Phillies, streaking Utley too fast for Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Chase Utley’s legs, along with a reconsidered official scoring call, helped him extend his hitting streak to 34 games.

Bennett signs with Chiefs as backup

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Rain forced the Kansas City Chiefs to cancel their morning practice for the second day in a row Wednesday, but they were still busy in the front office.

Fire district’s bylaws need overhaul, new board says

There is no room for disagreement in the bylaws of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

The spice of life

Usually eating out of flower beds is discouraged, but the City of Columbia has added chili peppers to the mix, and passers-by are apparently finding it hard to resist the colorful cuisine.

MU programs hope to spark entrepreneurs

For some, the freedom that college life affords — being able to set one’s own schedule, choose what to be involved in and so on — doesn’t end after graduation caps are tossed.

Teahen powers Royals

Mark Teahen hit a go-ahead, two-run home run and drove in three runs to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

Extra points

The Missouri volleyball team was picked to finish third in the Big 12 Conference behind Nebraska and Texas in the 2006 preseason coaches’ poll. In 2005, the Tigers set a new school record in conference wins, and finished 25-5. Jessica Vander Kooi, a senior, was selected for the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Vander Kooi was an AVA honorable mention All-American in 2005

Rams sign running back

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams signed Moe Williams to a one-year contract on Wednesday, addressing the need for a backup running back.

Shelter Life Insurance faces class action suit

A pending class action lawsuit against Shelter Life Insurance Co. could affect 45,000 current and former policy owners.

New bus route aimed at students

As gas prices soar and parking spaces disappear, students will soon have an alternative to get to campus. The Gold Route, marketed by Columbia Transit as a student commuter route aimed at saving students money on gas and parking, will begin operations Aug. 16, said Lee Radtke, marketing specialist for Columbia Transit.

More UM parents hear of alcohol-related offenses

The number of University of Missouri System parents who were notified about their child’s first serious offense involving alcohol nearly doubled in the 2005-06 academic year compared with the previous year, according to a report given to the UM System Board of Curators at their July meeting.

Experience downtown via pedicab

As Michael Marcum was heading up Ninth Street on Friday, he drew the eyes, smiles and even a few camera flashes from passersby. He just rang the bell on his handlebars and kept peddling, looking for customers who might be interested in taking a free ride on his pedicab, a pedestrian taxi that allows riders to sit behind him in an open carriage.

Cardinals stopped by Phils

ST. LOUIS — Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 33 games against the team that stopped teammate Jimmy Rollins’ 38-game run early this season.

Back from Florida

This past February Columbia Rockers coach Alan Bunch asked a room full of softball parents and girls on his team to raise their hands if they wanted to go to Florida to play softball.

Chiefs’ Hali receives his U.S. citizenship

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Do you know how many stars are on the Stars and Stripes? And what they stand for? Or who wrote the U.S. Constitution?

Meet the neighbors

Despite their expertise with flames, Columbia firefighters tried to avoid the heat Tuesday night.

Electrical demand swells in Columbia

It wasn’t long ago that the Columbia Water and Light Department was urging people to use more electricity. “Your home will be happier at Christmas time with a new electric appliance,” the department proclaimed in a 1966 advertisement in the Missourian.

Boone is best for retirees

When Boone County was named the best county in the state for seniors to live in, it was because of the quality of life in the county, not the bias of the analysts, Bill Elder assured the crowd at the Senior Center on Tuesday.

Fire board to take on salary issues

Personnel problems at the Boone County Fire Protection District, which started last summer with complaints from volunteer firefighters and former employees and continued this summer with the discovery of bookkeeping mistakes during the 2005 audit, have done more than just increase the workload for the district’s board of directors. They have also hindered the board from addressing district salaries and exposed holes in policies related to the supervision of employees, board members said.

REDI introduces three new board members

Three new members of Regional Economic Development Inc.’s board of directors were introduced Tuesday as the group held its annual investors meeting.