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Mario Williams shines in Texans’ victory over Chiefs

Second-year defensive lineman Mario Williams, the former No. 1 overall pick, returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in Houston’s victory over the Chiefs.

Rams can’t contain Panthers’ Steve Smith

The Carolina wide reciever hauled in seven catches for 118 yards and one touchdown in a 27-13 Panthers win.

Regatta brings model boats to retirement center

Members of the mid-Missouri Model Sailing Club let Boone Landing residents try out their boats.

College ranking reports disagree on what makes a school great

In 2005, Washington Monthly started ranking colleges in response to criticism over the popular U.S. News and World Report rankings. MU Provost Brian Foster says, in general, the information in these rankings is important, but it can be tough to interpret.

Lost in the Woods teaches navigation

The Lost in the Woods event at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park teaches people how to get home using a map and compass.

Bartimus headlines anniversary event

Tad Bartimus, a forerunner in journalism, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday night for the 20th anniversary celebration of the The National Women in the Media collection.

Electric traffic signs now up in Columbia

New electric message signs have been placed along I-70 outside Columbia to help manage traffic, enhance highway safety and give information to the public about road incidents and conditions.

Missouri soccer team improves to 4-0

Freshman Alysha Bonnick scored twice in the Missouri women’s soccer team’s win against Eastern Illinois, but it was the Tigers’ defense that stood out the most.

Long-time tradition brings fans to The Grove

There is a right way and a wrong way. And then there is the Manning Way. And when you’re in Oxford, a college town where tradition permeates the muggy air like the smell of deep fried chicken and deviled eggs, the Manning Way is the only way.

Rucker’s ability to switch positions aids Tigers

If you pick up any roster or depth chart for the Missouri Tigers, the abbreviation next to Martin Rucker’s name says “TE” for tight end. However, the last two weeks Rucker has moved around so much in the offense, he could just as easily be attached to a UTL label — as the team’s utility player.

Columbia man injured after his moped was sideswiped, police said

A 60-year-old moped driver was sideswiped on 200 N. Garth Ave., police said. One man was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident.

Students, blues guitarist perform in Flat Branch Park

T.J. Wheeler’s week as an artist-in-residence at Grant Elementary culminated in a performance at the Roots ’N Blues ’N BBQ Festival with a group of students dubbed “The Grant All-Star Corps Band.”

Environment, trade focus of APEC

The leaders of 21 nations of the Asian-Pacific region gathered to meet in Sydney, Australia, this past weekend. President Bush held one-on-one meetings with all of these leaders in appreciation of how important their countries have become to the U.S.

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 quesion 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.

Consultant studying ways for Columbia to attract high-tech companies

Columbia might be ranked among the nation’s top cities, but attracting high-tech companies is not easy. The business community has help from a consultant hired by Regional Economic Development Inc. to find ways to attract a company to build a data center.

Sept. 11 vigil planned for Tuesday

The Columbia Peace Coalition will host its annual vigil Tuesday to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Mood heats up as BBQ competition cools down

It was 11:30 a.m., just half an hour before the first round of judging for the barbecue competition at the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival in downtown Columbia.

The mood shifted; no more competitors offered beer or an invitation to chat. It was crunch time.

Columbia to start using ‘bait cars’ to catch thieves

Columbia police will launch a bait car program in November as a proactive measure against motor vehicle thefts, Columbia police Capt. Brad Nelson said.

City to distribute record amount to arts organizations

Columbia is poised to distribute a record $100,000 to local arts organizations to support music and dance programs, theater projects, the True/False Film Festival and other cultural endeavors.

Columbians chow on BBQ and listen to blues

Music from the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival is shaking buildings in downtown Columbia, and the air is heady with pungent barbecue. Our reporters are kicking around the city’s biggest party, talking with visitors, vendors and musicians.

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