Hard to explain Tigers' first-half struggles

No one could describe what happened before halftime during Kansas’ 40-37 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Tigers’ offensive unit established a rhythm. But, by then, Missouri found itself in a fight it would not win.

Fans give reasons for rivalry

For Missouri and Kansas fans, it doesn't much to explain their distain for each other.

New BlackBerry Storm launch draws a line of buyers

The BlackBerry Storm, priced at $200, is Verizon's first major challenge to the iPhone in the cellular market. Verizon employees at the Columbia store hope it will be a sought-after gift for the holidays.

Tigers return home full of confidence

The Missouri men's basketball team's trip to Puerto Rico gave the players a chance to bond.

New Madrid students write soldiers' stories

Students in an English class in New Madrid were given the assignment to interview and write about a local veteran. "New Madrid's Hometown Heroes" will be published, thanks to underwriting from a bank in the area.

MU women's basketball loses in three overtimes

Alyssa Hollins scored 27 points for the Tigers and passed the 1,000-point mark for her career, but Missouri lost 94-93.

Dresner sends spoof release to Lawrence police chief

The Missourian received this news release in an e-mail on Saturday at about 9 p.m. from Interim Chief of Police Tom Dresner.

PHOTO GALLERY: KU defeats MU at Border Showdown

MU's loss dropped the Tigers to 9-3 on the season.

Kansas City pushes effort to restore Blue River

The city hopes to combat pollution along the river, which winds through Kansas City, by working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enlarge the channel and remove trash and run-down buildings along its banks.

Mural of train accident aftermath to be dedicated

A mural depicting a prayer service held after one of Missouri's worst train accidents, in 1914, will hang at Neosho United Methodist Church.

Polk County woman killed in car wreck

 A Polk County woman wrecked her car near Bolivar. A deputy found her car, searched it for survivors and ordered the car towed after he found no one inside. Her husband later found her body below the bridge.

Bruins girls basketball moves to 2-0

A win over Metro St. Louis gives the Rock Bridge girls basketball team a 2-0 season start.

Tournament MVP Hoskins leads Columbia College to 28-point win

Tournament MVP Brett Hoskins led Columbia College to the best record at the Best Western Thanksgiving Classic with two wins.

FBI investigates Tulsa burglary ring

Burglaries in multiple states have been connected to three men who have managed to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to federal court documents.

Columbia mother wins full-ride scholarship for online education

Columbia mom Sandy Decker entered an essay contest and was awarded a full-ride scholarship for an online education. The online education will make it easier for Decker to balance work, family and goals of her own.

Sophomore volleyball player gets time on court

A high school meeting from three years ago has helped MU sophomore middle blocker Catie Wilson deal with inconsistent playing time this season with the Tigers.

Tell us what you think needs to change in 2009

Let's get into some specifics about change and talk about ways to improve our local, state and national communities. I hope you’ll accept this invitation to share your thoughts on change in the coming weeks. Pick the medium you’re most comfortable with and share your thoughts. Maybe it’s through a video diary or a podcast. Maybe it’s through illustration or animation. Or maybe it’s via the good ol’ written word. The important thing is to express it.

Tasers: The debate goes on

Taser use has become a hot topic in Columbia, and in response, a 27-member team of reporters worked on special assignment for the Missourian to compare Columbia's experience to that of other jurisdictions around the nation and world.

Christian tattoos: Wearing faith on your half-sleeve

Religious tattoo sites pepper the Internet, and Christian tattoo shops are opening across the country.

Car strikes, damages Columbia home early Friday morning

The sports car skidded off the road and crashed into the garage of a home on Rollins Road.