WHAT OTHERS SAY: Count your blessings; it will make you happy

An experiment with public school students shows that counting blessings makes the children more optimistic and happier.

Columbia's City Council structure differs from other cities in Missouri

Some smaller cities in Missouri have more council members than Columbia because they have more wards or they choose to employ at-large members.

New Interfraternity Council policy draws mixed reactions

A new policy allowing the consumption of alcohol in MU fraternity houses has drawn mixed reactions. The policy was passed by the Interfraternity Council in November and will allow members of legal age to have alcohol on house property.

Cat found dead outside Mark Twain Residence Hall

The cat was found with its paws bound together with with duct tape. The cause of death is unknown, Columbia Animal Control said.

Applications for snow day childcare program will be accepted through Monday

There are already 49 names on the waiting list. But Columbia Public Schools is encouraging people to continue to apply in order to gauge interest for next year's program.

No finalists yet in search for UM System president

The UM System Board of Curators will meet as the presidential search committee for the sixth time in six weeks Friday afternoon. Curators have yet to pass along a list of finalists to the search advisory committee.

Preseason poll ranks Missouri gymnastics 26th in country

The 2012 Women's Preseason Coaches Poll ranks Missouri gymnastics as the 26th-best team in the nation. Twelve of its 14 opponents are nationally ranked.

OLD SOUTHWEST: Watercolor artist Mary Lou Corn, 83, never stops painting

Corn enjoys painting realistic still lifes and Missouri landscapes.

City's birth and death certificates could be requested online

Residents could be able to request birth and death certificates online if the City Council signs contract with LexisNexis.

Voluntary Action Center to hold 28th annual Christmas program

The Voluntary Action center is taking donations of gifts, food and other items on Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13 for its 28th annual Christmas program.

National Novel Writing Month participants each write 50,000 words

National Novel Writing Month challenges both professional and amateur writers across the world to sit in front of their desks and finish a 50,000-word fiction piece during the month of November. Anyone who finishes gets a downloadable completion certificate.

U.S. returns Camp Victory into Iraqi hands

Inside palace walls built by Saddam Hussein, U.S. generals plotted the war's course, tracked the mounting death toll and swore in new American citizens under gaudy glass chandeliers.

Columbia College women's basketball player tears ACL

Senior guard Kayla Rice tore her anterior cruciate ligament Friday at practice, coach Mike Davis said. The team has eight healthy players remaining.


Missouri revenue increases 2 percent through November

Despite the increase in tax revenue reported this year, the state revenues will still have to continue to grow to keep up with budget expectations because of an accounting error that occurred last year.

Missouri reaches $200M export agreement with China

In addition to boosting exports, the trade deal includes an agreement to sell more than $4 billion worth of products to China over the next three years.

Campus ministry starts backpack mission to help homeless

The program, called "Random Packs of Kindness," seeks to distribute donated items to the homeless in Columbia. Members of The Vine stuffed backpacks before Thanksgiving and hope to continue the program year-round.

Lobbyists pay for Missouri lawmakers' playoff tickets

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that lobbyists spent about $13,500 taking elected officials and their family members to World Series and playoff games in private suites at Busch Stadium.

Severe pink eye strain hits St. Louis

Pink eye cases in St. Louis abound, but an exact number is not known.

Chronic sinusitis sufferers lack relief; researchers puzzled

Researchers don't know whether chronic sinusitis is caused by an infection that won't go away or from inflammation gone haywire. Because the nose, throat and ear cavities are connected, they share bacteria, fungi and viruses; something irritating the nose could potentially trigger a reaction in the lung or vice versa.

PHOTO GALLERY: Downtown businesses gear up for Living Windows Festival

Throughout the week, many businesses in downtown Columbia prepared for the Living Windows Festival on Friday.  The festival, which starts at 6 p.m., features people re-enacting holiday scenes in store windows.