A brother’s story

Cristof Traudes, left, with his older brother Erik, is a senior journalism major.

I celebrated my 21st birthday last fall at a Tex-Mex restaurant north of downtown Columbia. The walls were mounted with “genuine” sombreros and large TVs tuned to ESPN. I was happy with the combination of friends who gathered — there were friends I played with in Marching Mizzou, friends from the journalism school, friends from high school.

Community members, leaders create peaceful alternatives to neo-Nazi protest

Columbia residents and leaders met throughout the week to create various alternate events to counter a planned march on Saturday by the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group.

Norm Ruebling & Brent ‘Doc’ Moore

See more about the lives of the owners of MO-X and stars of their own wild TV commercials.

Shall we dance?

Wearing a choker made of black ribbon, a stud in her nose and a lipstick-red corset over a black short-sleeved shirt, Apryl Smathers strutted into the Spanish Fly Dance Club a little before 7:30 on a Thursday evening. She wore black, strappy shoes with just a bit of heel showing underneath charcoal-gray suit pants with light gray pinstripes, and she’s here to teach people to dance.

At the Columbia Humane Society, in the checkout line at Target and on the MU campus

A young boy, about 10 years old and seemingly shy and innocent, stands with his nose up to a cage filled with three kittens.

The people who paint the world

Johnston Paint & Decorating in Columbia offers almost a full wall of Benjamin Moore color swatches. Designers there can help you choose one for your house. Some tints, of course, are much more popular than others. And there’s a reason for that.

A room for one

In keeping with a national trend, Boone Hospital Center is on its way to replacing semiprivate rooms with all-private ones.

Hundreds gather to counter hate-group

At least 500 spectators and counter-protestors filled the corners at Ninth and Elm streets early Saturday afternoon for a march by about 20 members of a white supremacist group.

Clergy lead procession of peace, prayer

Members of the local clergy led a procession of peace and prayer this morning along the same route chosen by a group of white supremacists for a march later in the day.

What is a Bright?

They are but a small minority, making up less than 5 percent of the U.S. population. And until recently, they have kept a low profile. For good reason: People who do not believe in God are the most distrusted group in the country and are viewed by many as a threat to the American way of life.