City takes over fireworks show

The Columbia Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club has always been a part of Columbia’s Fourth of July fireworks display — until this year.

In 1952, the club started to sponsor a fireworks display in the Cosmopolitan Recreation Area. The members sold barbecue chicken plates during an all-day picnic that also featured games supervised by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

Errors were minor ones, Mizzou says

How many minor NCAA infractions add up to one major infraction?

There’s no definite answer, but the athletics authority has the option to collectively consider multiple secondary violations allegedly committed by the MU basketball staff as one major violation.

MU responses to NCAA allegations

MU officials will meet with the NCAA infractions committee next month to review the entire case. After the review, the infractions committee will decide the severity of the charges and possible penalties.

1. Tony Harvey, associate men’s basketball coach, bought meals for 10 coaches affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union. Additionally, Harvey, head coach Quin Snyder, and assistant coach Lane Odom had several impermissible contacts with prospective student-athletes when they attended events in which the athletes participated.

Mental examination of Rios before trial likely

At the news conference held after former Columbia police officer Steven Rios was arrested Thursday, special prosecutor Morley Swingle addressed the question of mental competence and the law.

“In Missouri, a person can be found guilty by reason of mental disease or defect if they suffer from a mental disease or defect that makes them incapable of understanding the nature or consequences of what they are doing,” he said. “Whether that happens in this case, that’s up to the defense.”

Runge nature center a hit

Imagine spending a peaceful summer afternoon hiking through rugged hills scattered with old oak and hickory trees, flowering dogwoods and a colorful palette of woodland wildflowers. You hear the cheerful sound of warblers and diligent woodpeckers as you make your way across the soft, woodchip trail, on the lookout for white-tailed deer, red foxes and flying squirrels.

This and other relaxing, educational encounters with Missouri wildlife await you about 30 miles southeast of Columbia at the Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City.

Swapping stamps for cards across the country

Missouri hasn’t seen a food “stamp” in six years.

Taking government assistance out of the paper era and into the age of technology, the paper coupons that were once redeemable for food products have given way to Electronic Benefit Transfer. EBT works similarly to a debit card, allowing users to “swipe” for their grocery items.

Goodbye, Ken! Hunky Blaine is Barbie toy boy

More than 2 million girls worldwide logged onto in May and June to help their favorite Barbie doll choose a new crush.

The votes were tabulated and the results released to the public Tuesday. Barbie’s new beau, Blaine, an Australian native with “sun-bleached hair and surf-bronzed skin,” now resides in Malibu, Calif., where he surfs, snowboards and skydives, Mattel said.

Company has a patent for success

Two brightly colored maps adorn the walls of Charles Ekstam’s office. Sprinkled with green, yellow, red, and blue push pins, the maps of the United States and the world illustrate the places where Jefferson City-based Ekstam Worldwide has sold its Fuel Preporator system. There are more than 30 countries marked, and many more U.S. cities.

As Ekstam shuffles through the binders that stand on the bookshelf behind his desk, he pulls out a listing of U.S. patents dating back to the 1800s.

Sixth dies in plant shooting

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A sixth person shot in a rampage at a meatpacking plant died Saturday, and investigators said they still have not determined the gunman’s motive.

Authorities identified the shooter as Elijah Brown, 21, of Kansas City, Kan., who was hired at the ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in September 2003, laid off because of production downturns, and then called back to work a few months ago.

Gunshots fired outside local club

Two men were taken to University Hospital with serious head injuries after an altercation early Saturday outside Lou’s Palace on Walnut Street.

Police overheard three gunshots, but neither of the men injured suffered gunshot wounds, police said. The men, 22 and 25, were from Fulton and St. Louis.

Police chase results in a robbery arrest

Police arrested two men Friday in connection with a home invasion robbery. The arrests came after a traffic chase, a car crash and pursuit on foot.

At 6:02 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 10 block of Granada Boulevard for a robbery in progress. Police said the suspects entered an apartment and pointed a handgun at the victim, a 23-year-old woman. The suspects demanded property from the victim and left. Witnesses saw them drive away. Within a few minutes of the robbery, police located the suspects’ vehicle. The suspects refused to stop, throwing a handgun and property from the vehicle. They were then involved in an accident at the intersection of Green Meadows and Providence roads. No one was hurt, but the police then chased the suspects on foot.

Actor Marlon Brando dies at age 80

LOS ANGELES — The words are pretty simple: “Stella!” and “I coulda been a contender ...” or even “The horror ... the horror ... .”

But these lines, when spoken by Marlon Brando, revolutionized the way actors behaved onscreen and ignited a generation of performers to unleash their inner passion before the cameras.

Science education is in a quiet crisis, some teachers say

WASHINGTON — Many educators and employers liken the state of science education to a chemistry project gone awry: A bad mix of factors has come together and it spells trouble.

By law, making students better at reading and math is the nation’s priority. When it comes to science, however, a quiet crisis is engulfing schools, say scientists, educators, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Support remains after MU’s reply

The father of an incoming freshman said he still has confidence in the men’s basketball program at Missouri.

Although he said he hadn’t completely developed an opinion on the university’s 197-page response to the NCAA investigation, Daryl Horton said he doesn’t think his son is in a bad program. Horton’s son, Jason, will play point guard for the Tigers next season.

K.C. victory surprises Edwards

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Carl Edwards came back from a first-lap accident Saturday to win the Craftsman Truck Series Race at Kansas Speedway, his second victory of the season.

“I just can’t believe we won this race. It just doesn’t seem real,” Edwards said.

Mavericks split doubleheader

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks prevailed, 15-11, against the Windy City ThunderBolts in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Taylor Stadium for their sixth victory on the season.

The Mavericks lost the first game 15-14 in nine innings. Both games had been scheduled for seven innings.

'W.' Double Take

John Dunn didn’t feel the usual stares as he drank his coffee at the Cherry Street Artisan a few months ago. It’s the hair, combed into a perfect presidential coif, that usually elicits looks. Oh, and the eyes. His small eyes make people turn their heads, too. But then a brave employee came up to Dunn’s table.

“You know you look a lot like George Bush,” she said.

He laughed. “Yeah, I get that."