Astronaut to run marathon in space

All systems are go for astronaut marathoner Suni Williams. Williams, who qualified for the Boston Marathon before learning she would be at the International Space Station on race day, was cleared for a 26.2-mile simulated run at 9 a.m. CDT on Monday, just when the real event will be leaving Hopkinton down on Earth.

Rorvig holds on in heptathlon

Kaela Rorvig had just lost the lead in the women’s heptathlon after a mediocre throw in the javelin. She had to beat Nebraska’s Kim Shubert in the 800-meter run. Rorvig came in second, holding off Shubert for the last 100 meters.

Family fuel

The middle-distance tandem of Jimmie Jones and Marcus Mayes was near the end of a long, grueling set of 10 400-meter runs at the end of Missouri’s track practice.

Kenseth wins despite spin

Matt Kenseth made the save first, then he picked up the victory. That might sound a little backward for baseball fans, but it made perfect sense Saturday in the O’Reilly 300 Busch Series race.

Horseman holding clinic at Stephens

World-renowned horse trainer, instructor and judge Richard Shrake will put on a two-day western riding clinic for 24 Stephens College equestrian students and other local riders April 17 and 18.

A tale of two series

Carl Edwards has been waiting a long time to do another Sunday backflip. While Edwards is dominating the Busch Series this year, with a huge points lead and two straight victories, he hasn’t been able to do his trademark celebration after a Nextel Cup race since November 2005 in Texas.

MU earns split in doubleheader

The Missouri baseball team is scheduled to play nine three-game series against Big 12 conference opponents this season.

Patton still coping with backup role

The former Bruins star has yet to throw a pass for the Tigers.

One of the week’s new faces

Miranda Susann Iseult DeCourley may only be a month old, but she’s already developed a liking for nightlife. “She’s my little party girl,” her mother, Rebecca, said with a laugh, referring to the fact that her new daughter likes to stay up between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Diversity bill draws on not-so-varied ‘N’ case

You probably saw the story in Wednesday’s Missourian about the latest problem at Missouri State University down in Springfield. It appears that the faculty of social work is in serious disarray.

BOONE LIFE: They call it wheelin'

They call it “wheeling.” To participate, you need something bigger than 35-inch tires (average car tires are 15 inches in diameter) locking differentials and a winch. Thirty-fives, deflated to a splashy level that helps them “eat” in the dirt, are just big enough to crawl over boulders and stumps on the trail. Locks will fix one axle so that both tires spin at the same speed and the winch, a strong cable attached to a spindle motor on the grill of the truck, is for when the tires and locks aren’t enough. The winch is both a lifesaver and a last resort for any self-respecting driver.

2 suspects still sought

One victim is injured after being struck by a gun, police say.

City gains in rankings for business, careers

Columbia moves into third best metro area, up from previous ranking of 16th.

Rape victims to gain more rights under proposed bill

Kelley Lucero, the outreach coordinator for the Sexual Assault Response Team of the Shelter in Columbia, once worked with a 14-year-old girl who was raped by a family friend in a small Missouri town.

U.S. Muslim speaker urges understanding, acceptance

Judging muscle

Judges evaluate a 1982 Corvette at the Corvette Cup on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Select off Stadium Boulevard. The judges were expecting around 200 cars, but most attendees did not bring their vintage cars because of the rainy weather.

Cleaning up Columbia

Rachel Zarfaf, a member of Tree Keepers, walked Bear Creek Trail’s North Garth Avenue access point early Saturday morning picking up various pieces of litter. “It’s not pouring down rain, so it’s not as bad as I thought it would be,” Zarfaf said. She was wearing in a navy-blue jacket, white knitted scarf and warm gloves.

Five ideas

Who else should be fired for making offensive remarks? What lessons should be learned from the Duke case? What are the current deployment strategy's effects on long-term effect on soldiers and military preparedness? How do you control your children's online activities? How important is raising more money than your opponent in a local election?

Still too early to tell if cold hurt crops

Although growers estimate heavy losses, it’s still to early too gauge exactly the extent of the damage to Missouri crops caused by record low temperatures the weekend of April 7 and 8.

MU agrees that hospital erred financially

Officials at University Hospital must ask all of their physicians to sign off on a 2003 decision to divert millions of dollars to recruiting activities or pay back the money.