubbing, I noticed that my 5-year-old had several moles that seemed to have miraculously appeared overnight. I had him stand to inspect the new flaws, and then one of the spots started wiggling. I had worked in the nursing field for more than a decade. I had assisted on amputations. I had even helped with a man who was literally eaten up inside with a staph infection, but when I saw that “nasty, flat, black thing” wiggle and realized what it was, I lost it.

I screamed for my husband and fled the bathroom.

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