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Curators to name new president Friday

University of Missouri curators plan to name a new president at the conclusion of their regular meeting Friday in Columbia, but it was unclear whether they plan to immediately disclose that choice. “We should know something tomorrow,” interim president Gordon Lamb told The Associated Press Thursday at the start of the curators’ two-day meeting at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Need for volunteers continues

The need for volunteers at the Special Olympics Missouri 2007 State Summer Games has decreased by half since Friday.

Ballpark nip/tuck

Taylor Stadium and Simmons Field are undergoing subtle, yet necessary, changes in preparation for the weekend’s regional baseball tournament.

Tournament brings star back home

She was more than 1,300 miles away, but when Cheryl Tekotte heard the news that the University of Miami baseball team, and her son, Blake, would be playing in the NCAA regional in Columbia this weekend, her motherly instincts kicked in.

Dancers square off in competition

The Missouri Contemporary Ballet will team up with the Twilight Dance Studio to be host to the first-ever, “Dancing with Missouri Stars,” tonight at the Hearnes Center. Dancing will begin at 7 p.m.; tickets are avaliable to the public for $20 and students for $10.

Firm describes plans to examine utility rates

A consulting firm hired by the city to investigate utility rates unveiled its plans during a preliminary meeting Wednesday night.

AIDS experts seek cultural solutions

Faculty and researchers from universities around the U.S. and South Africa exchanged ideas at The Global Partnerships for AIDS Research Symposium on Wednesday at MU.

Summerfest starts with move indoors

Opening night of Ninth Street Summerfest was moved inside The Blue Note this year because of what seemed to be forboding weather.

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Honor all public servants, too

When I was growing up in southwest Missouri, we decorated the graves of everyone on Memorial Day. That was just after World War II, so we understood well the debt we owed to our soldiers.

Cyclist spinning way into French bike race

Even as a child, Dale Brigham was a rider. At 4 years old, fresh off his tricycle, he decided to broaden his horizons and move past the scary sloping driveway into the heart of College Station, Texas. He was far enough out of his neighborhood that his father had to drive to look for him. His bike, as Brigham referred to it, was his “freedom machine.”

City police oppose addition of new land

Ron Netemeyer has peaceful early memories of Sunset Mobile homes. The Columbia lawyer and managing partner of Whirlwind Properties LLC grew up in the mobile home park that his company acquired a year ago.

Hotel owner requests city aid for renovation

At night, The Tiger hotel’s lighted sign casts a red glow on the downtown skyline, a reminder of downtown Columbia’s past.

Coed classrooms to end for Field’s fourth-graders

Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, all fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms at Field Elementary School will be separated by gender.

City to help farmers market

After more than a decade of trying to establish a permanent structure for the Columbia Farmers’ Market, city government is taking a stronger role in the project than ever before.

Centennial celebration brings big acts

The University Concert Series at MU is looking to make its centennial celebration its biggest ever. Among the nearly 40 performances, the most expensive — and likely the biggest draw, the series director said — will be violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman.

Hickman High expands AP program

Juniors at Hickman High School will have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses in language arts starting this fall.

City picks ‘green’ design firm for two new fire stations

The city’s quest for more environmentally sustainable buildings will include two new fire stations that are slated for construction later this year.

Man gets 10 years for 2005 shooting

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in a 2005 shooting.

Mizzouland: How college shouldn’t be

Just south of Stadium Boulevard, where it is bisected by Providence Road, we can get a glimpse of the Mizzou of the future. The athletic complex is a welcome symbol of the university’s direction. North of Stadium, the campus looks much like it always did, except for new hotel-like dorms and the journalism school’s extension under construction rising beside the Sociology Building. What has become a vast seven-building journalism complex at the northeast edge of the Quad will doubtless spur more building activity in the sports complex.

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