Another shot in Shreveport

Gary Pinkel’s Tigers are bound for Shreveport and a showdown with Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks on Dec. 30. It’s a chance to erase the bitter memory of the last bowl, when MU went to Louisiana in 2003 and lost to Arkansas. The game will be on ESPN. If you want to go, you can buy a ticket as early as 8 a.m. today. For more on tickets and travel arrangements, see below.

Overturned conviction sends man home after nine years

Nine years after a jury found him guilty of murdering his mother and two months after a federal judge overturned his conviction, Dale Helmig is coming home.

Sign project for District goes before City Council

A new network of signs downtown would increase the use of parking garages, make foot travel easier and promote The District as a destination for both residents and visitors, representatives of the Columbia Special Business District say.

Selling Faurot’s Forest

Beneath the stands of Faurot Field, a fake forest sprang up. The smell was so intensely fresh and the colors were so many shades of green that a squirrel might mistake it for the real thing.

MU professor’s mentoring honored

Sheryl Tucker, associate professor of chemistry at MU, received a $10,000 grant on Nov. 16 at the White House as one of 10 winners of the 2005 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

Campus Dining receives Ivy Award

MU’s Campus Dining Services was one of six food service operations around the nation to be named the best by Restaurants & Institutions magazine when it received the 2005 Ivy Award. It was honored as part of a May reception and dinner at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Researcher honored

John Hewett of the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

Big predictions for big business

Taking a 20-minute drive across town to shop at the city’s lone Target or Circuit City might soon be a thing of the past for Columbia residents.

Hello, CoMo, meet Sci-Fi

Wal-Mart is burned down, aliens attack and genetically engineered people cause an uproar in a community. These were a few of the images from the One Night Stand Video Competition at the Sapphire Lounge on Saturday night in downtown Columbia.

Steel home, rural store to be added to city park

Two historic landmarks have disappeared from the Columbia landscape in the past year, and the Boone County Historical Society is delighted at the news.

Return trip

There were no dramatic twists, no last-minute changes or surprises. Just the announcement everyone was expecting: Missouri will play in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., for the second time in three years.

MU seniors prepared to win in second trip to Shreveport

Jason Simpson has long been considered Missouri’s unofficial player spokesman; the man to talk for an anecdote or analysis, an obscenity or an outburst.

MU honored to face South Carolina’s Spurrier-led squad

Missouri’s Independence Bowl foe won’t be the famed Florida Gators as anticipated the past few weeks, but the Tigers will take on Steve Spurrier, one of the greatest coaches in Florida football history.

Ferguson sentenced to 40 years

A judge denied a motion for a new trial for Ryan Ferguson Monday morning, sentencing Ferguson to 40 years in prison for killing Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.