THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Tigers still have work to do before first home game

James Franklin *prepares to throw a football during an afternoon practice in early August. The quarterback was injured in the spring and said he isn't worried about game contact as the Tigers prepare for the home opener next weekend.

The Tigers are still preparing for their first home game on Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana, while Missouri soccer has found early success.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: MU student dies in crash; topless protest at Peace Park

Last week's most-read stories included an MU student's death in a car crash, continued controversy about Todd Akin's rape statement gaffe and a look into how Missouri's cattle farmers are responding to drought.

School district honors former superintendent with name of new administration building

Neil C. Aslin was a leading educator in Columbia during his time as a Columbia Public Schools superintendent and MU professor until his death in 1976. The district decided to memorialize the man by naming the expanded administrative building after him.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Welcome homes and rodeos

This week's images come from the rodeo, football practice, Mizzou H2O and a celebration for returning troops at Columbia College.

DEAR READER: The Missourian launches a digital suite of apps

The Columbia Missourian has created applications that will give readers new ways to access content on smart phones and tablets. The apps are accompanying a change to an experimental pay model.

No. 13 Missouri soccer edges No. 15 California

The Tigers came back from a first-half deficit with goals from Taiwo Adeshigbin, Haley Krentz and Abi Raymer. 

Majority of Americans say raise taxes to save Social Security

A new AP poll found most Americans are in favor of raising taxes and the retirement age if it would preserve Social Security for future generations.

Mississippi, Louisiana governors declare a state of emergency as Isaac heads inland

National Hurricane Center Director Rick Knabb reported that forecasters expect Isaac to strengthen into a hurricane and drive a storm tide of 6 to 12 feet into coastal estuaries. Isaac was expected to cross the Keys by late Sunday, then turn northwest and strike as a Category 2 hurricane somewhere between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Landowner hauls water to 350-year-old bur oak

Missouri's severe drought puts stress on one of Boone County's most iconic symbols.

Springfield, other U.S. heartland cities debating gay rights measures

Springfield provides a case study for an issue local governments across the heartland are now addressing: whether or not to expand local nondiscrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identification.

U.S.-born children struggle to adapt when parents are deported

Many American children are being forced to live with unfit relatives and foster parents while their parents are being deported to other countries.

Philip and Aleta Miller mark 50 years of marriage

The Millers were married Aug. 18, 1962, at St. Clement Catholic Church in Bowling Green.

Marching Mizzou members Sean Radcliff, Jeremy Porter remembered at 5K

More than 50 participants ran and walked in the Sean and Jeremy Memorial 5K on Sunday morning in memory of former Marching Mizzou members Sean Radcliff and Jeremy Porter, who died in a car accident in Oklahoma last year.

Local Republicans, Democrats plan future after close elections

Republicans and Democrats alike hope to recruit more college students and urge more voters to participate.

Akin returns to campaign in Missouri after controversy

Senate candidate Todd Akin will return to Missouri for the first time since his "legitimate rape" gaffe.


FROM READERS: Observations on working from home

Jessica Kohler, who works from home, writes of her time spent away at a work retreat, which helped her find her place on her team of co-workers.

Riders compete in the Cattlemen Days Rodeo

The 36th annual Cattlemen Days Rodeo concluded Saturday.

At GoTopless rally, participants bare breasts for equality

Shirtless members of the community gathered Sunday at Peace Park to join the GoTopless rally and celebrate Women's Equality Day.  

Web comic helps fuel donations to Tesla's N.Y. lab

Two weeks ago, the Tesla Science Center was struggling to find funding to restore a lab that once belonged to the inventor Nikola Telsa. But after the author of a popular Web comic put out a call for donations, money came flooding in from around the world. 

Red Sox bounce back with 8-6 win against Royals

James Loney hit 1 for 5 in his first professional game appearance. He hit a single to center as the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Sunday.