The Week in Pictures: June 27 to July 2

The week in pictures: featuring images of World Cup games, the Tausha Fields' trial and Ragtag Cinema's 12th anniversary.

Kansas City Best Buy worker in trouble for iPhone-Evo video

A 25-year-old Best Buy employee near Kansas City has been suspended from his job after posting snarky online videos poking fun at zealots of the iPhone and the Evo phone. Brian Maupin expects to be fired by Monday for posting two YouTube videos that slam fans of the iPhone and the Evo.

Missouri revenue falls 9.1 percent in 2010 budget year

The state Office of Administration reported Friday that individual income tax, sales tax and corporate income tax collections all declined last year. State tax refunds increased. Individual income taxes declined by 7.6 percent.


Parley Pratt Run set for Saturday

The Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Run is set for Saturday morning at Twin Lakes Park.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Is the new tanning tax unfair to businesses?

Dermatologists have come out strongly in favor of the tax, calling UV lights a carcinogen. They also note the link between the increased use of tanning beds and skin cancers in young women.

Minority Men's Network awards scholarship to Hickman graduate

Breosha Williams received a $1,000 scholarship through Minority Men's Network. Williams plans to attend Stephens College in the fall and major in fashion design and business.

Columbia Parks and Recreation coordinates Fire in the Sky

This year attendees will see new elements, including performances from the Hickman High School choir, performing dogs from the Columbia Canine Sport Center and more activities for children.

Pension changes, Ford incentives stall in Missouri

The automotive tax incentives aimed at Ford Motor Co. blew a tire when a Senate committee refused to endorse the plan. Then, the pension overhaul faced extended questioning by the full Senate, which twice this year has signed off on similar proposals.

KC attorney uses city time to work on private case

City Hall's top lawyer, who once pushed the firings of two colleagues for doing private case work on city time, recently handled a private case during business hours. In late May, City Attorney Galen Beaufort represented a 19-year-old Harrisonville woman on a minor traffic offense in Cass County without first obtaining the required permission from the city manager.


Missouri gets $1.3M job training grant from feds

Missouri is receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for on-the-job training program reimburses.

A peek inside the Bookmobile Jr.

On June 18, the Daniel Boone Regional Library System introduced its new Bookmobile Jr., which replaces the previous 24-year-old youth bookmobile.

Boil advisory in effect for Whitegate Drive

A broken water main is under repair on Whitegate Drive between Towne Drive and Sylvan Lane. Although service could be restored by 10 p.m. Thursday, residents should boil water until further notice.

COLUMN: Can we put an end to corporate socialism already?

Recent events with Ford, IBM and financial regulation have one common theme — passing the expense to you and me.

COLUMN: Twilight is not for lovers

By the time I got to the fourth book, "Breaking Dawn," I realized these books were an unwitting assault on any ambition a woman may have in this world outside marriage and children.

Gov. Nixon increases travel; other state employees cut back

The Missouri governor has flown on about 175 days since taking office through the end of May, charging his flights to state agencies, while other state employees have had their travel budgets cut. 

Missouri softball staff earns regional honor

The Missouri softball coaching staff  was named as the Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year, announced Wednesday by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

UPDATE: Several reports of shots fired related, police say

The Columbia Police Department says four recent reports of shots fired are related. The separate incidents occurred within a one-and-a-quarter mile radius of one another.


UPDATE: Four women released from hospital after dump truck rear-ends their car

Four women were taken to University Hospital on Thursday after their car was rear-ended by a dump truck. The driver was not injured, and all four women were released later in the afternoon.

Matter of Trust collects hair to help clean up Gulf spill

A nonprofit organization has been taking hair donations of all lengths to make hair booms that would soak up oil in the Gulf. BP announced in May that it would not be using booms, but the organization continues to collect.

Missouri highways to get less money in next 5 years