Fair focuses on women’s health issues

A steady flow of women made their way through the tables of information booths at the start of Thursday’s women’s health fair.

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department sponsored its first, four-hour health fair, held at the health department to celebrate National Women’s Health Week this week, said Rebecca Roesslet, social services specialist and health fair coordinator.

Storm water specialist hired

It’s not just water under the bridge for Boone County engineer Sandra Wilbur. Handling that water is her job.

Wilbur, 37, was hired by the Boone County Public Works Department in early May to be an infrastructure engineer. She’ll spend most of her time monitoring storm water and helping the county develop storm water rules that will bring the county into compliance with mandates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Six schools get a piece of ‘Prize Patrol’ funds

Making someone’s day is what the Columbia Public Schools Foundation does best, and Jan Summers knows firsthand.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, a small group of the foundation’s members arrived at Oakland Junior High to give Summers, the school’s media specialist, a $5,000 check to place 200 new nonfiction titles in Oakland’s library.

Mueller saves self from collapse in 7th

Andrew Mueller took the scenic route to a save Thursday in Hickman’s 4-3 victory against Rock Bridge.

The lanky right-hander walked Steven Farrow on four pitches to start the seventh inning with the top-ranked Kewpies ahead by two runs. With one out, Mueller hit back-to-back Bruins on curveballs that didn’t have quite enough to break back over the plate.

Tigers aim high at Big 12 meet

When Tipper O’Brien crossed the finish line he knew he had run a fast 1,500 meters.

What O’Brien did not know was his time of 3 minutes, 44.14 seconds at the Billy Hayes Classic in Indiana was the fastest any Missouri athlete had run in the 1,500 since 1973.

Roads hold hidden danger

Today’s story is about how biking almost killed me. Although it’s an exaggeration to say that I looked death in the eye, the week of biking has started to take its toll on me.

The effects from previous days are becoming a little more apparent: a sore posterior, weary legs and an achy lower back.

MU softball stays alive

Amanda Renth hit her second grand slam of the season to help the Missouri softball team beat Oklahoma State 5-1 in the Tigers’ second game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Thursday in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Baylor (47-10) beat Missouri 7-3 earlier in the day before MU eliminated the Cowgirls (33-22). Erin Kalka (8-5) allowed three hits and one run in seven innings for the Tigers (39-12) against Oklahoma State.

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Eric Thompson

In June, Eric Thompson will start a job he had never expected: driving a Wienermobile.

Reviewing Storm Standards

Fewer severe thunderstorm warnings and a new definition of severe weather could be the result of a National Weather Service experiment in western Missouri and Kansas.

Currently, the threshold for a severe thunderstorm warning is at least three-quarter-inch hail or winds in excess of 58 mph.

Kewpies set for districts

Hickman’s tennis team had a new look this week.

In preparation for Saturday’s Class 2 District 5 Tournament, Hickman coach Jeff Moore sat out his top two players this week against Hannibal and Smith-Cotton. Moore said he made the move to see how his bottom four starters would respond to sharper competition.

Area Briefly

Interim public works director is appointed

Chief Engineer John Glascock has been named interim public works director, temporarily filling a slot left open by the retirement of 19-year veteran Lowell Patterson.

Neighbor of strangled woman charged

A neighbor of the 77-year-old woman who was found strangled in her rural Boone County home has been charged with murder, linked to the crime scene by a bloody footprint, authorities said.

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Crane charged Dearl W. Jackson, 47, with first-degree murder Friday afternoon.

Truman scholar

Annie Morrison has always been interested in health care issues, especially those pertaining to women. Growing up in the Ozark Mountains area of West Plains, southeast of Springfield, Morrison credits her social awareness to her family and the community in which she grew up.

Now an English and biology major in her junior year at MU, Morrison’s interest and involvement in health care and public service are paying off. Morrison was one of only 75 students from across the country to be selected as a Truman Scholar, which recognizes undergraduates’ future dedication to the field of public service. It also comes with a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school.

Stephens archives help the future

Stepping into the Stephens College Archives is a little like stepping into someone’s basement. There are concrete floors, metal shelves swathed in protective plastic and stacked boxes.

Here, the windows are covered by dark shades, and fluorescent lights bouncing off white walls make the room seem stark.

Eckstein sparks Cardinals past Los Angeles

If David Eckstein keeps hitting like this, the Cardinals won’t miss Scott Rolen much.

Eckstein set the table for another St. Louis victory with three hits, helping the Cardinals beat Derek Lowe and the sloppy Los Angeles Dodgers 10-3 on Thursday.

It's graduation time; do you know who your speaker is?

Todd Barrett is going to his graduation ceremony tonight, but he’s not happy about it.

“It’s so long, and it just doesn’t excite me,” said Barrett, who is graduating with a master’s degree in accounting from MU. “I’m just going because my parents want me to go.”

Librarians at MU study romance novels

Rippling biceps, chiseled abs and a steamy love affair can be bought when you purchase your eggs and milk.

Romance novels, commonly found in grocery stores and libraries, comprise 48 percent of all popular paperback fiction sold in North America.

Rolen put on 15-day DL

The Cardinals placed third baseman Scott Rolen on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a sprained left shoulder. He could miss up to six weeks.

Rolen’s shoulder was still too sore to undergo complete medical testing, but Dr. George Paletta, the team physician, indicated the third baseman could be sidelined anywhere from two to six weeks. Paletta said the results of an MRI exam Thursday showed no significant structural damage, and he was hopeful Rolen would be able to take a second exam Friday that would detect any damage to the labrum.

Slang: Is it bunk or tight?

It's not what you say; it's how you say it.

Generation after generation has spoken its mind through slang, and college students are no different.

General Assembly passes school funding legislation

JEFFERSON CITY — Voting nearly along party lines, the Missouri legislature on Thursday approved a school funding formula that would cost $832 million over more than seven years.

The formula, which was a top legislative priority for Gov. Matt Blunt and leadership in the House and Senate, became one of the most partisan issues of the session. Senate Democrats walked out in protest during debate on the negotiated version of the formula, and debate in the House over the same language was shut off after about 30 minutes.