GEORGE KENNEDY: First Ward council candidates more impressive than new garage

A new City Council candidate could have a greater impact on improving the First Ward than a new massive $14 million parking garage.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Which True/False films do you think people should see?

True/False is becoming an increasingly popular festival for film connoisseurs and movie enthusiasts. But you don't have to be an expert to go to any of the 43 films showing this year. Which True/False films do you think people should see and why?

COLUMN: Tolerance is key to freedom of speech

The First Amendment doesn't require a taste test — it requires tolerance of controversial views. 

PHOTO GALLERY: True/False Jubilee Gala

Hundreds of masked moviegoers attended the True/False Film Festival Jubilee Gala on Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre Center of the Arts. Born of an idea in 2003, the festival has grown into an annual event that's in its eighth year. Documentary enthusiasts descend on Columbia for a weekend of the arts. Additional reporting of the event is available at Vox Magazine.

PHOTO GALLERY: True/False box office bustles with festivalgoers

The scene around the True/False box office was busy with people seeking to purchase documentary film tickets.

Evidence links man who committed suicide to sexual assault

Columbia police said evidence links Todd Rehkop tothe sexual assault that occurred on Conley Road on Tuesday night. 

Missouri revenue up 6.2 percent over previous year

The 6.2 percent increase was because of higher tax collections. From July 2010 through February 2011, tax collections totaled $4.48 billion, compared to $4.22 billion in the same time frame a year earlier.

Columbia College basketball defeats Hannibal-LaGrange in AMC quarterfinal

The second-seeded Cougars earned a trip to the AMC semifinal round by beating the seventh-seeded Trojans 63-45.

Columbia College softball perfect against Westminster

Cougars' pitcher Valerie Teter threw a perfect game and hit two home runs in Columbia College's 8-0 victory over the Westminster Blue Jays.


Five awarded for advocating healthly lifestyles

The people were awarded for a number of reasons, including working towards improving food in Columbia schools and educating people about diabetes.

Speakers explain Haiti's problematic state

Haitian activists discuss the effect nongovernmental organizations are having on rebuilding Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Community prepares for March March

This year's theme is Trees/Forest, and anyone is welcome to participate, whether in the parade or on the sidelines. Two sisters are preparing by recreating some of the old props that were damaged by flooding.

UPDATE: Missouri House approves funeral protest restrictions

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to protect the free speech of protesters at funerals, the Missouri House presses on to approve legislation to limit demonstrations. 

State to add bicycle lanes to Route K south of Columbia

The project would widen the road by 4 feet for a seven-mile stretch. It would cost $2 million dollars and be completed by fall 2012.

Columbia coalition seeks to expand public transportation, bus service

The coalition is working under a $400,000 grant and thinks improved public transportation will improve the public's health.

Advisory committee to aid in search of UM System president

A 20-person advisory committee will assist the University of Missouri System Presidential Search Committee in determining qualifications for the system's next president.

Labor leaders: Unions are weak in Missouri's public sector

Union leaders attribute the relative weakness of government-worker unions to the fact that they only received the right to bargain collectively four years ago.

Missouri Senate postpones decision on renewing extended unemployment benefits

About 13,000 Missouri residents might lose their benefits if the renewal bill is not passed by April 2, but critics think passing the bill would increase the national debt.

Missouri House approves tax amnesty legislation

The Missouri House of Representatives approved legislation to provide amnesty for delinquent taxpayers; it now goes to the Senate.

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines raise domestic fares; others follow

A few major airlines boosted fares on flights within the 48 contiguous states, but none of the low-cost airlines – Southwest, JetBlue and AirTran – have raised prices in response.