Marco looks marvelous in Indy debut

INDIANAPOLIS — Mario Andretti and son Michael already knew what everyone else saw in the Indy 500: Marco Andretti is one special driver.

Pujols lifts Cardinals with 25th home run

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols whiffed on his first opportunity to get the St. Louis Cardinals going, striking out on three pitches against Roy Oswalt with two men on to end the fifth inning.

In memory

Honoring their legacy

Development could rise by historic site

Once a small family burial plot on a sprawling private farm, the historic William Jewell Cemetery is about to be boxed in by development.

Construction builds home, knowledge

For Scotty Gestring, 17, going to school requires a special set of school supplies. Along with 26 other high school students from Columbia and surrounding areas, Gestring and his classmates have been working since August to build a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house as part of the Construction Technology course offered by Columbia’s vocational high school, commonly known as the Career Center.

Money to help enforce city codes

After the latest wave of inspections by the city’s Neighborhood Response Team about two weeks ago, First Ward resident Robbin Ricketts said she wanted stricter enforcement of city codes in her central-city neighborhood.

Parking crunch

If you are trying to use Brady Commons this summer to shop, bank or eat, you might have problems finding parking spaces. Half of the Hitt Street visitors parking lot next to Brady and about half of Kuhlman Court are under construction.

Statewide volunteer network collects data on daily precipitation

Rachel Redburn has long been interested in weather phenomena and has spent plenty of time watching The Weather Channel.

Bonds hits 715

SAN FRANCISCO — No. 715 played out exactly the way Barry Bonds wanted. He hit it at home, in front of the fans who love him.

Kahne ends Johnson’s streak

CONCORD, N.C. — The 42 drivers chasing Jimmie Johnson heard the plea from the fans and saw it on the T-shirts that begged for “Anybody But Jimmie” to win the Coca-Cola 600. Kasey Kahne was the only one up for the challenge.

Padres, Cards hitters go the distance

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals did their best to wreck Petco Park’s reputation as a pitcher’s park.

Air carrier bidders draw praise

The two air carriers competing to serve Columbia Regional Airport have good track records, according to airport officials in several cities the carriers serve.

VA hospital warns of possible infection from prostate biopsy

Potentially unsanitary equipment used during prostate biopsies has prompted the Veterans Administration to encourage patients treated at VA hospitals to be tested for possible infections.

Smoking ban splits council

Opponents of the proposed smoking ban may need only to persuade one more member of the City Council to stop legislation prohibiting smoking in most public places.

Patriotism takes flight with planes, parachutes

Sitting on the tarmac underneath the right wing of a World War II-era PBY-5 Catalina flying boat, 81-year-old Edie Brennan avoided the sweltering heat Saturday morning.

Video project takes aim at childhood obesity, too

Creating multimedia projects is nothing new for Jonette Ford and Stephanie Wightman’s fifth-grade classes at West Boulevard Elementary School. In March, they created a civil rights museum and made four or five short films.

A family’s ordeal

Heather and Adam Plues kissed their 1-year-old son Walker goodbye. Carefully, Joseph Tobias of University Hospital lifted Walker from his mother’s arms and walked him toward the operating room. Before he left, Heather moved forward and tearfully gave her only son another kiss.

Missouri out of Big 12 tourney

OKLAHOMA CITY - Missouri’s trip through the Big 12 Championship tournament ended Saturday night in Oklahoma City with a 4-3 loss to Kansas in the tournament semifinals.

Extra points

CONCORD, N.C. — Carl Edwards grabbed the lead away from Casey Mears on a restart with six laps to go and pulled away to win the Busch Series race Saturday night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Borduin wins the 800

Rock Bridge sophomore Lauren Borduin won the state championship in the girls’ 800-meter run at this weekend’s state championship track and field meet in Jefferson City. Her time of 2:09.98 was .20 seconds away from the state record, set in 1992.