Looking beyond the median

From right, Boiar Qin and Adithi Vellori think through a question during their Knowledge Masters club practice at Hickman High School on May 28.

In Columbia Public Schools, “gifted” means an IQ above 130, though throughout the rest of Missouri the bar rests around 125. Less tangible characteristics of gifted students include a keen sense of humor, persistent intellectual curiosity, superior reasoning powers and vocabulary and a wide range of interests, according to the district, which last year served 1,271 gifted students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Police captain explains use of Taser on suicidal man

Phillip Lee McDuffy suffered two broken arms, a broken jaw and an orbital fracture when he fell 15 feet from a bridge after being Tasered.

UPDATE: Man falls off overpass after apparent Taser use

The man was identified as 45-year-old Phillip Lee McDuffy of Columbia. As of Friday night, he is in critical condition in University Hospital.

UPDATE: Man falls off overpass after apparent Taser use

Functional and beautiful: Exhibit showcases common objects of the historic elite

COLUMBIA — In a small, beige-walled room at the Museum of Art and Archaeology, Kelly Archer had her first look at a trio of micromosaics, framed and under glass. The biggest one, no larger than a silver dollar, depicts the Coliseum of Rome in intricate detail. With the help of a magnifying glass, Archer got a better look at the hundreds of colored bits forming the rows of columns and arches.

The tiny representations of places abroad can be found in “The Fine Art of Living: Luxury Objects from the East and West,” currently at MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. The exhibit features an array of useful and beautiful objects once owned by the noble elite from around the world.

Man falls off overpass at Providence Road and I-70

A man fell or possibly jumped off the overpass at Providence and 1-70 at about 12:05 p.m. Friday. Emergency crews placed him in neck and back braces before putting him in a University Hospital ambulance, Columbia Police Officer Mark Brotemarkle said. The man was breathing.

Understanding a child’s death requires naming names

The boy's parents, Horace Johnson, 25, and Keyonda Lumpkin, 26, have both been charged with the class A felony of second-degree murder. The bond on each warrant was set for $1 million, cash only.

Dean of MU School of Medicine is applicant for job in Arizona

William Crist, who is a candidate for a new position in the Health Affairs department at the University of Arizona, will visit the Tucson campus on Thursday to take part in a forum.

UPDATE2: Man falls off overpass after apparent Taser use

Privatization without additional funding will take away from VA hospital system

Veterans are admitted into VA hospitals by priorities including the percents of service-connected disabilities, income and receipt of a purple heart.

Street Crimes Unit will start work Monday

The four-officer unit will focus on "career criminals" and areas with increased violent crime.

Lawsuit filed against Warren Funeral Home for unsanitary conditions

Inspections of Warren Funeral Home have found unsanitary conditions that have led the attorney general to ask it to be closed.

Convicted felon removed from Police Chief Search Advisory Committee

Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins removed Darrell Foster from the committee to maintain a neutral search process.

Letter: GetAbout Columbia's Garth trail extension too expensive, not needed

PedNet director Ian Thomas has said the extension is inexpensive and could raise property values around it. Others say the extension is a move to spend federal money quickly.

Flood warning in effect until 8 p.m.

Several Boone County roads are reported closed because of flooding from heavy rains. Showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast.

Mosquito season return; learn about them and how to prevent their bites

To mosquitoes, some of us are smorgasbords, and others are as tasty as cardboard. As the mosquito season begins in earnest — if it hasn’t already in your microclimate — those on the buffet line might dread its arrival more than the rest of us, but there’s no escaping.

Prof whose 'last lecture' became a sensation dies

Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist whose "last lecture" about facing terminal cancer became an Internet sensation and a best-selling book, died Friday. He was 47.