Fire chief recent controversies [Graphic]

Burglaries on the rise [Graphic]

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MU's Jessra Johnson shoots over Indiana's Jamie Braun on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Johnson had 15 points and 12 rebounds, her second straight double-double.

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Indiana’s Amber Jackson grabs a rebound against Missouri’s Marissa Scott on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Jackson had three of Indiana’s 45 rebounds; Missouri had 34 rebounds.

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Megan Wilson had to change her plans when she found out this season would be her last on the MU volleyball team.

MU Hiring Freeze Guidelines [Document]

MU Hiring Freeze Guidelines

Steve Paulsell leaves position as fire chief [Photo]

Boone County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Steve Paulsell announced he was being forced to retire from his post Tuesday afternoon in front of Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters.

Winter clothes for Afghan security escorts [Photo]

Sara Reichert collects donated winter clothing from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Her husband, Matt, who has been deployed to Afghanistan, saw that many of the low-wage military security escorts at his base were without winter clothing. Sara has since collected clothing from neighbors and from the church to send to the military escorts.

Todd Schavrien's travels [Graphic]

MU wrestler Todd Schavrien [Photo]

MU wrestler Todd Schavrien, bottom, came to Missouri after a disappointing season at Arizona State.

Flat Daddy [Photo]

Amanda Stapp and Kathleen Kaumans, both of Columbia, watch as friends take their turns bowling on Sunday. A life-size cardboard mock-up of Stapp's husband, Jason Stapp, a National Guardsman deployed to Kosovo in May, accompanies the group to Town and Country Lanes almost every Sunday. The figure is designed to help loved ones cope with the absence of family members in the military.

Douglass Park renovations [Photo]

From right, recreation specialist and Vice President of Douglass Neighborhood Association Bill Thompson, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs and senior parks planner Michael Snyder discuss renovations to Douglass Park Monday evening in a conference room at the Armory Sports Center in Columbia.

Discussing Taser use [Photo]

Linda Green of the mid-Missouri chapter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom spoke Monday morning at the Labor Temple in Columbia. She talked about cases in which she said the Columbia Police Department used questionable judgment in Taser use on citizens.

MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen [Photo]

MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen

Author Dick Burhans studied potato chips [Photo]

Dick Burhans of Harrisburg is the author of "Crunch! A History of the Great American Potato Chip." The inspiration for his new book came after a shopping trip in Ohio where regional brands of chips are prevalent.

Comic book convention [Video]

Comic book collectors and dealers gathered to share their enthusiasm for comics at a convention held Saturday at Columbia's Quality Inn.

Trish Vincent picture [Photo]

Trish Vincent is the chief of staff for Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt.

Mike Criner and his 10 puppies [Photo]

Mike Criner poses with 10 of his German Shepherds at 9371 South Smith Hatchery Road on Nov. 13. Criner is trying to sell the puppies for $100 each; their mother gave birth to the litter eight weeks ago.

10 puppies at play [Photo]

The 10 German shepherd puppies being sold play in their pen on Nov. 13. Mike Criner's German shepherd, Lady, gave birth to the litter eight weeks ago.

Lady and Rusty, mother and father [Photo]

Mike Criner pets his German shepherd, Lady, while Rusty looks on. Criner said he tried to keep Rusty and Lady separate while she was in heat, but the two dogs had a litter of puppies about eight weeks ago.