Saddam Hussein dies on the gallows, Iraqi state-run television reports

Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows and executed Saturday, Iraqi state-run television reported.

Video: Tiger fans rally on game day

On Friday morning Tiger fans gathered in various areas across the campus of Texas-El Paso to tailgate and rally for the Sun Bowl. Check out what events took place during these pregame rituals.

Remembering Ford

Missourians who met former President Gerald R. Ford or had a chance to hear him speak say the nation underestimated his short stint as the nation’s chief, in part because of an image problem he suffered for pardoning his predecessor, Richard M. Nixon, after only a month in office.

Hulshof says he can work with Democrats

Ninth District U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof is getting ready to go back to work in Washington, but this time he’ll have a new cast of colleagues. In spite of the fact that he’ll now be in the minority party, Hulshof is optimistic he can still get things done.

MU considers cameras for residence hall

MU’s Residential Life office plans to install 12 to 15 digital cameras at College Avenue Hall next year if it hears no strong objections from the hall’s government or residents.

Carnahan won’t run for Mo. governor

JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, the daughter of the late-Gov. Mel Carnahan and former Sen. Jean Carnahan, said Wednesday that she will not run for governor in 2008, squelching speculation of a Democratic primary showdown against Attorney General Jay Nixon. — Associated Press

Fire District board members want audit finished in February

The Boone County Fire Protection District wants its yearly audit. And it wants it now.

Local reaction

“I think he is one of the best presidents we ever had. ... His moral code was very high and he had a lot of clout throughout the world as a peacekeeper. Folks listened to him. He was very well respected.”— Emmanuel Douglas, 55, housekeeping supervisor at University Hospital

Transcript of 1968 Ford speech at MU

Following is a transcript from MU’s University Archives of a keynote address by Gerald Ford at a mock Republican convention held at MU on Feb. 23, 1968. Ford was minority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives at the time.

Transcript of Ford's 1977 speech at Westminster

Following is a transcript of an address delivered by former President Gerald Ford on Oct. 29, 1977, at Westminster College in Fulton. Ford’s speech was the 35th in Westminster’s John Findley Green Lecture series. The transcript, which originally ran in The Fulton Sun-Gazette, was provided by Carolyn Branch and Martin Northway of the Callaway County Public Library.

Well-bred pair lead MU sale

Young singles need roomy accommodations; landlords must be kind and patient and know how to use a hoof pick.

Harrisburg man, 40, faces child endangerment charge

A 40-year-old Harrisburg man was arrested Tuesday night after forcing his way into his ex-girlfriend’s home and making threats to kill her. In the process, she dropped her 14-month-old child on the floor, she told sheriff’s deputies.

Power outage hits 500 homes

About 500 households were left without power early Wednesday morning when fuses blew at Broadway’s intersections with Garth and McBaine avenues.

Parkade Elementary playground becomes a safer place to play

It took a lot of doing by a lot of different people, but Parkade Elementary School finally has playground equipment for its preschoolers — and a place to store it.

Tigers make time for U.S. troops

EL PASO, Texas — Missouri and Oregon State’s football teams woke up a little earlier than usual on Wednesday to eat breakfast with U.S. troops at Fort Bliss, an Army Air Defense Artillery Center.

Jackson all business

ST. LOUIS — Being named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week and the St. Louis Rams’ 2006 MVP is nice, running back Steven Jackson said Wednesday, but making the playoffs is more important.

Hickman triumphs in first-round game at Neosho Holiday Classic tournament

Hickman’s entire 11-man roster scored in Wednesday’s 70-45 victory over Springfield Central.

Video: Tigers at Fort Bliss

Missouri wide receiver Greg Bracey talks with soldiers during a Wednesday-morning breakfast at Fort Bliss, an Army Air Defense Artillery Center. Head Coach Gary Pinkel shares a few words of appreciation for the troops.

The road to El Paso — Day 2 (updated 5:03 MST)

Pastry chef with a passion

As she effortlessly pipes an intricate red icing rose onto a cake decorator’s floral nail, the sleeves of Trish Robertson’s chef’s jacket pull away just enough to reveal Japanese tattoos on each wrist. One figure means love and represents her 8-year-old son, Mason, as well as emotional openness. The figure on the wrist of her “working hand” means good fortune, to symbolize the power of her creativity.