MU professor retracts research after investigation

MU professor R. Michael Roberts has retracted research published in Science magazine after a nearly yearlong university investigation concluded that accompanying images were doctored by one of his associates, who has apparently fled the country.

Text of the retraction of research report

Text of the retraction appearing in the July 23, 2007, issue of Science Magazine regarding the research report “CDX2 gene expression and trophectoderm lineage specification in mouse embryos” by MU researchers K. Deb, M. Sivaguru, H. Y. Yong, R. M. Roberts that was originally published in the magazine in 2006.

Unwelcome art

The brick walls of the alley south of the former Ninth Street Bookstore sport jet black lines, stencils of Yoda and Donnie Darko’s Halloween rabbit mask.

County facing tough sell on taxes

Boone County commissioners are planning to put a new half-percent sales tax for road improvements on this November’s ballot. The current 10-year sales tax will also be put up for renewal.

Schools train for shooting scenario

Wednesday morning was the first time Columbia public school faculty and law enforcement agencies collaborated for active shooter training.

Hog Wild

The 60th annual Boone County Fair features many odd events, but chief among them has to be the pig races.

Menards to open store near Lowe’s, Home Depot

Menards, a home improvement store, is opening a new location in Columbia. The privately owned company has more than 200 locations in the Midwest, including one in St. Joseph.

Journey into a bartender’s mind

What stands out about “The After Hours” is that it’s a collage of genres: It’s drama, rock opera, ballet, doo-wop and vaudeville. That mix is what playwright Holly K. Maness had in mind.

Skala to continue hours for coffees

Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala has met six times with residents at the Coffee Ground, 2703 E. Broadway, on Saturdays before council meetings. He plans on continuing the meetings, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., because of their success.

Nixon calls for return of excess funds

JEFFERSON CITY — Attorney General Jay Nixon suggested Wednesday that most candidates should have to return any campaign money they received above the state’s recently reinstated contribution limits.

Some Greek houses getting makeovers

Over the past few weeks, fraternities, sororities and the city of Columbia have been busy with construction projects in Greektown, a square of area outlined by Rollins and Providence roads, Kentucky Boulevard and Maryland Avenue.

Bridge delay expected in Flat Branch renovation

COLUMBIA—At the Roots ’n Blues ’n Barbecue Festival on Sept. 7 to 8, Columbia residents enjoying the renovation of Flat Branch Park Phase Two might be fenced in.

City needs to give more support to Columbia public TV

Cable providers Mediacom and Charter Communications recently ended their funding of the Columbia Access Television Channel. This has left the channel in a terrible financial situation. CAT3 has less than $7,000 left to fund the channel, which is grossly inadequate.

Thanks for free concerts; please support the band

Thank you officers of Shelter Insurance for again sponsoring a wonderful summer concert series in the Garden. We Columbians are so fortunate to have a local company that gifts us not only with a free concert series every summer but with a beautiful garden year round.

Council should value people over property

Ed’s and Sunset Mobile Home Park residents organized and expressed their concerns during the July 2 Columbia City Council meeting that addressed the proposed annexation and rezoning of their mobile home parks.

If it’s mostly ads, is it a newspaper?

I remember the days when newspapers had news. Now they have advertising. If they can’t get it all in the basic paper, they add whole sections which they insert. Advertising spilling out everywhere. Oh, I know about the financial foundation supplied to the “news”-papers by advertising.

Missouri Theatre's coming attractions

An extreme makeover will soon be featured at a theater near you. This weekend, the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts will close until June 2008 for major renovations and expansion.

Respite from the river

A black SUV rolls down a Missouri road. It’s a small reminder to the driver and co-pilot of this ground support crew for the Missouri River 340 Race that somewhere out on the muddy water are two men from the Twin Cities trying to make good time in their tandem canoe.

Priest Holmes will return to Chiefs’ camp

KANSAS CITY — Three-time Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes will report to the Kansas City Chiefs’ camp Saturday in a surprise development that comes 21 months after he was knocked out of football by a devastating hit.

Cubs’ Ted Lilly shuts down rival Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Ted Lilly won his seventh straight decision, and Cliff Floyd and Mike Fontenot both drove in two runs in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.