West Broadway business owners, residents invited to forum on I-70

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an open house tonight for West Broadway residents and business owners affected by the possible expansion and improvement of Interstate 70 and Fairview Road.

“There will be a brief presentation for those in attendance at 6:30, but it’s an open-house type of meeting,” said Bob Brendel, the department’s outreach coordinator for project development.

Service welcomes wheelchair users

Jeannette Payne doesn’t measure success by how much money her business brings in. If she did, her latest venture might be considered a disappointment.

Instead, Have Wheels Will Travel Inc. succeeds by filling a niche in the community, she said.

Museum added to Lewis and Clark Trail

The latest stop on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail is the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum, which received the official designation June 17 from the National Park Service.

The museum’s exhibit about the Missouri River helped it qualify as a trail site. The exhibit has three parts: “Settlement and Exploration,” “Effects of Man and Nature,” and “Commerce and Recreation.”

Iraq is sovereign

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraq’s new leaders reclaimed their nation two days early, accepting limited power Monday from U.S. occupiers, who wished them prosperity and handed them a staggering slate of problems. Among them is a lethal insurgency the Americans admit they underestimated.

With the passing of a sheaf of documents and a prime minister’s oath on a red Quran, the land once ruled by Saddam Hussein received official sovereignty from U.S. administrators in a secretive ceremony moved up to thwart insurgents’ attempts at undermining the transfer.

Teenager charged in accidental shooting

The brother of a 17-year-old victim has been charged in her accidental shooting.

Joe Henry Hawkins, 18, was charged Monday afternoon with second-degree assault in connection with the June 13 shooting, Boone County Jail officials said. Hawkins was arrested Saturday afternoon with his girlfriend, Jasmine Amber Paige, 18. Paige was arrested in connection with the shooting on suspicion of hindering prosecution, said Sgt. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Source of Hinkson pollution revealed

Hinkson Creek is crippled by a barrage of pollutants, including fertilizers, insecticides, petroleum by-products, oil, salt and E. coli bacteria, a new study by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources shows.

DNR water quality data on Hinkson Creek released Monday evaluate nine months’ worth of sampling from a 1½ -mile portion of the stream spanning north of the Columbia landfill to Broadway just north of downtown. The data are significant because they are the first to detail specific pollutants in the stream, which the EPA has included in its list of impaired waters since 1998.

Initiatives to reform marijuana laws filed

Two initiatives seeking to change the way Columbia deals with those who possess small amounts of marijuana were filed Monday with City Clerk Sheela Amin.

Members of the Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education collected nearly 5,000 signatures on each of two petitions, though they needed only 2,276 apiece. The members now must wait up to 10 days while Amin tries to verify whether enough of its signatures are valid. In the meantime, they will continue to gather signatures just in case.

Comic book dream fulfilled

When Scott Ziolko was growing up, he wanted to become a dinosaur hunter, an astronaut or a comic book artist. He said his family supported his childhood dreams but never thought he’d actually chase one of them.

Five candidates pick up garbage to pick up votes

The 25th District Democratic Candidates for the Missouri General Assembly met to pick up trash Sunday evening in hopes of meeting some voters. They also foundbeer cans, car parts, cigarette butts and part of a toilet.

The five candidates met in East Campus for a “Trashegiatto,” a play on the Italian “passegiato,” a social custom where neighbors visit with one another. The event was hosted by local attorney Anna Lingo, who wanted to give the candidates a chance to work together toward something positive and constructive.

Detainees can challenge treatment in U.S. courts

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court dealt a setback to the Bush administration’s war against terrorism Monday, ruling that both U.S. citizens and foreigners seized as potential terrorists can challenge their treatment in U.S. courts.

The court refused to endorse a central claim of the White House since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001: that the government has authority to seize and detain terror suspects or their protectors and indefinitely deny access to courts or lawyers while interrogating them.

Court rules double-questioning improper

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday warned police away from using a strategy intended to extract confessions from criminal suspects before telling them of their right to remain silent.

