Accuracy is seeded No. 1 in the March Madness of campaigns

Tom Warhover is the Columbia Missourian's executive editor for innovation.

Some of you follow political campaigns more closely than March Madness. (One or two may not even know that the madness refers to NCAA basketball.)

Picture of the week

Archie the dog appeared to be the unofficial mascot for the Columbia College Cougars softball team at Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Matt Pitzer

I am living here because ... I’m originally from McLain, Va., but last year we moved to Columbia. My wife’s family is here.

I’m definitely driving/No, you're definitely not

James Leonard, a 19-year-old who commutes to Central Methodist University, doesn’t like to feel as if he is not in control of things. He’s the type of man who has to be in charge of his surroundings, even if it’s just the place he sits at a food court table at Columbia Mall. For him, driving represents the ultimate control. Be it a trip to the grocery store or a trip to the state of California, he must be behind the wheel.

Why I like ultimate fighting

For most of us, ultimate fighting means anger, violence and rage. Not for Jared Harrison.

Trial run: chocolate hair

The Idea: Warm chocolate oil hydrates and replenishes dry, damaged hair — and smells delicious.

Is Columbia singin’ soul yet?

Columbia has a Division I school, three Wal-Marts, underground caves and an airport. But does CoMo have soul?

Mastery over material

Graham Caldwell is one of the bravest young artists in Washington.

Jewelry genius

In the late 1970s, Shellie Antel walked into a department store and fell in love with a single-strand coral bead necklace. At least until she learned it was $600.

Retirement redefined

After 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 60-year-old Frank Gordon retired — to three part-time jobs.

Work and wine

Frank Gordon spends many of his weekdays with the Boone County Public Works Department as a part-time storm water outreach coordinator. He spends some weekends dealing blackjack at the Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville. And he spends his spare time from February through October tending his six-acre vineyard west of Columbia on Route O.

Stitch and save

Deatra McGary jokes that, for the perfect retirement, she needs only one thing.

Golfing and globe-trotting

A bookcase in Roy Wilson’s living room strains under some 30 photo albums — a snapshot of his life at 78: “Germany-Austria.” “Elephant Survey, Kenya, Africa.” “English Countryside-Paris.” “Spain 1.” “Spain 2.” “Jan. 2006 Brazil up the Amazon River with Paul Olesen.”

Enjoy your food (don't be afraid of it!)

Americans are awfully messed up about food — so thinks Barry Glassner, University of Southern California sociology professor and author of “The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food Is Wrong.” We imbue certain ingredients with an almost magical power to heal — when, that is, we’re not fearing them as poisons we must strip from our diet.

Blending beliefs

Every Saturday morning at the Parkade Center, people running errands and doing early morning shopping can hear songs of worship in Hebrew drifting from a storefront inside.

Cutting to the knockouts

As you watch CBS’ coverage of the battle for the Final Four this weekend, please pay your respects to one of the pioneers of sports as we know them.

Columbia native inducted into state’s hall of fame

Not many college football players can say they played for three NCAA Hall of Fame coaches. So it’s not surprising that Russ Sloan says former Missouri coaches Don Faurot, Frank Broyles and Dan Devine made a lasting impact.