Volunteers clean up Columbia's streams, streets

Freshman Amber Ausmus walks through Hinkson Creek at the mouth of the Providence Road underpass collecting trash during the Hinkson Clean Sweep on Saturday. Workers cleaned up along the stream and streets downtown. When it rains, trash from downtown gets washed into the stream.

Volunteers cleaned up streams and streets at eight locations around Columbia on Saturday morning during the Hinkson Clean Sweep.

PHOTO GALLERY: Families flock to Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

Families flocked to Hartsburg this weekend for the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, which has been going on for 20 years.

Missouri baseball team ties final exhibition game

The Missouri baseball team ended its two-game Joplin benefit series against Iowa on Sunday in a 3-3 tie.

Peace groups stand up against Afghan war on 10th anniversary

Over 120 people turned out to promote peace and justice as they recognize the 10th anniversary of the beginning of war in Afghanistan.

Honor Drive raises $1,500 for veterans from 75 participants

Missouri residents showed their patriotism by participating in the Honor Drive on Sunday.

One Sky, One World Day gives kite-flying event a local line

Columbia's participation in an international kite-flying event brought enthusiasts from all over Missouri to Cosmo-Bethel Park again this year.

ROCK BRIDGE: Rock Bridge Elementary chicken barbecue serves 2,000 meals

Rock Bridge Elementary School held its annual chicken barbecue Saturday evening, serving 2,000 people and raising close to $20,000.

PARKADE: Celebration Assembly promotes positive behavior

Parkade Elementary School students were rewarded for good behavior in September at a monthly assembly.

FAIRVIEW: Fairview Fever Festival fun time for families

This year's Fairview Fever Festival was held at Fairview Elementary School on Friday.

SHEPARD: Church hosts dinner to encourage members to buy, eat locally

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia held its annual Local Harvest Supper on Saturday.

Brewers rally to beat Cardinals 9-6 in NLCS opener

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 in the first game of the NLCS on Sunday.

Missed opportunities catch up to Columbia College soccer team

The Columbia College soccer team missed several opportunities to extend an early 1-0 lead and settled for a 1-1 tie after two overtimes Sunday night in a road game against Westminster.

Seasoned activists critique Occupy Wall Street protests

Critics wonder if Occupy Wall Street is an emotional response to be ignored or a movement to be taken seriously.

Disabled tax break dependent on Missouri business bill

The bill could help Missouri organizations cut down on state income taxes while claiming the same amounts for federal tax deductions.

Army Corps to hold meetings on Missouri River plan

The goal of the public meetings is to come up with a plan to prevent excessive flooding that has occurred during the past year.

Unemployed seek protection against job bias

The jobs bill in Congress would ban most companies from refusing a potential employee simply because of the individual's unemployment status or length.

Ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh dies in Chicago

Authorities in Chicago say the cause of death for former Weezer bass player Mikey Welsh is undetermined pending toxicology tests.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Rally squirrel, conference questions and Citizens for Justice

A renegade squirrel was at the top of the list of most-read stories last week, jumping ahead of reports about conference realignment and a look at a group that monitors police activities.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Fever Festival, Occupy COMO and Missouri football on the road

Images from a festival at Fairview Elementary School and the Missouri football team's road trip to Kansas State were among last week's best photos from the Missourian's staff.

THE WEEK IN COMMENTS: Citizens for Justice, terrorism safeguards, wrongful convictions and a new garage

Commenters discussed a young group keeping an eye on police behavior, the death penalty, a proposal for a new downtown garage and an opinion piece on terrorism retaliation.