City to buy land to improve intersection safety [Photo]

Hickman High School students cross the intersection of Providence Road and Business Loop 70 during their lunch break on Wednesday.

MAP: Sidewalk improvements proposed on Providence and Business Loop 70 [Graphic]

The City Council is forced to wait until next month to discuss sidewalk improvements near Hickman High School. The proposed changes would make it safer for people to cross the street and be ADA compliant.

Hickman lunch break [Photo]

Hickman High School students hold up traffic as they cross the intersection of Providence and Business Loop 70 during their lunch break on Wednesday. Because land holders in the area were not properly notified of Tuesday's meeting, the City Council has postponed pedestrian improvements meant to make the intersection safer.

Changing street name from Maryland to Tiger [Photo]

At Tuesday's meeting, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of renaming Maryland Avenue to Tiger Avenue at MU. According to University Affairs director Ana Romero, the change is considered beneficial because now the main thoroughfare on campus will reflect school spirit.

Cable task force letter [Document]

Here is a .pdf of a letter from Cable Television Task Force member Marty Riback to the Columbia City Council.

Fighting the fire at Maplewood Barn [Photo]

A firefighter sprays the remains of the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre, located in Nifong Park, which burned to the ground on April 5. The historic barn was the backdrop and staging area for the community theater, which has now proposed recreating the barn with new construction.

Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith chases Illini quarterback [Photo]

Missouri's Aldon Smith closes in on Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in Saturday's victory. Smith had 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks in the game.

Missouri defensive end Jacquies Smith vs. Illinois [Photo]

Missouri's Jacquies Smith lunges after Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase during the second half of Saturday's victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

Hickman volleyball player Emily Peel vs. Boonville [Photo]

Hickman senior middle hitter Emily Peel jumps to make a block on Tuesday against Boonville. The Kewpies lost their home opener in two games. “We are way better than what we showed here tonight,” Peel said.

Pooch Plunge - Boone in the sunset [Photo]

Boone, an 18-month-old golden retriever, skips across the side of the Oakland Family Aquatic Center pool near sunset. Boone won the first competition he was ever entered in at the Lincoln County Fair in Troy, MO and has since competed with the Big Muddy Dock Dogs.

Pooch Plunge - Mac [Photo]

Mac, an English Springer Spaniel, struggles to get out of the pool after retrieving a chew toy. Mac is a returning dog to the Pooch Plunge and is accompanied by his human companions, Laura Erickson and Lauren Boeckel.

Pooch Plunge - Macie [Photo]

Seven-year-old returning dog, Macie, dries off next to her owner, Nicole Johnson. Johnson says she and her Boston terrier will absolutely be coming back next year.

Pooch Plunge - Sammy [Photo]

Sammy, a German Shepherd, chews on a tennis ball pool side at the Pooch Plunge. This marks the third annual Pooch Plunge, and there were 75 contestants.

Pooch Plunge - Boone [Photo]

Dog owner Jeff Staake throws a ball into the water as his dog, Boone, jumps in after it at the Pooch Plunge at the Oakland Family Aquatic Center on Tuesday. Boone, an 18-month-old golden retriever, has begun competing in jumping competitions; his personal best is a 19'4".

Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins [Photo]

Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins watches from the sidelines during Kansas' 6-3 loss to North Dakota State on Saturday in Lawrence. Perkins has retired, a year before he planned to step down.

Timeline: Derrick Washington’s troubles [Graphic]

Derrick Washington, the starting running back for MU’s football team, was permanently suspended in September because of an incident that occurred in June.

Mug shot of Eric Dawon Jamison [Photo]

Eric Dawon Jamison

VIDEO: A 26.2-mile Labor Day tradition [Video]

Monday marked the 51st annual Heart of America Marathon in Columbia. With just over 260 runners, this year was the second largest race in the marathon's history.

Harry Morrison [Photo]

Harry Morrison served as a music professor at MU and Stephens College. Family and friends remember him as an influential teacher.

SLIDESHOW: The 51st Annual Heart of America Marathon [Slideshow]

The Heart of America Marathon's 26.2-mile course began just east of Hearnes Center on Stadium Boulevard and ended at Broadway and Seventh Street. This year the Labor Day tradition had 265 participants.