‘A win to build on’

Janessa Roening didn’t see the winning play in Missouri’s 6-5 win against No. 5 Texas A&M on Saturday at University Field.

Missouri’s right fielder had her back to home plate as she sprinted to first base. She was hoping her single through the right side with one out in the bottom of the seventh would score teammate Sarah Stringer and win the game.

Long day worth every minute for Kewps

The weather was so nice in Columbia on Saturday, the Hickman baseball team decided to play three.

After conditions at Hickman Field were too wet to play Friday night, the Kewpies began the Sells Development/Red Weir Classic 12 hours before they finished it as champions.

Donation will fund autism center

One family’s contribution to the For All We Call Mizzou campaign will offer new hope to families and children dealing with autism.

William Thompson, co-chairman of the campaign steering committee, and his wife Nancy donated $8.5 million to fund the Thompson Family Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced Friday. Deaton said the new center will conduct autism research and provide service and teaching.

Extra points

The Missouri baseball team upset Texas 7-2 on Saturday to even the weekend series in Austin, Texas, at a game apiece.

No. 14 Missouri (31-12) scored three runs in the second and eighth innings to beat the No. 1 Longhorns after losing 4-1 on Friday night. The Tigers hadn’t won in Austin since 2001.

Teens scope summer gigs at youth job fair

Approximately 200 Columbia teenagers packed a Ramada Inn conference room Saturday, snacking on hot dogs and scouting information booths for summer activities.

“We’re doing this for you,” Mayor Darwin Hindman told participants. “We’re trying to make your summer better.”

Is third time a charm for Sapp and Harg group land agreement?

After weeks of negotiations with neighbors, developer Billy Sapp filed an annexation and zoning request for 805 acres on Friday.

The request is his third effort to start developing the land he owns east of Columbia on both sides of Route WW. Two earlier requests were blocked by a group of neighbors known as the Harg-Area Residents for Responsible Growth, HARG, who say they have now come to tentative agreements with Sapp.

Playing with Tradition

Wednesday night at Douglass Park.

The concrete is a murky green, with chipped white lines marking the edges of the basketball court. New nets were put up recently, though the nets are really no more than metal wire covered in plastic and looped through the bottom of the rim.

River Tales

In George Caleb Bingham’s 1852 lithograph “In a Quandary (Mississippi Raftsmen Playing Cards),” a quartet of raggedly dressed men float down the river on a raft. Two players are sitting on a long bench; one man has just made his play, and the other is pondering his next move. The other men stand ready to give advice. Behind them, a bluff overlooks the steady Mississippi River, and a fearsome line of thunderclouds looms in the distance.

The vessel isn’t carrying cargo but actually functions as cargo itself. At the time, lumber cut upstream was bound together in “flats” and sent adrift downstream. At its destination, the rafts were split up and the lumber sold.

Simpson brings vocal leadership

Free safeties are known for playing deep downfield as a last line of defense against the long pass. So it is uncommon that a free safety would lead a football team in tackles for a loss.

Jason Simpson is no common player.

Alumni return for final lap

John Putnam and Paulus Lawson were there when the MU Natatorium opened in 1964. On Saturday, they were there at its last event.

Putnam and Lawson were part of the first Missouri team to swim in the pool in 1964. So they swam the last race on Saturday as the Missouri swimming and diving program said goodbye to the place it has called home for the past 40 years.

Missouri's stake in Cuba

Increasingly, when Cuban families sit down for dinner, the chicken and rice they eat and the milk they drink comes from Missouri.

That’s because American capitalism has crossed the Florida Straits for the Port of Havana in the form of cargo ships full of agricultural goods from big business and small farmers alike. For the past four years, Fidel Castro has been playing political poker, betting he can influence U.S. policy toward Cuba by going to famers and local decision-makers. But now, the Bush administration has raised the stakes, and Missouri farmers could be among the players to lose their chips.

Crafty doctor

At first glance, the woodworking shop behind the Abernathie home looks like a guest house. It is a large room with cathedral ceilings that smells of the great outdoors. The tables are covered with blueprints, metal objects and wooden planks.

Dennis Abernathie keeps office hours as an orthopedic surgeon in Columbia. In the evenings and on weekends, he retires to his workshop, making headboards, cabinets, foot stools and other furniture.

To pack fast, be sure to keep husband away

We’re moving out of our lake house next weekend and though I only have one and a half boxes packed, I’m not worried. I was an Army brat in my youth and had to learn the art of packing if I wanted to see my personal stuff in one piece on the other end.

Packing begins with selecting the right box. The perfect size should be no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet. I refuse to pay for boxes that will only be used to transport items from one place to another, so I go to grocery stores and beg for any box they haven’t already pitched. I think it would be a terrific service if the local grocery stores placed bins in a covered area where I can drive up and get what I need without having to go into the store, bother a clerk who has to go to the back room and search, and then once he hands me the two or three he’s found I have to walk through the store bumping into displays while people stare at me and shake their heads in pity, secretly thanking God that it’s not them moving. The warehouse store east of town has the right idea, but they cut off the lids and moving with boxes without lids is worthless.

Blunt’s budget to cut funds for arthritis centers

“One, two, take your time, three, four, shoulders back, five, six, happy thoughts and a big smile — all together,” exercise instructor Fabiola Lopez shouts in time to the music of Frank Sinatra while 13 seniors gently raise their arms and legs.

The 11 women and two men remain seated in plastic chairs, their movements limited by various degrees of arthritis.

Home Delivery

In a darkened room lit only by candles, John Hahn cleared away all distractions to create a safe and quiet space for his wife, Jessica, to give birth to their son, Riley.

Away from a fast-paced hospital with its monitors and IV tubes, the Columbia couple opted for the comfort of their home to deliver their second child. After four hours of labor — most spent in a bathtub that only hours before had been cluttered with toddler bath toys — Jessica Hahn, 32, welcomed Riley into the world with the help of a birth assistant. A doctor arrived about a half-hour before full dilation to finish the delivery.

Taming tumultuous Talladega

TALLADEGA, Ala. — Martin Truex proved he is just as good at restrictor-plate racing as his boss is, winning his second consecutive Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday.

Truex, who drives a car co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr., battled back after an early accident damaged his Chevrolet. Then he avoided several other crashes, a flurry of late cautions and an intense overtime finish to win the Aaron’s 312.

Devoted Teaching

Sister Nadine Flott awakes before 6 a.m. each day and says her prayers in the quiet of the pre-dawn light that filters through her blinds. She arrives at St. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Boonville about an hour later, taking her customary post at the school’s side door to greet each arriving student, most of them by name. “Here comes my best friend,” Sister Nadine hails first-grader Morgan Browning.

“No jacket, today?” she asks another student who is wearing short sleeves on a chilly March morning. “Aren’t you going to be cold during recess?”