The Hindmans

A portrait of Mayor Darwin Hindman and his wife, Axie, riding their tandem bicycle on Friday, June 15 near their house in central Columbia. The Hindman's purchased the bike on an auction about two years ago and enjoy riding it all over town.

Cancer has touched both of their lives but they made it through together. Now, they're trying to get the word out on early detection.

Dialogue and community input lacking in choice of school site

Last week, the Missourian reported on a hearing about the school board decision to locate a new high school on South Rangeline Road. The online headline began with “Public unhappy.”

Beat-boxing with the Mizzou Forte

On a Tuesday evening in late April, as the a cappella ensemble Mizzou Forte finished its final two-hour practice of the season, freshman Si Kincaid tried to maintain his grin while hunched over his knees, sweating and out of breath.

The power of control

For filmmaker Ondi Timoner, the path to mind control was paved by rock ’n’ roll. The 34-year-old documentarian became intrigued by brainwashing and groupthink while making her 2004 Sundance Award-winning documentary “Dig!”.

Dogs, or any animal, can be therapeutic

My brother in ink, John Merrill, declared “I am decisively a dog hater,” on these pages a few days ago. I could understand not caring for dogs. But hating them? How could anyone hate dogs?

Crafting a legacy

As members of Best of Missouri Hands, Blenda and Donald Marquardt help to support and encourage the Missouri arts and crafts community. The two also own Village Pewter and craft items such as plates and goblets. To read more about the organization and the couple, click on the Lifestyles section at

Part of Johnson's Shut-Ins park to open Monday

The popular state park that was wiped out when a mountaintop reservoir collapsed plans to partially reopen for two months.

Restaurant that served Hancock faces no state penalties

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will take no action against a restaurant that served St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock before the drunken-driving accident that led to his death.

MU vice chancellor leaves for job at Rice

Jim Coleman, MU’s vice chancellor of research, announced Friday that he will leave his position to become the vice provost for research at Rice University in Houston.

Up close in London, with a car bomb down the street

Today London felt smaller, despite the streets being more crowded and the underground system more congested. I walked alongside hundreds of people, our very different minds turning over the same set of facts.

Car seat safety inspections offered at farmers market

The Safe Kids Coalition, a non-profit organization, is offering car seat checks Saturday during the Boone County Farmers Market at 1005 W. Worely St. from 9 a.m. to noon.

Columbia man died in city's second fatal accident this year

Robert L. Hickem died Thursday of injuries he suffered earlier this week in a traffic accident, the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Friday.

Rains continue to fall; some water levels nearing flood stage

Heavy rains continued to fall Friday afternoon in Columbia, bringing totals to more than 6 inches in parts of northeastern Boone County since Wednesday according to the National Weather Service.

Marines drop case against Iraq veteran

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Marines won’t kick out an Iraq war veteran who made anti-war statements in a speech and wore part of his uniform at a protest despite a recommendation to discharge him early.

Ex-officer accused of buying vodka for girl who died in crash

NEOSHO — A former Neosho police officer has been accused of buying vodka for a 16-year-old girl who died in a car crash a day later with the vodka bottle in her vehicle.

Meal time can be a real zoo — at the zoo

ST. LOUIS — Right now, the pickiest eaters at the St. Louis Zoo just might be the cheetahs.

Rainy-day warriors

Heavy rainfall didn’t keep everyone inside for a lazy afternoon nap in their cozy homes. Some ventured into the downpour.

Stem cell research expansion on hold

Citing a continuing controversy over stem cell research in Missouri, officials with the Stowers Institute for Medical Research announced Thursday that plans for a major expansion have been suspended.

Man leaves jail but maintains claim to land

It’s like listening to history on KOPN’s reformatted old broadcasts

KOPN has been reformatting tapes in the station’s massive collection since 2004 with other state and local funding as part of its ongoing Reel-To-Reel Project.