Librarian Greg Reeves has had little room to stretch his legs beneath his desk ever since the 30 to 40 bread-loaf-sized boxes arrived in his office. Their contents: more than 2,000 compact discs.

The CDs, which arrived at Columbia Public Library about a month ago, are part of a settlement in which music distributors agreed to provide $75 million worth of CDs to public and nonprofit organizations in all 50 states. The lawsuit leading to the settlement accused the distributors of price fixing.

Some soldiers unable to vote

JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri soldiers stationed in Iraq were unable to vote in last week’s elections because of trouble getting absentee ballots.

As a result, Secretary of State Matt Blunt’s office said Monday that it is exploring whether overseas soldiers could e-mail their ballots for the Nov. 2 general election. Blunt is awaiting a determination from the Department of Defense, spokesman Spence Jackson said.

Try these crumpets with farkles and bats

The warriors wield fat Wiffle bats of bright orange, brandishing them above their heads as they shout their respective team names.

Whether one describes these names as good-natured profanity or politically incorrect, most of these names are not fit for print. This is field crumpets, an offbeat team sport attracting players who aren’t generally drawn to such activities. It’s a loose mix of field hockey and soccer, with a heavy dose of imagination — specifically, Robbie Overton’s — thrown in.

The Rape Solution: How crucial are nurse examiners?

When trying to understand why Columbia’s reported number of sexual assaults is lower than peer communities, one question local experts are asking is whether it matters if sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANEs, are in emergency rooms as part of a cooperative community response.

After the city’s Sexual Trauma/Assault Response Team, or START, ended in 2000, Boone Hospital Center continued many of the protocols it had during the START years. Victims were taken to private areas away from the waiting room, a doctor or nurse would call The Shelter and ask for a rape advocate, and trained doctors would use rape kits to collect forensic evidence.

Fight against cancer drives bracelet trend

While Lance Armstrong was winning his sixth Tour de France title in July, he was also winning over supporters in the fight against cancer and creating a fashion trend at the same time.

The simple yellow bracelets bearing Armstrong’s mantra, “Live Strong,” have been seen on the wrists of politicians and celebrities, including President Bush and John Kerry.

Columbus’ heritage put under scrutiny

Few people question the traditional history lesson: In 1492, Christopher Columbus, an Italian from Genoa, set out to sail the ocean blue. He began a voyage for India with the support of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella — and, in the process, stumbled upon America.

Yet, Charles Merrill, a 1968 Hickman High School graduate, doesn’t accept the traditional story. His research has been incorporated into a prime-time documentary that ran this past week on the Discovery Channel.

From the quilters’ guild with love

The last in line for a show-and-tell, Cindy Bryan waited at a quilters meeting this month to show off six quilts handmade for a special purpose: They will be given to Rainbow House, an emergency shelter for children in Columbia.

Bryan is service project coordinator for the Booneslick Trail Quilters’ Guild, which has made quilts for Rainbow House for six years. The guild’s Starlight and Daylight chapters donate more than 40 quilts a year to the shelter, Bryan said.

Tiger Textbooks to open on Elm Street

Cold Stone Creamery is about to get some company at its Elm Street location. Fred De Marco, owner of the new building, said Tiger Textbooks plans to open there soon, and he’s in discussions with several other businesses.

“Four or five more business leases are being negotiated within the next couple of weeks,” De Marco said.

Bond says early voting lawsuit not necessary

WASHINGTON — Missouri doesn’t need early voting, GOP Sen. Kit Bond said Monday, criticizing a lawsuit filed by St. Louis leaders and Democratic lawmakers.

“I know there’s been some talk about it; I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Bond said.

Going deep

Judging from Monday’s first practice, coach Gary Pinkel’s recruiting efforts have started to yield dividends.

Pinkel and the Missouri football team began preseason practices at Memorial Stadium with what Pinkel called his most competitive team since arriving at Missouri.

Starting from scratch

Southern Boone High and the town of Ashland have something to cheer about on Friday nights this fall.

Monday was the first day of practice for the Eagles’ 45 varsity football players. The team’s coach, Mike Hall, is set to return to the varsity sidelines. Hall coached junior varsity football for Southern Boone last year.

New coach, new direction

It was a new start Monday for the Rock Bridge volleyball team.

Beth Newton ran her first practice as the Bruins’ coach. An assistant at Hickman last year, Newton said she is eager to start her own program.

Mavs take series from Grizzlies

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks won their first series against the Frontier League’s defending champions.

The Mavericks beat the Gateway Grizzlies 6-5 Monday night at Taylor Stadium to win their second game of the three-game series. It was the third night in a row the Mavericks played the Grizzlies in a one-run game.

MU’s Uldal gets Olympic berth

Hans Uldal, a decathlete for the Missouri track and field team, will compete for Norway in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Uldal is the first Tiger decathlete to go to the Olympics since Brutus Hamilton competed in 1924.

Uldal, a sophomore, set the MU record two weeks ago at the Norwegian National Combined Event Championships with 7,733 points. Earlier in the year, Uldal took fifth in the NCAA Championships and second at the Big 12 Conference Championships.