University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd said it was “imperative” for him to order an expanded probe of the men’s basketball program on the Columbia campus after eight months of internal athletic department investigations because of recently publicized charges of academic cheating.
“The athletic department has been investigating a number of allegations over the past eight months,” Floyd said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Not any allegations involving cheating, but just a whole array of issues that they’ve been looking at over that duration of time.”
The daughter of Mayor Darwin Hindman was listed in good condition Thursday night at University Hospital after being struck and injured on her bicycle during a four-car crash at Providence and Stewart roads.
Ellen Thomas, 39, of Columbia, was hit while riding her bicycle shortly before 11 a.m. and was transported to University Hospital, Columbia Police said.
Professor Michael Devaney said Wednesday that as the leader of an investigation of the MU basketball team, he has begun reading depositions and other information compiled by the university’s athletic department. “I have a lot of information to wade through,” Devaney said. “I have to depend on the primary sources like depositions. I’ve been trying to come up to speed.”
Devaney also confirmed that he met with UM System President Elson Floyd and other members of the five-person investigation team Wednesday, but refused to comment on the scope of their actions.
Residents of Sunrise Estates have been living with an aging sewer system for years. A treatment plant emits a noticeable odor. Tree roots and rainwater clog the system’s weak clay pipes. Wastewater leaks into nearby Grindstone Creek.
The heat wave that’s sent temperatures above 100 degrees for seven days this month is loosening its grip on mid-Missouri. MU Climatologist Pat Guinan said the stagnant weather pattern is about to break down.
A hot and dry August is pushing Columbia toward a record month for water consumption.
The 490.03 million gallons of water used through Tuesday made August the fifth-largest month for water used in the city since such record-keeping began in 1972. Officials at the water treatment plant in McBaine believe consumption could reach 562 million gallons by the end of the month — almost 10 million gallons more than the monthly record set in August 1999.
Except for the sandy facial hair, the brown buggy eyes and the curled lips that seem almost double-jointed, Ralph Duren might be mistaken for a wild turkey. Or a barn owl. Or a coyote.
Squawking, gobbling and hooting, Duren, a 49-year-old public relations specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation, has become well known in mid-Missouri as an animal caller, a skill that is making him famous throughout the nation. He plans to branch further out of Missouri, after retiring in another year, and make a living imitating the calls of the wild.
Recent hot weather has created an unusual problem for some Columbia residents. Bats that often roost near buildings are seeking cooler temperatures inside people’s homes.
Following a national trend, the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health plans to hire a public information specialist this fall to streamline local communication about health emergencies and bioterrorism.
Monday morning, MU joined more than 250 schools across the nation participating in USA Today’s Collegiate Readership Program. Copies of USA Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The New York Times and the Columbia Missourian were distributed to all residence halls and Greek houses for students to read, almost free of charge.
Parents in the Columbia Public Schools should expect their children home early again today. For the third day in a row, district leaders decided to close schools early because of excessive heat, said Assistant Superintendent Chris Mallory. Schools will start closing at noon, beginning with those that are not fully air-conditioned. The last to close will be Lange Middle School at 2:15 p.m.
JEFFERSON CITY — In a surprising announcement that could reshape Missouri’s political field, Democratic Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell said Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year because of his wife’s ill health.
“There are challenges in my life that as a husband and a father, I must put first,” Maxwell said while announcing he would not seek a second four-year term in 2004.
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside the death sentence of a man who was convicted of murder for killing a St. Louis-area woman when he was 17 years old.
The high court’s 4-3 decision relies on the U.S. Supreme Court’s reasoning in a 2002 ruling that barred the execution of mentally retarded people. The Missouri justices ruled that decision should apply to juveniles as well.
People around the world await tonight’s party with Mars as its reaches its closest opposition to Earth in nearly 60,000 years. For more than a month, Doug Kniffen has been watching and photographing the Red Planet as it moves along its eccentric orbit.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve just felt a magnetic pull from the sky,” said Kniffen, an astronomy enthusiast with his own observatory near Warrenton.
The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday turned back the University of Missouri system’s appeal of a judge’s ruling that it illegally charged in-state tuition.
The state high court’s decision not to hear the case means a lower court judge will now have to determine the exact amount of damages in the case, which has been estimated at $472 million.
Downtown Columbia might have its own celebration of the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s expedition next year.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board on Monday issued recommendations for how the city should distribute money from its Tourism Development Fund. The board suggested organizers of the Twilight Festival receive the full $12,594 they requested.
The American Red Cross wants to save a life in Columbia today. The Save a Life Tour 2003, a nationwide campaign to encourage Americans to make regular blood donations, will be at Memorial Union on the MU campus between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to educate 23,000 students and the city of Columbia about the ongoing need for blood donations and give everyone an opportunity to save a life,” said Anne Farrow, donor recruitment account manager for the American Red Cross for Boone and Cooper Counties.
Insects the size of a grain of rice cause more than $1.5 billion in property damage each year to more than 600,000 homes in the United States. These tiny home-wreckers have a name that will likely send a chill up your spine if you own a home: termites.
Richard Houseman, an MU assistant professor of entomology and state urban entomology extension specialist, studies the biology of household insects. Ongoing termite research in his laboratory includes studies on the impact of mulches on termite activity, the effectiveness of soil insecticides and a study on termite behavior.
The Columbia Public Library recently offered a program for 3- to 5-year-olds, combining music, movement and storytelling. The program - in conjunction with Kindermusik - could be repeated in Columbia in the coming months.
As the lazy days of summer come to a close, students at both Columbia and Stephens colleges jump-start the semester with a wealth of opportunities to get involved and new resources to use.
For the women and few men at Stephens College, orientation activities for freshmen and transfer students ended last week with the yearly "Song Fest." The event gives newcomers an opportunity to get to know their peers and perform skits in front of classmates. The skits are led by Orientation Group Leaders, and each group vies for victory.