BOONE LIFE: Life in the small town

‘No I cannot forget where it is that I come from ...’ Eric May, 10, cheers as a Sturgeon fire truck passes on North Ogden Street on April 29.

John Mellencamp would be at home in Sturgeon

Freedom of the press backslides

Each year, several respected surveys measure press freedom around the world. Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press Survey is probably the oldest. When did it start and what nations does it cover?

Missouri awaits news about NCAA tournament

Rising rivers parallel Mo. legislative sessions

As I write, the river is rising. It’s not really reasonable to expect that it will reach the House and Senate chambers in the state Capitol. Still, without torturing the metaphor, I think we can say that a flood is a lot like a legislative session.

Five ideas

How will the Missouri River flood affect you? Would a practicing farmer be better qualified to lead the agriculture department? Why or why not? Does the economic gain of this project outweigh the potential for the accidental release of deadly pathogens? What more could UM do to protect its current and former employees from fraud? How hard do you have to work to maintain a healthy relationship with your spouse, mate or partner?

Extra Points

Oklahoma evened the series with Missouri by taking a 5-0 win on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. It was the second time this season that the Tigers have been shut out.

Ready for the challenge

Four wheels and two sets of feet approach the batter’s box. Tyler Roberts takes the hand of his brother Trevor to share the grip on the red plastic bat. Trevor has cerebral palsy, but he’s about to hit a home run.

With his brother guiding the bat, Trevor connects and sends the ball five feet on the foul side of the first baseline. But when the last batter of the inning hits, everyone is supposed to score. Tyler takes hold of the stroller and pushes toward first. John Henrikson slides into home, followed by Torie Boyles, who vaults across using arm braces.

Displays, attractions open sixth annual Bike Week

The 1939 Mead Ranger Autocycle was the top of the line in its day, complete with a Greyhound ornament poised on its fender.

Cycle-Recycle program offers free bicycles today

Columbians looking to increase their speed have a chance to get their own wheels today at the sixth annual Cycle-Recycle.

Flood damage less than expected

Although the water is six inches deep in Mike Cooper’s house, the first floor of which is occupied by his restaurant, he is not worried. Cooper’s neighbors weren’t worried, either, when they stopped by with the mail, using a canoe to reach the site.

Fond farewells

Missourian photographers covered several graduations for University of Missouri students Saturday, capturing the joy of the day.

Governor encourages giving back

Chants echoed through the Hearnes Center on Saturday afternoon as students graduating from MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources awaited their moment to cross the stage and receive their diplomas.

Police search for suspects after gunshots fired downtown

Shots rang out in central Columbia on Saturday morning, but the culprits left behind nothing but a few shell casings and a pile of unanswered questions.