Up close and personal

When the gates of Memorial Stadium opened Sunday, a mass of black and gold engulfed the turf of Faurot Field. Excited fans bypassed the stadium stairs and raced down the grassy hillside above the end zone to get a closer look at the MU Tigers.

Tiger fans gathered Sunday afternoon to meet their favorite players at MU’s second annual Fan Day. Coach Gary Pinkel and his players signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans who anxiously waited in lines.

City touts proposals to save energy

As Columbia utility customers brace for monthly water and light bills that probably will rise by an estimated average of $6 this fall, city administrators are proposing new and expanded energy conservation measures intended to help consumers — and the city — save money.

“With the cost of power going up, it becomes more advantageous and more economical to conserve,” said Jay Hasheider, energy services supervisor for the city. “We need to get people to conserve, especially during those peak hours.”

Housing market good despite rates

The Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates Tuesday by a quarter percentage point, but low mortgage rates are holding steady, and the housing market is still booming.

Last year, mortgage rates dipped below 6 percent for the first time in national history. According to Freddie Mac mortgage market surveys, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage in 2003 was 5.83. So far in 2004, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 5.89.

Puerto Rico routs U.S. in hoops

ATHENS, Greece — In an upset as historic as it was inevitable, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and the rest of the U.S. basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico on Sunday, only the third Olympic loss ever for America and its first since adding pros.

It was by far the most lopsided defeat for a U.S. men’s team.


The life story for Dr. Jon Meese listed an incorrect date for the services. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Armed-robbery suspect arrested

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a man in connection with a Sunday afternoon robbery at a Columbia convenience store. Sheriff’s deputies arrested John J. Day of Boonville at 2:43 p.m. Sunday in connection with a robbery that occurred about 45 minutes earlier at Break Time, 2402 N. Paris Road.

According to a release issued by Columbia Police Sgt. Kenneth Smith, Columbia police responded to a reported robbery at the store around 2 p.m. Police said the suspect, armed with an assault rifle, robbed the store and fled in a maroon Chevrolet Lumina van.

Police investigating attempted robbery

Columbia police officers responded to a report of an attempted robbery at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2700 block of Quail Drive.

According to a release issued by Columbia Police Sgt. Lloyd Simons, the suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded the victim’s wallet. Police said the victim, a 53-year-old Columbia resident, tried to distract his attacker but was hit in the face. The victim, police said, then fled to his residence, and the suspect walked off to the north without any of the victim’s property.

Harvey seeks old feats with foot

Last spring was painful in many ways for fourth-year punter Brock Harvey.

Harvey, Missouri’s starting punter the past two seasons, had surgery on his right, kicking foot after last season that forced him to miss the spring training period.

Punting game up in air

Senior punter Brock Harvey has had to answer the same question a lot this summer: Why was the punting game inconsistent last season?

“It was a combination of things,” Harvey said. “If it was one thing, I probably could have fixed it. A lot of it was mental and mechanic-wise and just getting comfortable behind the line. I can’t pinpoint things.”

McDonald edges Sanders for title

David McDonald might be known for his distance off the tee, but his short game won him his second straight Kiwanis Columbia Championship against nine-time winner Dee Sanders.

McDonald shot a 67 on Sunday to bring him to a 208 total and a five-stroke win against Sanders. Jim Starr was third at 217.

Mavericks finish Windy City sweep

It took extra innings, but the Mid-Missouri Mavericks got their series sweep.

The Mavericks completed the four-game sweep of the Windy City ThunderBolts, winning 7-6 in 12 innings at Taylor Stadium on Sunday.