Car crash leaves two college students dead

Two college students died in a fatal car crash early Friday morning, bringing the total of people who have died in car accidents in the last week to five.

Brandon Perkins, 23, a business student at Columbia College, and Samantha Black, 22, a senior at MU who was set to graduate today with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, were involved in a single-car accident at 12:50 a.m. on Providence Road at the Hinkson Creek bridge.

What passed, what failed

What passed

Moving takes toll on family

I was an Army brat growing up, so I consider myself somewhat of an expert at packing and moving. Recently, my youngest son and his wife found their “dream” home. With our big family, I figured helping them move would be easy — maybe even fun. After all, my son and his wife have only been married nine years. How many possessions could they have accrued in less than a decade?

My daughter-in-law began packing at least a month before the move. I must say I was impressed with the stacks of boxes that covered the living and dining room floors. The family ate out every night the week before the big day because she had packed all of the pots, pans and dinnerware. There was method to her madness.

Rustic living

About 30 long miles west of Columbia, Martin Bellmann has built a cabin even Henry David Thoreau would respect on 17 acres that just might be prettier than Shangri-La.

It is a place where the wind plays through groves of walnut and oak like breath on a flute, where neighbors are separated by acres of grass and oaks and where farmers ride tractors through sweaty afternoons and beg the sky for a cloud to blot the sun.

A ‘job well done’

No wonder Richard Wallace keeps saying it’s hard to leave MU. About 400 faculty and staff members gathered at a reception Thursday to celebrate the chancellor and his nearly 40 years of service to the university.

A long line of well-wishers snaked out of the Reynolds Alumni Center ballroom, as administrators, faculty, staff, students and community leaders waited patiently to shake the departing chancellor’s hand. Both Wallace, who will step down in August, and his wife, Patricia, took a few moments to acknowledge the guests.

Diversity seen as limited by few options

Reinforcing claims made in a recently released campus diversity report, leaders of several MU academic departments said they’ve seen problems with recruiting and retaining African-American and female faculty.

A lack of commitment to diversity and discrimination in departments was cited in the independent report and by Robert Weems, MU’s vice chancellor for equity, as reasons the numbers of minority faculty, especially African Americans, and female faculty in leadership positions are still low.

Volunteers cleaning up Missouri River

Jeff Barrow has seen a lot of junk on the Missouri River’s banks.

“We’ve gotten everything from pool tables to pianos,” said Barrow, an event coordinator for Missouri River Relief. “Last weekend, (in Washington, Mo.,) someone found a bowling ball.”

Translator breaks barriers

Margaret Peden began translating in 1969 after reading the Mexican novel “The Norther.” She enjoyed the book but was disappointed that she could not share it with others because of the language barrier. As a former MU Spanish professor, she decided to translate the book herself. It was published in English in 1970.

Now publishing companies call her to translate Spanish works. She also translates poetry, plays and essays.

Balancing sports and studies

In high school athletics, the pressure is on to perform in both the sports arena and in the classroom. For many, it can be difficult to succeed in either place.

The key is to effectively manage time, said coaches, educators and the athletes themselves.

MU graduation exercises commence

Graduation ceremonies for MU begin today and run through Sunday, with a total of 4,281 degrees being conferred, including two honorary doctorates.

This weekend marks Chancellor Richard Wallace’s last graduation as chancellor. He will speak at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at 1 p.m. Saturday and at the ceremony for Arts and Science at 2 p.m. Sunday. Wallace retires as chancellor on Aug. 31.

Citizens on patrol in Columbia

Frank Edwards, 77, walks with a cane, but that hasn’t prevented him from helping to lower the crime rate in his First Ward neighborhood. The former sheriff patrols the streets near his home regularly and keeps a cell phone close to his lap, ready to dial the police.

Edwards, who is part of the Citizens on Patrol program, was one of more than 40 people who attended the Columbia Neighborhood Watch Revitalization gathering Thursday night at the Armory Sports Center. The event was hosted by the police department and the Neighborhood Watch Program, which began in 1978.

Assembly passes ‘Jobs Now’

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Bob Holden received a stripped-down version of his “Jobs Now” initiative Thursday afternoon, after the measure was approved unanimously by the General Assembly.

“This truly starts redefining economic development in the state of Missouri in the years to come,” Holden said.

Assistant superintendent retires after 33 years

Skip Deming, assistant superintendent of curriculum instruction, is retiring after 33 years in the Columbia Public School District.

“I’ve done, hopefully, all the good I can do,” said Deming. “I am fortunate and blessed that I had these years and the opportunity with Columbia Public Schools.”

Child recovering after car crash

The 1-year-old child of a young couple killed on eastbound Interstate 70 on Wednesday is in good condition, a University Hospital official said Thursday. The hospital is not allowed to release information on the future custody of the child.

“My guess would be that family from Idaho is coming,” said Boone County Fire District Assistant Chief Ken Hines.

The spy in your computer

Imagine you’re being secretly followed while shopping in a supermarket. Everything you look at, a snooper records and radios to a distant boss. After turning a corner, you’re suddenly besieged with ads, sent by the boss, hawking everything from a time share to products designed to get rid of unwanted scars.

Chances are, you would not want to return to such a store. But this sort of shopping experience is being forced upon thousands of Americans every day — on their computers.

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.