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

This week, we ask readers to weigh in on the NAACP's decision to support Warren Funeral Chapel, how someone with a criminal background could affect the hiring of a new police chief, Columbia's reluctance to join in on the tax-free weekend, layoffs at Boone Hospital Center and the city manager's budget priorities.

Take candidates’ promises with a grain of salt

The 9th District race is shaping up to be the most interesting of Tuesday’s primary.

Columbia makes cooling centers available to residents

It's getting hotter and hotter, but the city has places to cool off.

Students find experience, summer jobs on political campaigns

Some volunteer and others get paid, often working long hours as the November election nears.

Virginia man drowns near Osage Beach

Calvin Bloxom did not resurface after jumping off a pontoon boat on Friday.

Police say ATM customer shoots gunman after robbery

After a gunman robs a couple at an ATM in Kansas City, police said that the man shot the robber in the head.

Gymnast devoted to sport

For Columbia’s Breanna Dumbacher, competing in the Show-Me State Games’ gymnastics competition is only part a year-round involvement with the sport.

Young archers make friends through sport

Connor Wilson, Spencer Berry and Drew McCutchan all participated in the archery competition in the Show-Me State Games. The boys say the competition is a great place to make new friends.

Teams vie for spots at national dodgeball tournament

The Show-Me State Games’ dodgeball tournament served as a qualifier for the National Amateur Dodgeball Association’s national tournament next July.

Taekwondo medalist ready for military

 Jonny Stevenson, who has been training in taekwondo for the past two and a half years, will join the army in the spring.

Clubs help cross-country runners train for events

Runners from across the state came with their clubs to compete in the Show-Me State Games’ 5K event

Columbia athletes discuss benefits of swimming

Swimmers of all ages at the Show-Me State Games said that swimming helps them stay healthy and keeps them in shape for other sports.

UPDATE: Six more bodies recovered from Warren Funeral Chapel

Late Thursday, the Warrens told their attorney, Dan Viets, that there were six more bodies in the chapel, Viets said. The Missouri attorney general’s office said that this development may potentially alter the lawsuit against Warren Funeral Chapel.

Two men suspected in theft of Chevrolet Silverado

The car’s OnStar system led Boone County Sheriff’s deputies to two suspects north of Columbia.

Webber receives support both in and out of Missouri

Stephen Webber, the 23rd District Missouri House candidate has collected more than $78,000, much of that coming from out-of-state donors.

Man arrested in Moberly Drive shooting

Lawrence Hayes of Columbia was booked on first-degree assault and armed criminal action charges in connection with the shooting, which wounded Clyde Jones, the Sheriff's Department said.

Man describes ambushing cyclist with shotgun

Court documents say the suspects were bored and looking for someone to kill when they came across the cyclist.

Columbia proposes closing Lake of the Woods Pool to save money

City Manager Bill Watkins listed the closing of Lake of the Woods Pool next summer as one of several cuts in the “squeaky” budget for fiscal 2009. Closing the pool would save the city about $13,000 .

3 people, 2 dogs, 6 puppies escape house fire

The residents had returned to the house on Clayton Street when they smelled smoke and dialed 9-1-1.

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