From jail to bail

In February of 2000, Kansas City police responded to a 911 call and found Thomas C. McGee inside a house soaking an 18-foot hallway with gasoline. The odor was so strong it made the officers’ eyes water, according to Jackson County court documents.

Three days, three records

MELBOURNE, Australia — Six weeks ago, Michael Phelps showed up in Columbia for the Missouri Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, sporting a goatee and unkempt hair that barely fit under his skincap.

Kewps’ Robb not afraid to take chance

Lauren Robb wanted the chance to take the kick.

Faiths unite for Palm Sunday event

When the sound of church bells fills the air of downtown Columbia on Sunday, don’t worry, you haven’t missed church.

Gymnasts focus on best efforts

After a less than stellar start to its season, the Missouri gymnastics team has improved its team score in almost every competition, prompting many to say the gymnasts are peaking just in time for the start of the postseason.

Missouri’s Adcock finds team event-full

Nick Adcock thought he was joining the Missouri track and field team to do high jump and to run sprints and hurdles, but jumps coach Dan Leferver had a different idea.

Blues end three-game losing streak to Oilers

ST. LOUIS — Doug Weight had a goal and an assist and Barret Jackman added three assists, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Street signs point visitors, residents in the right direction

New signs and pedestrian maps intended to help residents and visitors navigate the downtown area are going up.

Abaray overcomes mental block

Two phrases — “Tight and concise” and “Expand the positives” — though seemingly short and unimportant, changed Julie Abaray’s beam routines, and the rest of her gymnastics, after an inconsistent start to her season.

DeSpain focuses on moving forward

Karla DeSpain knows what it’s like to be busy. For the past six years, her schedule has included two terms on the Columbia School Board and working part time in her husband’s dermatology practice. Her younger daughter, Ryanne, just turned 14 and plays two sports, and 16-year-old Caitlin will soon get her driver’s license.

Judge asks for changes to O’Neals’ lawsuit data

Allegations that MU football player Aaron O’Neal knew he was going to die and that no one was going to help him are among the statements that must be stricken from his parents’ wrongful death lawsuit, a 13th District Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday.

Reality House provides alternative to prison time

The chore list pinned to the wall next to the front door at Reality House said it was Bob Phillippe’s week to pick up trash. So, on a rainy Friday morning, the 51-year-old Columbia man shuffled around the common area of a double-wide trailer collecting candy wrappers and empty plastic soda bottles. The door to the trailer stood open, and Phillippe placed a few pieces of paper in a small trash can and walked outside to smoke a menthol cigarette.

Increased taxes focus of Ashland library issue

ASHLAND — In 1999, Ashland got its first library. It was a 30-year-old retired bookmobile that stayed open 20 hours a week in the parking lot of Ashland Baptist Church. In 2000, the makeshift facility got an upgrade when 150 volunteers and staff helped transfer books into the new Southern Boone County Library, a rented office building on Broadway.

Misfit Monument

WRIGHT CITY-A bronze statue forged to honor slugger Mark McGwire is built to last forever. The only question is whether it will ever see the light of day.

New role with team no worry for Towe

After nine years as an assistant coach following his playing days at Missouri, Justin Towe is ready to start his first season as head coach of the Rock Bridge baseball team. Rock Bridge’s nine seniors are a big reason the Bruins are ranked No. 3 in a preseason poll by Towe said the seniors are an important part of that ranking, and an even more important part of keeping it.

Columbia investor pleads guilty to $3 million laundering scam

A former employee of the Vertical Group, a Columbia financial services company, pleaded guilty in an U.S. District Court on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit money laundering, Bradley J. Schlozman, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said in a news release.

Another race, another record

MELBOURNE, Australia — The red line lapped at Michael Phelps’ feet, as if pushing him to another world record.

Riddle turns her attention to WNBA

EeTisha Riddle will not be spending her spring break on the beach or on the mountains skiing. Instead, she will head to Cleveland for this weekend’s WNBA Pre-Draft Camp.

West Broadway Wal-Mart continues to drive politics

It’s been more than two years, but the vote on the Wal-Mart store on West Broadway continues to remain a divisive issue.

A changing landscape