Effect of pain pills on vaccines [Graphic]

MU researchers have found evidence that some common medicines such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen inhibit enzymes that could affect a vaccine’s effectiveness.

Pregame playmakers: Sports medicine department dedicated to athletes [Video]

MU junior Keith Sparks didn’t know anybody when his internship began.  But it wasn’t long before his fellow interns in the sports medicine department dubbed him, “Sparky.” Sparks puts in between 30 to 60 hours of unpaid time as an intern, working with the defensive line, setting up the training room and preparing the sideline for game days.
Although he joined the staff to gain hands-on experience to help with his physical therapy major, he said he has enjoyed the internship enough to consider a career in sports medicine. He has attended each game this season and will head to the Texas Bowl with the team in December.

Bruins' Travis Jorgenson [Photo]

Rock Bridge freshman guard Travis Jorgenson dribbles the ball down the court during the Bruins' game against Moberly on Saturday.

Lights for 'Silent Night' [Photo]

Wynonna Judd sang "Silent Night" as her opening song Wednesday in Jesse Auditorium. Judd performed as part of the University Concert series.

Wynonna sings at Jesse [Photo]

MU freshman designs his room to counter seasonal affective disorder [Photo]

Freshman Andrew Dolgin relaxes in his room at the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house Monday underneath a lamp specifically set up to mimic sunlight. The lights help prevent the onset of seasonal affective disorder, a variation of depression that is aggravated in the winter months.

Stephens students perform 'A Victorian Christmas' [Slideshow]

Fine Arts students at Stephens College performed “A Victorian Christmas” on Sunday through Tuesday in the historic Senior Hall. Guests were entertained with songs and dances from Charles Dickens’ time.

MU professor writes guide to help autistic adults [Photo]

Scott Standifer, an MU clinical associate professor in the School of Health Professions, is writing a guide on how to help adults with autism find and keep employment.

Internet crime [Graphic]

From 2007 to 2008, Internet crime investigations increased 11 percent. With more than 1,200 hours of training from 2007 to 2009, Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force members are working to keep up with the rise in Internet crime.

Hickman wrestler J’Den Cox [Photo]

Hickman wrestler J’Den Cox, right, keeps control of Helias' Clayton Roark in their 171-pound match Tuesday at Hickman. Cox's win was one of only two Kewpies victories in a 65-13 dual meet loss.

Missouri wrestler Mark Ellis [Photo]

Missouri senior Mark Ellis, top, who won a NCAA national championship last wrestling season in the heavyweight division, practices moves with Tigers freshman heavyweight Glen Allen on Tuesday in the Tigers' wrestling room.

Rod Jetton [Photo]

Rod Jetton turned himself into authorities at 11:52 p.m. Monday after an arrest warrant was filed for a charge of second-degree felony assault. He posted a $250 bond, which is 10 percent of bail.

Federal funds requested by city, county [Graphic]

The City Council passed a resolution for a federal funds request on Monday night. City government staff and Mayor Darwin Hindman will meet with Columbia’s Congressional Delegation and federal agencies at the end of January to request funding that would go toward high-priority projects on the Capital Improvement Plan.

Hard drives back up data from task force investigations [Photo]

Hard drives of different capacities stand on a shelf at the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. The hard drives are used to copy and back up data in the investigations of the task force.

Task force investigates child pornography possession [Photo]

Detective Mark Sullivan (left), Detective Tracy Perkins and Detective Andy Anderson are investigators for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force. The task force investigates child pornography possession and enticement cases. The three detectives pose for a portrait at the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force office in Columbia.

Detectives try to keep work, home separate [Photo]

Detective Mark Sullivan takes notes while working on a case for for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia. "You think you've seen just about everything, then you see something new and you wonder, how can someone do that to a child?" Sullivan said.

Task force veteran uses many computers for work [Photo]

Detective Andy Anderson explains how each monitor on his desk is tied to a different computer and how he uses each computer for a different task such as chatting with someone or for forensic examination. Detective Anderson is the coordinator for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force and a 23-year veteran of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Winter storm takes aim at Midwest [Photo]

A pedestrian jumps over a mound of snow while crossing a street in downtown Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday. A winter storm is traveling through the region.

Nebraska hit by blizzard [Photo]

Students braved the snow on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Tuesday, as a winter storm traveled through the region.

Beanie babies [Photo]

Kindergarten teacher Tracie Downs leads her class in counting the beanie babies they have collected thus far for Operation Beanie Baby Rescue on Friday at Shepard Boulevard Elementary. Students from left, Seojin Kwon, Reagan Brooks, Olivia Walsh, Damaia Tapp and Benton Smith, are positioned with bags in hand, ready to begin counting five to a bag. The total count was 563, and all the beanie babies will be sent to either Iraq or Afganistan.