TODAY'S QUESTION: Should the Winter Olympic Games put more restrictions in place to protect athletes?

Olympic officials said the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili on Friday was a result of human error. The debate is over whether or not more safety restrictions could prevent future deaths.

COLUMN: Nothing fake about the high from 'fake pot'

Lawmakers are looking to ban synthetic marijuana, a substance that mimics the effects and is currently legal.

COLUMN: Handing out dollar bills in class and other overcompensation

Most MU professors who assign textbooks they've penned don't do it for the fortune, they do it for the fame – or at least the chance at tenure.

Three MU football players involved in fight over weekend

No arrests were made in an early morning scuffle Saturday involving two starting Missouri football players and a freshman quarterback.

Retirement? Dental? UM System asks employees to weigh in

The UM System, which spends about $300 million a year on employee benefits, is asking staff and faculty what they value most about their compensation.

BOOK REVIEW: 'My Times' shows race relations have a long way to go

Caitlin Giddings discusses Gerald Boyd's new book where he reveals his experience as an African-American journalist. Boyd attended the Misosuri School of Journalism and won three Pulitzer Prizes while at the New York Times.

Columbia City Council tables noise ordinance amendment

The Columbia City Council voted Monday night to table an ordinance that would loosen the city's noise restrictions in the downtown area. Council members said they need more time for research.

City Council approves ordinance establishing Stormwater Advisory Board

The five-member board will have four members appointed by the council and one appointed by the MU chancellor.

Columbia's City Council Chambers decommissioned

The Columbia City Council met for the last time on the fourth floor of the old Daniel Boone Building to recognize the history and progress made there for 34 years.

Apartments for homeless youth win council vote

Central Missouri Community Action won key funding from the city for its effort to build housing for homeless youths on Monday night, but it still awaits more help from the city and state.

Boys and Girls Club looking to better serve Columbia

The Boys and Girls club is working to bring in more funding in an attempt to better serve Columbia's youth.

GRAPHIC: Winter speed sports don't always lead to most injuries

Although there is not a direct correlation between speed and injury, sports with greater speeds tended to have more injuries based on numbers from the Turin games.

Monsanto donates money for MU lecture series

Monsanto, a private agricultural technology company donated money to the Saturday Morning Science lecture series, a free program that gives attendees an opportunity to learn about science through interactive talks.

Rock Bridge, Hickman high schools partner to help Haiti

Hickman and Rock Bridge students will hold a joint fundraiser for Haiti at 7 p.m., Feb. 16 at the Rock Bridge High School Planetarium. The event will raise money for Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health.

PHOTO GALLERY: School is out, doctor is in

With schools closing in observance of President's Day, some children participated in "Doctor Day," YouZeum's School's Out program on Monday. The event offers education and entertainment for children on days when school is out of session.

Senate takes up bill that would ban K2

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, said mid-Missouri emergency rooms have treated adolescents complaining of negative effects.

MU professor tries to bring nuclear disarmament through new book

Bill Wickersham, an MU peace studies professor, has self-published a citizen's guide to nuclear disarmament with the help of graduate student Jared Gassen.

Columbia Parks and Recreation starts poetry society

"Reflections" Poetry Society will allow members to discuss their work together, as well as perform in Poetry Jam sessions.

Oldest restaurant in Jefferson City reopens after renovation

The ECCO Lounge reopened Monday after a renovation that included cleaning the original pressed-tin ceiling. The restaurant has been at the same location for more than 150 years.

Missouri painter-politician Bingham honored

His paintings featured frontier life along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, and he served as a state representative, treasurer and adjutant general.