UPDATE: Missouri mom gets some comfort from work against cyberbullying

Dardenne Prairie resident Tina Meier, whose daughter, Megan, hanged herself in the wake of an Internet hoax, says that while a neighbor's conviction in court this week didn't bring closure, other things have brought comfort.

Lesson from The Biggest Loser: Don't try this at home

"The Biggest Loser‚" has made über-boot-camp-style training sessions seem a sure-fire ticket to weight loss for sedentary, morbidly obese people. And the success of its contestants suggests there's little risk — contrary to common advice that such programs should be undertaken only with a physician's seal of approval.

Columbia jazz duo finds inspiration in challenge, history of jazz

The Tempus Fugitives, a two-man jazz band, are inspired by John Coltrane and Miles Davis and are constantly working to improve their sound.

They find inspiration in the challenges, history and camaraderie of their music.

"We know each other well enough now that it becomes intuitive when the other one wants to stop, or where the other is heading (in his music)," Alan Arnold says.

Man arrested on charges of child molestation

A Mexico, Mo., man was arrested at a family gathering in Columbia on Thursday on suspicion of first-degree child molestation involving a 13-year-old girl.

Energizer Bunny begins 20th year

The Energizer Bunny, made famous by St. Louis-based battery-maker Energizer, turns 20 in 2009.

N.Y. Wal-Mart worker dies after shoppers knock him down

Business up for electric car conversions

While the economy tanks and new car sales drop, the market for electric vehicle conversions has shown signs of growth.

MU-KU Border Showdown to remain at Arrowhead until 2012

The new deal continues the late Lamar Hunt’s dream of making the MU-KU game for Kansas City what the Texas-Oklahoma game is for Dallas.

Questions surround MU assistant Eberflus' future

Missouri defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus might not direct Missouri’s defense much longer. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Toledo job that will open after eighth-year coach Tom Amstutz steps down following tonight’s game against Bowling Green.

ANALYSIS: Bad news is trickling in from across the nation: The commercial real estate market is facing a meltdown

Even as the holiday shopping season begins in full swing, the same events poisoning the housing market are now at work on commercial properties, and the bad news is trickling in. Malls from Michigan to Georgia are entering foreclosure. That pace is expected to quicken. The number of late payments and defaults will double, if not triple, by the end of next year, according to analysts from Fitch Ratings Ltd., which evaluates companies’ credit.

Economic crisis decreases how much immigrants can send to families

Countless immigrants are cutting back on remittances, or the money they send to their loved ones still living in their home countries.

Fight prevention raises more questions than answers at Hickman High

A cell phone video captured what students and graduates of Hickman High School will tell you what happens too often: a fight between two students being broken up by either a police officer or an assistant principal. In the video recorded on Oct. 15, Officer Mark Brotemarkle can be seen pulling the girls apart and throwing them to the floor, pinning one of them to the ground before handcuffing her.

Count our blessings more than our MU budget

I joined about 20 faculty members on Nov. 21 to hear Provost Brian Foster and Budget Director Tim Rooney, who have the responsibility of drafting next year's university budget, explain some of the challenges they face. The future looks uncertain but grim. Foster, a man who measures his words, described the economy as "incredibly volatile."

First National Bank to change name to Landmark Bank

First National Bank & Trust Company of Columbia, First National Bank in Southern Missouri and Landmark Bank in Oklahoma and Texas will be combined into a single organization called Landmark Bank, the Landrum Company announced.

Internet-suicide case broadens interpretation of online service contracts

After a Missouri mother was convicted Wednesday of accessing computers without authorization in a landmark cyberbullying trial, legal experts said the outcome could mean anyone who violates a Web site’s service terms is subject to prosecution.

Break from class spent on the court

The Missouri women's basketball team has been practicing longer and players have been staying late during MU's Thanksgiving break.

Former Habitat for Humanity supervisor continues to help novice volunteers

Bob Shannon was in charge of Habitat for Humanity’s construction projects for six years full time. In total, he worked on about 40 to 50 houses at various locations around town. After retiring two and a half years ago, Shannon has been supervising less experienced volunteers two days a week. 

Salvation Army serves 550 Thanksgiving meals

Counting home deliveries, the group served about 50 meals more than were served at last year's event.

Driver arrested on suspicion of intoxication, distributing marijuana

Deputies from the Boone County Sheriff's Department stopped a car driven by Michael Matney for an equipment violation and discovered him to be intoxicated. A search of the car revealed about 48 grams of marijuana.

Traffic officials keep an extra tab on holiday travel

Traffic enforcement officers made more than 180 stops in Boone County on Wednesday and recorded more than 200 violations, according to a new release by the Columbia Police Department.