Johnson on juggernaut

KANSAS CITY — Drawing dirty looks in the San Diego locker room was easy after Larry Johnson and the Kansas City Chiefs snuffed out the Chargers’ playoff hopes with a 20-7 victory Saturday.

Rams’ slump continues

ST. LOUIS — So who needs Reggie Bush? The San Francisco 49ers got a pair of big runs from backups in a victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Torrent of change hit Missouri in ’05

JEFFERSON CITY — Thousands of low-income Missourians lost their state-funded health care. Thousands of Missouri businesses got some long-sought relief from the state.

Couple who lost their home in flood recount horror

ST. LOUIS — Jerry Toops heard his wife scream his name in the dark. He awoke to hear a roar he could only describe as a calvacade of F-14 jets if combined with a fleet of trains.

Cardinals add Encarnacion, Spivey

ST. LOUIS — Outfielder Juan Encarnacion and second baseman Junior Spivey agreed to contracts with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, two more parts of the team’s offseason rebuilding.

A season of tradition

Several church-sponsored events featured a manger, a shining star, tunics and painted backgrounds to add authenticity and flair to their depictions of the life of Jesus.

Just how many flakes make a Christmas white?

Dreaming of a white Christmas? It might happen, depending on the definition of “white Christmas.”

Two religions, one family, no problem

Like most parents, Robin Reuben has plenty to do before Christmas: cook, buy gifts, decorate the house.

Holiday happenings

Clarifying your digital camera confusion

If you find yourself trying to capture holiday memories with a digital camera this weekend, if you happen to find one of these hot items under your tree, or if you want to use some holiday cash to buy one, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a bit of frustration.

Trash to turn into energy

At Columbia’s landfill, garbage soon will be used to create clean and renewable energy.

Stephens seeks rezoning to restore two dormitories

Stephens College is seeking to rezone four tracts of land on campus, including one that has two timeworn dormitories slated for major renovation.

Is there a war on Christmas here?

Christmastime in Columbia: Evergreen wreaths dot the facades of downtown buildings, and scarlet bows standout against lush green branches. Strands of lights twinkle through windows flecked with artificial snow, casting light on storefront Christmas trees. Atop Boone County National Bank, a large white flag screams “Noel” to the downtown skyline.

Dirt flies, residents lament

For months, a Wal-Mart Supercenter at the corner of West Broadway and Fairview Avenue was only a frightening idea for those who would live in the building’s shadow.

Rocheport receives community grant

Rocheport has received a $300,000 federal grant toward planned improvements to the city’s water system.

Boone third in antlerless deer hunt

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that the 2005 firearms deer kill is the third largest in Missouri history, at 249,912.

Art show gives students dough

MU art professor Jerry Berneche recently reminded seven MU art students that being an artist can sometimes pay.

Morrow selected to lead Boone Hospital

Randy Morrow has been named interim president of Boone Hospital Center until a new full-time president is appointed.

Hoping home field helps

KANSAS CITY, — If anybody knows how to win in Arrowhead Stadium in December, it’s Donnie Edwards.

Forlorn faceoff in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — This is the kind of season the St. Louis Rams have endured: Rookie cornerback Ron Bartell didn’t even dress for the first six games of the season and now he’s preparing for his sixth straight start.