Ken and Barbie well worth the trip to Indiana

It was five years ago when I first saw them. I wasn’t working that summer but I heard that the school had hired a new assistant sports editor and his wife, who was going to work on the design side of the paper. I was in the newsroom that day, working in my office and preparing to start the new school year. I saw the couple across the newsroom talking with another editor.

It has been said that impressions are made about another person within the first 10 or 15 seconds. Well my first impression was “Oh my gosh, it’s Ken and Barbie.”

Community Sketchbook: Danielle Eldrid

Artist: Danielle Eldred

ART: “Lost in the System”

Big inning defeats Mavericks

The Mavericks' recurring nightmare of 2005 haunted them once more Friday night.

Mid-Missouri lost 13-7 to the Richmond Roosters at Taylor Stadium, again falling victim to a big inning by the visitors.

Richmond scored 10 runs on eight hits in the sixth, turning a one-run deficit into a nine-run cushion. The Roosters held on as the Mavericks fell to 21-37.

Mid-Missouri right-hander Damien Dantibo struck out six, walked three, and hit a batter in five innings. Though the 19-year-old allowed seven hits and three runs in that span, he was in line for the win when he left the game.

That's when the bullpen imploded.

The sixth included the Mid-Missouri debut of reliever Adam Clay, who entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs. He surrendered a grand slam to Richmond first baseman Rich Daly after three pitches.

Brent Metheny went 4-5 with two RBI to lead Mid-Missouri.

The Mavericks host the Washington Wild Things tonight at 7:05 in the first of a three-game series.

BEER HERE: Dantibo struck out Roosters' designated hitter Tony Sanguinetti in the first and fifth innings Friday. The significance? It allowed those of age in the crowd of 1264 to take advantage of an in-game drink promotion.

As per Bud Beer Batter night, fans could buy a 12-ounce Budweiser for $1 in the 10 minutes after any Sanguinetti strikeout. He had been selected at random before the game.

Hidden evidence

On the floor of a pitch-black classroom, a bloody trail of bluish, glowing footprints is illuminated when a student sprays them with Luminol. They lead to the feet of Michael Himmel, who is far too calm to play the part of an actual murder suspect.

“We use real pig blood,” says Himmel, a criminal justice instructor and investigator with the Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad.

Budget pitch reflects new utility rates

The city will spend more than $280 million during the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, according to a proposed budget presented by City Manager Ray Beck on Thursday. That is a 1.4 percent increase from fiscal 2005.

While property taxes will remain the same under the proposed budget, city residents can expect to see increases in sewer, water and electric utility rates.

Volunteers riled over modified block grants plan

Members of the Community Development Commission expressed disappointment about changes the city staff made in its recommendation for distributing Community Development Block Grant money in the next fiscal year.

The commission, made up of nine community volunteers, last month submitted its recommendation for how to distribute block grant money in fiscal 2006.

City chosen for $25 million sidewalk project

Columbia expects to soon have $25 million to build more bike lanes, pedways, sidewalks and trails in an effort to reduce traffic congestion.

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., requested the money as part of a $286.5 billion federal highway bill, which also contains money for two local road projects tacked on by Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo. The bill is expected to pass out of the House and Senate this week.


An ingredient, 1 (14 ounce) can of artichokes, was omitted from the recipe for Vegetable Aspic Supreme in Wednesday’s Taste section.

Merger renames familiar clothiers

Early shoppers for the 2006 holiday season won’t be able to purchase gift items from Columbia’s Famous-Barr department store. Beginning in the fall of next year, customers will be able to shop at the same location, operating under the nameplate of Macy’s.

Columbia’s Famous-Barr is one of 330 stores nationwide that will take on the Macy’s name.

States expect new highway funds

WASHINGTON — Congress is on the verge of approving $286.4 billion in highway and mass transit money for the states, sending lawmakers home for their summer vacations bearing big gifts of roads, bridges and jobs.

The House was to vote on the six-year measure late Thursday, its last major act before recessing for the six-week summer break. The Senate is to follow suit today.

Cable Task Force rushing to find money for public access channel

Although the Cable Task Force is one step closer to finding funding for Columbia’s cash-strapped public access station, the issue is far from settled.

The task force met Thursday night to discuss a proposed interim budget for Columbia Access Television. The station, CAT3-TV, is currently funded through the city’s franchise agreement with cable providers Mediacom and Charter Communications.

Auditor gives county clean bill

Boone County government received a clean bill of financial health from its external auditor for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2004, and approval of its internal auditing system.

According to the auditor’s report, “An audit includes consideration of internal control over financial reporting … to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.”

Study flags signs of eating disorders

An MU psychology researcher and teacher and a nationwide team of researchers have developed a three-part model to help predict eating disorders.

The model focuses on bulimia nervosa, a psychological eating disorder characterized by bouts of binge eating followed by unhealthy methods of weight control, such as the use of laxatives or self-induced vomiting. Findings will soon be published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, a peer-reviewed cognitive behavior therapy journal.

Welcome to the jungle

For the past couple of months, two art students and their professor have been transforming the black walls of a workout room at the MU Student Recreation Center into a jungle-themed mural.

After much planning and designing, Ming Zhou, 28, and Jiang Ming Wang, 27, are creating a unique exercise environment for a cycling studio to be known as the Tiger Lair. The two artists were chosen for the project by Lampo Leong, an MU associate art professor, who was appreciative of the opportunity to contribute something creative to the campus.

Disc golf hitting its mark in Columbia

Bob Heyn took his throwing stance on the 16th hole at Albert-Oakland Park.

Heyn, 29, threw his disc and watched as it sailed across the water hazard, directly for the basket.

Mavs send Roosters to rolling stop in 10th

The taxing part of Bud Ward’s job begins most afternoons around 4 o’clock.

It happens after he’s driven a bus full of Richmond Roosters coaches and players across the Midwest. And after he’s navigated through a new city to get the team from its hotel to the ballpark.

Walk, don’t run, to unique event

If you don’t know what racewalking is, you’re not alone.

Even Karen Kraus, who will be competing in the Show-Me State Games racewalk on Sunday, had never heard of the event until about three weeks ago.

Royals waste early lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Scott Kazmir took another step forward in his promising career.

Kazmir struggled early, but rebounded for his third consecutive win as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Thursday night.

West coasting

SAN DIEGO — The three runs Chris Carpenter gave up in the second inning were just a hiccup.

Otherwise, the right-hander had no trouble becoming the NL’s first 15-game winner, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the staggering San Diego Padres 11-3 on Thursday.

MU releases O'Neal timeline

The MU Athletic Department released a timeline late Friday morning, detailing the events leading up to the death of MU football player Aaron O'Neal after a voluntary practice on July 12.

The timeline, in its entirety, is shown below.