London could be Columbia’s sister city

The similarities may not be obvious, but take away the familiar English sites, and the cities have a lot in common.

Five Ideas: What are your thoughts on these items in the news this week?

This week, we ask you to weigh in on potential cuts to the Adaptive Recreation programs at Paquin Tower, priorities for connecting trails as part of the GETAbout program, and how to finance changes for the Stadium Boulevard corridor. 

Police say Taser use was justified, others say it violated policy

Police said their use of a Taser on a man threatening to throw himself from an overpass during a 90-minute-long standoff Friday was necessary and met their policies for the device’s use.

UPDATE: Attorney general’s office sues to shut down Columbia funeral home

Inspectors found unsanitary conditions and bodies stored for months without refrigeration at Warren Funeral Chapel, 12 E. Ash St., the attorney general’s office said.

UM to ask state for $1 billion for 2010

The curators approved the request Friday, which amounts to a 19 percent increase over this year.

PHOTO GALLERIES: Boone County Fair 2008

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, said a news release.

First Ward community picnic features politics, neighborhood fun

The event, held Saturday in Douglass Park, was organized by Margaret-Marie Hickem-Smith, Willie Smith and 23rd District House candidate Stephen Webber.

Younger players put new spin on sport at Show-Me State Games

The Show-Me State Games table tennis tournament was held at the Helias High School gym Saturday.

Farmers market party touts proposed new pavilion

Along with a lawn, playground area and demonstration garden, the proposed building for the Columbia Farmers' Market would have permanent restrooms, a kitchen and office or meeting space.

Boone County Fair 2008 photo gallery, day 6

The Missourian will be posting daily photo galleries during the 2008 Boone County Fair. Do you have a photo from the event that you want to share? Share it with us at

Police say Milwaukee man shoots lawn mower

The man said he was angry that his lawn mower wouldn’t start

Young paintballers gain experience at the Show-Me State Paintball Competition

On Saturday, the Show-Me State Paintball competition took place at Battle Creek Paintball in Kingdom City, Mo. Eight teams competed to win the tournament, the Mid-west Assassins being the youngest of all teams.

Youngsters try disc golf, often for first time, at Show-Me State Games

The event happened Saturday at Oakland Park.

Women's tennis pair goes for gold at Games

Two Columbia Public School employees won the gold medal for women’s doubles tennis on July 19.

Dozens of teams fire up grills for Boone County Fair barbecue competition

Child and adult winners were to receive cash prizes, and the grand champion of the adult event, $1,500.

Murder plot finishes out ‘Comedies in Concert’

The final play in a set of comedies guarantees laughs, a surprise ending and the chance to give feedback to the playwright.

Boone County's got talent — at the fair

The finalists in the Boone County Fair talent show took the stage Friday night and gave the crowd singing and dancing and more.

Residents of Central Boone County gather at candidate forum

While residents living in more rural parts of the county want better access to water, sewage and roads, those living in the center of the county have different concerns.

Trial begins in videotaped rape, killing of Independence woman

Richard Davis, 43, faces 40 felony counts, including capital murder, kidnapping and rape in the May 2006 death of Marsha Spicer, 41.