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System fights fire, protects collections

It’s called Sapphire, but it’s not a precious stone. To the naked eye, it looks like water.

Sapphire is a new fire suppression system developed by Tyco International, which claims the substance will revolutionize fire-fighting.

Deadly accident

An accident on eastbound Interstate 70 Wednesday resulted in the deaths of a young couple and the hospitalization of the couple’s infant and two other people.

At 11:52 a.m., a 2001 Ford truck traveling west, which was driven by Anderson Williams, 53, of Florissant lost control, crossed the median and struck an eastbound 1995 Chrysler driven by Seth Owen, 25, of Rexburg, Idaho, said Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Ken Hines. The Ford overturned and the Chrysler ran off the roadway and caught fire, Hines said.

Whooping cough diagnosed

Two Columbia students have been diagnosed with whooping cough, a contagious respiratory disease, the Boone County Health Department announced Wednesday.

Plan would make walking, biking on Broadway safer

It cuts through the heart of the city. And if all goes according to plan, Broadway, the artery of downtown, has some changes coming.

A quaint, friendly street frequented by bicyclists, joggers and parents with strollers; a happy retreat from the hustled traffic in other parts of the city — this is the concept plan developed by the Broadway Corridor Steering Committee, which is taking steps toward making that image come alive.

Floyd outlines UM plans

UM system President Elson Floyd and MU Chancellor Richard Wallace stood on opposite ends of a time continuum at a campus-wide MU faculty meeting on Wednesday.

While Wallace, who will retire in August, looked to the achievements and problems at MU, Floyd outlined plans for the system he has led since January 2003.

APY or APR, it’s all OK for Money Smart grads

What does FDIC stand for? LaVonda Carter can tell you it stands for Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

By completing the new Money Smart course offered by the Columbia Housing Authority, Carter said she learned the difference between APY and APR — annual percentage yield and annual percentage rate — and in doing so gained financial savvy she’ll need to reach her dream of owning of home.

Police to hold First Ward meeting

Following a series of town hall meetings in which First Ward residents have accused the Columbia Police Department of little community involvement, the department and the Columbia Neighborhood Watch are hosting a Neighborhood Watch Revitalization meeting for the central city today.

The gathering is at 7 p.m. at the Armory Center, 701 E. Ash St. and is specifically focused on police beats 50 and 55, which make up much of the First Ward.

Deal in

n 1986, Bill Mullins, a Columbia resident and former video store owner, left the Black Jack table at a Las Vegas casino and walked to a Texas Hold’em game being played nearby. Back then, Mullins wasn’t an extremely experienced poker player. In fact, he didn’t know what a flush was.

But as Mullins tells it, he sat down at that table and won more than $100 off a royal flush, the highest hand in poker.

Making of stars

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth has been a frequent setting for productions since the Oscar-winning films revived the “Lord of the Rings.” This phenomenon recently hit Columbia in a live showing of “The Hobbit.”

Underneath the dwarf and hobbit costumes were children from third to seventh grade helping unveil a new youth theater company in Columbia called Performing Arts in Children’s Education, or PACE. “The Hobbit,” which was the group’s first production, debuted the weekend of May 1 at Smithton Middle School.

Wal-Mart proposal pumped up

Developers of a planned Wal-Mart at Broadway and Fairview Road have decided to seek a larger store that will require rezoning and could have a final plan ready for the city as early as the end of the month.

“The plan should be done by the end of the month,” said Craig Van Matre, attorney for the developer.

Snyder aides take a hit in inquiry

It didn’t take long for the NCAA’s findings to shake up the MU men’s basketball program.

Assistant coach Lane Odom resigned Tuesday afternoon, and associate coach Tony Harvey was suspended with pay hours after the public release of the NCAA’s official “notice of allegations” outlining the program’s possible violations from 1999 to 2003.

Summer jobs focus of 1st Ward meeting

Despite confusion and finger pointing during the second town hall meeting organized to get summer jobs for low-income First Ward youths, a job fair has been scheduled for next week as well as a meeting with Columbia business owners.

The series of meetings has been organized by First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton to get youths out of the streets this summer. She said that too often youths who don’t have anything to do during the summer break hit the streets and run into trouble with the police.

Harvey regarded as ‘chief engineer’ of MU recruiting

Two MU men’s basketball coaches will be absent from the team’s summer recruiting schedule. One might return this fall. The other has resigned.

Within hours of being implicated in suspected NCAA violations Tuesday, assistant coach Lane Odom submitted his resignation and associate coach Tony Harvey was suspended with pay at least until MU faces the NCAA infractions committee in August.

MU blacks out names of personnel in report

When MU released the NCAA’s notice of allegations Tuesday, the report lacked an important aspect.

The names of the MU personnel and players involved in the investigation are missing from the 19-page document.

Allegations

1: It is alleged that during the 1999-2000 to 2002-03 academic years, the men’s basketball program violated several provisions of NCAA recruiting legislation.

A: In a 3-year span, (redacted name) bought meals for 10 individuals while (redacted names) played for American Athletic Union teams. This occurred 31 different times.

NCAA alleges MU violations

The NCAA alleges multiple rules violations by the MU basketball program, including an assertion that an assistant coach gave an athlete $250, sources familiar with an NCAA report said Monday.

But after a months-long investigation, the NCAA has thrown out allegations that troubled former player Ricky Clemons received improper academic help to get into MU because the charge couldn’t be substantiated, said the sources, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Minority retention high at MU

Despite the negativity of last week’s report on diversity at MU, not every aspect of the university is being criticized.

The report released May 4, which chastised the university for its lack of a “comprehensive approach to diversity,” listed high retention of all underrepresented groups as one of the few things at which MU has been successful. Numbers included in the report also showed that first-time enrollment of minorities has been increasing.

Support and success

Sex can be a touchy subject, but Salama Gallimore doesn’t mind talking about it with 52 other people — that is, if they’re members of No-Limit Ladies, a support group for minority girls at Hickman High School.

“It is easier to talk to someone your own age going through the same struggles academically, with friends, and with family,” said Gallimore, a senior who is also president of Minority Achievement Scholars and a member of the National Honor Society.

You're fired

In recent months, millions of Americans have watched as promising young businessmen and women were eliminated from NBC’s “The Apprentice.” Donald Trump squinted his eyes, leaned forward, and pointed a finger at his next victim.

Then, he uttered the infamous phrase.

MU alum takes degree to California

Dave Holt and his company may be improving your life, and you don’t even know it.

Holt is the president and CEO of Lightspeed, a structured array company in Santa Clara, Calif. Structured array is a new way to build semi-conductors, which are crucial to the operation of many gadgets Americans take for granted.

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