GUEST COMMENTARY: Journalism's dreamers must keep eyes on statistics

Popular perceptions of what is happening with journalism don't always match up to how readers and viewers want their news.

LETTER: Frigid weather makes the homeless visible

Our community needs to remember the homeless throughout the year.

Coffee culture in Columbia

Coffee is more than a dry, roasted, ground or brewed bean. Coffee is embedded in our past and in our culture. Lakota Coffee Company opened in Columbia 17 years ago, when it was only one of two places selling coffee downtown.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the death penalty be abolished in Missouri?

Grass-roots organizations are calling for a moratorium on executions in Missouri until a study is conducted.

Missouri men's basketball team hopes road woes end

Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson is trying a different tactic for his team’s road trip that begins Wednesday at Texas Tech and ends Saturday against Oklahoma. Rather than tuning out the cheers of the hostile crowds, he wants the Tigers to pretend the cheers are for them.

Hickman girls basketball team beats Kirksville

The Hickman girls basketball team won 60-50 on Monday at Kirksville to improve its record to 6-5.

Mark McGwire admits to steroid use

McGwire said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade, including 1998, the year he broke the home run record.

COMMENT: Juiced slugger didn't 'save' baseball

Missouri funeral home director sentenced to home detention

Former funeral director Harold Warren Sr. was sentenced to 60 days in home detention and five years of probation for the mishandling of remains at Warren Funeral Chapel.

STIMULUS WATCH: Unemployment unchanged by infrastructure projects

The Obama administration has spent billions to improve roads and bridges, and plans to spend billions more. But there is little evidence that "shovel-ready" projects are creating many new jobs. 

Cold snap didn't set records last week

The longest Columbia has gone with temperatures under 20 degrees was 11 days. Last week's cold snap came close, but the temperature creeped up to 22 degrees on Jan. 6.

Slain police officer Molly Bowden remembered at five-year memorial

She was shot during a traffic stop on Jan. 10, 2005, near the intersection of Forum and Nifong boulevards.

LETTER: Health care reform bill needs to be flushed

The bill is nothing more than a treat for the insurance industry, not real reform.

Osage County priest on leave during investigation

The Boonville Daily News reports that The Rev. Thomas Seifner was removed Dec. 18 from his positions as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Loose Creek and St. Louis Church in Bonnots Mill.

Voluntary Action Center to give used computers new homes

The annual "Homes for Computers" giveaway to VAC clients next month provides families in need with used computers.

2 Missouri men face Feb. 1 arraignment in sex case

Burrell Mohler Sr. faces 21 counts of rape, and his son David Mohler is charged with two counts of rape. Four other male family members have been accused of sexual abuse.

Dispute over woman preceded shooting, police say

The shooting that happened at the 14600 block of Proctor Road is still under investigation, and, as of Sunday morning, the wounded man is in stable condition.

Hundreds gather to mourn victim of St. Louis shooting

Cory Wilson, of Collinsville, Ill. and the youngest victim of the shooting at the St. Louis power plant, is remembered by many for his involvement in the community.

Three Missouri men abduct New Jersey pet store owner

After abducting Jeff Muller of Newton, N.J., the men drove nearly 1,200 miles to Missouri where they were apprehended.