High above the crowd

Members of the Black Daggers jump from a C-130 Hercules carrying canisters that trail red smoke Saturday at the Salute to Veterans Air Show at Columbia Regional Airport.

The weather forecast for Saturday, which called for cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms, may have made some people think twice before visiting the outdoor Memorial Day Salute to Veterans Air Show at the Columbia Regional Airport. But, as luck would have it, the cool breeze was refreshing and it did not rain, at least during the show.

Board leaders move forward in search for UM president

The UM System Board of Curators met Friday by conference call to discuss the recommendations of the UM Presidential Search Advisory Committee on who should become the next system president.

Virtual Army Experience game lets civilians try combat

Jordan Hareth nearly skipped a step running down the stairs of the Virtual Army Experience. He was barely able to hold in his excitement. “Dude, the graphics are insane, dude.”

Utility rate study open to the public

The Columbia City Council is inviting the public to participate in a work session on a consultant’s study of local utility rates.

Five Ideas

In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the

past week. We end each subject with a question to encourage you to consider your own opinions about these issues and how they affect our community. Please take a moment and contribute to the dialogue.

Hulshof as UM chief might not be worst thing

With the legislative session safely in our rearview mirror and best forgotten, let’s look ahead. Is that President Hulshof just over the horizon?

Record number of students graduate from Douglass High School.

Doug Daniels has been a social studies teacher at Douglass High School for more than 20 years, but he’s still taken aback by the sense of accomplishment he sees in some of his graduating students.

Record day for Missouri thrower

Sophomore Krishna Lee will be representing Missouri at the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championship in not only one, but two field events.

Tigers vaulter falls short, but impresses

When Missouri pole vaulter Brian Hancock was in seventh grade, he played football and basketball with other teenagers.

Bruins’ Borduin breaks out at state

Rock Bridge junior Lauren Borduin won two Class 4 state championships at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.

With return to Utah, Jazz roll, Duncan struggles

Back in the comfort of home, the Utah Jazz found what they were lacking in the first two games of the Western Conference finals: Confidence, defense and scorers other than Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams.

Missouri vs. Texas Big 12 showdown fails to materialize

Coming into the Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament, the two hottest teams in the conference were No. 6 Texas and No. 11 Missouri.

Royals take tumble against Seattle

KANSAS CITY — Ask Seattle’s Cha Seung Baek what was working well against Kansas City, and he reels off his entire repertoire.

Cards hold on against Nationals

ST. LOUIS — Jim Edmonds had two hits and three RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals end the Washington Nationals’ four-game winning streak with an 8-6 victory Saturday night.

Extra Points

Doug Koenig of Alburtis, Pa., won the 2007 National Rifle Association’s Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol Championship. The win marks Koenig’s 10th victory in the event. Koenig beat last year’s winner, Bruce Piatt on Wednesday through Saturday at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club’s Chapman Academy Range in Hallsville.