In motion

Many people came to rollerskate and visit with friends at the Empire Roller Rink on March 21.

Forward, backward, up, down and around and around: Motion is everywhere.

When carving budgets, start from the top

The Missourian reported last week that the University of Missouri System Board of Curators has ordered each campus to carve 1 percent from next year’s budget to sweeten the pot for faculty salaries. For the flagship campus, that will come to about $4.2 million. (As the Missourian noted in one of those helpful little charts, MU’s budget is almost as big as the budgets of the three satellite campuses combined.)

Five ideas

When should troops withdraw to minimize chaos? How can colleges reduce cheating? How would you prioritize Columbia infrastructure needs? What does Missouri's newest Court ruling mean for young women trying to get an abortion? What problems could arise when government officials take trips funded by interest groups?

Riding the rails takes Borel far

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jockey Calvin Borel’s nickname is “Bo-rail,” a moniker he earned by hugging the fence whenever he gets a chance.

Sweeney hits home run, but Royals can’t hold on

KANSAS CITY — While winning a wild ballgame, Detroit may have lost a valuable pitcher before he could even get onto the field.

More details emerge in St. Louis pitcher’s death

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping other players will learn from Josh Hancock’s fatal mistakes.

Cardinals fall apart

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals absorbed another big hit, the news they would be without ace pitcher Chris Carpenter for at least three more months, while getting routed by the Houston Astros.

Edwards’ brief lead not enough to win

RICHMOND, Va. — Clint Bowyer won the race off pit road with about 28 laps to go Friday night and easily went on to his fifth career NASCAR Busch Series victory.

BOONE LIFE: Spring shear

Just after sunrise, a mud-caked BMW makes its way down the gravel driveway at Sycamore Creek Farm, near Rocheport. The car comes to a stop and two men get out. They start unloading toolboxes, ropes and electrical cords. In the distance, an alpaca screeches a high-pitched warning squeal.

Lacrosse teams face adversity

The game took place at Cosmopolitan Park, on a field that overlooked the flowered graves of Memorial Park Cemetery. There was only one set of bleachers, so many fans brought folding chairs, or stood.

Rock Bridge hurts seeding in big loss

With the Class 4, District 10 seed meeting on Monday, the Rock Bridge baseball team needed a big road win on Saturday against Jefferson City to solidify its chances for a No. 2 seed and a first-round tournament bye.

MU baseball team’s title hopes fading fast

The second-place Missouri baseball team is running out of time to earn its first Big 12 Conference championship. Missouri’s 5-1 loss to conference-leading Texas on Saturday in Austin dropped the

MU on verge of ending title drought

Eleven years ago, the Big 12 Conference came into existence. Ten years ago, the MU softball team won the school’s first Big 12 Championship. Ten years later, the MU athletic program only has that one championship to call its own.

Perfect Sense

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Street Sense showed plenty of that, smartly picking his way through traffic while rallying from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby.

Republican lunch highlights ideas on border security

As local Republicans ate their weekly lunch at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant on Friday, the buzz was about Thursday’s televised debate of the GOP presidential candidates.

Mo. revenues still increasing over ’06

State revenues in April were 9.6 percent higher than a year ago, the Office of Administration reported Friday.

A night for Memories

Kristina Whitmarsh, left, and Tyrel Lemley pose for a portrait at the beginning of the Hickman High School senior prom. Hickman’s seniors celebrated their prom Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center, while Rock Bridge High School simultaneously held its prom at Stony Creek Inn.

Homes throw open kitchens to public

Remember Ethel Mertz from “I Love Lucy,” who would get caught rifling through the Ricardos’ mail? Or the nosy neighbor, Gladys Kravitz, from “Bewitched,” who would be the sole witness to a magical event? Those old TV shows reflected a truism about people: We are curious about how our neighbors live. Today, people can at least get inside a few kitchens in Columbia.

Image Technologies wins small-business award

The Small Business of the Year award was given to Image Technologies on Thursday, but owner Steve Baumgartner said the credit goes to his 19 employees.

Generations sustain Mugs Up

The Mugs Up parking lot off Orange Street was deserted Thursday evening. Straws and soiled napkins orphaned from carhop trays during the previous lunch rush lay neglected on the oil-stained blacktop. Mugs Up was buttoned up for the day before the sun had set in memory of its founder and mainstay, Raymond Kewley, who died April 29.