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Missouri tailback was cheerleader in high school

Missouri's Jared Culver says he never thought of cheerleading as a sport until he got involved as a sophomore in high school. "What they do is very hard," Culver said. "You’ve got to run around and scream, pick people up, do flips and everything else ... It was pretty tough.”

Teammates tease Jared Culver about being a cheerleader in high school, but it's difficult to laugh too hard. Culver is the biggest running back on the Missouri football team and gets lots of respect for his punishing style.

COLUMN: Greek rush week, though probably insufferable, is good meet-and-greet camp

“Sorority life may not be for every woman but Recruitment definitely is!” says MU's Panhellenic Association website. This can't be true, but it looks like the ultimate meet-and-greet training ground.

Center for Urban Agriculture hosts chicken processing workshop

Columbia's urban farmers learned how to process their chickens during a free event Saturday.

Missouri AG withdraws motion in health care lawsuit

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said in a statement that Chris Koster's motion to intervene in the case was withdrawn Friday. The development came after Kinder filed an amended complaint making it clear he was not trying to sue on behalf of the state.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Coverage of Pakistan floods lacks urgency

Disasters, such as the earthquake in Haiti, seemed to be covered with more urgency by the international media, especially in television coverage. The disaster in Pakistan has also served as an opportunity to foster better relationships and trust.

Columbia Muslims share views on mosque near ground zero

Members of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, located in Columbia, said Muslims deserve equal treatment and that the Manhattan community was likely to benefit from the mosque.

PHOTO GALLERY: First annual Boone Dawdle

The course for the bike ride fundraiser for the True/False Film Festival ran from Shiloh Bar & Grill in Columbia to Les Bourgeois winery in Rocheport.

GUEST COLUMN: Last chance for America to be a clean energy leader

The Senate needs to advance the "oil spill bill" by amending the bill with a national Renewable Electricity Standard. The benefits would include helping the U.S. catch up with other countries in the switch to clean energy economies and reducing the dependence on imported fossil fuels.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sororities accept new pledges

Sorority hopefuls found out Saturday which sororities gave them a bid.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce emerges as formidable political force

The country's largest business lobby has pledged to spend $75 million in this year's elections. That's on top of a lobbying effort that has already cost the organization nearly $190 million since Barack Obama became president.

Spill bound BP, feds together

With a new round of investigative hearings set to begin Monday on BP's home turf and the disaster largely off the front pages, some people worry BP PLC could walk away with just a slap on the wrist from the U.S. government, its behind-the-scenes partner.

Proposed building demo angers fans of KC's Plaza

The Kansas City Star reported that hundreds have expressed their displeasure through e-mails, phone calls and Web postings over the plan to tear down a 1920s Spanish-themed building in the heart of the Country Club Plaza shopping district.

SW Missouri jailer faces charges after drug sweep

John Edmonds and his wife, Andrea, were charged with felony methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor marijuana possession. John Edmonds, a southwest Missouri jailer, was fired Aug. 6 after a search warrant was served at his home.

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