COMMENT: 10 things you didn't know about Navy

We're not the classiest bunch here at the 10 things, but we respect our country's armed forces and everything they do. Does that mean we can't have one last bit of fun?

Poll: Americans seek silver lining in 2010

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think their family finances will worsen or stay about the same next year. And fewer than half think the nation's economy will improve in 2010, even though Americans rated 2009 as a huge downer. Nonetheless, 82 percent are optimistic about what the new year will bring for their families, according to the latest AP-GfK poll.


First Night festivities are celebrated throughout downtown Columbia

Navy used ball control to beat Missouri football in Texas Bowl

Navy had the ball for more than double Missouri's time of possession.

Close-knit Texas town provides Texas welcome for Missouri football families

Tammy Kaufhold is one of nearly 200 residents of Friendswood, Texas, that have made the trip to Houston to support native son and Missouri linebacker Will Ebner. Along with a few friends she was responsible for a massive tailgate designed to provide a warm Texas welcome to the parents and families of the Missouri players.

Jared Perry gets second chance at "home" finale for Missouri football

People don't like to see players get hurt, especially when it means losing a final chance to play in front of fans. But seniors starters do not like to be figures of sympathy.

The Texas Bowl allowed Missouri wideout Jared Perry, from La Marque, Texas, to make up for the Senior Day game he missed in Columbia due to injury.

COLUMN: Congress must act boldly and for good of America on health care reform

The promises of the 2008 presidential and congressional campaigns for health care coverage for all Americans seem to have shifted to a "win" for the Democrats. Republicans seem to have no idea what they want.

Missouri's first poet laureate found the job engaging, consuming

Walter Bargen has embraced his duties as Missouri's first poet laureate. Now, the search is on for a successor.

Overnight ride takes Missouri band to Texas Bowl

The Missouri band left Columbia at 6 p.m. Tuesday and arrived in Houston for Thursday's Texas Bowl at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Flores stands out for Missouri women's basketball team

Christine Flores towers over most opponents at 6-foot-3. With her hands and athletic ability, she is more than just a big body. Flores has proven that on the court, providing a huge lift to the Tigers.

"Moon Walk Missouri" by Walter Bargen

Walter Bargen read his poem, "Moon Walk Missouri," at his installation ceremony in February 2008.

Missouri Supreme Court denies appeal in gun club case

The Supreme Court last week upheld a $700,000 judgment against the former Cedar Creek Rod and Gun Club, which was sued by neighbors who complained of noise and vibrations from gunfire.

Months of preparations culminate in First Night 2010

Various bands perform at First Night 2010, counting on art directors and sound technicians to make sure they look and sound their best in each of the event's venues.

Blue moon and New Year's Eve coincide tonight

Clouds obliging, the second full moon in a single month, commonly called a blue moon, might show its face this New Year's Eve.

UPDATE: House fire deemed arson, Columbia police investigator follows leads

A fire early Wednesday morning occurred while Samantha Fitzmorris and her children were out of town. The incident has since been deemed arson, and police investigators are following leads, regarding that and reports of property missing from the home.

Pregame Playmakers: A look at the season

Take a look behind the scenes at Faurot Field, at the people who make gamedays possible, in this interactive collection of the Pregame Playmaker videos featured throughout the fall on

True/False Film Festival receives grant from motion picture academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded the annual documentary film festival $20,000 to increase the access of audiences to the filmmakers whose work is featured during the event.

Solution to killer superbug found in Norway

Twenty-five years ago, Norwegians severely cut back on the use of antibiotics. The result has been a major decline in bacterial infections.

New applications and software simplify completing financial transactions

A number of companies seek to streamline the process of paying and getting paid, such as allowing street vendors to swipe customers' credit cards with mobile devices.

COLUMN: Being ill-informed and judgmental define the aughts

The moniker “context-free” could easily be used to describe the entire past decade, or at least the way society is trending. Look no further than the ubiquitous end-of-the-year/decade lists and retrospects currently plaguing the Internet.