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John Marshall prepares burgers at Booches, a restaurant and pool hall on 9th Street in Columbia on Christmas Eve, 2007. By tradition, many Columbian families get together at Booches on Christmas Eve to eat the restaurant's famous burgers served on wax paper. More than 1,200 burgers are prepared on busy days like this, Marshall said.

In Columbia, many people have been here for years, others for just a few months.

Some are just here to attend school, some chose this town to be their home.

But whether you’ve settled here for life or just for a couple of years, the question is this: How well do you know Columbia?

The Missourian asked at least 25 people what makes the city special and collected 15 ways to know you’re a die-hard Columbian.

Forum to mark UM System, South Africa partnership

In 1986, the University of Missouri System and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, beat the odds of apartheid and formed an academic link. Sustained for more than 20 years, the South African Education Program is the topic of the Chancellor’s Global Issues Forum on Monday.

Texas Tech slams MU baseball team

Texas A&M sweeps MU softball team

No. 2 Baylor handles MU tennis team

Special friendship inspiration for MU ski club

When MU senior Mike Neustedter learned a sport he once saw as a distraction could have a positive influence, he decided to start a ski club at MU. Mizzou Freeride was given approval in November.

Document signed by Lewis and Clark could be worth $80,000 or more

The document is one of few outside the official reports from their exploration of the American West from 1804 to 1806.

Steve McQueen Day draws fans to Slater

The city held dozens of events in honor of the actor over the weekend.

Farmers assess flooded fields, gauge growing season

Farmers in southeast Missouri are trying to gauge what sort of growing season they'll have after recent flooding and heavy rains.

Robotic window washer climbs to the top for title

Frank Jr. is a robot; more specifically, he’s the robot that won best robotic window washer in the student design competition of the 2008 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Student Professional Development Conference, held this year by MU’s student chapter.

Segert pushes for school board engagement with public

She decided to seek election because of her concerns over recent decisions made by Columbia Public Schools administration, including the location of the new high school, a tax levy increase being put to voters on the April 8 ballot and curriculum selections, especially integrated math.

Tippin passionate about children, education

To Rosie Tippin, being around children isn’t just something she enjoys — it’s her life.

“It’s kind of in my blood,” said Tippin, who is campaigning for the first time for one of three open seats on the Columbia School Board.

Teens robbed at gunpoint in north Columbia

Two women were robbed Saturday evening in the 3000 block of Alpine Drive, the Columbia Police Department said in a news release.

County resident critically injured in scooter accident

COLUMBIA — John L. Patton was listed in critical condition at noon Sunday after he was injured while driving a scooter Saturday night.

Continuing to cover changes in the Iraq war from a local and national standpoint

Byron Scott, a veteran newspaper and magazine journalist, is professor emeritus, Missouri School of Journalism and director of The European Union Center at MU. He was filling in for Stuart Loory, who holds the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the MU School of Journalism, regular moderator of the weekly radio program “Global Journalist.” It airs at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays on KBIA/91.3 FM or at