Ramadan begins; some children join parents in daily fasting

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri serves as a hub for Columbia's Muslims on August 1, which marks the first day of the month of Ramadan per the Islamic Lunar Calendar. Practitioners converge at sundown to pray and break a fast that extends from dawn to dusk. Hilowle Mohaed, 15, is one of several volunteers rotating Iftar duty throughout the month, which involves serving food at dusk when the practitioners collectively break their fast.

During the Islamic holy month of fasting, Muslim parents have a chance to teach their children about the experience.

Police and citizens review board given deadline to settle differences

Mayor Bob McDavid identified seven key differences of opinion between the Columbia Police Department and the Citizen's Police Review Board at Monday's council meeting.

Carl Edwards' plans remain a distraction at Brickyard 400

In the final year of his contract with Roush Fenway Racing, NASCAR driver Carl Edwards has refused to indicate if he has any desire to return to that team, or if he will jump ship for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Bill to raise debt limit passed Monday; Giffords brings down the House

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was met with applause and hugs from her peers as she appeared and voted on the bill.

UPDATE: Nixon announces Missouri will pay for debris cleanup in Joplin

Gov. Nixon and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Joplin Monday.

Missouri to pay Joplin's share in tornado cleanup

The state will pick up 10 percent of the cost of the expedited debris removal program not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Taiwanese artist's watercolors blend traditional scenes and modern techniques

A collection of watercolors and black-ink paintings by Ran In-Ting is on display through mid-August at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Wireless device usage forces MU to adopt new technology

Network Address Translation technology should help improve connection consistency for devices using wireless connections at MU.

Columbia City Council decides to continue taxi stand project downtown

The Columbia City Council on Monday night approved an extension for the pilot project that created designated taxi areas, along with areas off limits to taxis.

Mizzou's Marcus Denmon makes cut for USA Basketball World University Games

Missouri's Marcus Denmon was named a finalist for the USA Basketball World University Games on Sunday. Kim English, also competing for a roster spot, did not make the cut.

Analysis: Lessons learned, default fault abounds

Debt ceiling negotiations in Congress are a sign that government can work when it absolutely has to. But what a mess it was to reach an agreement before the U.S. defaulted for the first time in history.

High heat kills thousands of fish at Corporate Lake

Even fish are feeling the heat. Thousands of dead fish floated to the surface of Corporate Lake in Columbia as a result of "low oxygen fish kill."

Police seeking two suspects in armed Check 'N Go robbery

The Columbia Police Department responded to the robbery at 3:11 p.m. Monday.  The two men had at least one handgun, police said.

BRAD CLEMONS: The perils of summer break and too much time with the kids

My biggest fear is that my family will get to know the real me all too soon.


National Trappers Association convention coming to Columbia

The National Trappers Association's 52nd Annual Convention runs from Thursday through Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds

Missouri curators meet behind closed doors

The meeting is scheduled for noon Monday to discuss personnel matters with university lawyers.

Missouri Tigers fans can meet players, coaches at Fan Day on Sunday

Parking will be free at Memorial Stadium and water will be provided. Fans can receive autographs from 3:45 until 5:15 p.m. 

After 1972 disappearance, misidentification of body, son's ashes returned to mother

Family members were finally able to hold a memorial service for Steven Sickman on Saturday.

National effort gives new outfits to Joplin children

Susan Stewart, a clothing designer from Pittsburg, Kan., organizes Project First Day, a movement to get clothes to Joplin students affected by the tornado.

Arab unrest, high food prices cast pall on Ramadan

Ramadan falls this year during the scorching summer, when tempers already running hot could easily boil over, especially as Egyptians complain about the continued rise in food prices and the general economic malaise after the uprising.