Wacky grocery grabbing event debuts at Schnucks

He’s not completely positive, but Timothy Sparling is pretty confident that rival scientist Dr. Zamboni of Nanotech Inc. is responsible for the death of the miniature pink giraffe that he has been trying to breed as a house pet. In honor of the giraffe, Sparling decorated a shopping cart with its pink pelt and competed for $10,000 in the first ever National Aisling Competition.

Charity assists needy feet

As Willie Hall looks after the students she supervises at Field Elementary School, one thing she keeps an eye on is what they’re wearing.

Artists showcase their work at bazaar

Shoppers, families and young children strolled through the regal Missouri Theatre for the weekend’s main attraction: original artwork and handcrafted gifts.

Hospital expansion to begin

Boone Hospital Center’s plans to expand its campus could begin as early as this week with the construction of a medical plaza and a 528-space parking garage on Broadway.

Catholics take on stem-cell issue

ST. LOUIS — Missouri Roman Catholics who attend Mass today can expect to hear a homily against embryonic stem-cell research and a statewide petition drive aimed at allowing Missourians to vote on a constitutional amendment to protect the research.

Bowl-bound Tigers await destination

For the second consecutive year, the North was won in an unorthodox way, mostly because it seemed like nobody wanted to win it.

Final test

Going into Game 5 of the Missouri volleyball team’s final regular season match, the Tigers told each other they had nothing to lose.

Wrestling against the odds

When Raymond Jordan was 5 years old, the father he never met died in prison. His mother died later that year.

Brotherly Bond

Brandon King lay on Faurot Field, motionless and unable to feel anything.

Why buy?

While some shoppers throughout the nation will be frantically elbowing through stores today in their search for the best bargains, others will be taking a less frenzied approach.

Columbia Mall expects 60 percent of city residents to shop today.

Horror stories abound about shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday.

Dear diary, along with everybody else online:

Stephanie O’Brian, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, said she tries to write in her blog at least once a day.

Alpaca fans find soft, furry fleece almost irresistible

Attention, alpaca lovers: The first ever Mid-Missouri Alpaca Day will bring 12 local alpaca breeders and their herds to the Boone County Fairgrounds on Saturday.


A story on page 1A Thursday about poverty rates in Boone County incorrectly listed the time frame for a food stamp benefits distribution. In October, slightly more than $1.3 million was issued in bene­fits to 6,437 county households accounting for 16,003 individuals.

Heat is on to find cheaper fuel

Interest in alternative heating this winter has increased as natural gas prices soar, and some Columbia businesses are noticing the new attention.

Charity worries about giving fatigue

The bounty gathered for Caroline & Company’s annual donation drive is displayed in the agency’s lobby. Underwear packages, bundles of socks and pajamas reach the brim of a wicker basket.

Missouri blocker deflects credit

Lisa Boyd is a star on Missouri’s nationally-ranked volleyball team, but you didn’t hear that from her.

Rock Bridge finds coach, role model

Players on the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team say its been easy getting to know their new coach Jill Nagel.

Drivers take spotlight

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The season started with Tony Stewart out front, only to fade at the end of the biggest race of the year. He recovered to close out the season on top, with a second championship and a spot among NASCAR’s elite.

3 jobs, 3 children, $1,200 a month

Stacie Ayers wakes up at 5 a.m. She lies in bed in the dark. The four-bedroom house north of town is quiet. Everyone else is asleep. She doesn’t have to start her day for another hour, but she can never sleep through the night. She worries about unpaid bills, how she will make up the hours missed at work because of the Thanksgiving holiday and whether her oldest daughter will go to school today. She lets the minutes pass while she decides whether to get up and do laundry or stay in bed until it’s time to wake the kids at 6 a.m. Most days she stays in bed. It’s the only quiet time she’ll have all day.