Today's Question: Is the Willie Smith incident reason to enact a citizen review board?

Smith alleges that police handcuffed him, sprayed him with mace and slammed his head against a police car without first providing him an opportunity to explain himself.

LETTER: Paquin garden needs protection from vandals

Vandalism at the Paquin Park community garden is not right and cannot be allowed to go on.

COLUMN: Failure, the latest 'F' word in politics

Too much focus is given to political extremists like Rush Limbaugh because regular voters are not swayed by that kind of rhetoric. President Obama should learn to ignore the chatterings of his opponents.

Guards lead way for Cornell

The Big Red are Ivy League champions, but recently the conference has struggled in the NCAA Tournament. Since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, the Ivy League is 3-24 in tournament play and no team has made it past the first round.

Former MU Basketball player files complaint with Columbia Police Department

Former MU basketball player Willie Smith has filed a formal complaint with the Columbia Police Department for using excessive force during an arrest on Monday, March 9.

Economic downturn diversifies substitute teaching pool

Many more people are applying to substitute teach in Columbia Public Schools, and the director of classified personnel thinks the economic downturn is driving that increase.

Young parent, families shouldn't bear brunt of war's cost

Military recruiters shouldn't be allowed to influence high schoolers into military service, especially when the post-war health care for veterans is so poor.

Columbia City Council candidates express views on crime

City Council candidates for the Second and Sixth wards recently shared their views on cutting down crime in Columbia. Some issues they touched upon were improving the economy, creating more community level prevention and having continued support for the Police Department.

Some Big 12 coaches feel conference was disrespected

Some Big 12 Conference men's basketball coaches say the conference doesn't receive the respect it deserves on a national level, especially compared to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East.

LETTER: Shelter animals need advocates, not bickering

Bantering over the Central Missouri Humane Society's lackluster facility does nothing to help the animals that depend on it.

Decrease of bed tax revenue hurts Convention and Visitors Bureau budget

Fewer overnight stays in Columbia have led to a 5 percent decrease in the revenue of the tourism bureau. But the tourism bureau did plan ahead and if necessary it can take money from an unreserved fund, a fund to cover unexpected costs.

Missouri continues up unemployment ladder

The unemployment rate in Missouri increased to 8.3 percent February, the highest in the state since 1986.

Amtrak train hits vehicle in central Missouri

An Amtrak passenger train hit a vehicle obstructing the tracks at around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. No injuries have been reported.

Sick puppies sold by Petland, lawsuit says

Petland has been accused by the Humane Society of the United States of selling sick puppies to unsuspecting customers.

MU international group hosts student prom

Pangaea, the international community in Laws Hall, hosted its first International Prom on Monday night in Memorial Union's Stotler Lounge.

Ticket office sells out of first-round NCAA tickets

Fans were redirected to Boise State University to purchase additional tickets after MU's tickets were spoken for.

Facebook 'friending' links generations

Facebook, formerly for college students only, is now being used by older generations to keep in touch with their families, network with employers and colleagues, and reach out to old friends.

Cizek, co-workers infuse creativity into City Channel

Columbia Channel has become more creative and coordinated with Cizek at helm. The channel hopes to apply for a Telly Award in 2009, which it hasn't applied for since 2005.

New regulations make disposal difficult for cattle ranchers

Aimed at preventing mad cow disease, FDA rules make disposing of dead livestock more costly.

Senior citizens protest closing of Health Connection facility

Members of the Health Connection, which is scheduled to close June 30 because of budget cuts, are planning what they hope will be a massive letter-writing and petition drive to keep the fitness center open.