THIS WEEK IN PHOTOS: Trying to beat the heat

Images of Columbia residents fighting the brutal heat were among the best Missourian staff photos last week.

ANALYSIS: Missouri candidates try to turn health care ruling into cash

Appeals for donations started within hours of the Supreme Court's decision upholding the individual insurance mandate in President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul.

New EEZ Board members discuss job creation, zone boundaries

Members of the new EEZ Board weigh in on the possible future of an enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia.

Missouri eager for jump to SEC

Missouri's move to the SEC is official on Sunday, ending an association with the Big 12 and its previous incarnations dating to 1907. There's no looking back.

Shoe store owner dreams about what could have been — without the store

Jody Paschal bought a shoe store somewhat on a whim. He says he'd never be an owner again — it hasn't worked out quite like he's hoped. Much of his life hasn't either. He wishes he were married with kids, and he says he always pictured he'd be further along in life, though he's not sure what that picture of life is.

Personal essay: A Romanian’s reflection on the American Dream

Most of the young people I talked to in reporting for the American Next project said they believed in the American Dream theoretically but didn’t think they could live it themselves.

Texas A&M Aggies officially say 'Howdy' to SEC on Sunday

Texas A&M was welcomed into the league on Sept. 26 and will officially make the transition along with Missouri on Sunday when they will become the first newcomers to the league since South Carolina and Arkansas joined the conference in 1992.


THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: New era for athletics, draft picks

Missouri officially joined the SEC and two Tiger basketball players were selected in the NBA Draft.

Raising the dream

James Lehnhoff takes pride in the work he does to provide for his wife and kids, even if selling insurance might not be what he wants to do forever. He seems happy. The prospects for his family: promising. What about young people who aren't as lucky — who don't grow up in loving homes with goals, consequences or direction?

Occupiers camp out in Columbia for statewide conference

Drawn to the movement for different reasons, demonstrators united in their quest for change and open dialogue this weekend outside the Boone County Courthouse.


Craig homers, Cardinals avoid sweep, top Pirates 5-4

Jason Motte got the last four outs for his 17th save in 21 chances to end the Pirates' four-game winning streak. Motte was the last in a flurry of moves by rookie manager Mike Matheny that left three players seeing time at two positions.

Plouffe homers twice, Twins beat Royals 10-8

With one run already across in the sixth, Josh Willingham hit a three-run homer to tie the game at 5. Two batters later, Trevor Plouffe hit a solo shot for his second of the day.

FROM READERS: Hot, hotter, hottest

Photographer John Hall beats the heat with photographs from around his yard.

CoMo You Know: University of Missouri Press

The University of Missouri Press, which was established in 1958, will be phased out this year due to a budget deficit.

Harvard Business Review: Realities no longer match dreams

Our unpredictable future has left us without a plan for how to achieve our goals.

Is the battle over health care stunting the American Dream?

Debates about America's health care are impeding America's innovation in the field.

Getting off the sofa and into the workforce

Is the hesitance to travel to find jobs linked to students defining themselves as less hardworking and more entitled than previous generations?

Esquire: The war against youth

Esquire explores some of the hardships faced by young Americans in a must-read story titled "The war against youth."

Small businesses' slow recovery could mean trouble for small towns

Small business has seen slow recovery in Fulton, Mo., as seen in many small towns across the country.

Assisted-living communities swell in Columbia while demand rises nationwide

Colony Pointe, a new assisted-living center, opened May 29 on Chapel Hill Road. Columbia has 16 facilities that offer assisted living, residential, intermediate and skilled nursing care. Demand for such services is increasing with the growing older population.