'March March' parade kicks off True/False Film Festival

Drum major Holly Voges, left, teases Teagan Witzig, 3, center, and Steve Witzig as they prepare for the "March March" parade held in honor of the True/False Film Festival on Friday. The parade ran from The Blue Note to the Macklanburg Playhouse on Broadway and featured dozens of costumes, floats and performances.

Energetic music and colorfully costumed marchers made the annual parade a festive start to the weekend. The crowds gathered along the parade’s route, which went east on Broadway and stopped at Stephens College’s Macklanburg Playhouse.

PHOTO GALLERY: Douglass High features 'Second to None' hip-hop performers

In honor of Black History Month, about 30 people gathered at Douglass High School Thursday to share a musical experience.

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TODAY'S QUESTION: Financing downtown projects

The Tax Increment Financing Commission will decide whether to approve tax breaks to subsidize renovations at the Tiger Hotel and the construction of a new eight-story building downtown.

Rock Bridge boys basketball takes district title

Jordan Dressler scored 19 points in a 66-45 win over rival Hickman.

The Beat: Basketball games against Oklahoma, Kansas may determine conference title

Sports editor Greg Bowers and reporters Luke Thompson and William Powell assess the Tiger’s performance this season.

Finding a faith that fits

There are no definite figures on conversions to Islam, but scholars say the shift is more about an approach to individual salvation. One Columbia woman started her college education as a Christian and ended it as a Muslim.

No. 12 Missouri softball wins in extra innings

The Tigers were pushed to the brink after overcoming a two-run deficit against the Oregon Ducks.

Sixth Ward candidates hold first campaign forum in Columbia

Candidates Barbara Hoppe and Rod Robison discuss urban sprawl, Mayor Darwin Hindman's idea of building another power plant and police oversight.

Sandra Day O'Connor praises Missouri for judicial selection plan

O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, was the keynote speaker during an MU law review symposium Friday.

Winter weather advisory issued for Columbia

Meteorologists say there is an 80 percent chance that Columbia will receive snow Saturday.

Return to sender: Some want Missouri to refuse stimulus

Missouri unemployment rate climbs to 8 percent

After losing 11,500 jobs in January, Missourians are looking at the highest unemployment rate since 1984.

Uncertain future for conflict in Sri Lanka

A 25-year-old civil war in Sri Lanka will likely end in a matter of weeks, at least in its conventional form. The future of the region, however, is still very much up in the air.

MU gymnastics rebounds to win Cat Classic

Despite falls from experienced members, the Tigers won a meet that has become a staple of the program and put it on the map.

MU tennis loses to Wisconsin

MU tennis lost its final non-conference match to Wisconsin on Friday night, but the team looks ahead to Big 12 play.

Tiger baseball drops sixth straight game

Mizzou lost its sixth straight game losing to Oregon State 12-8 on Friday afternoon in Tempe, Ariz. Starting pitcher Ian Berger lasted only two innings after giving up four runs before being pulled for relief. Berger walked three batters and hit two other batters.

Rock Bridge teacher brings AIDS education to forefront of class

A contemporary issues teacher at Rock Bridge High School pushes his students to help resolve problems in the United States and around the world.

Local charity hopes spring cleaning will bring in toy drive donations

First Chance For Children is holding its first toy and book drive to benefit disadvantaged children in Columbia.

LETTER: Postal service making big changes to weather economic storm

The Postal Service has been struggling to compete with e-mail and online bill paying for some time, but the economic downturn of this past year as had an even bigger impact. The Gateway District, which covers central and northeastern Missouri and southern Illinois, saw a 9.1 million drop in mail volume.