BOONE LIFE: The climb up

To prevent slipping, Nelson Muller uses climbing shoes at size 10.5 — two sizes smaller than his normal shoe size.

Marcus Floyd builds fences for work. He built a climbing gym for play.

Candidates avoiding the big issue of growth

Thank goodness Tiger teams have shuffled off the national stage and the Cardinals seem to have resolved their pitching problems. That frees us good citizens to pay attention to everything that’s on the local ballot April 3.

Five ideas

Should the President's advisers testify publicly? How should the FDA handle expert advisers? How important is public-access TV? Should it matter where food given to poor countries is grown? How will the candidates’ positions on the review board affect your vote?

Getting lost in the shuffle

Shuffleboard was something that I could hardly spell, let alone play. But that’s just me. For a Romanian photojournalism student, the game was as foreign as the name of my country’s capital, Bucharest, would be for any average American. To most MU students, this game is as close to a “pastime” as you get in a dingy bar around here. Columbia is not famous for bar games. There are only a few places where people can play shuffleboard.

Streak remains intact

Sometimes, you’ve just got to take one, or three, for the team. With one odd and painful at-bat, senior John McKee delivered that message to his teammates Saturday at Nebraska, and they made the most of his efforts.

Softball team captures Big 12 opener

The Missouri softball team opened Big 12 Conference play with a 7-4 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. The win improves the Tigers’ record to 23-17. Junior Micaela Minner and senior Kathy Masterson both hit fourth-inning home runs to jump-start the Tigers’ offense. Junior Jen Bruck gave up no hits in 6 2/3 innings, helping the Tigers hold on to a 5-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers will continue Big 12 play against Texas Tech at noon today.

Show-me farmers’ market

Herbs, honey, onions, spinach, meat, mushrooms, pastries and more lined tables at the 27th opening day at the Columbia Farmers’ Market.

Hot day for ‘King of Cool’

Warren “Jug” Kiso, 86, didn’t quite know how to react Saturday afternoon as he watched the streets of his small town fill up for his childhood friend’s birthday party.

Workshop strengthens, aids victims of abuse

When the Rev. Karen Walker-McClure went to Phoenix on a free trip for an interfaith domestic violence workshop, she didn’t realize how much she would actually be able to take home with her.

New series aims to open art scene

Dancers in the Missouri Contemporary Ballet will lend their bodies to a different kind of art form — body painting — during a new series of Columbia events, ArtRageous Fridays, which begin April 27.

Man sentenced to more than 8 years for illegal gun possession

A Columbia man was sentenced Friday to eight years and four months in federal prison without the possibility of parole for illegally possessing a firearm, according to a news release from Bradley J. Schlozman, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

Bittersweet ending of note for quartet

When the nation’s top three chamber ensembles were announced Friday night at the Music Teachers National Association competition, MU’s Contreras Sax Quartet wasn’t one of them.