Sound of the City

During the winter of 2004, John Ernst began composing his latest piece of music. By spring, the piece was completed, but it still lacked a title.

Space to worship — and grow

Pastor Kevin Larson was thrilled with his church’s Easter Sunday turnout, even if most of the seats remained empty throughout the service. Just holding a public gathering at all is a big accomplishment for Grace Church of Columbia, which, until two weeks ago, was meeting in Larson’s living room.

Mexican meth surges as labs decline

Missouri law enforcement has seen an influx of potent and dangerous crystal meth since a law was passed nine months ago limiting the sale of a key ingredient in methamphetamine.

City funds would assist renovation of Boone house

After almost a decade in city hands, the J.W. “Blind” Boone home downtown appears set to enter the final stage of renovation on its way to becoming a museum about the ragtime pianist and his music.

Site shows buildings’ history

The “MU in Brick and Mortar” Web site offers an opportunity to see how buildings on campus have changed since 1892. From older buildings — such as Switzler Hall, constructed in 1871 — to newer ones — such as the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building, built in 1996 — the site features photographs and information about 97 buildings on campus.

Proposal would restore Medicaid cuts

JEFFERSON CITY — As soon as next week, the Missouri Senate is set to take up legislation that would restore medical assistance to certain disabled workers in the state, a restoration of last session’s Medicaid cuts.

Suspect in teen shooting still at large

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has applied for warrants for a suspect they think was involved in the shooting of a teenager that took place in front of a duplex on West Bethany Drive early Saturday afternoon.

Missouri River cleanup efforts expand upriver

There’s almost always the usual array of tires, appliances and metal debris. And then there’s the unusual: a brick of marijuana, prosthetic limbs, a piano, bowling balls and, earlier this month, a body.

What’s up with that?

Wonder what’s up at the corner of Broadway and Stadium Boulevard, where heavy machinery has flattened the earth in preparation for what appears to be some sort of mega-development?

Tigers win pair in home finale

Sunday at the Green Tennis Center, matches against Memphis and St. Louis concluded a wearying three days for the Missouri tennis team. The Tigers finished their home season by defeating Memphis 6-1 and St. Louis 7-0.

Extra Points

Another ninth-inning heartbreaker extended the Missouri baseball team’s losing streak to nine when Oklahoma beat the Tigers 7-6 Sunday to sweep the series in Norman, Okla.

Pujols leaves them dancing

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols hit three home runs, including a winning drive that erased a ninth-inning deficit and put an exclamation point on the St. Louis Cardinals’ first homestand at new Busch Stadium.