DEAR READER: Missourian Readers Board poses some good questions

For example, violence is a story that won't go away, so what can be learned from the deaths of the Kahlers?

Missouri basketball struggles with shock of consecutive losses

Carrying a two-game losing streak, the Tigers meet Oregon Saturday

The Beat: WATCH D.O.G.S brings male role models into elementary classrooms

Columbia Missourian reporters Christina Manolis and Jordan Zirm visited KBIA's Eric Durban on "The Beat" to discuss the programs' goals and successes.

COLUMN: Spending what we don’t have is now the American way

Take a gander at our current debt: $12,027,341,155,152.20. Tallied up all those zeroes yet? That’s $12 trillion and change. We can blame Bush for creating the mess, or we can blame Obama for not cleaning it up. Or we can blame both.

Brown gives extra effort for Missouri women basketball team

The junior shooting guard, despite being just 5 feet, 8 inches tall, leads the Tigers in rebounds this season.

Missouri men's basketball team getting beat on boards

The Missouri men's basketball team, which lost consecutive games for the first time since the 2007-08 season Wednesday night to drop to 4-2, has been outrebounded in three of its six games.

Today's question: Are you concerned with Forsee's perceived climate change contradiction?

Forsee sent a letter Nov. 17 to Missouri's congressional delegation urging opposition to cap-and-trade climate change legislation, which would provide incentives for capping carbon emissions.

Hickman boys basketball team wins Marshall tournament

The Hickman boys basketball team won the Marshall High School tournament Friday night with a 53-44 victory over Warrensburg High School in the championship game.

SLIDESHOW: Downtown Columbia's living window display 'paints the town'

Downtown businesses competed against one another in the living window display on Friday. Displays had a variety of themes such as "Ga-Ga Christmas," featuring a red-and-white Lady Gaga, and "Chinese New Year: Year of the Tiger," with paper lanterns and a "tiger" themed dragon.

COLUMN: President Obama's troop strategy leaves questions

Obama's addition of 30,000 troops in Afghanstan may affect the commitments of the U.S. partners.

Kreklow back in shape for Rock Bridge basketball team

Injuries hampered Ricky Kreklow last season and over the summer, but he is set to begin his senior season for the Rock Bridge boys basketball team on Saturday in the Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College.

Veteran patrol officer fired over suspicion of DWI

Ted Anderson, 47, was arrested Nov. 24 on suspicion of failing to keep his car in one lane near the intersection of North Eighth Street and North Boulevard. He has worked with the police department as a patrol officer for 18 1/2 years.

Missouri men, women swimming and diving lead Mizzou Invite

UPDATE: Veteran patrol officer fired over suspicion of DWI

A Boone County circuit judge granted a temporary order Dec. 2 for the reinstatement of Ted Anderson's driver's license. It was to be suspended because of his refusal to take a chemical test measuring his blood alcohol level, according to court documents, which also show Anderson's lawyer said he never refused to take this chemical test.

St. Louis Ballet to perform its version of "The Nutcracker" at MU

The St. Louis Ballet company will perform "The Nutcracker" in Columbia for the third year in a row. The company has danced to Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi's rendition of Tchaikovsky's ballet since his arrival to the St. Louis Ballet in 2000.

Missouri to offer rebates for energy-efficient appliances

In early 2010, the Department of Natural Resources will begin offering rebates for purchases on certain Energy Star appliances as part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.



Minor injuries sustained in fire north of Columbia

The five residents of a mobile home, three adults and two children, were evacuated before county firefighters arrived. Eight fire units arrived seven minutes after the 911 call was placed.

Local church offers program to help divorced during holidays

The Crossing is offering a "Surviving the Holidays" course for the community on Saturday. The two-hour seminar is created by Church Initiative to provide support for people to get through the holiday season.

Group to hold benefit breakfast for founder of park

Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park will hold a benefit breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's on East Broadway to raise money to place a tribute kiosk at the park in the memory of Lewis Stoerker, who first established the park.

Italian jury convicts Amanda Knox to 26 years in prison

The American college student and her former Italian boyfriend have been charged with murder and sexual assault in the slaying of Meredith Kercher, a Briton, which took place more than two years ago. All three were studying in Italy at the time.