UPDATE: Derrick Washington found guilty of deviate sexual assault

Derrick Washington reacts to a guilty verdict for a charge of felony deviate sexual assault at the Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday. His father, Donald Washington, right, and mother, Sarah Washington, led him out of the courtroom.

Derrick Washington, a former MU football captain and starting tailback, was found guilty of deviate sexual assault. He faces a possible sentence of up to 7 years in prison.

Realignment Q&A: Is the Big 12's heart beating again?

The Big 12 has renewed life, and the Missourian explores what could happen next.

Derrick Washington found guilty of deviate sexual assault

The former Missouri running back was charged with the Class C felony in connection to an incident that occurred on June 19, 2010. He could face up to 7 years in prison.

Columbia police officer fired over use of excessive force in holding cell

Holding cell tapes of the Aug. 15 incident show a man who had just been pepper-sprayed during his arrest being violently pushed down and injured by the officer.

UPDATE: Former roommate backs testimony of Washington's accuser

On Wednesday, a former roommate of the woman accusing former MU football player Derrick Washington acknowledged under cross-examination that she did not initially tell campus police about Washington's alleged actions.

COMMENT: Did we learn anything from Missouri's win over Western Illinois?

Missouri's blowout of Western Illinois taught fans little about how the team will fare in conference play.

Missouri's China hub said to be on life-support

Missouri's top Senate leader said the bill that would provide tax breaks to businesses developing an air cargo transport hub in St. Louis for a Chinese airline might not make it out of the General Assembly's special session.

J-turns replace crossovers on U.S. 63

Crossover lanes south of Columbia will be replaced with J-turns, which help reduce right-angle and T-bone accidents.

ON THE BLOG: More ahead for the Big 12?

No official word, but indications are that the Big 12 Conference will make some decisions Thursday aimed at keeping the league intact. Check the Missourian Sports Blog.

Missouri House, Senate dispute over business incentives deal

Although the House has come to a compromise about the business incentive overhaul, the Missouri Senate feels that it has not been heard.

Ever-present cigarette butts signal limited effect of MU's smoking restrictions

The second phase of MU's plan to make campus smoke-free by 2014 — which allows smoking in parking lots, on the rooftops of parking garages and in 15 designated outdoor areas — was instituted in July.

No attendance numbers available for Roots 'N' Blues

The festival director for Thumper Entertainment, which organized Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival from Sept. 9-10 said the event "felt really good," but official attendance and profit numbers have not been released yet.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family Fun Fest appeals to children and their parents with dance, music and art activities

Face painting, a bounce house and a performance by the Missouri Contemporary Ballet were some of the highlights from the Family Fun Fest on Wednesday night.

Gabbert to get first NFL start

Former Missouri standout Blaine Gabbert was named the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars' road game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Two men rob Break Time on Nebraska Avenue

Two men robbed a Break Time convenience store early Wednesday morning, fired a gun into the shelves and took money and cigarettes.

ROCK BRIDGE: Mid Missouri Lacrosse League offers free clinic Wednesday

The Mid Missouri Lacrosse League and Columbia Parks and Recreation will offer free lacrosse clinic for children of grade 3-8 on Wednesday next to the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center.

BLUE RIDGE-OAKLAND: Columbia Star Dinner Train to feature jazz performance

For the first time, live performance by a local musician, Lisa Rose, will be presented on the Columbia Star Dinner Train on Sept. 30.

SHEPARD-WOODRIDGE: Classes canceled Friday at Cedar Ridge Elementary School

Teachers will grade tests and discuss recent program changes at the school.

Stephens cross country team takes positive attitude

A new season brings twice as many runners, including many competitive freshmen.

MTV's Bill Roedy gives lecture and book signing at Westminster College

Bill Roedy, longtime head of MTV's international operations, shared his tips for business success with students at Westminster College on Wednesday.