Burton wants to change culture of police force

Ken Burton, chief of the Columbia Police Department, said he wants his officers to be more community-oriented but asked the City Council for more staff to meet his goals.

DEAR READER: Records interesting for what they don't reveal about Big Ten move

While there is no "smoking gun" regarding the rumors of Missouri joining the Big Ten, there is definitely interest in the topic among the top UM System administrators.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Battle on Turkish vessel near Gaza Strip causes international controversy

On Monday, Israeli soldiers boarded the Mavi Marmara, a ship bound for a humanitarian mission in the Gaza Strip. The battle that ensued has resulted in international controversy and calls by the U.N. for investigation of the incident.

Rock Bridge girls soccer team loses in semifinal round

The  Bruins ended their postseason run, losing to Pattonville 2-1 Friday evening in the state semfinals.

Missouri softball team looks to avoid two-and-done finish

Last season, the Tigers lost their opening two games against Arizona State and Georgia in the Women's College World Series. This year Missouri lost its opening-round game to Hawaii Thursday and will face elimination when it plays Florida at 11 a.m. Saturday.

'Unique' Rock Bridge girls soccer team prepares for semifinal match

The Bruins advance to the semifinal round, where they will face Pattonville Friday night.

LOCALLY GROWN: Your guide to sustainable living in mid-Missouri

This column is the first in a series that will address practical challenges that come up in trying to live more sustainably.

University of Missouri Bass Team heads to the College Bass Super Regional

GUEST COMMENTARY: Honor Flights are not 'the same story every year'

Talk to any World War II veteran, and you'll find he or she has a story to tell. Unfortunately, the stories won't be around much longer unless journalists do the job of documenting them now.

Rock Bridge trespassing issue a 'miscommunication', tickets dropped

The trespassing tickets issued to the 18 Rock Bridge High School students who were attempting a senior prank on Thursday have been dropped.

REDI president hints at new development within the month

Regional Economic Development Inc. will not reveal what business is involved in the discussion, but said it will use state funding and not require money from the city.

Preview of City Council agenda for June 7

The agenda includes naming the proposed discovery garden in Stephens Lake Park, public comments about the February SWAT raid in which the team killed a dog, discussing the acquisition of a lot adjacent to Douglass Park and a report about the trial use of wireless Internet in transit buses.

SLIDESHOW: What Columbia students learned this year

Students from Columbia public schools share in their own words what they learned this year.

Shelbina girl advances to final in national spelling bee

Elizabeth Platz, 13, of Missouri, made it to the finals in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee. The finals air live starting at 7 p.m. CDT tonight on ABC.

Longtime collector bids farewell to antiques in three auctions

More than 350 antiques will be sold in two auctions at Columbia's Kemper Arena and one on the north end of West Boulevard. Lola Brooks, 88, the current owner of the pieces, decided to sell her collectibles because she is no longer able to care for them.

PHOTO: Columbia celebrates National Doughnut Day

Friday was National Doughnut Day, and the owners of Columbia's Dixie Cream Donuts found themselves in a pickle: They ran low on doughnuts.

Mill Creek Elementary graduates its fifth-grade class

The school held its fifth-grade graduation Friday at Woodcrest Chapel.

Flat Branch Park Sprayground cools down kids of all ages

Hot temperatures provided a great afternoon for families to enjoy the Flat Branch Park Sprayground.

Stephens Lake Park hosts 'Art in the Park' this weekend

Art in the Park takes place this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Stephens Lake Park.

Arson dogs travel to Boone County for recertification

The three-day recertification event is sponsored by State Farm. Handlers and their dogs must recertify every year.