Movie malaise

One of the great minds of the movie industry has posed this question: "Why aren't movies better these days?" One answer is that people are only paying to see sensational, explosive flicks based on comics books instead of supporting more original films. 

Missouri basketball guard Kim English shows eloquent side using poetry

The confidence Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson raves about appears on a different stage when freshman guard Kim English reads one of his poems.

Fraternity spends $2 million on sprinklers, other updates

The MU chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity has raised enough money to renovate its South Providence house. A bank loan and alumni support allow the fraternity to install sprinklers not yet required by the City Council.

Federal stimulus money for Missouri education might go elsewhere

The $1.3 billion slated for Missouri schools from the federal stimulus package might be used for other projects, since the governor has already promised education top dollar in the budget. The federal money was meant to ease state budget difficulties that would force cuts to schools.

Yvonne Anderson returns to Columbia

Texas freshman Yvonne Anderson, a standout last season for Hickman, will return to Columbia on Tuesday night when the No. 16 Longhorns play the Missouri women's basketball team. Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson, her father, will be there to cheer for her. 

The Beat: A look at Columbia's new superintendent

K-12 Editor Liz Brixey talks about Belcher's background as superintendent of the Kearney School District.

LETTER: Community makes Meals on Wheels fundraiser a success

Meals on Wheels was able to deliver 2,390 lunches as part of the fundraiser.

Financial depression can create opportunity for self-improvement

As many Americans find themselves jobless or in financial trouble, they can use this time of economic crisis to reach out to others and acquire new skills for life.

Chester the blind barred owl found dead

The worst fears of staffers of the Raptor Rehabilitation Project were realized Sunday when Chester the blind barred owl was found dead in a tree.

Scherzer hopes to jump-start pro career in 2009

The former Missouri pitcher has been slowed in spring training by tendinitis in his right shoulder, but he threw off the mound for the first time Monday for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kansas knocks off Oklahoma to take top Big 12 spot

The Sooners played without preseason All-American Blake Griffin, who sat out because of a concussion.

UM system executive VP to retire March 1

Lamb, UM system executive vice president, served as the interim president for the system from April 2007 to February 2008 before the appointment of Gary Forsee to the position.

Police find 20 marijuana plants in sting of home-growing operation

Twenty marijuana plants were found early Monday afternoon in a southwest Columbia home, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia man arrested for child, toddler porn

Missouri's Internet Task Force notes child porn possession arrests on the rise, and many of those arrested are of young adults.

Columbia manufacturing plant receives top honor

The Square D molded case circuit breaker manufacturing plant in Columbia is one of two manufacturing plants across the nation to receive the Top Plant award for 2008. The award is given yearly by Plant Engineering Magazine to plants that have achieved superior operational results.

Trial for Bentley homicide suspect postponed

The trial of Malcolm Washington was continued Monday for the second time. Washington is one of five men charged in connection with the 2007 shooting death of Nathaniel Bentley.

Identity theft rising in Columbia

With identity theft crimes on the rise in Columbia, the Police Department and an identity theft victim offer prevention tips. Access to physical documents, like checkbooks, are crucial to a thief's success.

True/False Film Festival poster has vague meaning

This year’s poster for the True/False Film Festival shows a tattered rowboat tied to balloons as if about to take flight — or crash into the ground.

Hookah to blame for MU fraternity fire, officials say

About 30 people, fraternity members and guests, were evacuated.

Columbia man arrested on charges of forcing himself into acquaintance's home

Rocky Roop of Columbia was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary and third-degree assault.