Parade features 10 honored guests

“Honor my country, serve my country, cherish my family, and love God,” were the words boasted from the banner of the American Heritage Girls, a Christian-based nonprofit scouting organization. Eight-year-old Elise Stephenson participated in her first Salute to Veterans’ Memorial Day Parade as part of the group.

Information sought in Saturday shooting

Columbia police officers responded to reports of shots fired near the intersection of Hanover Boulevard and Olympic Boulevard around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Earning Memorial Day

In a week, Lance Cpl. John McClellan will get a golden retriever puppy, which he has already named “Lucky,” the same name given to him by his fellow Marines after he was shot twice in one week in Afghanistan.

Land buy to fix road and sewer problems

A city purchase of property along Creasy Springs Road holds the promise of addressing a problem with a private sewer lagoon and eliminating a treacherous curve between Obermiller Road and Bear Creek.

EMS studies won’t seek patients’ OK

WASHINGTON — The federal government is undertaking the most ambitious set of studies ever mounted under a controversial arrangement that allows researchers to conduct some kinds of medical experiments without first getting the patients’ permission.

Police, firefighters look to courts to fix wage glitch

JEFFERSON CITY — It’s kind of like when a child requests money from Mom and gets turned down. He then runs through the house and tries again with Dad, hoping for a better response.

Chutist hurt at air show

The second day of the weekend’s air show went according to plan with one exception — a parachutist broke his arm during the first of two scheduled sky-dive demonstrations.

Steward of species

Everything on Bill Heffernan’s farm is old: the wooden barns, the rusty wagons; even the animals are ancient breeds.

Veterans recount past lives in wars

Vietnam veteran Delbert Merts says it’s a love for pie and coffee that brings the War Buddies together twice a month.

Court employees discover WWI flag

PALMYRA — A nearly 90-year-old flag honoring World War I veterans is on display again after being hidden away for decades in the courthouse here.

Accept failure; remove the Spot

In response to the May 11 article on the Tiger Spot: Those of us who walk past that sad eyesore on the way to work have a twice-daily opportunity to contemplate what it symbolizes, namely:

Missouri to host regional tournament

The Missouri baseball team left Columbia for Stillwater, Okla., on May 17 for its final regular season series against Oklahoma State.

MU alum runs Ginn Racing

Jay Frye gets pulled in all sorts of different directions. He oversees an entire NASCAR Nextel Cup motorsports team. He deals with sponsors and drivers. Then there’s NASCAR’s biggest free-agent, Dale Earnhardt Jr., who Frye plans to speak to about the possibility of joining his team, Ginn Racing.

Special Olympics Missouri in need of volunteer help

The Special Olympics Missouri 2007 Summer Games begin June 4, but event organizers are unsure if they will happen as planned.

James gets Cavs back into series

CLEVELAND — LeBron James didn’t wait for the last play. He did all he needed to do before the clock got anywhere near zero.

Senators vie to end Cup drought

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Back in 1927 when Babe Ruth and the rest of Murderers’ Row feasted on American League pitching, Canada’s capital celebrated a Stanley Cup championship.

Washburn continues to dominate Royals

KANSAS CITY — Long after his baseball career is done, Jarrod Washburn will look back fondly on Kauffman Stadium.

Belliard’s hit buries Cards

ST. LOUIS — One by one, the St. Louis Cardinals have honored their departed World Series players and then gotten beat by them.

Moves to get Earnhardt Jr. have begun

CONCORD, N.C. — If Dale Earnhardt Jr. ends up at Joe Gibbs Racing, team officials are adamant it won’t be with sponsor Budweiser.

Weather decides Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — The rain came quickly in the gathering darkness, so quickly the winner got soaked as he took a victory lap Everyone knew it was coming, because the 91st Indianapolis 500 was always as much a race against the weather as it was for the checkered flag.