MU men's swim captain uses swimming as means to a better life

Bryan Difford, Missouri men's swimming team captain, swims laps at practice Monday afternoon at the MU Student Recreation Center. Difford came was recruited from his home in South Africa.

Bryan Difford was able to get out of South Africa and start a new life because of his swimming ability.

Early morning fire causes $40,000 in damage

A fire broke out Wednesday morning on Benton St. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

LETTER: Visiting scholars appreciate hospitality

Lesley Sapp, from Asian Affairs Center at MU, shares the gratitude of Asian scholars and the parting words they provide before leaving.

Young journalists can learn from Sarah Palin's mistakes

Lesson to be learned from Gov. Sarah Palin's shortcomings: Know your strengths and weaknesses and assess them as honestly as you can.

Students paying same as public for championship game tickets

MU students interested in buying tickets for the Big 12 Championship football game through the Athletic Department will have to pay $75.

Boone Hospital's hyperbaric chambers heal patients' wounds

The hospital held an open house Wednesday to showcase its two new hyperbaric chambers that use concentrated oxygen under pressure to treat wounds. Previously, only University Hospital offered the specialized treatment in Columbia.

Tigers to see how they fare against top teams

The Missouri men's basketball team is preparing to play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The tournament should be the Tigers' first true test of the young season.

MU women's basketball team falls to Illinois

The Tigers women's basketball team gave up an early lead in a road loss to the Fighting  Illini.

Tigers freshman finds role on bench

Missouri middle blocker Allison Johnson is dealing with the frustration of waiting her turn to get on the volleyball court.

Columbia Regional Airport encourages public input for new master plan

The Columbia Public Works department held the first of four public information workshops to identify facility needs and development plans for the airport on Tuesday night.

Comic book convention will be Columbia's first

Dealers from Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota and Kentucky will buy and sell new and old comic books as well as other comic collectibles, such as action figures. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Quality Inn, 1612 N. Providence Road.

Paquin Tower celebrates Thanksgiving a week early

About 20 members of the Karis Community Church brought Thanksgiving dinner to Paquin Tower on Wednesday night. Karis members stepped in when the staff of Columbia’s Department of Parks and Recreation, who usually host the dinner, weren't sure if they could afford the dinner this year.

Suspect in Wal-Mart abduction identified and arrested

The Columbia Police Department has identified the suspect in the Nov. 5 robbery and kidnapping that started in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on West Broadway.

Central Missouri Food Bank shreds deed, strengthens fight against hunger

Despite tough economic times and tight budgets, donations from the Columbia Orthopaedic Group enabled the Central Missouri Food Bank to pay off their lingering mortgage.

Loans available for September storm damage

The Small Business Administration is providing home and business owners with loans to help cover the costs of damage from mid-September's severe storms, flooding and tornadoes, according a press release.

Conservation Department keeps up-to-date tally of deer harvest

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,531 deer harvested in Boone County since the start of the firearm deer hunting season on Saturday, Nov. 15. These numbers come from the Missouri Department of Conservation, which is updating a running tally three to four times per hour.

Dow Jones falls to lowest mark since 2003

The uncertain future of Detroit's Big Three automakers stoked selling for investors, causing both the Dow Jones and S&P 500 to slip to 2003 levels.

Domestic violence detectives remain rare in title and duties

The two men who make up the Columbia Police Department's DOVE unit say the work has changed them — not always for the better. But it has also improved them as police officers handling the frustrating day-to-day grind of domestic violence.

New Catholic high school may relieve crowded public schools

In 2010, Columbia will welcome a new high school that will provide families with another option rather than public schooling. Columbia’s first Catholic high school, dubbed Regional Catholic High school for now, will give families of faith a secondary schooling option for their children after elementary school.

Batterer's rehabilitation program tries to find funding

Columbia's MEND program has been counseling batterers, but it is now searching for funding after a sudden budget cut.