Braggin' Rights atmosphere raises possibilities for Missouri-Kansas basketball rivalry

The Braggin' Rights atmosphere raises the possibility that something similar could work for Missouri's rivalry against Kansas when the Tigers join the SEC this summer.

ANALYSIS: Isolated on payroll-tax cut, House GOP blinks

By spurning a deal that Senate Republicans had embraced,the House wing of the party isolated itself politically and by some calculations improved President Barack Obama's re-election prospects.

J. KARL MILLER: If everybody could be a Marine, it wouldn't be the Marines

The Marines continue to provide the most "bang for the taxpayer's buck."

ROSE NOLEN: It's a new year and another chance to take action

All of us should be gathering our friends and resources to zero in on problems we cannot solve alone.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: First Night should be available to everyone

Families with limited incomes are left out of almost all programs because they cannot afford to buy the attendance “buttons.”

Last-minute shoppers dedicate themselves to the task of gifting

Shoppers were looking for last-minute gifts at Columbia stores as Christmas approached. Stores stayed open late Friday, and retailers were looking forward to after-Christmas sales Monday.

Columbia restaurants' hours for Christmas holiday weekend

Here is a sampling of Columbia restaurants that are open during the holiday weekend. Some restaurants are open for Christmas Eve and on Monday but closed on Christmas Day.

The Velvet Cupcake opens in The Tiger Hotel

The Velvet Cupcake opened Thursday as part of The Tiger Hotel's renovation plan. 

The journey of the name on the tree

Donors work at shopping to fulfill the wishes — and needs — for foster children in the Boone County Department of Child Services.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football players take in Bowling Before the Bowl

Members of the Missouri football team took time out from preparing for the Independence Bowl by participating in Bowling Before the Bowl on Saturday afternoon in Shreveport, La.

Missouri, North Carolina predict running games for Independence Bowl

Gary Pinkel has never faced an ACC opponent as head coach of the Missouri Tigers, but despite the unfamiliarity, the Tigers are preparing for a run-focused Independence Bowl matchup with North Carolina.

North Carolina football focused on Independence Bowl, not future

With the imminent departure of interim head coach Everett Withers and the arrival of new coach Larry Fedora, distractions could envelope the Tar Heels as they prepare to face Missouri in the Independence Bowl.

Track Santa Claus with NORAD's Santa Tracker

Get the latest on St. Nick's whereabouts with NORAD's Santa Tracker.