Loss of a father causes loss of direction

Four months ago, Chris Wright, senior defenseback for the Columbia College soccer team, lost his father, making something he has loved since the day he could walk almost too hard to play.

Rucker returns to finish the job

Martin Rucker spurned the NFL draft to help expel a 10-year-old ghost from Faurot.

Three Missourians recount their experiences during World War II

Missouri sent 435,000 people to World War II. Veterans Stanley Nichols, Vernon Sievert and Rex Bandy share recollections of the war.

Mall's stores begin charging extra sales tax

The mall, as the city’s newest transportation development district, will collect the tax to help pay for future improvements to the Stadium Boulevard corridor.

UM System has not signed Nixon's voluntary code of conduct

The agreement was drafted to prevent universities from taking kickbacks from student lenders.

Proposed North-Central overlay district to be discussed Thursday

A proposed overlay district in North-Central Columbia would add new zoning regulations meant to create an aesthetically pleasing neighborhood.

One Read author signs books

Sara Gruen, author of the book "Water for Elephants," signed autographs Tuesday afternoon at the Columbia Public Library through the communitywide One Read program.

Weather warnings get more specific

New “storm-based” warnings from the National Weather Service use specific landmarks to more accurately show areas that are threatened.

Online steroid culture reacts to recent drug bust

Steroid users say the drugs aren’t dangerous and don’t warrant the attention they get from the government.

Chat with Chase canceled

Only one person showed up to the morning meeting.

Ahmadinejad visit illustrates colleges’ balance between free speech and irresponsibility

Academic freedom is all well and good but it shouldn’t promote obscenity.

Rock Bridge golfers second at district tournament

The Rock Bridge girls golf team earned a berth at the state tournament Monday with a second-place finish at the Class 2 District 4 tournament at the Innsbrook Resort Golf Course in Foristell.

MU football team benefits from bye as upsets shake up Big 12

A weekend filled with upsets has the Missouri football team ranked among the Big 12 Conference’s elite heading into league play.

Sports briefs

Cardinals, La Russa pondering uncertain future

After a disappointing finish that has manager Tony La Russa questioning his future with the team, the St. Louis Cardinals look to find a new pitcher and a power-hitting outfielder this offseason.

Columbia Council trusts engineering firm to make infrastructure estimates

The Columbia City Council agreed to defer responsibility for proposed high school site infrastructure cost estimates to the engineering firm contracted by Columbia Public Schools.

Victory gives Chiefs encouraging outlook

Now that the Chiefs have won two in a row, they are tied for the lead in the AFC West and have a division road win in the bank.

Injuries mounting for Rams

After being blown out by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the St. Louis Rams, losers of four straight games to start the season, are dealing with even more injuries to their already battered squad.

Pinkel wins big with youth league before big game

Mere days from one of the most anticipated Missouri football games in years, coach Gary Pinkel took some time Monday to teach youth players lessons about football and life.

Ameren unveils voluntary renewable energy program

AmerenUE on Monday launched a new voluntary program called Pure Power that allows customers to pay an additional 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour to help support development of wind power and other forms of renewable energy.