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Busier days for Boys and Girls Club

Giggles escape the lips of 12-year-old Carlos Lee as he leans across the black-and-red checkerboard.

His opponent, Thomeana Porter — or Miss Porter as the children call her — stares him down suspiciously.

Columbia man killed in car accident

A Columbia man was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning on Scotts Boulevard. It was the fifth traffic-related fatality since Friday.

A news release from the Columbia Police Department said the driver, Francisco Garcia Patino of Columbia, lost control of his vehicle while traveling north on Scotts Boulevard at 12:30 a.m.

Love of one sort or another

Even if you ignore the amorous kids at the drive-in on a Saturday night, love of one sort or another is everywhere in small-town mid-Missouri. Most everyone is part of something bigger, something like a school, a team, an improve-our-town drive, or a square-dancing club. And no matter where they go, someone recognizes them from somewhere else.

You see that guy over there? You should probably say, “Hi.” He’s the parent from school, and you know him from church, too. You saw him last week at the bank, or maybe it was the newspaper … No, wait …

Victims of F-4 tornado identified

WEATHERBY — The conditions of four children injured when a tornado cut a destructive 50-mile path across northwest Missouri continued to improve Monday as more details emerged about the twister that left three people dead.

Storms pummeled the state during the weekend, leaving thousands without power and damaging or destroying dozens of homes, outbuildings and cars. Gov. Bob Holden flew across northwest Missouri to view the damage Monday after delivering a Memorial Day speech at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

Venerable veterans

Steve Lubbering and his son Tanner, 6, smiled Monday as a tall bike from the beginning of the 20th century rolled down Broadway as part of the Memorial Day parade. Its front wheel was taller than Tanner.

“This bike is not like yours,” Lubbering said to his son. “You’ll fall a long way if you ride this.”

Program gets youth off to running start

On a sunny Memorial Day morning, people from age 2 to 72 gathered to run in the ninth annual Boone Hospital Center Wellaware 5K run/walk and the new youth running program, the Kids on Track summer marathon.

“This is the first year for (the Kids on Track program), and we’re hoping for 300 kids to participate over the summer,” said Dana Fedenia, a supervisor at Wellaware.

Miss Missouri USA designs a future at Stephens College

Ashley Litton’s crown of jewels has become her new trademark, but the Stephens College senior considers herself “just a college girl” despite her one-of-a-kind title.

Litton, 20, recently became Miss Missouri USA after the former Miss Missouri USA, 25-year-old Shandi Finnessey of Florissant, was crowned Miss USA. Finnessey was the first Miss Missouri USA to win the national title.

Missouri garners at-large berth

Missouri got another chance Monday.

The Tigers baseball team received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Tigers (37-21-1) earned a No. 3 regional seed and will play No. 2 seed Wichita State (47-14) at 2 p.m. Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.

World of sports grows

Blake Starkey, the Missouri women’s tennis coach, has made multiple trips to the Czech Republic and Moscow in search of talent.

James Wadley, Oklahoma State’s men’s tennis coach, has gone farther, making trips to Australia. Nebraska track coach Gary Pepin believes so strongly in the value of recruiting foreign athletes he sends assistants on more than five trips a year outside the United States.

Athletes go after dreams

Elin Ohlsson came to the University of Missouri from Sweden in the fall of 1999 having never seen the campus. She had never seen Columbia.

Ohlsson knew she wanted to play golf for the Tigers while majoring in industrial engineering. Other than a few phone calls from Missouri coaches, e-mails and checks of Web sites, Ohlsson didn’t know much about the university.

Unexpected talent

ST. LOUIS — Instead of going for Greg Maddux or Andy Pettitte, the St. Louis Cardinals settled for low-budget free agent Jeff Suppan in the offseason.

So far, they’re happy with their two-year, $6 million investment.

Tigers slugger mangles Royals

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers expected their offense to pick up once Dmitri Young returned to the lineup. They just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.

In Young’s first game back from a broken leg, the Tigers had their first five-home run day Monday at Comerica Park, beating the Kansas City Royals 8-4 to stop a three-game losing streak.

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