Denmon's second half lifts Missouri men's basketball team

Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon drives down the court during the Tigers' game against Northwest Missouri State on Friday night at Mizzou Arena.

Guard Marcus Denmon scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help the Missouri men's basketball team beat Northwest Missouri State 83-60 in an exhibition game Friday night at Mizzou Arena.

'Excessive force' often a matter of perception

Determining what really happened between an arresting officer and a citizen when force is used is often difficult, especially when the officer is white and the citizen is a minority.

Columbia College soccer takes AMC title

The Cougars took the title with a 2-1 overtime win.

Tanning beds at MU to stay open at least through 2010

MU has tried since May 2008 to terminate its contract with The Spa because of concern about cancer risk associated with tanning beds. A circuit judge in Boone County ruled this week that the university can terminate its lease no earlier than Dec. 31, 2010.

UPDATE: Sen. Bond talks health care with Chamber of Commerce

Sen. Kit Bond said he would try to kill Democrats' versions of health care reform. In his speech, the senator presented the House health care bill — which he said costs $152.97 to print at Kinko's — and said that he couldn't lift it because of shoulder surgery.

Reporters work to make experience better for online readers

Missourian reporters and editors are taking an increasingly Web-centric focus for the newspaper.

Today's Question: Does the House provision on abortion coverage go too far?

The Stupak amendment to the House health care bill states that federal money cannot be used to pay for insurance plans that cover abortions not performed for medical reasons or in situations involving sexual assault.

MU researcher advancing potential HIV prevention drug

Stefan Sarafianos, an MU assistant professor,  teams with other researchers to develop a compound that has the potential to stop the spread of HIV.

Commissioner of Missouri Higher Education reflects on time in office

Robert Stein announced earlier this year he plans to retire in 2010. His contemporaries have described him separately as "a consensus builder" and someone who "has a style that really builds trust." The search for a new commissioner is set to begin in December.

Communist Party vice chairman speaks at MU

Jarvis Tyner, who has been a member of the Communist Party USA for more than 50 years, spoke about the party's chance to become more mainstream in the near future.

Columbia College men's basketball team falls in Oklahoma

The Columbia College men's basketball team lost 60-55 on Friday night at Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Widaman leads Columbia College women's basketball team in rout

The Columbia College women's basketball team won 99-52 Friday night at Lindenwood.

Pair of Columbia athletes shine at state swim meet

Six swimmers from Hickman, and 10 from Rock Bridge, competed in the preliminary rounds of the state swim meet Friday. The final rounds are on Saturday.

One injured in car wreck on Broadway

A Ford Contour was rear-ended by a Hyundai Elantra at 1:29 p.m. on Broadway. The driver of the Contour was transported to University Hospital for minor neck and back pain.

Family of five escapes home fire on Worley Street

After a house fire started at 1:46 a.m. on West Worley Street, a family of five and its two dogs got out of the house without injury.

Sen. Bond talks health care to Columbia Chamber of Commerce

At the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Republican Sen. Kit Bond said he would work to kill versions of health care reform brought by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Sen. Harry Reid. Instead, Bond said he would support changes inlcluding letting small business pool health care, investing in preventative care and stopping "junk lawsuits."

Error costly: 1,800 H1N1 virus vaccinations lost

Officials said 1,800 doses of the H1N1 virus vaccinations in the Rockwood School District in suburban St. Louis were lost because of a faulty thermostat in a refrigerator. The district spokeswoman said future doses will be stored at a hospital.

Examining Sesame Street's impact after 40 years

Sesame Street is not only a childhood staple in the U.S., but the show is popular in many countries, such as South Africa, Brazil and Germany. However, the reach of this American show is sometimes at conflict with a country's culture.

Columbia energy analyst exercises creativity through fused glass

Peggy King, a local glass artist, sells fused glass pieces at art shows and local stores.

Missouri Contempory ballet is "Falling" into Missouri Theatre

Missouri Contemporary Ballet Choreographer Karen Grundy use a hands-on style to work with her dancers while preparing for their production of "Falling." The dance was inspired by a poem written Valerie Wedel. The dance will premere Friday at Missouri Theatre for the Arts.