Donated items help international students

The door opened at 10 o’clock sharp Saturday morning. A flood of newly arrived inter­national students poured into the International Friends Center at University Place apartment complex, eager to get their hands on free household items such as towels, pots and pans, furniture and even appliances.

Rhythm of the season

It begins as a trickle, and by the middle of August the new arrivals pour into the city from all directions, near and far. They bring new energy, not to mention a healthy dose of commerce, jolting the city out of its summer slumber.

Woman arrested after drug search

A Columbia woman was arrested early Friday evening after a Boone County Sheriff’s Department drug unit said it found crack cocaine, marijuana and “paraphernalia associated with drug sales” in a home just north of Columbia.

When centuries collide

A police officer and a man in a kilt and boots walk side by side. Not far away, a pirate is talking on a cell phone.

Jefferson City man arrested on weapon, assault charges

Boone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a resident about a man carrying a “big gun” north of Columbia on Friday night.

City to increase security on Garth

Every morning before opening her dry cleaning business, Margaret Smith crisscrosses her parking lot, collecting trash left by uninvited guests from the night before.

On the agenda

Columbia City Council

Drug raid conducted near Garth Avenue signals police crackdown

LeAnn Linear was at church Friday evening when Columbia police, acting on a drug-related search warrant, knocked in her front door on east Forest Avenue near north Garth Avenue.

Christian musicians break into mainstream with faith

On July 28, Christian music artist Caleb Rowden signed a guitar for a young fan of his music.

Kinks in the kicking game

Adam Crossett had seen better days.

Waiting game for Columbia

After losing its Little League World Series opener, 1-0, to Lake Charles, La., in nine innings Friday night, Columbia was ready to take the field Saturday night.

Pushing to achieve goals

The next time Tommy Saunders scores a touchdown for Missouri you could see him doing push-ups instead of dancing in celebration.

Cardinals rally fizzles

CHICAGO — Juan Pierre used all of Wrigley Field to stop Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

St. Louis brings on Astros’ Wilson to improve lineup

ST. LOUIS — Preston Wilson, released by the Houston Astros earlier this week, on Friday signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kansas City can’t get past Oakland’s Zito

KANSAS CITY — Barry Zito bounced back with a solid outing after two rough starts.

KC Chiefs return home for game with St. Louis

KANSAS CITY — One Pro Bowl guard was finally back Saturday as the Kansas City Chiefs went through their first practice since returning from training camp, but another was in a walking boot.

Houston Texans slip past Rams

ST. LOUIS — Mario Williams looked less like a mistake-prone rookie and more like the No. 1 pick of the draft in his second preseason game.

A dirty job

This is about two guys riding with dirty threads. About Austin “Tex” Hall and Adam Borts shoving quarters into tiny slots, so tight end Martin Rucker can run gassers in style.