DEAR READER: Responding to allegations about 'usual suspects'

There's nothing unusual about Mike Martin's "usual suspects" harangue against the Columbia Missourian.

Heavy snow, ice bury Plains

A winter storm crippled the Plains on Thursday, canceling flights at many Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas airports. The storm is expected produce up to a foot of snow in Arkansas, near the Missouri state line.

Rock Bridge Wind Ensemble to perform Friday at state conference

The group will play at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in Osage Beach.


GUEST COMMENTARY: Haiti disaster a wake-up call for Missouri to prepare

With the disaster in Haiti becoming a warning for other countries vulnerable to a natural disaster, Missouri needs to take action to ready itself in case a disaster should ever occur here.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Will Chase Daniel's affiliation with the team lead you to cheer for the Saints?

Former MU quarterback Chase Daniel  been along for the ride during the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl run as the team's third string quarterback.  Are you more likely to root for the Saints in the big game because of Daniel's MU ties?

Missouri men's basketball team faces chicken or egg dilemma

It's hard to explain the Missouri men’s basketball team’s inability to find its offense without having its defense. Or maybe the Tigers can’t find their defense without their offense ... What's clear is, it doesn’t even matter which one comes first. Missouri can't find its chicken (scoring) or egg (defensive pressure).

US wages and benefits rise at slowest rate since 1980s

The U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that 2009's wages and benefits increased at the slowest rate since 1982 and at about half the rate of 2008.

Curators approve UM system student housing fee increase

The UM System Board of Curators approved a plan Friday to raise room and board at all campuses. The fee increases will vary at each university.

Local organizations hope to raise money for Haiti with flavorful benefit

The Community United Methodist Church, the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross and Sterling Food Service Managment are teaming-up to host a Haiti benefit on Tuesday. The event will feature traditional Haitian food and music.

The Week in Pictures, Jan. 23-29: State of the Union, Missouri vs. Kansas and more

A collection of the best images from this week, selected by the Missourian Photo Department. This selection includes President Obama's State of the Union address, the Missouri Tigers' 84-65 loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the Border Showdown, the unfolding events in Haiti following a devastating earthquake, and various pictures from around Columbia and around the world.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Conversations about cyberwarfare grow after Google's claims against China

The Internet giant says China hacked into its server, making the issues of censorship and cyberwarfare popular global topics.

PHOTO GALLERY: H1N1 vaccines doled out

Missouri wrestling team defeats Nebraska

The Tigers won 22-16 over the Huskers in Lincoln, Neb.

Hickman girls basketball defeats K.C. Westport

The Hickman Kewpies beat the Westport Tigers 38-27.

Proposed ordinance would allow for backyard chickens

The City Council will vote Monday on whether to allow hens within city limits.

Columbia's Third Ward candidates debate public safety, revenue

Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala and challender Gary Kespohl engaged in the first debate of the Columbia campaign season. Issues included revenue-increasing policies, Tasers, red-light cameras and downtown security cameras.

Cosmo Club flipping for flapjacks at 60th annual breakfast

Columbia's Cosmo Club kicks off its 60th annual pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Cosmo Club Community Center. The club, which raises money for charitable causes, expects upwards of 1,600 people.


U.S. economy growth exceeds expectations

A report by the U.S. Commerce Department says the economy grew in the fourth quarter at its fastest pace since 2003.

Anheuser-Busch asks fans to vote on Clydesdale ad

The brewer may include a Super Bowl ad featuring the Clydesdales but will leave the decision to its fans.

Missouri bill proposes longer prison time for sexual offenders

A bill proposed by Sen. Kurt Schaefer calls for increased prison time for people convicted of certain sexual offenses.