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Second bicyclist hit on campus

A day after an MU journalism student was critically injured in a car-truck-bicycle accident at Rollins Road and College Avenue, another girl was knocked from her bicycle by a truck just a block away at Rollins and Maryland Avenue. The area is particularly congested this time of year as students return to nearby residence halls.

Columbia art noted at fair

Joanne Berneche brought a little bit of Italy to the Missouri State Fair in the form of snipped pamphlets, magazine articles, brochures and acrylic paint. In a pool of about 140 Missouri artists competing in the open professional division at the fair in Sedalia, Joanne took one of seven $200 awards for her multimedia piece “Madonna.” Meanwhile, her husband, Jerry Berneche, earned honorable mention for his drawing “Friend.”

Teens arrested in car vandalism

Three teens were arrested early Friday by Columbia police in connection with reports of vandalism to cars in several neighborhoods. Police began receiving calls shortly before midnight Thursday from residents who said the windows or bodies of their cars had been vandalized.

Sewer work to start near MKT

Starting Monday, the city’s Public Works Department Sewer Utility will perform maintenance on the Flat Branch sanitary sewer lines that parallel the MKT trail from Providence Road southwest to Stadium Boulevard. Trail users in that area are asked to be aware of service vehicles that will be on and next to the trail for the next few weeks. Work is scheduled to end Sept. 30.

Siren startles farmers market

A severe-weather warning siren blaring about 9:30 a.m. Saturday alarmed visitors and vendors at the Columbia Farmers’ Market off Clinkscales Road. The siren apparently activated by itself, said Chuck Mastalski, shift supervisor for the Columbia/Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications Center.

Strong pull for charity

Guys with arms like legs and strapped in harnesses took turns Saturday afternoon pulling a pickup truck linked to a 25-foot flatbed trailer at the second annual Mid-Missouri Strongman Competition, which raised more than $500 for breast cancer research. On Walnut Street, blocked off between Eighth and Ninth streets, men from across the Midwest committed feats of strength probably better left to heavy equipment. In the pickup pull they pushed off against a grooved woodblock, arms swinging as they tried to gain momentum. Short, choppy steps work best, said Shaun Kelley of Columbia, who finished third in the overall competition in the 265-pound weight class.

MU incubator project granted $2.5 million

Henry White, professor of physics at MU, may soon have a new lab to create artificial light identical to sunlight but more efficient than regular light bulbs. White is one MU faculty member whose research will benefit from the construction of the MU Business Incubator, which is one step closer to being built with the announcement of a $2.5 million grant. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri, announced Thursday that MU and the Missouri Innovation Center will receive the grant from the Economic Development Administration to construct the facility. The estimated cost of the incubator is $8.7 million, and MU will match the grant from the EDA, bringing the amount raised to $6.6 million. The project will need an additional $2.1 million before construction can begin.

City considers building 20 parks

The city could buy land for and develop as many as 20 neighborhood parks over the next several years, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hood said at a Thursday meeting. Hood spoke after a public hearing held by the Parks and Recreation Commission, which is considering amendments to the city’s master plans for neighborhood parks and for trails and greenbelts. He outlined how the city intends to spend taxpayer dollars if voters approve two sales tax proposals on the Nov. 8 ballot that are targeted at parks needs. Both propositions would extend a one-eighth-cent sales tax for parks that is scheduled to expire March 31.

Finding convenient housing presents non-academic test

Come Monday, students will be back in class at MU and Columbia College. In recent days, the “For Lease” signs have come down and most students have been busy moving. If you are still standing on the tarmac jotting down real-estate agent numbers, you know that finding a home away from home demands a whole load of sweating. Although specific numbers weren’t available Friday, Jason Nowlin, a spokesman for the Columbia Apartment Association, said that over the past two years there has been a “huge increase” in the number of apartments available.

