Im remembered

While Jeong Im’s family and friends crowded into a memorial service for the slain MU researcher, the search for a suspect in the case continued Thursday.

After Im’s body was found in the trunk of his 1995 Honda Accord on Jan. 7, MU Police activated the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad. The squad is typically activated for five days, but MU Police Chief Brian Weimer said he requested and received an extension to keep the squad on the case. He did not know how long the extension would last.

State has $1 million in unused computers

JEFFERSON CITY — State Auditor Claire McCaskill said Thursday that $1 million worth of state-owned computers and electronic equipment has sat unused in boxes for about a year.

McCaskill said she received a tip the new equipment is stored in its original boxes in a Jefferson City warehouse. She found hundreds of computers, printers, scanners and other electronic equipment purchased by the Department of Revenue in the warehouse.

Bowden still improving

Columbia police Capt. Sam Hargadine said Thursday that the condition of Officer Molly Bowden, 23, was improving, but doctors were still watching her closely.

Bowden, who was shot Monday night, was still listed in critical condition as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

Neighborhood Pioneer

In the 1950s, public housing developments were taking over black neighborhoods in Columbia. Earl and Clara Miles helped lead the way to new opportunities in housing for black families.

“It started out as a dream, a vision,” Earl Miles said.

Teen smoking decline not reflected in Missouri

Near Hickman High School, a group of students gathers in a fast-food restaurant parking lot after the school dismisses at 1:45 p.m.

They talk, laugh, joke and smoke cigarettes.

Recognition boosts Cyclones

Most coaches say their teams don’t pay attention to the rankings, but Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly said the Cyclones’ first appearance this season in the Associated Press poll this week at No. 24 was a thrill.

“Our kids were ecstatic,” Fennelly said. “We made a big deal. We put 24 on the scoreboard, we’re proud of it.”

Tigers, Wildcats improving

Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder said he thought his team gave away the game when Missouri lost 78-68 to Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

The Tigers collapsed in the final six minutes, allowing the Cowboys to score 10 straight points after leading Oklahoma State for much of the second half.

Receivers coming on strong for Rams

ST. LOUIS — Depth at wide receiver is bringing the St. Louis Rams closer to their glory days on offense.

The Atlanta Falcons’ secondary will have more than the 1-2 punch of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce to contend with on Saturday night. Kevin Curtis is coming off his first career 100-yard game and Shaun McDonald also has been a threat, giving Marc Bulger four speedy targets.

Group fights annexation

Harg residents live in the county but work and shop in the city, and many residents would like to keep it that way.

Harg Area Residents for Responsible Growth needs to collect signatures from 2 percent of “qualified” Columbia voters — about 1,500 people — to prevent the voluntary annexation of Billy Sapp’s 1,000-acre developments east of Columbia on the north and south sides of Route WW.

Lucrative leases lead to rise in cell towers

When the U.S. flag that flies from the flag pole at Angelo’s Restaurant becomes worn by weather, owner Angelo Skyvalidas calls his cellular company.

“They send me a new one,” he said.

County doles out funding for roads

The Boone County Commission approved 10 revenue-sharing contracts, heard three consultant service agreements and made one committee appointment at its meeting Thursday afternoon.

The commission approved the distribution of about $740,000 for nine Boone County cities. The money is for the mutual benefit of the cities and the county for shared road and bridge improvements.

Smoke detectors are lifesavers

On Dec. 31, Mary DeWell was sleeping in a recliner in her mobile home in Rainbow Village, just a few feet away from where a fire started. If her smoke detector hadn’t awakened her, she might have been seriously injured or killed.

As it was, DeWell did wake up. She tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire. She grabbed her dog and a cordless phone and escaped. She called 911, and fire crews arrived. The fire caused about $10,000 in damage, but no injuries.