Mavericks routed, drop fifth straight

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost their fifth straight, falling 15-3 to the Richmond Rascals on Wednesday night at McBride Stadium in Richmond Ind., in the first game of a three game series.

The Mavericks (21-41) scored two runs off a third-inning one-out home run by third baseman Brent Metheny, who went 2-for-3.

Tigers picked to finish second in big twelve

Big 12 Conference coaches picked the Tigers to finish second in the conference behind Nebraska. The Tigers, who finished the 2004 season 20-9 overall and 14-6 in the conference, return six of last year’s seven starters. Two Mizzou players earned spots on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Senior Lindsey Hunter was selected to the team for the second year in a row. Hunter has led the conference in assists for the past three seasons. Hunter also earned second-team AVCA All-American honors last season. Junior Jessica Vander Kooi was named to the team for the first time. Vander Kooi had 18 ...

Ozark Off-Road Challenge around the corner

The Ozark Off-Road Challenge triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 28 at Lake of the Ozarks. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Registration fees are $50 per individual, $120 per team. Registration is available online only, at The last day to register is Aug. 26.

Possible Park Avenue relocation discussed at forum

The possibility of relocation from their homes in Park Avenue Apartments motivated about 25 residents and neighbors to attend a community forum held Wednesday evening. The forum was hosted by Kansas City consultants who have been working since April on a “revitalization plan” for Columbia’s public housing.

The hearing yielded few specific answers for those worried about the future of the Park Avenue housing project.

Solar lighting brightens bus shelters

Two bus shelters are a little brighter since Columbia Transit acquired an experimental newlighting system driven by solar power last week.

The solar panels sit atop bus shelters outside the Gerbes grocery on Paris Road and the Super Walmart at Broadway Marketplace — along the green and red lines, respectively. A battery inside the shelter collects the energy from the panels, and a timer turns on halogen lights inside at dusk. The lights remain on until about 11 p.m., or after the buses stop running.

Finding refuge, seeking a home

It was a perfect metaphor for post-war Bosnia; the scars lay just below the pristine surface. Veteran Columbia filmmaker Kerri Yost was picking berries and hunting mushrooms in a field in Poljak. The sun was shining for the first time in days, and it was “strangely peaceful,” she said. It would have been an idyllic summer day except for the live grenades and land mines in the grass.

“You’re not supposed to be walking around that area, but we did,” Yost said. Gathering mushrooms and berries was something Yost’s friend and film subject, Fatima Selimovic, had always done when she lived in the northwestern Bosnia village with her husband and children. It was an experience Fatima wanted her son, Adnan, 16, to have.

Plenty in road bill for Missouri

KANSAS CITY — Missouri’s two U.S. senators Tuesday heralded a new federal transportation bill that will increase the state’s share of yearly highway money by 30 percent and provide hundreds of millions of dollars for local transportation projects.

But motorists, be warned: It could be years before Missouri drivers begin seeing the benefits, as the state wrestles with an immense backlog of highway needs and the unavoidable bureaucracy required before the rubber hits the road.

MU plans to tune out illegal file sharing

MU has made a deal to offer students reduced-priced music to help curb the illegal downloading of copyrighted materials.

MU made the agreement last week with C-Digix, a college music and movie service, so students can buy songs at a “substantially reduced rate,” said Beth Chancellor, director of Mizzou Telecom, an arm of Information and Access Technology Services.

Club shooting remains under investigation

A new nightclub in northeast Columbia is beefing up security and changing its dress code after police responded to a report of shots fired in the club’s parking lot early Saturday.

A gunshot was reported about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Silhouette Nightclub, 3405 Clark Lane. Police said the shot was fired after several partygoers got in a fight using broken beer bottles as weapons.

Social Security honored in Fayette

Fifteen minutes of tension-filled debate ended in the Fayette City Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 1935 signing of the Social Security Act.

A standing-room-only crowd packed the board room of Fayette’s City Hall on Tuesday night to hear the City Council’s response to the resolution, which recognized Social Security as “essential to the prosperity and well-being of the citizens of Fayette and Howard County.”

Community marches together

Led by First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton, about 60 residents marched several blocks to Douglass Park and enjoyed a cookout afterward as part of National Night Out events.

It was the seventh year Columbia participated in the program, which is in its 22nd year nationally. With sponsors that included the Columbia Police Department, the Douglass Coalition, First Ward Ambassadors and the Columbia Housing Authority, the march was aimed at increasing safety by encouraging awareness and support for neighborhood watch programs.

Case involves college censorship

When Jenna Youngs steps into her newsroom, she feels as protected from censorship as any other newsroom in the nation.

Youngs, a 20-year-old journalism major at MU, is the editor in chief of The Maneater, the university’s student newspaper of the past 50 years.

Carpenter aces test at Busch

ST. LOUIS — To Chris Carpenter, facing Dontrelle Willis was not a Cy Young preview. It was just another stingy outing.

Carpenter is coming out on top against all of the National League’s aces. He threw a three-hitter Tuesday night to become the major leagues’ first 16-game winner in a 3-1 victory over Willis and the Florida Marlins.

Garden Guru

Rather than having grass and a single tree like her neighbors, Sammy Eber’s front yard is a sea of flowers, foliage and paths.

This is only the introduction to her abode, however. Small streams of multicolored lilies and red poppy mallows flow into an estuary of cacti.

Natasha’s under new owner

Natasha’s, a popular business for the Slavic community in Columbia, recently got a new owner and a new look.

The store, originally opened in 2003 as a deli and bistro, is a vendor of Eastern European foods.

Polina Petrenko bought the store at 705 Vandiver Drive from the original owner, Natasha Wekenborg, and reopened it April 15.

Chipotle adds a salad to the menu

After 11 years in the food business, Chipotle has added a dish.

The Chipotle salad, which Steve Ells, Chipotle’s founder and CEO, described as “a twist on burrito bols,” features fresh cut Romaine lettuce and new house-made chipotle-honey vinaigrette.

Chiefs’ defense feeling pressure

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — The hard-driving and perpetually sleep-deprived defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs trudged slowly up the long flight of stairs toward the lunchroom.

Sorry, Gunther Cunningham said through heavy eyelids, no time now to chat. Maybe later. Too many things to think about. Too much to do.

Missouri players honored

MU senior safety Jason Simpson was named a preseason third-team All-American by on Monday.

Simpson, an MU football co-captain, finished his junior season in 2004 with career-best performances in tackles (98), tackles for a loss (15), forced fumbles (two), passes broken up (six), quarterback hurries (three), and interceptions (one).

Trial of KU student postponed due to vacation of key witness

Former University of Kansas student Andrew Wymore, who was arrested at the March 6 MU-KU basketball game, was granted a continuance until December 21 during his trial on Wednesday because the city's keywitness, MU Police Maj. Doug Schwandt, was on vacation. MU Police Chief Jack Watring is also a witness in the case, but was not subpoened and did not testify today.

Dry spell evokes memories of 1980

Roger Allison, a farmer and the director of the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, a group that supports family farmers across Missouri, says the most recent drought has put central Missouri’s farms in bad shape — and it calls up bad memories.

Many farmers have lost as much as a third of their hay, and as much as half of the corn crop could be lost. Soybeans are in critical shape and are at risk if they don’t receive any more moisture. Many cattle farmers are feeding their livestock hay that they would have held back for the winter because their pastures are dying.