GLOBAL JOURNALIST: A look at G-20 Summit protests

Several organizations including Amnesty International, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and a Facebook group with 13,000 members are calling for an independent probe into police action at the summit. They say police acted with disproportionate and excessive force.

Columbia fireworks retailer travels to China for goods

Dave Rasmussen from Bob's Fireworks in Columbia travels to China every year to pick out the stand's selection of fireworks. This year, two suppliers from Liuyang, China, came to visit the stands.

UPDATE: Columbia police recover skeletal remains from bottom of bluffs

A hiker discovered the remains of a body Friday night. Items belonging to Edward Acosta, who was reported missing on May 30, were found near the body. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Four dogs die in house fire on Candlewood Drive

A fire on Candlewood Drive started at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. It caused an estimated $200,000 in damages.

Missouri lawmakers discuss data center incentives during special session

Discussions about offering incentives to lure data centers to Columbia have begun, and the result could push Columbia to a position of technological importance.

SLIDESHOW: Summer school students celebrate the Fourth of July

Students from Grant and Paxton Keeley Elementary schools celebrated the Fourth of July with two parades.

Baby giraffe at Springfield zoo dies

The Dickerson Park Zoo said in a news release Saturday that a baby giraffe died overnight Friday. The female giraffe was born at the Springfield zoo earlier this week.

Fourth of July parade in Ashland boosts community spirit

The city of Ashland held its annual Fourth of July parade on Saturday. A couple of hundred people participated in the parade, which has been happening for about 20 years.

Committee recommends 'Sky Algorithm' design for parking garage

Text elements of the design will continue to be finalized if it moves forward through the Commission on Cultural Affairs.

Perimeter security combined at 2 Missouri prisons

The perimeter patrol will be combined at the Algoa Correctional Center and the Jefferson City Correctional Center. The two prisons are separated by a road and are just east of Jefferson City. A spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections says combining perimeter security will save the agency money.

Forget grade levels, KC schools try something new

Instead of simply moving kids from one grade to the next as they get older, schools are grouping students by ability. Once they master a subject, they move up a level. This practice has been around for decades, but was generally used on a smaller scale, in individual grades, subjects or schools.

LOCALLY GROWN: Managing stormwater important for individuals, city

Managing stormwater is an issue that needs to be addressed, particularly how the city, county and MU will work together to achieve a 50 percent reduction in stormwater flow.

DEAR READER: IBM story shows the structure for private deals with public money

The Columbia Area Jobs Foundation and Regional Economic Development Inc. are likely to play roles in future deals as well.

Francisco France driven to succeed in MMA fighting

Francisco "Kiko" France is a professional mixed martial artist who left his native Brazil to seek a better life fighting in the United States. He is 5-1 fighting for the American Top Team gym in Columbia, but plans to leave for Phoenix next week to train with former MU standout wrestler Ben Askren, who has also started a professional MMA career.

IBM awards MU cluster computer for genomics research

As part of a grant, IBM is giving MU a cluster computer for genomics research. The grant is unrelated to a service delivery center that IBM will establish in Columbia.

The Underground Cafe closes, reasons unknown

The cafe, which was formerly The Cherry Street Artisan, closed its doors Wednesday.

Kids learn basketball fundamentals at Mizzou Arena

Children ages 6 to 10 got the opportunity to play basketball and learn fundamentals of the game at Mizzou Arena.

City Council meeting to address bus routes, present downtown plan

At the City Council meeting Tuesday, public hearing for changes in the bus routes and H3 Studio's presentation on the downtown planning charrette are on the agenda.

LETTER: Arizona tackles problem that should be handled by president

President Barack Obama should be congratulating the state of Arizona for helping with the work he should be doing to secure our borders.

Missouri transportation agency warns of paving scams

The Department of Transportation warns Missourians of driveway paving scams.