Eyeing her career’s end

After 15 years, Missouri’s Rebecca Wolfe hopes to have one last hurrah before she gracefully bows out of competitive swimming.

Wolfe, who holds the school and Big 12 Conference records in the women’s 200-yard butterfly, will swim at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, which start today and run through July 14 in Long Beach, Calif. She qualified with a 2:14.63 in the 200-meter butterfly in August at the U.S. Nationals.

Johnson joins summer team

Arthur Johnson will have his chance to play in the NBA.

Johnson, a former star post player at Missouri, joined the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer league team this week. He will play with them during the Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League, which began Tuesday and runs through Saturday. Johnson had five points, six rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes off the bench in the opener Tuesday, helping the Bobcats beat the Toronto Raptors 69-53.

Edmonds lifts Cards with glove and bat

ST. LOUIS — Jim Edmonds hit a home run and saved one with his glove, and Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the seventh inning that led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Matt Morris (9-6) overcame a shaky second to work seven solid innings for St. Louis (51-32), which won its fifth straight to improve the NL’s best record.

Mavs get seventh triumph

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks defeated the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 8-0 on Tuesday night at Price Cutter Park in Ozark for their seventh win of the season.

Winner Steve Soja (2-3) pitched a complete game, allowing one hit, five walks and striking out four.

Safe Haven

The Galgalos are among the 30,740 refugees who arrived in the U.S. in the past six months. They are political refugees from one of Africa’s poorest countries.

After Sept. 11, 2001, the number of refugees allowed into the United States decreased by more than half. However, during the past six months, the number of refugees being allowed to enter this country have already surpassed that of 2003.

Council vetoes parking plan

The Columbia City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night against a proposed ordinance to revise the Columbia City Code’s criteria for ground-level, uncovered off-street commercial parking lots, or “surface” parking lots.

The proposed ordinance said private or commercial surface parking areas for automobiles and light trucks must be located on the back of the property and no closer than 25 feet to a street.

Sampling the world

Customers mill over brightly packaged products and fresh produce stocked in the long, glass refrigerators that frame the aisles of Campus Eastern Foods, located at 408 Locust St.

Some shop for ingredients to make special ethnic dishes; others are there to buy foods that follow the Muslim religion’s halal requirements; while a few shop to find new, unusual foods to accompany their everyday meals.

Kerry will run with Edwards

When Sen. John Kerry announced on Tuesday that Sen. John Edwards would be his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket, many people claimed they saw it coming. But few could claim they made the same prediction on Jan. 27.

However, Rick Hardy can.

Hardy, a former candidate for U.S. Congress who teaches political science at MU, accurately forecast Edward’s selection before Channel 17’s cameras.

‘Destination-level’ attraction considered

Picture Columbia as a vacation spot for families. Imagine visiting attractions on the same scale as Six Flags, Silver Dollar City or the Arch.

Sound far-fetched? Folks at the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau don’t think so, and they’re planning a July 19 public hearing to hear what the public thinks.

Hearing set today in climbing wall case

Boone County prosecutors today will ask for another chance to try Marcus Floyd for second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the climbing-wall death of a Jefferson City woman.

Meanwhile, at the 9 a.m. hearing, defense attorneys are expected to again ask Boone County Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton to acquit Floyd of the charges.

Ferguson’s attorney asks for new venue

In a change of venue hearing Tuesday for murder defendant Ryan Ferguson, attorneys brought up the possibility of bringing in a jury from another judicial circuit to hear the case.

Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane and defense attorney Scott McBride said they would discuss the issue before the next hearing, set for July 19.

Unique wingback earrings treasured by collector

Kathie Reid, a Columbia resident, collects rare trinkets that not very many people know about.

Wingback earrings, which were first patented in 1944 by Judith McCann, are an antique style of earring that were designed to rest gently in the ear’s cradle, directly above the earlobe. Reid was first introduced to these earrings in the 1940s when her mother was given a pair of gold discs about the size of a quarter. Reid still has the pair in her growing collection.

Harvey responds to NCAA

Former MU associate basketball coach Tony Harvey said NCAA investigators did not fully develop evidence to prove he violated several bylaws, according to a document made public today.