Second annual fishing derby provides family fun

Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Missouri Department of Conservation co-sponsored the second annual fishing derby at A. Perry Philips Park on Saturday morning.

Columbia Parks and Recreation and the Missouri Department of Conservation co-sponsored the second annual fishing derby. The event took place at A. Perry Philips Park Saturday morning.

Medieval reenactment group holds event at MU

The Kingdom of Calontir, a regional kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism, held a fighting practice and symposium Saturday at MU.

Loaves and Fishes sees changes since it moved to a larger location

The soup kitchen's new location provides a comfortable atmosphere for volunteers and diners. 

DEAR READER: The American Next delves into the lives of a new generation

The American Next, the product of a collaborative effort by Missouri School of Journalism students, explores the attitudes, ideals and lives of a generation of Americans emerging into adulthood.

Forget the heat: Scholars' days consumed by Jane Austen

University teachers and graduate students are in Columbia for five weeks to read, research and discuss Jane Austen. It's the first National Endowment for the Humanities seminar that MU has hosted since the 1990s.

Twins sweep doubleheader from Royals

The Twins finished June with a 14-13 record — their first winning month in almost a year.

Runners battle heat at Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon

Over 200 children from 13 different states participated in the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon Saturday.

Lynn frustrated in Cardinals' loss to Pirates

Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn was pummeled for the third straight start, allowing six runs in five innings in St. Louis' 7-3 loss Saturday to Pittsburgh.

Mid-Missouri artists to educate with downtown storm drain murals

Thumper Entertainment, the city's Stormwater Utility and nine mid-Missouri artists are working to create murals around storm drains. The murals are intended to educate the community about the pollutants they are throwing down the drains.

G & D Steakhouse co-founder Kasiani Aslanidis loved children, cooking

Kasiani Aslanidis of Columbia died Friday, June 29, 2012. She was 82.

Kasiani Aslanidis, Aug. 29, 1929 — June 29, 2012, of Columbia

Kasiani Aslanidis of Columbia died Friday, June 29, 2012. She was 82.

FROM READERS: Hot, hot and hotter

Photographer John Hall shares his photos of Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal as they attempt to stay cool in the heat.

Police investigate allegations of topless women, misconduct at charity event

An anonymous complaint said attendees of the golf fundraiser were taking jello shots off of topless waitresses' bare breasts. Only 15 percent of the event's attendees were police officers, Columbia Police Officers Association Marketing Director John Dye said.

49ers say Aldon Smith hurt in Friday incident

The San Francisco 49ers say former Missouri football player Aldon Smith suffered only minor injuries.

Missouri couple donates conservation easement on land

Larry and Nancy O'Reilly are working to return their 3.5-mile stretch of land along the James River to its natural state. They donated the permanent conservation easement to Ozark Greenways.

Mark Twain forest fire partially contained, weather worries officials

The soaring heat and lack of rain have Gov. Jay Nixon and others worried that the state could face a long summer of battling fires.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Hey DNC, wish you were meeting in St. Louis?

Charlotte, N.C., a less-than-democratic state, was chosen as the site of the Democratic National Committee over the more accommodating St. Louis.

Steven Sapp retires from Columbia Fire Department after 22 years

After 22 years of service at the Columbia Fire Department, Steven Sapp is retiring from the city for one week. Then he'll begin his new job as the public information specialist for the Public Works Department.

Missouri shot-putter fourth at Olympic Trials

Kearsten Peoples did not make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, but her mark of 17.32 meters in the Friday's finals, earned her fourth place.

Missouri among states granted waiver for No Child Left Behind

In exchange for the waiver, the states must develop accountability plans that set new targets for raising achievement, advancing teacher effectiveness, preparing all students for careers and college, and improving the performance of low-performing schools.