Cardinals keep rolling

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter is happy with his record and is not concerned about being bypassed for the All-Star game.

With a trio of All-Star infielders backing him, Chris Carpenter struck out eight and walked none in seven-plus innings Monday to lead the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cincinnati Reds 4-1.

Young and homeless

He sits on downtown benches, smiling and greeting people who walk past him. He’ll nod in acknowledgement or say, “Hey.” It’s obvious that he’s there.

But most of the time, no one seems to notice Anthony Wilson.

Diversity office cut in budget for schools

Public schools in Columbia will have fewer resources to address issues involving diversity and race in the coming school year.

The 2004-05 budget for Columbia Public Schools, passed by the school board on June 14, eliminates the district’s Office of Multicultural Programs. Superintendent Phyllis Chase said, “It’s not the job of one office to address multicultural education.

More hazards await riders

NAMUR, Belgium — Lance Armstrong has no doubts about the risks that lurk in the next stage of the Tour de France. If luck goes against him, he says, his drive for a record sixth straight win could be over almost before it has begun.

One of the obstacles for Armstrong, the five-time champion, will be bone-shaking cobblestone paths that some riders say shouldn’t even be part of cycling’s showcase race.

Superintendent reflects on first year

Seated with elegant, perfect posture, with her coffee cup resting in arm’s reach, Superintendent Phyllis Chase talks about her future goals for the Columbia Public School District.

After finishing her first year with the district, Chase has set new goals for the coming school year. This fall, Chase said she hopes to focus more on using district and community resources for early childhood education. “As we focus on increasing student achievement and eliminating achievement gaps, the need for early childhood education will increase,” Chase said.

Storms cause damage, power outages

When Estella Ball said she wanted a covered patio, she envisioned something slightly nicer than a huge, fallen tree covering her back porch.

Monday’s severe thunderstorms downed a large ash tree outside her mobile home in Sturgeon — ruining, among other things, a shed and the new lawn mower inside. Ball said the tree completely blocks her back door.

Strickland prepares for Olympic Trials

For someone who has competed in her event for only 3 1/2 years, Janae Strickland has sure made her mark. Strickland set the Missouri record in the women’s shot put at 55 feet, 6 1/4 inches on May 1 at the Big 12 Conference Championships in Norman, Okla. The second-place finish is her personal best.

Strickland, a senior who earned All-American honors with eighth at the NCAA Championships in June, is one of 24 athletes entered in the preliminaries of the Olympic Trials on July 15 in Sacramento, Calif. The 12 best throws will earn spots in the finals on July 16. Three will qualify for the 2004 Olympics next month in Athens, Greece.

Frozen treat frenzy

On a stifling hot Sunday afternoon Robert Fulton, 13, scrabbles in his pocket for some money. The currency in his pocket is his ticket to sanctuary from the oppressive hot weather. His rescue presents itself in the form of a frosty vanilla Blizzard from Dairy Queen. With one taste, the glacial delight provides a short but sweet respite from the sweltering summer heat while entertaining his taste buds.

Fulton is not alone in his regard for ice cream. According to the International Dairy Farmers Association, ice cream is consumed in more than 90 percent of American households. And, the IDFA reports, in 2002 Americans spent $12.5 billion on “away from home” frozen dessert purchases at places like scoop shops or other ice cream retail stores.

West on its way to being a model

As students enjoy their summer vacation, Vickie Robb, the new West Boulevard Elementary School principal, and members of her recently selected staff are working through their break to put plans into effect for the “model school” project.

The school at 319 West Blvd. serves students in first through fifth grades who are living in the school’s attendance area. Several construction projects are currently under way at the 54-year-old building.

Mastodon bones found by excavator

GRAIN VALLEY — It was probably just a youngster when it died, standing perhaps 5 feet tall. But the mastodon whose remains lay for thousands of years under what is now private property in eastern Jackson County was large enough to attract paleontologists.

A construction worker came across some of the prehistoric mammal’s bones last week while excavating land owned by Debbie and Steve Gildehaus. The bones were in clay, about 30 feet below ground level.