August 23, 2014
Life in Ferguson, a working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments, hasn't been the same since Angelia Dickens' son tearfully told her, "The police shot a boy." Since that news two weeks ago, she has been afraid to leave her apartment at night as protesters clash with police in sometimes violent confrontations. For the rest of the nation, this is the setting for seeing the angry tensions between young African-Americans and white police officers in predominantly black neighborhoods. Protesters and reporters have flocked here from around the nation.
Step Forward Day, an MU tradition, offers freshmen and transfer students an opportunity to do community service. This year, 409 volunteers were assigned to 16 groups to serve 14 agencies, including the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, D&D Animal Sanctuary and the UCP Heartland Child Development Center.
Cowboy hats, frenzied cattle and a big crowd could be seen at the Ashland rodeo Friday.
Tolton defeated Harrisburg 63-0 in Friday's season opener.
August 22, 2014
Rock Bridge lost its season opener to Rockhurst 49-14 on Friday. Rockhurst was able to slow the senior duo of quarterback Logan Twehous and receiver Alex Ofodile, who only combined for one touchdown.
Students gathered under a tent at Lowry Mall to look for posters for their new rooms.
The incoming freshmen joined the tradition of painting the M at Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The phenomenal success of the ALS ice bucket challenge fundraising craze is making charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors, specifically through social media.
The Hickman Kewpies practiced Monday at Alumni Stadium for their game against Christian Brothers College at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Louis. The Kewpies have only 14 returning seniors, a new starting quarterback and only one running back who saw playing time last season.
The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force saved dogs from poor living conditions during a rescue operation.
August 21, 2014
Members of the Columbia community gathered Thursday to show support for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed Aug. 9 in St. Louis. The rally took place outside the Boone County Courthouse.
The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of three vacant houses early Tuesday morning. All three have been deemed unlivable and will be rebuilt under the city's affordable housing program. Vacant houses are bought and rebuilt under the program.
Thousands of students danced, chatted and enjoyed treats Wednesday night at MU's annual Midnight BBQ.
August 20, 2014
The theme "Around the World" set the stage for an international focus at Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday.
Wednesday night’s annual Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage provided MU fans a glimpse of the Tiger volleyball team.
Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS and had a bucket dumped on him at the MU practice fields on Wednesday.
Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 41-31 to win the 2014 Cotton Bowl.
August 19, 2014
Missouri's football team ran drills Tuesday at its fall camp at Faurot Field.
Hickman basketball player Jimmy Whitt announced that he will play for Arkansas during a news conference Tuesday at Hickman High School. He said his final decision came down to Missouri and Arkansas, but conversations with now-Arkansas coach Mike Anderson helped sway him toward Arkansas.
August 18, 2014
Students at Derby Ridge Elementary in northeast Columbia prepared for the first day of school at "Meet the Teacher Night" on Monday. Students toured the school with their parents, met their teachers and made sure everything was in order for their first day of school.