DEAR READER: Free food! The second Missourian Readers Board is about to begin

Members of the Readers Board can learn more about the newspaper business and make suggestions for a better Missourian.

Welcome Back 2010: Download the e-book

Welcome Back is our annual special publication designed to help students catch up on local news they might have missed while away from Columbia for the summer. Download this specially formatted e-book version, specially formatted for viewing on your laptop or iPad.

COLUMN: Strangers with Internet

My first experience with Chatroulette was spent on a couch in my friend Dane’s apartment about three months ago. We had heard of the inexplicable phenomena and had been warned about people who use it, but still we tried it.

Injuries no excuse for Missouri's Pinkel

On Friday, seven Tigers wore the red jerseys of an injured player, keeping them off the practice field and making injuries an unwanted distraction at Devine Pavilion 13 days before the Tigers' Sept. 4 game against Illinois.

Stephens College challenge: Lose weight, collect $1M

An anonymous Stephens College graduate has promised to donate $1 million to the college if the school employees collectively shed at least 250 pounds by the end of the year.

UPDATE: Three seriously injured in Friday night pile-up

Police said a series of accidents stretching over about 300 yards of I-70 were caused by a chain reaction from vehicles following too closely in the rain.

Researchers envision 'hackerspace' at MU

Two MU graduate students are working with a computer science professor to construct a hackerspace, which is currently in its beginning stages. They hope it will flourish as a campus-based research and information community.

Columbia's garbage: where it goes and how it gets there

The City of Columbia processed 13,000 tons of trash in 2009. Where does it go?

Two missing Columbia children located

Two children who went missing Friday morning were located by the Boone County Fire Department and Sheriff's Department.

Photos of the week: Aug. 15-20

Photos highlighting local and worldwide events from the week Aug. 15 to 20, including Columbia's first day of school, the protest on the mosque near ground zero and mass flooding.

Dems see cause for hope in tough election season

Democrats are optimistic about upcoming elections, citing strong fundraising.

Alley Cat Yoga

The yoga studio offers mix of safe, sacred spaces for practice.

Pick and Pick Farms offers place to harvest fruits, vegetables

In the fall, pumpkins will be available for picking.

Missouri board rejects earmark for mentally ill housing

The Missouri Housing Development Commission rejected Missouri treasurer's proposal to devote a third of low-incomg housing aid to the mentally ill.

Independent GOP group airs ads in Nevada, Missouri

An independent political group is spending more than $2 million for television ads in Nevada and Missouri to criticize Democratic Senate candidates.

Council approves Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival operating agreement

The agreement for this year's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival are similar to last year's.

Missouri judge considers real estate ballot measure

A Missouri judge is considering a real estate ballot measure that would amend the state Constitution to prohibit a transfer tax on real estate.

'Hot Dot' patches tested on Gulf oil cleanup crews

Oil cleanup crews are sporting round patches that aim to alert you when the body is in danger of overheating. Hot dots are expected to hit stores in the next few weeks.

Gasoline prices should fall after Labor Day

Experts say that gas prices could drop as far as 15 cents a gallon.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU freshmen take part in traditions by painting the M

MU freshmen kicked off their first week on campus by taking part in a couple of the seven university traditions.