What meeting? Tenants missed it

None of the residents of two trailer parks up for annexation and rezoning spoke at Columbia City Council’s public hearing June 18. But their silence was not because of a lack of interest.

Drug-resistant staph germ found to infect at higher rate

A dangerous drug-resistant staph germ may be infecting hospital patients at about 10 times the rate health officials had previously estimated, according to a new comprehensive study.

Film producer returns to his Missouri roots

Josh Hartnett has tried to make a life in new places, most recently Los Angeles. Now, the Kansas City native is in Columbia to produce his first film, “Ron Is an Island,” about a rudderless college boy.

Three teens arrested at car dealership

Columbia police arrested three male teenagers and recovered a stolen gun after noticing a suspicious vehicle at Perry Chevrolet while patrolling the area early Sunday morning.

BOONE LIFE: Riding with tomorrow's cowpokes

Eight-year-old Cole Scheetz stands with his hands on his hips next to two stick horses lying on the ground at the Hallsville Fairgrounds stables. Cole looks like a real cowboy with his dirt-covered boots, long blue jeans, belt buckle, cowboy hat and light-blue shirt.

Joplin teen faced bullying before taking gun to school

The Jasper County teen accused of firing an assault rifle inside his middle school last fall was subjected for years to abuse at school that his teachers ignored, the boy’s parents told the Joplin Globe.

Hamas’ power needs recognition

The Israeli government under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the Bush Administration are trying to turn the violence and the split between Fatah and Hamas in the Palestinian territories into another opportunity to bring a settlement between Israel and the Arab state.

Royals win 11-inning walkover

Joey Gathright’s bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning off Chris Spurling lifted the Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Brewers. It was the third walk of the inning for Kansas City, and sixth in the final five innings.

Goodell briefs rookies on conduct

Roger Goodell briefed all 255 members of this year’s draft class Monday on the NFL’s stricter conduct rules. Hours later, the Chicago Bears released troubled defensive tackle Tank Johnson in a move that most likely underscored the commissioner’s message.

Survey says residents unhappy with pace of development

Columbia is a fast-changing town with the constant sprawl of new developments. But people’s unhappiness with growth remains fairly constant. The third DirectionFinder survey commissioned by the city shows that about 40 percent of residents are either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with how the city has been planning for growth.

Heroes in journalism are rarely American

During my years in journalism, I’ve met a few heroes, people who have been willing to risk their lives for something they believe in. Not many of those heroes have been journalists.

Five Ideas

How do you think city officials can promote energy conservation in Columbia? In what ways do you think year-round schooling would benefit or hinder Columbia students? What effects would alcohol sales in parks have on alcohol consumption at park events? What would you be willing to sacrifice for the benefit of science?

What do you think is the next step in the campaign for alternative energy sources?

Internet task force has arrested 42 since inception in January

With a recent spate of arrests of suspected child predators, the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force is quickly establishing itself as one of the most well-known law enforcement agencies in the region. Months of investigation by the task force and cooperating agencies culminated last week in the arrests of four people suspected of committing Internet crimes against children.

Worshiping God takes on a new direction

Heritage Baptist Church’s second annual Youth Jam focused on reaching out to young teens by presenting religious ideas with pop culture terms youth can relate to. Facing competition from a wide variety of summer offerings, religious summer programming is trying to be culturally relevant while retaining a spiritual emphasis.

Officials knew about security vulnerabilities before attack

Internal security audits show that University of Missouri System administrators and security staff were aware of security vulnerabilities affecting UM information systems prior to the database attack in early May.

Tiger Hotel asks for tax-break help on revival

As early as this fall, owner John Ott said construction will begin to restore the Tiger back into a downtown draw — a historical boutique-style hotel he says could grease the wheels for further downtown development and catalyze economic progress. But the restoration depends on getting the money to make it happen.

Mayor pushes for storm water law to start earlier

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman is concerned that after “severe problems with storm water in the past,” developers are still trying to squeak in their applications before the newest storm water ordinance takes effect.

DISCOVERING their past

Guests of the Wilson/Clark Family Reunion traveled from as far as Colorado and as close as Columbia to celebrate the reunion Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park. Traci Wilson-Kleekamp created an improvised family tree for the families in about 15 minutes. The chart contained more than 100 names and was done by memory.

Mudballers not just messing around

Mudball ’07 was held Saturday to raise awareness for the organization. The mud volleyball tournament featured seven co-ed teams of at least six players ages 18-and-older.

Swimming a fun challenge

While Micah Wright would finish the last few weeks of his kindergarten year in a cast, something else was on his mind. He had a full summer of swimming ahead of him.