The court, on a 5-4 vote in a case from Missouri, said that intentionally questioning a suspect twice — the first time without reading the Miranda warning — is usually improper.

Groups gather across nation to discuss ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’

The movie just hit theaters but one local family didn’t need to wait for the DVD release to host a party for it.

Kevin and Elizabeth Allemann’s home in Harrisburg was one of more than 2,000 homes across the United States in which Americans gathered Monday night to hear Michael Moore speak about how to put his latest movie, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” into action.

Pirates steal victory

PITTSBURGH — Jack Wilson turned an apparent double in the bottom of the ninth into the winning run and the Pittsburgh Pirates, held hitless into the seventh by Jeff Suppan, rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Monday night.

Wilson hit a drive down the left-field line for his NL-leading 104th hit with one out in the ninth against reliever Julian Tavarez (2-1) and, after realizing no one was covering second, kept running on the play.

Royal blues continue

KANSAS CITY — David Newhan had three hits, including a two-run home run, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped a seven-game road losing streak Monday night with an 10-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals.

Rookie left-hander Erik Bedard (3-2) allowed only one run on six hits in eight innings for the Orioles, who won for just the second time in 11 road games. Brian Roberts, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez each drove in two runs.

Publicity concerns attorney

ST. LOUIS — An attorney for St. Louis Blues player Mike Danton argued for a change of venue in his client’s murder-for-hire case Monday, saying it “has been subject to an extraordinary amount of pretrial publicity.”

Attorney Robert Haar said it’s unusual for such requests to be granted in federal trials such as this one, which was scheduled Monday for September.

Rascals defeat Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost 11-6 against the River City Rascals on Monday night in O’Fallon.

Keith Cremeans (0-2) pitched five innings and suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and six runs. He struck out nine and walked one. Nick Saunders and Nick Laskowski each went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs.

Health center gains support

The Health Adventure Center gained the support of the Convention and Visitors Advisory Board Monday to receive $250,000 in funding from a city tax on lodging.

In making its recommendation to the Columbia City Council, the convention and visitors board also will ask the council to wait until there is a public hearing on the Attraction Development Committee’s recommendations before reviewing or voting on the request to help finance development of a health center in the former Federal Building on Cherry Street.

Aim of technology should be new jobs

A few weeks ago I turned down the opportunity to learn how to use the Automated Postal Center that was installed recently at the post office. It’s probably a great technological wonder allowing folks to have 24-7 access to a full range of mailing services. I’m sure over the next few years it will save the government a lot of money by replacing postal clerks with machines. But frankly, until somebody comes up with some new technology to replace machines with people, some that create jobs instead of taking them away, I’m going to remain far from enthusiastic about our great advances.

Every time I have to fill up my gas tank I’m reminded of how we were all going to save money by pumping our own gas, checking our own oil and cleaning our own windshields and eliminating the jobs of service attendants. I never wanted to grow up to pump gas, but the thing I resent most is the fact that it is getting increasingly more difficult to find a station that offers full service. And I haven’t reached the point where I have to prove my worth as a woman by trying to perform tasks for which I’m ill-suited.

Two Wal-Mart proposals outlined

Developers who want to build a Wal-Mart at West Broadway and Fairview Road have asked city staff to review their plans and are warning that neighborhood residents can either accept a large store with accompanying amenities or a smaller store they say would be “an inferior result.”

On Wednesday morning, Van Matre and Harrison P.C., legal representatives for the Wal-Mart developers, submitted a packaged request for a concept review to the city’s Planning and Development Department. The package outlined details of two options for the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter; both have met with serious opposition from neighbors.

Columbia businesses mull new alliance

Local, independent shops and cafés line downtown streets. But the owners of some of these independent businesses worry that the atmosphere created by Columbia’s local stores will be displaced by corporate chains. As a result, several Columbia shop owners hope to form an independent business alliance that would strive to improve business and advertising for local stores.