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Douglass classmates' lives are intertwined with Columbia's history

Growing up together in Columbia's tight-knit black community of the 1950s and '60s, some of the first students to integrate Columbia Public Schools continue to nurture their deep-rooted connection to each other. Their experiences tell a story of how race and community in Columbia have — and haven't — changed over time.

Growing up together in Columbia's tight-knit black community of the 1950s and '60s, some of the first students to integrate Columbia Public Schools continue to nurture their deep-rooted connection to each other. Their experiences tell a story of how race and community in Columbia have — and haven't — changed over time.

Columbia Dart Association hopes to see increase in numbers

The Columbia Dart Association has seen a decrease in membership since its beginning in the 1970s, but that isn't stopping current members from enjoying the "lifetime sport."

DEAR READER: Sometimes the world of numbers meshes with the world of grammar

Journalists and English majors aren't the only ones who argue pronunciation and grammar. Mathematicians join in the debate on the philosophy of language.

TELL US: How segregated is the Columbia you live in?

Despite profound societal changes during the past decades, some members of Columbia's Silver and Gold group say that a subtle racial divide still exists. What do you think?

UPDATE: Neighborhood shows support for Wyatt family

Spc. Sterling Wyatt, 21, died in a homemade bomb attack on Wednesday in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

NASCAR's Carl Edwards proposes driver-financed drug testing

Carl Edwards wants drivers to pay for a drug testing system to help avoid mistakes that he said could occur under the program operated by NASCAR

Scam alerts issued after local businesses, residents targeted

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, two local businesses have been targeted by false insurance representatives, and a nationwide scam has impacted eight people in the area. 

Low-impact design, sustainability help new conservation building exceed green standards

The $6 million building boasts several low-impact designs, and the conservation department hopes it will demonstrate how residents can go green.

Officer charged in murder-for-hire scheme

The U.S. Attorney's office for Western Missouri said Robert W. Jones, a correctional officer at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, was charged Friday with using interstate commerce facilities in commission of murder for hire.

47th District candidates call for tax credit reform at forum

Democrats Nancy Copenhaver and John Wright, who are competing in the Aug. 7 primary, addressed the Boone County Muleskinners on Friday.

Members of the community gather to place flags in honor of Spc. Sterling Wyatt

More than 100 people gathered Friday to place roughly 1,000 American flags around Shepard Elementary School and Shepard Boulevard in honor of Spc. Sterling Wyatt.

FROM READERS: Columbia Boy Scout troops honor fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt

Sterling Wyatt, a 21-year-old soldier and Rock Bridge High School graduate, died in Afghanistan on Wednesday. Columbia Boy Scout troops honored the Eagle Scout's memory Friday by helping to line the street near Wyatt's family's home with American flags.

One dead in plane crash near Huntsville

One person died in a crop duster crash north of Huntsville Friday.

FROM READERS: Unleavened pizza crust recipe

Annette Triplett, author of CoMo Homestead, shares a recipe for unleavened pizza crust.

Reds rally in 7th, beat Cardinals 5-3

First baseman Allen Craig's throwing error in the seventh inning helped the Cincinnati Reds rally for their fourth straight win, 5-3 over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

Cardinals' Berkman likely to return Saturday to play Reds

The first baseman accompanied the team to Cincinnati and had an intensified workout Friday before the opening game of a series against the Reds. The Cardinals planned to activate him a day later.

UPDATE: Nixon wrapping up action on Missouri legislation

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed measures Friday that require periodic reviews of state regulations and repealing old programs. Bills that are not signed or vetoed by Saturday automatically take effect without the governor's signature.

For past abuse victim, recent Kansas City case resonates

Nathan Ross survived a notorious case that shocked the public just like that of a girl recently rescued from the closet in a Kansas City home. Two of Ross' younger brothers died from their mother's abuse.

At 90, Missouri man puts in his hours

90-year-old Jim Watson earns his paycheck with a solid, physical day spent carrying sacks up to the front of the store, bagging groceries and helping customers cart or carry purchases out to the parking lot at the Maryville Hy-Vee.

Iraq veteran seeks reunion with life-saving dog

The 8-year-old Labrador retriever, Diego, is being used for training at the Air Force's 37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas, and Logan Black hopes to adopt the dog when Diego is retired.

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