UNC ‘heels’ Williams’ pain

ST LOUIS – North Carolina coach Roy Williams has wanted questions about whether he can win a title to go away for some time. Now he can thank Raymond Felton for answering them.

In addition to a crucial steal with 26 seconds left, Felton made 3-of-4 free throws in the final seconds of Monday’s NCAA Championship to seal a 75-70 win for UNC.

FACES: Michelle Froese

Michelle Froese deals with the issues that concern the image of Brady Commons and Memorial Union at MU. As the manager of public relations for student auxiliary services, she speaks with the media about these facilities. Her job, she said, is “to supervise what our communications efforts are, make sure that we are putting our best foot forward.”

Froese, 38, has been in the position since 1998. Before that, she worked at the bookstore while she was a graduate student finishing her doctorate in theater.

Kewps golfers impress

The Hickman boys’ golf team has high expectations. If Monday’s results from the Columbia Classic are any indication, they should.

The Kewpies finished tied for second with Chaminade. Each school posted a 286, one stroke behind Rockhurst’s 285.

Council allows rezoning request

Despite continued traffic concerns, the Columbia City Council gave the go-ahead Monday to a development proposal that will bring a golf course and hundreds of apartments to a 100-acre property on Clark Lane, east of Ballenger Lane.

The property plan originally included an 18-hole private golf course and 730 apartments. After meeting with neighborhood residents last week, the developer dropped the golf course to nine holes and increased the number of apartment units to 840.

Use MU’s early-bird textbook registration?

If you want to avoid the crush of people at the bookstore in August, it might be a good idea to take advantage of the University Bookstore’s early-bird registration program. Once you register online, the bookstore will pull the books for your fall classes and have them boxed and waiting for you to pick up in Brady Commons from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21.

To sign up for the program, go to by July 31 and click on the red “early-bird reservation program” icon on the right-hand side. Be ready to fill in the registration form with your name, student number and campus e-mail address. This form allows you to choose whether you want new or used books and whether you’d like professor-recommended titles to be included with the required textbooks.

Price of oil nears $60 a barrel amid instability

Oil prices briefly climbed to record territory above $58 a barrel Monday as concerns about growing demand and potential supply disruptions once again overshadowed improving crude inventories.

“I’ve been doing this for 22 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said oil analyst Ken Miller at Purvin & Gertz in Houston. “I view this as a very unstable situation.”

Bohon’s payback keys Hickman rout

As Nate Bohon clenched his fist in the air, a chip fell off his shoulder.

Bohon ended his junior season last year with a loss to Helias’ Andy LeRoy at the Class 2 District 5 meet. The loss bothered Bohon during the offseason, but he got his chance for revenge in Hickman’s first match Monday against the visiting Crusaders.

Crisis cycles make life more stressful

The price of gasoline at the pump has many people devising intricate lifestyle changes to save those dollars and cents that seem to be sucked down the drain of the gas tank each time they stop to fill up. I know folks who don’t turn on the car ignition until they have their list in hand of stops to make on the way to work, to the mall, to the gym, to the grocery store or to wherever their business takes them. The bottom line for them is to take care of all errands in one trip a day.

When I think back over the past few years, it’s difficult to remember a time when there wasn’t some kind of immediate social crisis to make life less joyful and make it more stressful. For a few months at the beginning of winter, we had the shortage in flu vaccine to keep people’s nerves on edge. Before that, there was the distressing news about certain drugs that had to be taken off the market because instead of serious complication issues. Lately, of course, there has been the push for people to create living wills and sign advance directives to make their desires known in the event of a life/death crisis. It’s no wonder; a lot of people are on the search for a simpler way of life.

Air conditioner project aims for efficient energy

When many people talk about air conditioning, they are talking about the blue and red knob in their cars or the plastic box on the wall of their homes.

But when Joshua Hensley talks air conditioning, he quite literally takes it to a whole new level.

Schools fly flags at half-staff

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education notified public school districts across the state Monday afternoon to fly flags at half-staff in honor of the passing of Pope John Paul II.

The notice was issued on the heels of a Saturday statement from Gov. Matt Blunt that followed a presidential proclamation asking flags at all public buildings — including public schools — be flown at half-staff until sunset on the day of the pope’s burial, which is Friday.

Wanting more

Yelena Olshanskaya was trying to win a crucial singles match for the Missouri women’s tennis team.

In the middle of her match, the Oregon coach yelled out to Olshanskaya’s opponent, “You know you want this.”

Stephens signs guard

At the end of the Stephens College basketball season, coach Dane Pavlovich saw two problems to address in order to make the future brighter for his team.

“We didn’t have a lot of guard depth at the end of the season, especially when Amy (Burklund, the starting point guard) went down,” Pavlovich said. “And at times, we were inconsistent with (3-point shots) last year.”

Postal service unveils anthrax testing

Postal workers, known for delivering mail through snow, rain, heat and gloom of night, can add another element to the list of things that won’t stop them: biohazards.

The Columbia mail processing and distribution center will begin using its new Postal Service Biohazard Detection System today.

Director displays danger to workers

JEFFERSON CITY — Monday wasn’t just another quiet day at the office for Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn.

He sat behind a desk, complete with a potted plant and a calculator, in a construction zone on northbound U.S. 63, fielding questions from the media as cars whizzed by.

Two MU students injured in blaze

Two MU students remain in critical condition on Monday after suffering burns in a south Columbia house fire caused by improper use of a clay outdoor fireplace on Sunday morning, said Battalion Chief Steve Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department.

John Rubin and Cody Boswell, both 22, remained in critical condition and are being treated at University Hospital, media coordinator Jeff Hoelscher said Monday.

‘Wheel of Fortune’ to film in KC

KANSAS CITY — The wheel starts spinning later this week. By the time it stops, Kansas City will be set for a three-week run of nationwide publicity reaching an estimated 10 million homes each night.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White are bringing their popular “Wheel of Fortune” television game show to Kansas City, where the Bartle Hall convention center will host a studio audience Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with five shows taped each day.

Surprise Show of Thanks

History professor John Bullion and his students got a surprise Monday afternoon when MU Chancellor Brady Deaton strode into Waters Auditorium and interrupted Bullion’s class.

Deaton and Jim Schatz, the chairman of Commerce Bank in the central Missouri region, were there to present the first 2005 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to Bullion. The Kemper comes with a check for $10,000.