PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia high schools start basketball season

Hickman sophomore Cheyenne Finney lines up her shot during the first day of basketball tryouts Monday. Finney helped Oakland Jr. High finish 19-0 last season.

Basketball practice started Monday for boys and girls teams at Hickman and Rock Bridge.

Missouri women's soccer misses cut for NCAA tournament

Despite winning the Big 12 in the regular season, the Tigers fell short of making the NCAA tournament. 

Talking heads replace hip-hop heads as lyricists of our times

The current social commentary of people like Beck, O'Reilly and Limbaugh is similar to the late '80s, early '90s hip-hop social commentary of Public Enemy, Brand Nubian and Queen Latifah.

Today's Question: How should the new members of the Citizens Police Review Board be trained?

The ordinance creating the Citizens Police Review Board is not very specific in its description of training for board members. How do you think they should be trained?

Berlin Wall timeline details an icon's history

An interactive timeline details the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall.

Longtime friends bolster Columbia College women's basketball team

Cougars senior captains Whitney Davis, Whitney Widaman and Rachel Oswald have been playing and supporting each other since they were in their early teens.


Beginnings: Bike polo newcomers, veterans meet in Columbia

COMOPOLO, a Columbia-based bicycle polo organization, held its championships at Cosmopolitan Park last weekend. The event attracted teams from across the country, including newcomers from Lawrence, Kan.

Mislaid clothing causes fire at Worley Street home

The fire cost an estimated $10,000 in damage, according to a Columbia Fire Department spokesman.

Columbia School Board to vote on Field property usage

The Columbia School Board will vote Monday on how to use the Field Elementary School and the 4600 Bethel Rd. properties.

Man confesses to shooting Kansas abortion provider

Scott Roeder confessed to the shooting but pleaded not guilty to one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of aggravated assault, saying he plans to argue that his actions were necessary to protect the lives of unborn children.

Lawyer asks investigators not to question Hasan

The legal counsel for the man accused of killing 13 at a Texas military base said a fair trial for his client would be hard to come by.

Pulitzer Prize winning historian to lecture on Mormon diarists

Harvard University professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich will be the inaugural speaker for the MU History Department's Lewis Atherton Lecture Series. Ulrich will uncover the personal stories of Mormon diarists as they traveled from Nauvoo, Ill., to Council Bluffs, Iowa, when she speaks at 7 p.m. Monday at MU.

VIDEO: Miss Africa Mizzou 2009

On Sunday, the African Students Association of MU hosted the Miss Africa Mizzou 2009. The pageant represented the countries of Liberia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Eritrea. The contestants performed talents and performances that are native to their respective cultures. The performances included modern African dance and attire. Sophomore Stephine Nwaneri, or Miss Nigeria, was crowned the winner.

Operation School Bell dress days help local kids

Each child can choose three shirts, two pants or skirts, six pairs of socks, six pairs of underwear, one warm top and one coat. In addition to the new clothes, the kids are given "Kaboodle Kits" — personal hygiene sets that include a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth, comb and deodorant.

COMMENT: Berlin, a city still in progress, threaded by brick stripe

In Berlin, new buildings resembled high-tech origami, and public sculptures were gracefully abstract. The city seemed obsessed with the avant-garde and the ultramodern — and wouldn’t you be, too, if you had a past that included two world wars, the Holocaust and the Cold War?

Cleaning, overseas or home with the children: Columbians remember where they were when the wall came down

Where were you when the Berlin Wall came down? A few Columbians pinpoint the memory.

Fulton college events celebrate anniversary of Berlin Wall dismantling

Westminster College has made a lasting home for a sizable contiguous section of the Berlin Wall. The campus, which was the location of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946, is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the wall's dismantling.

Fort Leonard Wood: Saddened but not afraid after Fort Hood incident

Fort Leonard Wood did not heighten security after a shooting Thursday at Fort Hood in Texas.

MU lecturer recalls life before and after the Berlin Wall came down

To MU lecturer Olaf Schmidt, who grew up in East Germany, the Berlin Wall seemed an impenetrable barrier. Schmidt said he never expected to hear from friends who had escaped from East Germany; they may as well have been dead.

3 plead guilty in Jefferson County marijuana conspiracy

Two men from Missouri and one from Arizona pleaded guilty last week to the conspiracy in Jefferson County. The marijuana seized was worth about $1 million.