Struggling Royals can’t slow Angels

KANSAS CITY — Jarrod Washburn pitched five shutout innings, Garret Anderson scored twice and the streaking Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a rain-shortened 5-0 victory Sunday night.

The game was called with none out in the top of the sixth after a rain delay of 1 hour, 46 minutes.

Criterium concludes Columbia Cup races

Spectators lined Sixth Street on Sunday morning as cyclists made the final lap of the category 4/5 criterium.

“Where’s Greg? Did he come through and start the final lap?” Brady Beckham asked as the race finished.

Nunez’s hit boosts Cards

ST. LOUIS — Denied their first road series win of the year, the Colorado Rockies were still pleased with a split against the defending NL champions.

Abraham Nunez singled home the winning run in the ninth inning of the Cardinals’ 5-4 victory Sunday, giving them two wins in the four-game series against a team with the worst road record in more than two decades.

Lights in the night

There are the ones with rings and the ones that look like geysers. Beyond that, a lot of us have trouble describing what a firework explosion looks like, much less knowing the differences between them. The Fire in the Sky show tonight at Memorial Stadium in Columbia will make use of 568 different types of fireworks.

22-year-old in serious condition after accident

A two-car collision near Stadium Boulevard and Ash Street on Saturday left one person in serious condition at University Hospital.

Uintah J. Geiger, 22, was listed in serious condition at University Hospital Saturday night after police said the driver’s side of her car was hit by another car.

City Council to vote on annexation

Columbia City Council members will have to decide on Tuesday whether what would be a historic expansion of the city is worth the $5.9 million it will cost taxpayers.

Before they vote on the proposed annexation, council members will consider approving a detailed agreement between developer Billy Sapp and the city. Included in the 17-page agreement are promises by the city to extend a sanitary sewer line through the land Sapp wants annexed and to lengthen Rolling Hills Road, which would run along part of Sapp’s property.

Scanner cuts time to process fingerprints electronically

Missouri businesses and state agencies seeking background information on potential employees will soon have a much shorter time to wait.

Gov. Matt Blunt announced Tuesday a new partnership between the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Identix Identification Services will enable Missouri Applicant Processing Services to process fingerprint information electronically. The program, which begins July 20, is expected to reduce the time to conduct background checks from six to eight weeks to only five days.

Columbia Cup brings whirlwind of bike activity

The gusts of wind on Locust Street on Saturday evening were not a gift from Mother Nature in exchange for the past week’s heat, but a result of nearly 50 cyclists racing in small groups up the street toward Broadway.

“When they say go, there is no time to think,” said Steve Kullman, 45, a first-time competitor from Columbia. “The first time that you begin to think is when you are on the way back to the starting line.”

Behind the 8-ball

Columbia pool player Steve Deets assembled a small black pool cue and approached the table in a friendly Thursday night game at Rack & Roll Billiards.

Players at surrounding tables stopped and curiously watched as Deets examined his shot.

Catz impressive in AAU play

The Columbia Catz don’t give up easily.

The Catz, an age 16 and younger boys’ basketball team, made two comebacks in the Kansas City Keys AAU Basketball Tournament, which was. They went 4-1 to finish second in the tournament June 24 to 26, which qualified them for the National AAU Division II Championships July 9 to 14 in Little Rock, Ark.

Two MU players earn spots with national baseball team

Missouri’s Max Scherzer and Hunter Mense are changing their summer plans.

They will abandon their summer league teams after being selected to play for this year’s USA National Team.

Mavericks drop series, prepare for Windy City

The River City Rascals completed their sweep of Mid-Missouri on Saturday night, powering past the Mavericks 11-6 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon.

Mike Madrid and Justin McKinley hit home runs for the Rascals (20-15).

City employee saved in a heartbeat

Workers at the city power plant are no strangers to emergencies. Their jobs require quick reactions to problems with machinery, and they’ve dealt with fires and explosions. Monthly safety meetings ensure that employees know where the oxygen tank and automated external defibrillator are kept and how to perform CPR.

“These guys have seen emergencies. … It’s just never involved a human life before,” said Tad Johnsen, superintendent of the power plant.

Fan use not ideal for beating heat

While many Columbians enjoy the cool comfort of air conditioning in their homes, some aren’t as fortunate to have that luxury.

Temperatures soared into the upper 90s last week, and Wednesday’s heat advisory in Boone County issued by the National Weather Service made it almost unbearable for those without air conditioning.

Five Ideas

Rural Missouri is one of the most popular places in the country for methamphetamine production. The state has established guidelines for how a meth-production site should be cleaned but has no enforceable legal standard for determining when a site has been adequately cleaned. Michelle Hartman, of Missouri Department of Health, said there isn’t enough evidence on the adverse health effects on residents of former production sites to merit legal guidelines.

Some researchers believe that even after a meth site has been cleaned, chemicals can be present that could cause pulmonary damage and peripheral nerve compression. Residents may also be at risk for more serious side effects, including cancer and asthma.

Deportation decision splits family

JEFFERSON CITY — With tears in her eyes, Marina Gonzalez watched her 19-year-old daughter, Marie Gonzalez, calmly try to explain to the press why she would be able to stay in the United States while her parents are deported to Costa Rica.

It was something not easily explained.

Blowing their minds

The technical skills required to become a master glass blower were once considered such valuable secrets they were worth killing to protect.

In the 13th century, glass blowers in Venice were forced to settle on the nearby Italian island of Murano, where the region’s most famous export could be closely monitored. Fearful of the competition from other artisans, the Venetian government served cruel sentences on glass blowers who leaked information or left Murano without permission. Hired assassins would reportedly hunt down and kill artists who fled the island.

Religious confusion

David Citrin has an unusual religious background. His father was Jewish. His mother was raised Catholic but converted to Judaism when she married.

The family celebrated Jewish holidays, and Citrin’s mother lit Shabbat candles on Friday nights. She taught her son Jewish prayers although eventually, Citrin says, “she realized it didn’t work without Jesus.”

An eye for perfection

The Artist: Bob Boxley was born and raised in western Kansas and has lived in Columbia since 1965. He worked as an underwriter for Shelter Insurance for 37 years. Ten years ago, Boxley retired and followed in the footsteps of his father and brother and took up wood carving. This challenging art medium keeps him busy and entertained. “Art is the creation of love, and the love of creation,” Boxley said.

The Art: Boxley’s wood carvings range from animals to crematory urns to walking sticks. He works with an assortment of wood, and he paints and finishes all of the work. Boxley is part of the Mid-Missouri Wood Carvers Association, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Senior Center.

O’Connor leaves; debate follows

With the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, politicians, professors and the public await what should be a firefight of a confirmation process for O’Connor’s replacement, one that has politicians and interest groups scrambling.

After 24 years on the court, O’Connor announced her retirement Friday in a letter addressed to President Bush. Although there was speculation she would retire soon, it was widely believed her Stanford Law School colleague, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, would retire first.