Injury woes can’t keep Woolsey from Trials

On Tuesday afternoon, Conrad Woolsey was en route to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Sacramento, Calif., when he found out he was eligible to compete.

“I was really excited, but at the same time I never thought they wouldn’t let me throw,” Woolsey said.

Lay denies ‘wrongful’ activity

HOUSTON — Federal prosecutors unveiled charges Thursday that placed Enron Corp. founder and former chairman Kenneth Lay at the center of a conspiracy to manipulate the company’s books in the frenzied weeks before its scandalous collapse.

He returned the punch with an unusual and aggressive public declaration of innocence, speaking at length at a news conference and taking questions from reporters after entering a not guilty plea.

Perfect record is Cantwell’s goal

The chants of U-S-A grow as the crowd rises and welcomes Christian Cantwell into the ring.

Cantwell briefly acknowledges the cheers, readies himself and, in one fluent motion, releases the 16-pound shot put.

MU debates ethics of using endowment from Enron

Until a verdict is reached in Kenneth Lay’s trial, MU’s Department of Economics will remain endowed by Enron Corp.’s former CEO.

Lay, a Hickman and MU alumnus, pleaded not guilty Thursday to multiple counts of fraud and insider trading related to the spectacular collapse of the giant energy trader in late 2001. But the Kenneth L. Lay Chair in Economics will serve as a reminder of the $1.2 million gift the MU alumnus gave the university in 1998 and the search will continue for a candidate who has the “scholarly achievements” to fill the position.

Indie flick sings blues

For director Tricia Brock, the best thing about making a feature film is the opportunity to screen the finished product for the people who helped her along the way.

After 13 years of hard work and dedication, Brock will be here when her movie “Killer Diller” opens in Columbia on Monday at the Missouri Theatre. The chance to show the movie in her hometown is a thrill, Brock said, especially because she shot it in mid-Missouri last summer.

Insurgency strength up to 20,000, officials say

BAGHDAD, Iraq — The Iraq insurgency is far larger than the 5,000 guerrillas previously thought to be at its core, U.S. military officials say, and it’s being led by well-armed Iraqi Sunnis.

Although U.S. military analysts disagree over the exact size, dozens of regional cells, often led by tribal sheiks and inspired by Sunni Muslim imams, can call upon part-time fighters to boost forces to as high as 20,000 — an estimate reflected in the insurgency’s continued strength after U.S. forces killed as many as 4,000 in April alone.

Mavericks show signs of life, fade away late

The Mavericks’ performance improved Thursday night, but there was plenty of room for it after losing in a one-hitter the night before.

The Gateway Grizzlies routed the Mavericks again at Taylor Stadium, this time 11-3.

Pesticides ruled out in death of dog

Two postmortem toxicology tests on Seaman, the dog of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, have ruled out pesticides as the cause of death, but additional tests will be conducted.

Waverly Acting Police Chief Jesse Coslet said Thursday that two more tests will be performed on the dog’s liver for traces of other poisonous substances. The results of those tests aren’t expected for another two weeks.

Asigbee ready for first Trials

In her first year as a U.S. citizen Fiona Asigbee hopes to represent her country as a heptathlete in the Olympics this August in Athens, Greece.

Missouri’s Asigbee, 22, will travel to Sacramento, Calf., to compete in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials today. With 5,669 points, Asigbee is the 16th seed in a field of 27.

Moran back on track

Since Michelle Moran was 9, she has competed in road races with her father, Michael.

By the time she reached high school, they had run about 125 races together.

Cycle of stuff

More than 500 residents of Columbia and Boone County are using a new Web site to get rid of their old stuff and, in some cases, getting something new and helping promote waste reduction. The Freecycle Network, a Tucson-based non-profit group, launched the site last fall to prevent local landfills from filling up.

Since then, more than 880 cities, including Columbia, and more than 190,000 people have joined the network. Each city has a Freecycle Web site that anyone in the area can join. Once your name is on the list you can post items you would like to have or get rid of by sending an e-mail. Each city’s Web site is run by a moderator who makes sure the postings are “free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.”

Insurance firm gains $1 billion in premiums

When tornadoes roared through Missouri and surrounding states in May 2003, Shelter Insurance Co. faced record losses with $100 million being paid out.

A little more than a year later, the insurance company is dealing with another record. This time, however, it is a record high.

Phoenix is Johnson’s next stop

It’s going to be a busy offseason for Arthur Johnson.

Johnson, a former star center at Missouri, who is playing on the rookie team for the expansion Charlotte Bobcats in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League, will also play in the Phoenix Suns’ rookie camp July 10-12. The Timberwolves’ league runs through Saturday.

Lifestyles moving to bigger store

Instead of loud music and dancing, what used to be the dance club By George on Broadway will become the home for the collections of Lifestyles Furniture.

According to Lifestyles’ owner, Jerome Rackers, the current location at Seventh and Walnut, dating to 1976, does not have enough space to accommodate its needs. “We’ll have the same great level of service just with more space,” Rackers said.

Jacob gains support of women’s caucus

The Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus, the second largest women’s political caucus in the country, has endorsed Ken Jacob as its choice for lieutenant governor.

Jacob, who will face Bekki Cook in the August primary, has worked as a state legislator for 22 years. His experience earned him the endorsement, said Jan Marcason, president of the caucus.

Lunch-hour power outage hits downtown businesses

During the busy lunch time, most downtown Columbia business owners decided to stay open and serve customers through a 1 1/2-hour power outage Friday.

The outage affected 70 percent to 75 percent of downtown, said George Hessenbruch, operations coordinator for Columbia Municipal Power Plant.