Man behind the mask

MU freshman Matt Allen attracted attention at the MU basketball game against Kansas on Feb. 9 by dressing up as a pterodactyl. Allen took time on Saturday to show off the prehistoric costume made for him by his mother.

An MU freshman was the Tigers' fan behind the pterodactyl mask at the last MU-KU game.

New superintendent finds hope, success in community relationships

A trip to Kearney to visit Columbia's incoming schools superintendent, Chris Belcher, presents a man committed to his community and the students in it.

Boone County black drivers more likely to be searched than whites

In 2008, Boone County Sheriff's deputies arrested 13.9 percent of black drivers and 12.5 percent of Hispanic drivers compared to 6.2 percent of white drivers, according to data the Sheriff's Department must provide to the Missouri Attorney General under state law.

KaShaye Mathews exceeds expectations in overcoming autism

KaShaye Mathews, 15, of Columbia has learned to excel in ways doctors who diagnosed her with autism never thought possible.

Tattoos give MU swim team character, memories

While several choose to wear their team pride on sweatshirts and t-shirts, some members of the MU men's swim team choose to wear theirs on their skin.

Stephens basketball wins first American Midwest Conference game

The Stars came back from a 34-26 halftime deficit to win the game 61-55.

True/False offers more than films

The event also features music and other forms of art.

Obama taps Kansas governor for HHS secretary

Kathleen Sebelius was an early Obama supporter, but she had said in December she had removed herself from consideration for a Cabinet post.

Sprint Cup title Edwards' goal

Columbia native Carl Edwards led NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series in wins last year with nine victories, but he fell 69 points short of the championship. He would like to change that this season.

Nixon criticized over staff member pay scale and method

According to the Kansas City Star, Gov. Jay Nixon is paying staff members from departments other than the office of the governor. Additionally, Nixon is also paying staff members more than his predecessors received under former Gov. Matt Blunt.

MU softball team ends streak

After running its record to 12-0 to start the season, the Missouri softball team lost Saturday at the San Diego Classic. After coming back twice, the Tigers fell 4-2 in extra innings to San Diego State.

Tigers pick up first road win in Big 12 play

With its first road victory since early January, the Missouri women's basketball team moved out of last place in the Big 12 Conference.

Tractor enthusiasts gather in Columbia

The Ferguson Enthusiasts of North America group met in Columbia for the first time to swap stories, plan future shows and show off their treasured tractors.

City donates 35 computers to families in need

The Voluntary Action Center, Downtown Optimist Club and the city of Columbia gave away 35 computers to families in need through the "Homes for Computers" progam on Saturday.

Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

Harvey died less than a year after his wife's death.

Berkshire has worst year; Buffett still optimistic

The investment guru used his annual letter to shareholders to warn that the economy will continue "will be in shambles throughout 2009" and probably beyond but concludes America has overcome bigger challenges.

Cassel traded from Pats to Chiefs

The New England Patriots sent quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday for a second-round draft choice.

Wife charged as accessory in theft of Nixa funds

County prosecuting attorney estimates $400,000 to $500,000 has been stolen since 2004.

Woman reportedly breast-feeds, talks on phone while driving

She told police she wouldn't let her child go hungry.

Missouri soldier's death investigated

A soldier's death is being investigated after he was found hanging in a library closet. He was serving a three-year sentence at a Fort Sill prison after a general court-martial conviction.