BOONE LIFE: Maria Yaninas

Just after work on a Friday afternoon, Mary Newby walks up to the counter at Hallsville Market and Deli.

Rios’ new trial upsets victim’s mom

Linda Valencia hasn’t watched the news on television since her son, Jesse, was killed in June 2004. But Friday afternoon, her mother called her at work and told her the news that the man convicted in her 23-year-old son’s slaying had been granted a new trial.

Missouri job decline mirrors national trend

With Missouri undergoing a decline in manufacturing, state lawmakers are debating a number of ideas to give industries a reason to stick around as long as possible while the economy becomes increasingly service-oriented.

To the beat of their drums

A chaos of sound and music dominated MU’s Lowry Mall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as high school musicians from all over the state flooded the campus.

City building renovations set to begin

Monday marks the start of the long-awaited renovation of the Daniel Boone City Building. The first phase of the $22 million renovation and expansion plan begins with improvements to the first floor.

Commission looks to extend county road tax

Voters in Boone County can expect to see an extension of a county roads tax on the ballot in November, said Presiding County Commissioner Ken Pearson. As it is set to expire at the end of September 2008, county officials say the half-cent sales tax is important to continuing the construction and maintenance of roads in the county.

Symphony orchestra director to conduct a younger crowd

The director of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra will soon be taking the lead in the orchestra’s youth counterpart.

Hickman student, age 16, dies in accident west of Columbia

Phillip Atchley, a 16-year-old Hickman High School student, was killed Thursday when his car was struck by an SUV at 173 N. Route O, west of Columbia, the Missouri State Highway police said. Atchley was a resident of Rocheport.

Dean takes year off to plan institute

Dean Mills, dean of the MU School of Journalism, will take a year off to concentrate on planning for the opening of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

New festival showcases diverse art

A little bit of rain early Friday night didn’t dissipate the first-ever downtown ArtRageous art festival.

Five ideas

Why has Bush refused a timeline? How can universities address mental health? How do you live "green"? How do you feel about legislative or bureaucratic measures that attempt to influence people’s behavior? Will a ban on certain admissions practices impact diversity?

Tigers’ Jacob Priday recaptures offensive swagger after slump.

One month ago, things were looking bad for outfielder Jacob Priday. After two seasons of honors and acclaim as one of the most reliable and powerful bats in the Missouri lineup, he started 2007 struggling in the field and slumping at the plate.

Runners enjoy benefit 5K race

Jim O’Dell, 63, of Fayette, has been an avid runner most of his life. But after falling off a horse two years ago and undergoing surgery, he had to take a break from racing. It wasn’t until December 2006 that he came back to the sport and he said he now runs an average of two races a month.

MU back atop Big 12

A pair of home runs helped the Missouri softball team beat Baylor 4-3 Saturday in Waco, Texas to take back the Big 12 Conference lead from the No. 8 Bears.

Grand finish for Bruins

Many young baseball players dream about hitting a walk-off grand slam against an archrival.

Kewpies stunned after walk-off grand slam

Many baseball players will admit to dreaming about the situation at some point in their lives.

‘Great MOHELA Shuffle’ rivals Shakespearean tragedy

If you were at last Sunday’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet” in Jesse Hall, as I was, I’m sure you spotted right away, as I did, the obvious parallels between that classic and the long-running show that is on stage again this week down in the City of Jefferson. Of course, I mean the “Great MOHELA Shuffle.”

Confident MU rallies for win

Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson says one-run games mean a lot. If a team can win when games stay close, he says, then its players will build confidence that will bring more wins later.

Bee researchers say fungus may play role in disappearances

A fungus that caused widespread loss of bee colonies in Europe and Asia may be playing a crucial role in the mysterious phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder that is now wiping out bees across the U.S., University of California, San Francisco researchers said Wednesday.

The beauty in freedom

Deborah Rodriguez has an explanation, of sorts, as to how a twice-divorced cosmetician from Michigan wound up running a beauty academy in the most incongruous of locales: the dusty, chaotic and blast-barricaded Afghan capital.