A Gift from Ganesh

Sept. 7, or “Ganesh Chaturthi,” is an auspicious day for Hindus worldwide, marking the birth of the elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesh. It now has a deeper connection for the Columbia-area Hindu community as Lord Ganesh, “The Remover of all Obstacles,” decided to give them a present instead on that day.

Two-man race to replace DeLay

WASHINGTON — In a race framed by scandal, Republican Reps. Roy Blunt and John Boehner plunged into a campaign Sunday to succeed Tom DeLay as House majority leader.

Blunt plans state worker pay increase

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt plans to propose a 4 percent pay increase for most state employees to take effect later this year.

Tracking devices can help — and hurt

Tracking devices, such as the one former Columbia police officer Todd Smith allegedly placed in his ex-girlfriend’s car, are readily available on the Internet and are used for everything from monitoring teenagers’ driving habits to managing shipping fleets.

True/False prepares for bigger year

The recently renovated Tiger Ballroom in the historic Tiger Hotel will become the newest venue in the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, which takes place Feb. 23-26.

Columbia man, 19, shot while trying to halt fight

A 19-year-old Columbia man was shot in the foot Sunday morning while attempting to break up a fight involving a friend, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Rally raises awareness for midwifery bills

A spring-like day drew a large crowd of midwife supporters to a legalization rally Sunday at the Roger B. Wilson County Government Center in downtown Columbia.

Kewpies prevail

It was clear Hickman forward Byron Bundy was excited when he hit a jumper during the team’s pregame warm-up.

Bruins win with speed

The Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team was too quick for Poplar Bluff on Sunday. The cold sound of the ball clanking off the iron haunted the Mules while the Bruins were met with easy layups.

Stingy Panthers dump Manning, Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Carolina Panthers’ defense played like coach John Fox was in the New York huddle, spying on his former team.

Jewish community prays for Sharon

As a young man patrolling the Gaza Border, Rabbi Yossi Feintuch remembers watching then-Maj. Gen. Ariel Sharon ride by in his jeep, perhaps even waving. To Feintuch, Sharon was the last “giant” of the 1948 Generation, which won the War of Independence and secured the Israel in which Feintuch was born.

Im’s daughters speak at memorial

Publicly silent since their father, Jeong Hyok Im, was killed more than a year ago, Jean and Soo Ihm led the list of speakers during a ceremony attended by more than 60 people at MU’s Memorial Union on Saturday.

Midwife bill lacks legislative support

For some women, the safest and most comfortable place to give birth is at home.

Suq ends geography showdown

“In which country would you find the old suq, or marketplace, of Sanaa gleaming with gypsum-covered buildings?”

State weighs using chemicals to clean reservoir

ST. LOUIS — AmerenUE officials are awaiting state approval of a plan to treat murky waters with chemicals after a mountaintop dam burst last month.

Beyond stereotypes

On a rainy late-fall morning, 3-year-old Turner DeArmond toddled toward the kitchen of his Columbia home. “Daddy, can I have a piece of candy?” he asked.

Tigers corral Cowboys

On Thursday, Jimmy McKinney said his Missouri team could play with anybody.

Brown’s big dunk gets fans’ approval

Despite a rather uninspiring game for Marshall Brown, for one moment, the 6-foot-6 forward had the complete and undivided attention of fans at Mizzou Arena.

No. 15 Texas cruises to fourth straight win

AUSTIN, Texas — Two days after Texas lost a blowout at home to Tennessee, Longhorns coach Rick Barnes took his team behind closed doors and pushed them through a grueling three-hour practice to stress being tougher on defense.

Global worming institute

Peek inside the 10,000-square-foot barn of Felicity Farms near Hallsville and you’ll see several long, dark mounds of cow manure, but nothing that would indicate what kind of farming goes on.