Missouri football team's practice grind put into perspective by Marine

Marine Maj. Sean Quinlan, right, poses with 1st Lt. Mark Gelina at a patrol base in Rawah, Iraq. Gelina, from Moberly, was killed in fighting there in November of 2006.

Maj. Sean Quinlan of the Marine Corps drew parallels between his troops and the Tigers while also pointing out the differences when he spoke to the team Wednesday evening.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Fragile evidence is keeping Ryan Ferguson in prison

Lack of evidence such as fingerprints, DNA, or murder weapon is keeping Ryan Ferguson behind bars.

Some Columbia teachers raise concerns about new social media law

The law, which takes effect Aug. 28, restricts teachers from having private conversations with students through social media and requires school districts to create written policies by Jan. 1 on appropriate use of social media.


Columbia copes with increasing number of vacant houses

According to the 2010 U.S. Census data, about 8 percent of Columbia's houses are vacant — that's 67 percent of the vacant houses in Boone County. And those vacancies can pose problems for neighborhoods.

Sheldon Richardson joins Missouri's fall football camp

The former nationally heralded recruit made his first appearance at the Tigers' practice Thursday.

Gabbert inconsistent in preseason start for Jaguars

The 10th pick of the draft from Missouri completed 9 of 16 passes for 85 yards. He played the entire first half with starting quarterback David Garrard unavailable because of a back injury.

ANALYSIS: August already a tough month for Obama presidency

President Barack Obama has taken criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for how he's handled economic recovery and the war in Afghanistan this month.

Unemployment claims reach 4-month low; economic predictions vary

While some economists said this could signal job growth, some analysts have a more cautionary outlook. 

Northwest Missouri State grad dies in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Matthew Mason was among the SEAL Team 6 members killed in the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in the Middle East. Mason, 37, grew up outside of Kansas City and is survived by his wife and two children.

Citizens Police Review Board to hold public hearing discussing ordinance

Police Chief Ken Burton proposed changes to the board's ordinance, and the public will be able to comment on those changes on Aug. 24. The review board and the police department have been grappling with differences of opinion.

Meth lab discovered; two arrested

Police arrested two Columbia residents after finding a meth lab in a residence Wednesday night, and relatives took custody of a 4-year-old boy who was at the home. 

Patrol scales back search for missing Missouri trooper's body

Highway Patrol trooper Fred Guthrie Jr. disappeared while patrolling flooded land near Big Lake earlier this month. The patrol will continue searching for his body, but the search is being scaled back so resources can be used elsewhere.

SWAT Team apprehends five in connection with home invasion, assault

Two were injured in the assault at one house, police said, and the suspects were arrested at a second location. 

Ruby Payne helps spark community conversation on poverty

The speaker used personal experiences to illuminate the relationship between education and class differences.

Joplin schools to get up to $1.5 million from state

The funding will prevent Joplin from having to raise property taxes to pay for recovery in schools.

UPDATE: Christy Welliver, known as community activist, fighter for social justice, dies

Christy Welliver was a dedicated advocate for social issues such as accessibility for those in wheelchairs or with other disabilities. She died late Tuesday night. 

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Closing post offices targets a town's identity

Rural post offices provide neighborly conversations and wealth information. They are also the community's ports to the world, especially for doing business.

Columbia "garage band" event to be held in District parking structure

Local bands will perform on the top level of the parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets on Friday evening.

One-child policy a surprising boon for girls in China

Gifted young women are increasingly common in China's cities and make up the most educated generation of women in Chinese history.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Recession? Where? Luxury brands are thriving

It turns out that luxury goods have been recovering quite nicely from the recession, according to The New York Times, enjoying 10 straight months of higher sales figures compared with the previous year.