Sexuality, violence questioned most

Most Missouri challenges to textbooks and school library books over the past five years have been based on concerns about violence, sexual content or encouraging bad behavior. Challengers frequently cite multiple grounds for objecting to books. Of the 72 book-challenge records this investigation received from across the state, 20 took issue with books for encouraging children to behave badly. Lee Wardlaw’s “101 Ways to Bug Your Parents,” for example, was challenged because it tells the story of a 12-year-old who displays disdain for his parents’ decision to enroll him in a summer writing course by making a list of ways to bother them as his class project.

Parents show high tolerance

Citing tolerant and liberal parents, media specialists for Columbia Public Schools say book challenges are rare in the district. Since 2000, Columbia has received only four requests to remove books from school libraries. During that same period, however, about one parent each month has asked the school to block a Web site.

Stop saving those fancy clothes, dishes

I’ve been trying to purge the extra stuff in my life for the past year. I’ve written that a friend and I have gotten together about once a week and gone through our closets and drawers. We have been amazed at the things we have kept over the years. And although we both have given away tons of clothing that we no longer wear, I still had a few things I had to keep. I have a section in my closet I call “special occasion” clothing. These are the items that I’ve been saving for just the right time. The problem is that many of my pieces have been waiting for so long they’re out of fashion.

Hickman growing pains

The completion of construction and renovation at Hickman High School, which was scheduled to be finished before the first day of school on Wednesday, has been delayed a month. In most parts of the building, workers are busy doing their jobs. Wires, new windows and chairs were piled in the hallways.

Heat takes toll on city’s homeless

It’s hot out there ­— again. Thursday’s high in Columbia was 95 degrees, with a heat index of 104. Today is expected to be even hotter, and the forecast has those who serve the area’s homeless seeking new solutions. To keep cool, those who can afford it stay in the air conditioning. But for those without a place to live, staying out of the heat is difficult. Cooling centers, where water and showers are offered to the public, provide sanctuary in cities across the Midwest, but not in Columbia.

Parkade falls shy in MAP scores

Barely shy of the mark, Parkade Elementary School faces sanctions for not meeting testing standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. However, the Columbia Public School District overall was above the state average in all grade levels and subjects in the Missouri Assessment Program. Newly released results from the Missouri Assessment Program show that Parkade did not meet required progress levels for the second year in a row. The school fell short in one subject for one group of students.

MU bicyclist injured

A female MU student riding a bicycle across College Avenue on Thursday afternoon was struck by a car, knocked under a city truck, dragged a short distance and then pinned to the ground until authorities arrived. The accident happened at the intersection of College Avenue and Rollins Street near the MU Life Sciences Center.

Mother, police discuss drowning

Dorothy Jones, whose son drowned this summer, met with Columbia police Thursday to find answers surrounding her son’s death. Omarr J. Burress, 18, died June 24 after scaling a fence at the Douglass Family Aquatic Center, 400 N. Providence Road, and drowning in the center’s pool. Witnesses said they heard Burress yell for help about 10 minutes after he climbed the fence. One of the witnesses performed CPR on Burress, police said. Burress was later taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bond announces grant for MU Business Incubator

Henry White, professor of physics at MU, may soon have a new lab to create artificial light identical to sunlight, but more efficient than regular light bulbs. White is one MU faculty member whose research will benefit from the construction of the MU Business Incubator, which is one step closer to being built with the announcement of a $2.5 million grant.

Free lunches at park draw fewer youths

Although Lunch in the Park’s attendance has declined by nearly 3,000 since its peak in 2003, program officials say the free-meal program will continue next year. The program, ending its fifth year today, serves nutritious meals to children and teens at Douglass Park.

UM leader lauded for values

James Clifton Olson, president of the University of Missouri System from 1977-84, will be remembered as a historian and a leader at both the community and university levels. Olson, 88, died on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at his home in Kansas City. He suffered from kidney and back problems. “We will miss him terribly, not only as chancellor of UMKC and president of the UM System but also as a very dynamic historian,” UM System President Elson Floyd said. “He was someone who really understood how universities work together, and the icing on the cake was his being a historian.”

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