Grimes charged with assault

Kalen Grimes, a senior on the MU basketball team, was suspended indefinitely Monday.

Missouri senior basketball player Kalen Grimes was charged with second-degree assault Wednesday morning in connection with an incident early Saturday morning in Florissant, said Don Schneider, assistant to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch.

Tour of Missouri an idea officials couldn’t ignore

An avid cyclist, Summers had seen the Tour of California and the Tour de Georgia, the two most notable cycling events in North America. He mentioned the possibility of a race in Missouri to the governor.

No easy trips home for Rolen

Pujols hasn’t homered in 22 games, a career worst slump, but still has 16 for the season. For Rolen, Pujols’ St. Louis Cardinals teammate, this was supposed to be the season when everything returned to normal.

Young gymnast unwilling to let go of her aspirations

Brittany Haines, 18, was born without a thumb on her right hand. That didn’t stop her from stepping onto the mat when she was 2 years old and beginning her gymnastics career. As her daughter grew older, however, Vivien Haines was confronted with a surgery that would give her daughter more use of her right hand.

Cancellara dreading Alps stages

Fabian Cancellara says he knows his days in the Tour de France’s yellow jersey are numbered as the race heads toward the Alps. The Swiss time-trial ace kept the prized race leader’s shirt after Wednesday’s fourth stage, a mostly flat 119.9-mile ride from Villers-Cotterets to Joigny won by Thor Hushovd of Norway.

Green Gifts

Rhonda Woolsey, the coordinator of the Shangri-La Garden, part of the Community Garden Coalition, started a new garden that’s yielding a bounty of fresh food for the 18 families who help till the soil — and an untold number of others.

Columbia off list of biolab sites

Columbia may not have had the right combination of financial and political resources to bring a national biodefense laboratory to the city.

Intersection plans school for at-risk students

Five years after the Intersection began offering after-school programs in Columbia’s First Ward, the nonprofit organization is making plans to start a private school for at-risk children.

Official touts airport’s potential

Randy Allen, president of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, said Columbia Regional Airport is a potential major “player” in a new Central Missouri economic plan.

Neighbors air concerns on potential firing range

The main concern for neighbors is the noise associated with the proposed firing range. But Capt. Mike Martin said the range would only be in use during negotiable hours, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., fewer than 40 days throughout the year. He said even weekends are negotiable if it wins the neighbors’ approval.

Former first lady loved wildflowers, nature

Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday, a family spokeswoman said. She was 94.

Wannabe Harrys crowd movie’s opening

Professor Trelawney predicted the crowd of expectant Muggles that flooded Hollywood 14 theater’s lobby for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” She saw it in her crystal ball.

A traveling circus

Six members of a traveling circus rolled into Columbia on a painted school bus to perform a series of skits. The self-proclaimed “happy souls” will be performing for free at 7 p.m. Friday in Peace Park.

Expansion plans in store for Target

General Growth Properties, the mall’s development and management firm, has applied for a revision to the mall’s development plan to accommodate a 26,810-square-foot expansion of Target. The current store is 101,969 square feet.

Take care in alley names, signs stolen

Recently a local newspaper carried a story about theft of Columbia street signs. Vandals (read: thieves) increasingly, says the report, abscond with street signs that make it difficult for emergency vehicles to find addresses. Life and death emergencies result from missing signs.

Two juveniles taken into custody in connection with duplex fire

Two juveniles were taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of starting a fire in front of a vacant duplex in west Columbia on Tuesday.