MU senior swimmers create winning attitude

Jake Hoffmann, a senior captain on the Missouri men's swimming team, works on his backstroke at practice Dec. 2. Hoffmann said he knew he could be part of something special the first year he was with the Tigers.

Jake Hoffmann and the other seniors on the Missouri men's swimming team say the program's team atmosphere is what they are most proud of establishing. It's a change of attitude that has filtered down to the program's younger classes.

Columbia needs to pitch in, save the Humane Society

As the economy continues to falter and the number of animals the Humane Society is taking in each day goes up, Columbia must do their part to help raise enough money for a new budget.

Media needs to be more thorough with foreign coverage

The way the media reports on international issues greatly affects the way Americans react in the polls.

First half secures victory for Stars

Stephens College basketball improved to 6-2 with a 63-38 win over Principia Wednesday night.

UM System to release details of possible budget cuts

The plan, which will be submitted to the Missouri Department of Higher Education by Dec. 18, will address areas likely to be affected by potential budget cuts of up to 25 percent, including programs and departments, employees, tuition and enrollment.

ANALYSIS: As bailouts continue, many see government as moving toward nationalization

Actions taken by the Democratic-led Congress and the outgoing administration — moves generally supported by President-elect Barack Obama — already have reversed decades of deregulation and privatization that Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush all championed.

'Day Without a Gay' doesn't live up to expectations

The event, meant to protest the passing of Proposition 8 in California, had high interest but low participation in Columbia and other cities.

Stephens swimmers eye national meet

Midway through the season, Stephens swimmers freshman Kelly Adams and junior Emily Younghouse have already qualified for the NAIA Swimming and Diving Championships. 

Hickman boys basketball drops first game

The Hickman boys basketball team lost 79-63 to Grandview on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Blues Springs Tournament.

Cause of vehicle fire under investigation

The cause of a vehicle fire that occurred Wednesday in north Columbia remains under investigation, a Columbia Fire Department news release states.

Dallas organist coming to Columbia

Bradley Welch, who has played in 30 states, will play in the Advent Christmas Concert at the Missouri United Methodist Church.

Patron of the arts promotes composition in MU music community

The originator of the Creating Original Music Project, a composition competition for MU and K-12 students, is working with the MU School of Music and others to make Columbia a center for composing and performing new music.

Territorial agreement proposal taking shape

The proposal would be a five-year agreement and calls for the city to pay the fire district $400,000 annually for automatic aid.

NAACP responds to Brotemarkle incident at Hickman High

A letter from the Columbia Chapter of the NAACP is the latest voice in the community debate about the actions of resource officer Mark Brotemarkle at Hickman High School. The NAACP's position is that Brotemarkle should be reassigned.

Former communications director says K.C. mayor told him to act unethically

Joe Miller said his unethical actions stemmed from instructions given to him by the mayor concerning a document about a former parks board member and from his work on a fall light-rail tax campaign.

Kansas player to perform community service for shooting

After shooting a woman with BBs from an Airsoft gun in a dorm courtyard, the Kansas freshman forward agreed to 20 hours of community service and will not have to appear in court Friday.

St. Louis officer under investigation kills self

A St. Louis officer being investigated in a child pornography case jumped out of a police car, ran away and killed himself, authorities said.

Powerball moves from Iowa to Florida

Powerball is moving its televised drawings to Florida, with the first drawing on Jan. 7.  It will feature new odds, a bigger jackpot and a new host.

Stephens College hosts breakfast-food study break

The Midnight Breakfast is a semiannual event for students at Stephens, where faculty serve the food.

Two arrested, pit bull shot in police search of Garth residence

One man was arrested after police found him with a handgun and cocaine, and a woman was arrested for an outstanding municipal assault warrant.