PHOTO GALLERY: For Tigers, an Independence Bowl win to celebrate

At the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Monday, the Missouri Tigers scored 31 straight points in the first half to build what turned out to be an insurmountable advantage. Missouri beat North Carolina, 41-24.

Independence Bowl: Missouri swamps North Carolina

Missouri finally said goodbye to the Big 12 with a dominating 41-24 victory over North Carolina in the Independence Bowl. The game was Missouri's last as a representative of the Big 12 Conference.

Independence Bowl: Goofy interception highlight of Missouri's victory

When North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones went to make a catch late in the first half, what followed was the most entertaining drop of the day, not including Truman the Tiger’s trophy mishap before the game.

Independence Bowl: For Missouri, a crystal-clear win over North Carolina

The Tigers racked up 337 rushing yards against North Carolina, and the Missouri defense allowed just 36 rushing yards on the way to a 41-24 Independence Bowl victory.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fans cheer for Tigers at Shiloh Bar and Grill

Fans at the Shiloh Bar and Grill in downtown Columbia cheered the Missouri Tigers, who were playing the North Carolina Tar Heels on Monday in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La. Missouri won the game, 41-24.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri dominates North Carolina in first half of Independence Bowl

The Missouri offense scored on its first five possessions Monday at the Independence Bowl and claimed a 31-10 first half lead.

Independence Bowl: Missouri leads North Carolina 31-10 at halftime

The Missouri offense scored on its first five possessions Monday at the Independence Bowl and claimed a 31-10 first half lead.

Independence Bowl: Truman the Tiger breaks crystal trophy

The crystal trophy shattered after Missouri's mascot dropped it during a pregame photo shoot.

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.