COMO YOU KNOW: John William "Blind" Boone

John William "Blind" Boone, who died in 1927, was a famous ragtime pianist who became one of the first African-American musicians to be recorded by the QRS piano roll company.

FROM READERS: Bluebird is actually Father of the Year

Photographer John Hall and his subject, a bluebird he named Mr. Bluebird, interact in a story about one father helping out another


Pierzynski, Quintana lead White Sox over Cardinals 6-1

The Cardinals have lost three of their last four games after a 6-1 loss Tuesday night to the White Sox.


Butler has go-ahead RBI as Royals beat Brewers 2-1

An eighth inning RBI by Billy Butler helped the Royals take a 2-1 victory against the Brewers, snapping the Royals' four-game losing streak.

Average price of 4-year public university rises 15% in two years

The U.S. Department of Education's annual look at college affordability found significant price increases at public universities, fueled by state budget cuts for higher education. Prices also climbed at private universities, including for-profit institutions.

Pay gap for women physicians at medical schools, teaching hospitals

Two women who have been prominent in medical research say men tend to be more aggressive at self-promoting and asking for pay raises than women.

Chiefs open minicamp without Bowe, other stars

The Kansas City Chiefs have opened up their minicamps with a new offensive coordinator and without a few of their major stars including Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Farm bill debate is laughable

The U.S. Senate is debating a bill that would reduce the federal budget by $2.3 billion a year by eliminating direct payments to farms that produce big row crops.


Missouri payroll jobs fall by 7,300 in May

The decline in non-farm payroll jobs followed several months of increases.

MU goes to Smithsonian folk festival

The university is among two dozen public land-grant schools that will help celebrate a key moment in U.S. higher education at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall.

College World Series will use video review on close home-run calls

NCAA vice president for football and baseball Dennis Poppe said Tuesday that officials would have to think long and hard about adding other situations that could be reviewed.

U.S. coal use falling fast; utilities switch to natural gas

The fuel that powered the U.S. from the industrial revolution into the iPhone era is being pushed aside as utilities switch to cleaner and cheaper alternatives.


Missouri road rage case ruled self-defense, no charges filed

The Missouri road rage case involving the 65-year-old man who shot a motorcyclist after he was punched in the face was ruled self-defense under Missouri's castle doctrine. No charges will be filed against either man.

Missouri lawmakers say St. Louis VA Center must improve

The death of a patient due to a nurse's mistake at the John Cochran VA Medical Center was the last straw for some Missouri lawmakers who are openly questioning the quality of care patients receive at the medical center which has had similar incidents occur recently.

Missouri county offering warrant amnesty program

The Cass County Sheriff's Office will hold offer the amnesty program June 18 to 22, and only for Division III of the court.

More than seven in 10 US teens jobless in summer

The decline in teenage employment has been particularly sharp since 2000. Employment for 16- to 19-year-olds has fallen to the lowest level since World War II.


Questions persist about which outlaw is buried in Missouri grave

For years, Clell Miller's family believed his body was buried at Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney. But a medical student who gunned down Miller on Sept. 7, 1876, claimed that he kept the outlaw's skeleton. Now Miller's relatives and a group of forensic researchers would like to know for sure who lies buried in the grave.


Missouri man asks to be sentenced in sex slave case

Bradley Cook, 33, is being held in solitary confinement in Lafayette County.

Water Patrol to watch for intoxicated boaters

The water division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will participate in a national campaign.