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Strolling through the Twilight

Look closer.

Past the vendors.

Past the bands and booths, for they are only props in the play.

The real action and drama of Columbia’s Twilight Festival is in the people.

On Cherry Street, a family rock band belts out Beatles hits.

Down at Flat Branch Park a blues band’s oldest fan listens.

Prayer requests are being taken on Tenth Street.

You’ve just taken a stroll through Columbia’s biggest block party:

Called-up soldiers leave job vacancies

When Columbia Police officer Kyle Lacy left in early May for military duty, he left a vacancy that couldn’t be filled by just any police officer.

Before leaving, Lacy was a resource officer at Rock Bridge High School, a job that requires special training, including counseling and teaching skills.

No change in forecast for gas costs

Missouri motorists can expect gas prices to remain above $2 per gallon through next year, according to an energy report released Wednesday by the Department of Natural Resources.

The forecast for gas prices in the Missouri Energy Outlook for summer 2005 is based on the likelihood that the price of oil will remain at or above $50 per barrel through 2006.

Missouri drivers gaining speed

Generally speaking, Americans love to speed. Speed limit signs are typically seen as a suggestion rather than an uncompromising requirement.

Although the signs along Interstate 70 read “70,” the difference between the posted limit and the real one can be as much as 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Hospitals to upgrade monitors

Spacelabs Medical, an Issaquah, Wash., company, will provide MU Health Care with new patient monitoring and telemetry equipment. The $6.3 million deal will upgrade and standardize all such equipment at University and Columbia Regional hospitals.

The equipment is designed to improve information availability throughout medical facilities, a release from Spacelabs Medical stated.

League of Women Voters to host Patriot Act talks

While the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is immersed in debate over the Patriot Act of 2001, the League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County is gearing up for a debate of its own.

The League will host a half-day seminar, “Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities,” noon to 5 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Expo Center.

MU Health Care gets $2 million

MU Health Care is closer to beginning construction on a $180 million Health Sciences Research and Education Center.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved $2 million in federal funds Thursday to be put towards the center, following a request by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo.

Neighbor of Fulton victim charged with home burglary

A 34-year-old neighbor of a Fulton woman discovered dead in her home last week was found in a Jefferson City motel Thursday afternoon after he was identified by police as a “person of interest” in her death.

Fulton Police Chief Steven Myers said investigators found Francis H. Kempker about 2:15 p.m.

Hulshof’s assets up to $5.2 million

Those who think the scrutiny that comes with filing tax returns is onerous need only step into the shoes of U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof.

Details of the Missouri Republican’s income, travel and gifts are available to the public in an annual disclosure report that all members of Congress must file under House rules and federal statutes.

School reports model scores

After seeing positive changes in its first year as a “model school,” West Boulevard Elementary School next year plans to strengthen life skills, reinforce relationships between parents and teachers and add an aide to help kindergarteners’ transition into school.

The model school concept is meant to try to bridge academic achievement gaps among students. At West — Columbia’s first model school, selected in part because of its failure to meet state test-score standards — the goal was to raise overall student achievement, specifically in literacy.

Discovering music’s joys

Children come running through the French doors into the new space Brenda Haynes has secured for her Kindermusik classes.

The children ask for bells, songs and sips of water as their mothers catch up one another on their weekend activities.

Stephens College to add minor in event planning

Stephens College will meet student interest this fall with the creation of a new minor in event planning.

Stephens College tried a pilot introductory course, “Special Events and Planning Management,” last semester, which drew 35 students — a large number for any class at Stephens, which averages 18 to 20 students per class.

Correction

On page 7A Wednesday, Ronald “Dale” Purdy’s first name was incorrect. Also, the last name of Boone County Medical Examiner Valerie Rao was misspelled.

Years later, Gaines still inspirational

Rowdy Gaines tightened his goggles and stepped onto his block for the final of the 100-meter freestyle in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Around 25,000 people watched as the fastest swimmers in the world stood over the pool.

“I remember thinking this was a great chance to swim as an American,” Gaines said.

Double Dustys for Mavericks

Dusty Young did more than solidify the Mavericks’ middle infield when he joined the team as its shortstop Tuesday.

He made it possible for Mid-Missouri to boast one of the more inane distinctions in the Frontier League.

Added hours proposed for sports center

For as long as she can remember, Keiara Tatum, 16, has gone to the Armory Sports Center in the heart of downtown Columbia. She said her mother, who played in the Armory’s adult volleyball league, began taking her there when she was a small child.

Tatum said a lot of teenagers hang out at the Armory at 701 E. Ash St., and many would take advantage of the proposed extension of late-night activities the City Council discussed in its June 6 meeting.

Game part of Chung’s college goals

Whether it’s on the golf course or in life, D.J. Chung never seems to hit a bad shot.

Chung will continue his pursuit of the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship on Saturday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Chung is one of 16 remaining golfers to survive the field of 64.

Another sweep for Kansas City

KANSAS CITY — First they sweep the New York Yankees. Now they’ve swept the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What gives with these supposedly lowly Kansas City Royals? Three weeks ago, they were on track to lose more than 110 games. But since Buddy Bell became their manager they have won 11 of 15, including a 9-6 defeat of Los Angeles on Thursday night that gave them a three-game sweep of the Dodgers.

Pistons pull even in finals

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Tayshaun Prince looked down upon Manu Ginobili, faked him out with a quick move and darted to the basket for a resounding dunk.

It was easy, really. Almost too easy.

Roping team new to finals

Everyone stood as Sara Cunnings rode faster and faster. The 2004 rodeo queen made her way around the arena carrying the American flag while “God Bless America” was sung in the background. Announcer Travis Birdsong started the rodeo by blessing the riders and their families, “as they enjoy the sport we love.”

The arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds erupted in applause as the 2005 Dodge City Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals began at 7 p.m. Thursday. As anticipation grew, Brady Wilson, relieved to be competing in front of his home crowd, stayed relaxed.

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