A worker without papers

Carlos, a stocky 20-year-old with a caramel complexion, risked almost everything to live in the United States.

An undocumented immigrant from Chiapas, Mexico, Carlos (his real name) paid $3,000 to a “coyote” to guide him safely to a U.S. city.

Tourists return to top of Arch, after Saturday power failure

Tourists could travel to the top of the Gateway Arch on Sunday, after a power outage Saturday night trapped roughly 200 people inside the landmark for up to three hours.

Practice, practice and more practice

Junior high and high school cheerleading squads from all over the state challenged themselves and their skills at the National Cheerleading Association summer cheerleading camp last week. Missourian photojournalist Jennifer Whitney gives a look at the camp.

MU study looks at nanotech dangers

A new study has begun to explore the effects that nanotechnology might have on the environment.

Ready for the county fair

House gets new minority leader

Paul LeVota, D-Jackson County, has been unanimously elected as House Minority Leader of the Missouri House of Representatives. He replaces Jeff Harris of Columbia.

From canvas to reality

The homes in the Gates at Old Hawthorne development are inspired by the artwork of Thomas Kinkade.

Fire destroys central city home just after owners left for vacation

A central Columbia home was destroyed by fire Saturday morning just after the occupants had left for a family vacation.

Let the Harry-mania continue

Missourian reporter Rebecca Delaney is blogging this weekend about “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” — and she really wants to hear from you.

Putting microchips in humans debated, a provider of surveillance equipment, attracted little notice itself — until a year ago, when two of its employees had glass-encapsulated microchips with miniature antennas embedded in their arms.

5 ideas: what people should be talking about

In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the

past week. This week's topics: pet licenses; the local economy; welfare changes; Harry Potter's legacy; and limits on campaign finance.

U.S. needs energy policy change

There’s a bill floating around that would let our government sue members of the OPEC for driving up the price of oil.

Bush’s Iraq strategies

I once belonged to the Book of the Month Club, as well as the Beer of the Month Club — but, I tell you, one thing I can’t subscribe to is George W.’s Iraq Strategy of the Month Club.

New route strengthens affection for Columbia

Coming on strong

Missouri strongman Steve Schmidt, 52, had a room full of broad-shouldered powerlifters stunned as he ripped a license plate in two.

The biggest bench of the day

The biggest bench of the day belonged to Ovalta Bell of Louisiana, Mo. Bell put up 510 pounds.

Long day of volleyball

The team is comprised of women hailing from Fort Leonard Wood, whose fathers or husbands are in the military.

Kicking around names

Their uniforms bring stares and questions. But they don’t mind. With team names such as The Village Idiots, Chuck Norris’ Left Foot, and V-Necks, this weekend’s Show-Me State Games Adult Kickball competition seemed more like a competition to win the title of the most creative team name.

Slow shot

Twenty minutes sounds like a lifetime to get off five shots in a target-shooting competition, but when you have to load and fire an old-fashioned gun, that 20 minutes goes by in an instant.

Soccer fan

The U16 Waynesville Hurricanes start strong against the Dixon Bulldogs. Brad Hicks stands watching on the sidelines Saturday morning at Cosmopolitan Park, taking the chance to observe a hometown team.