Getting good seats requires extra effort

It’s dark. And it’s drizzling. And it’s 5:45 a.m. But as MU juniors Andy Butler and Drew Minert get in Butler’s 1997 Nissan Altima to set out on their mission, none of that matters. It’s football season.

So far, Pinkel not so serious

As it turns out, Gary Pinkel just might have something in common with former French Queen Marie Antoinette.

Coach is keeping things lighter with team, media alike.

ST. LOUIS — Usually, Albert Pujols is the St. Louis hitter opposing teams worry about most. Right now the Cardinals’ most dangerous player may be Gary Bennett, a journeyman catcher playing for his seventh team in six seasons.

In honor of MLK

Martin Luther King Jr.’s words were not only hanging in the humid Missouri air Monday night, but they were also chiseled on the granite pillars of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden.

Jobless figures improve for state, city

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri experienced a double-digit drop in unemployment in July, according to a report issued by Missouri’s Labor Department.

Columbia has lowest jobless rate in metro areas

MU employed 23,608 people, as of Oct. 31, 2005. With so many jobs in the hands of a single employer, should Columbians be scared or reassured?

N.Y. gets a taste of True/False fest

True or False: Mid-Missouri recently took a bite out of the Big Apple?

Women's suffrage is honored at Stephens

Sarah Kegley said she loves everything about being a woman.

Expert says rain too late to help corn, soybeans

It wasn’t a drought-breaker, but it was welcome nonetheless.

Man dies in U.S. 63 accident

A Cole County circuit judge candidate and former Jefferson City Council member was struck by two vehicles and killed early Monday in southern Boone County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

For religious groups, giving goes on

When a group of volunteers from Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church arrived in New Orleans two months after Hurricane Katrina, the Rev. Kathie Jackson was overwhelmed by the devastation.

Premium change pinches workers

It’s back to business for Charles Hargrove and Dick Malon, a former assistant city manager and director of Water and Light, respectively.

MOHELA sale could net MU $94 million

JEFFERSON CITY — MU would receive

A fast start

Ashley Hamblin could only smile at her performance after the Missouri soccer team upset Illinois.

Missouri senior second at U.S. Amateur

As recently as 10 days ago, John Kelly was virtually a nobody in the world of golf. His only tournament victories were July’s Missouri State Stroke Play and a May tournament at Old Warston Country Club near St. Louis. Hardly impressive compared to his peers at the U.S. Amateur Championship. Now, Kelly, a Missouri senior, is the second-best amateur in the country and considered a force to be reckoned with during the upcoming NCAA season.

Hali part of Chiefs’ defensive rebound

KANSAS CITY — Tamba Hali, who missed the Chiefs’ first two preseason games because of sore ribs, sported a stunned smile after his first NFL game.

Bennett’s walk-off grand slam gives Cardinals breathing room

ST. LOUIS — Gary Bennett won a game for St. Louis with two outs in the ninth for the second straight day, hitting a grand slam Sunday night to give the Cardinals a 10-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Bruins soccer team looking for more goals

The Rock Bridge boys’ soccer team hopes to score more this year starting with it’s season opener at 5:30 p.m. today against O’Hara High School in the 13th annual Tiger/Bronco Soccer Classic in Lee’s Summit.

Murky perceptions of Hinkson Creek

When MU graduate student Michele Baumer began receiving responses to her summer survey of those who live in the Hinkson Creek watershed, one thing stood out among the preliminary findings.

Missourian printing would be outsourced

The Columbia Missourian will begin soliciting bids today for an outside contractor to print the newspaper, possibly paving the way for the shut-down of the paper’s decades-old press and job losses for about a dozen full- and part-time employees.