Popular view of Martin Luther King Jr. ignores his complexity

Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963. Nearly 40 years after his assassination in April 1968, after the deaths of his wife and others who knew both the man and what he stood for, some say King is facing the same fate that has befallen many a historical figure — being frozen in a moment in time that ignores the full complexity of the man and his message.

Scholars claim King's celebrity legacy overshadows his work on issues other than segregation.

Advocate finds a new way to help the homeless in mid-Missouri

Hallsville resident Montana Gross started Let No Citizen Be Left Behind, a program that encourages homeless people find and keep jobs.

Finding faith through family

Two Columbia families reflect on the role of adoption on identity in the Jewish community as their adopted pre-teen girls prepare for their bat mitzvahs.

Midwifery continues in Missouri despite being outlawed

While midwifery remains illegal in Missouri and 12 other states, an underground network of midwives without nursing degrees continue to deliver children here, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Fending off lawsuits part of the initiative petition challenge in Mo.

In 2006, there were more lawsuits than proposals actually making the ballot. In advance of the November elections, about one lawsuit has been filed so far for every two initiative petitions approved for circulation.

Missouri Honor Medalist Lewine dies at age 86

Frances Lewine was a longtime White House correspondent for The Associated Press who went on to work in the Carter administration and later for CNN.

Lawyers want to know who is on execution teams

Lawyers for five death row inmates are pressing Missouri to identify members of its execution team after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed that a nurse on the team was a convicted stalker.

Plans take shape for third high school

Preliminary sketches for Columbia’s new high school were released at last week’s school board meeting. Take a look at them here.

MU-KU Photo Gallery

Gallery of photographs from the men's basketball game against Kansas.

Bush’s two-state solution in Middle East far off

The U.S. president tries to jump-start peace negotiations between the Arabs and Israelis.

Volkus' rare start sparks MU men's basketball team

Seldom-used forward Vaidotas Volkus scored a career-high eight points in Missouri’s most anticipated contest of the year: the Kansas game.

Cougars women's basketball team improves AMC mark

Rachel Oswald’s 17 points led the Cougars women's basketball team Saturday at Illinois-Springfield.

Cougars men's basketball team prevails again in OT

The Cougars victory at Illinois Springfield on Saturday was their fourth straight American Midwest Conference victory this season and their third won in overtime.

MU gymnasts win Big 12 opener

The Tigers beat Iowa State 194.125-192.400 Friday night at Hearnes Center.

Tigers women’s basketball team can’t catch Kansas

The Tigers tried valiantly to finish off a second-half comeback, but fell 66-60 to rival Kansas on Saturday afternoon in Lawrence.