Columbians tread murky waters between politics and religion

The Rev. Amy Kay leads the discussion for the "Liberty and Justice For All" group on Oct. 8 as Richard Underwood, left, and Harsh Brown participate. The discussion is part of the eight-week-long class regarding politics and religion.

In the midst of controversy and contempt, the people of Columbia became proactive in their search for commonality, understanding, and conversation that would build the bridge between divergent views of religion and politics.

Baylor football on quest for respectability

Coach Art Briles tries to get the Bears moving in the right direction in his first year on the job.

Obama likely to attract big crowd in Columbia

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, will be in Columbia on Thursday night. The Change We Need rally begins at 9:30 p.m. in the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle at MU. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. 

LETTER: Judy Baker far better than what Luetkemeyer campaign says

Trust Judy to bring the same passion and skill to Washington at a time when leadership is needed to avert a crisis in health care financing and delivery that none of us have seen before.

Most people vote on informed decisions not on self-interest

Those who vote Republican tend to be conservatives who opt for lower taxes and free markets. Democrats lean more liberal and populist and look to taxation to level the playing field for the disadvantaged and those who don't wish to provide for themselves.

Health care is our responsibility, not our right

The Health Savings Account is a viable option for helping our country escape this crisis.

MU women's basketball will reach for NCAA tournament

After finishing last in the Big 12 last season, the Tigers' top eight scorers return looking for better results.

City abuzz over Obama visit

Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at MU's Carnahan Quadrangle on Thursday.

Advocate of nuclear disarmament cancels MU visit

LETTER: Amendment 4 improves storm water fund management

Amendment 4 would change the Department of Natural Resources storm water fund distribution process by allowing the state to use grants or loans and to reallocate unused funds to areas that can use them.

Bicyclist will receive net verdict of $450,000 in personal injury lawsuit

A bicyclist who sued the City of Columbia and Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission following a 2005 accident, will receive $450,000 out of the $1.8 million awarded Tuesday evening in the comparative fault personal injury lawsuit.

At NAACP forum, candidates talk education, affirmative action

Three Republicans, seven Democrats and one Libertarian met with a predominantly black audience at the Second Baptist Church to address issues such as public education and racial profiling.

Missouri gas prices dip below $2 a gallon

In Missouri, the average price is $2.31, down from $3.39 a month ago. But several stations in the Kansas City area dropped below $2 per gallon on Tuesday.

Columbia neighbors turn lawns into a cemetery

Two neighbors joined forces to create Graves Hill Cemetery on their lawns for Halloween, complete with fog and a mausoleum.

Daniel Boone Regional Libary Board maps its future

There will be no construction of new library facilities anytime soon — but, for now, the Daniel Boone Regional Library Board is willing to consider alternatives, such as space rental.

Author says anti-rationalism, anti-intellectualism to blame for American ignorance

Susan Jacoby, author of the New York Times bestseller "The Age of American Unreason," gave a lecture at Columbia College on Tuesday.  She citied the three most destructive influences on Americans being the irrationalism of the religious right, the dominance of infotainment, and Americans' intellectual laziness.

Rock Bridge High School organizations hold mock election

Rock Bridge's Young Democrats and Young Republicans hosted a mock election Tuesday as part of the national VOTES 2008 program. Out of the 1,736 students enrolled at Rock Bridge, 459 voted.

Public show support for new demolition permit policy

Following the Columbia City Council's recommendation, the Historic Preservation Commission held a public meeting Tuesday evening to allow input on a new demolition application permit policy.

MU Counseling Center seeks to add staff

MU's Counseling Center falls far short of one national standard that recommends one full-time professional staff member for every 1,000 to 1,500 students.

Luetkemeyer's loans to campaign surpass $1 million

Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer loaned on Saturday $200,000 more to his campaign for 9th District representative in Congress, according to campaign finance records.