Fulton in top 10 in last days of National Novel Writing Month Contest

National Novel Writing Month, a contest to write 50,000 word novels in November, ended today, with Fulton ranked ninth internationally.

Man who took hostages at Clinton campaign office surrenders

A distraught man wearing what appeared to be a bomb walked into a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office Friday and demanded to speak to the candidate during a hostage drama that dragged on for nearly six hours before he peacefully surrendered.

Women’s sports have come a long way — both nationally and at MU

COLUMBIA — In any given year, Lori Painter and Willie Geissert attend games for six or seven different MU sports, cheering their hearts out for their beloved Tigers.

Former Detroit drug dealer who was caught in Columbia pleads guilty to federal charges

Larry Buttrom was a former top lieutenant in Detroit’s infamous Pony Down drug ring. He served six and a half years in federal prison in the late ’80s and early ’90s for obtaining heroin and cocaine and supervising the distribution of drugs on Detroit city streets.

Public input sought for Big Muddy Refuge 15-year plan

A public input forum for the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge’s management plan will be held Monday.

Troops in Afghanistan cheer for the Tigers

A group of fans stationed in Kabul will gather around a big screen TV Saturday to root for MU in the Big 12 Championship.

The struggling circus

On Circus Day, time stood still. Banks and schoolhouses shut their doors, and unpaved Main streets were clogged with folks from down the block and across the county.

Children stood alongside businessmen as everyone strained to hear the air calliope, also known as a steam organ, and squinted to see the first cart of the horse-drawn spectacle: the circus parade.

As cart after cart passed through the throngs, people who might never have ventured more than a few miles from where they were born stared tigers, monkeys and elephants straight in the eyes.

"Back then, it was an annual event," said circus clown Joey Kelly of St. Louis. "You saved up for it. When circuses came to town, a lot of businesses shut down, so you could make a day of it."

Janet Davis, associate professor of American studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of "The Circus Age," said the circus was the biggest thing going at the turn of the century.

MU merchandise sales climb with football team

Retailers are scrambling to fill customers' request for MU gear as the football team prepares for the Big 12 Championship.

Shakespeare’s delivery spans coast to coast

Thanks to the shop’s mail-order program, pizza lovers can get their fix of the iconic pie even after they’ve left Columbia.

New media, familiar truth: Columbia's stories abound

Training with a microphone and video camera is a great way to learn, Tom Warhover writes. There are more ways to cover stories than ever before, and a host of stories just waiting to be told.

Animated MU television ad impresses some, confuses others

An 30-second MU television commercial is being shown to national audiences and getting mixed reviews. While MU’s administration and its designers call it unique and innovative, students and alumni say they don’t get it.

One Read program seeking input on next book

Readers are invited to submit recommendations until Dec. 7 for the 2008 One Read book selection.

Spill it: A conversation with certified pet groomer Noni Ruff

The pet groomer says to treat your dog like a 2-year-old child: A 2-year-old hates to have her hair brushed, but you have to do it.

Jews commemorate victory and miracle with Hanukkah

The eight-day festival begins at sundown on Dec. 4 this year.

How to make your own snowman ornament

It’s easy to create a snowman to hang on your Christmas tree.

Anonymous tip leads to arrest in Park Avenue shooting, police say

Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said a new multi-agency task force will be put into place and include officers from the Police Department, Boone County Sheriff's deputies, an MU Police officer and an FBI liaison member.

Man suspected of taking hostages in N.H. demands to speak to Hillary Clinton, authorities say

ROCHESTER, N.H. — A deranged man wearing what appeared to be a bomb strapped to his chest walked into a Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign office Friday, took several hostages and demanded to speak to the candidate, authorities said

Dealing with Celiac

Fifteen years ago, Donna Kasper burst into tears in the soup aisle of a grocery store. Kasper was surrounded by food, but she could not find anything to eat.

Milestones: Four students receive scholarships

Four Columbia natives received scholarships from Kansas State University for the 2007-08 school year

Belief in Brief: Meditation

With the holiday season approaching, stress is nearly inevitable. One way to de-stress is through meditation, the focusing of thoughts and promotion of calmness.