Natural hair is a growing trend among Columbia black women

Many black women are giving up chemical based treatments such as relaxers and straighteners to return their hair to a more natural look. Revelations about the dangerous nature of these chemicals have sparked this back-to-natural-hair trend.

Recent studies demonstrating the dangers of chemicals used in relaxer and straightener treatments have driven more women to embrace their natural hair. 

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Tigers stumble late in conference opener against Georgia

Tigers lose 41-20; Hickman and Rock Bridge each continue their undefeated seasons; and Columbia College Soccer teams play their home openers. 

PHOTO GALLERY: In SEC debut, Tigers fall to Bulldogs, 41-20

Missouri fell to Georgia in the Tigers' inaugural game in the Southeastern Conference on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Economic effects of MU's conference switch, noncomformist runners and Nixon audit results

This week, readers focused on MU's first SEC game, marathon runners and crime.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Football preparation and dogs enjoying swim

Images of game day preparation, dogs enjoying a swim and hissing cockroaches were among the best photographs last week by Missourian journalists.

Four organizations denied 2013 block grant funding

The Columbia City Council approved block grants, which will be used to fund various community projects. Four organizations that applied for the grant were denied.

Columbia School Board to decide on ballot for teacher representation

The board will vote on whether teachers will be allowed a ballot to decide if they want an exclusive representative in collective bargaining with the Columbia Public School District.

Georgia fans impressed with Columbia but see room for improvement

Georgia fans said they worry Missouri fans are "too nice" for the SEC. They also stressed the importance of traveling with your team to away games.

ANALYSIS: McCaskill silent on Akin abortion stance

Sen. McCaskill may be better off waiting to exploit Akin's remarks until nearer to Election Day. Second, there's a matter of substance. To highlight Akin's remarks could stir a broader debate about abortion, which potentially could backfire on McCaskill.

FROM READERS: 'No More Victims' 9/11 gathering

Mark Haim, the director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks, reflects on the anniversary of 9/11 and offers an invitation to a candlelight vigil to be held on Tuesday in front of the Boone County Courthouse.

Multiple sclerosis bike ride draws thousands, raises more than $1 million

As of Thursday, the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride had raised nearly $1.4 million to fund research, help people with multiple sclerosis and create awareness of the disease.

Dignitary of Cao Dai to speak about young Vietnamese religion

Canh Tran, a dignitary of the Cao Dai Holy See in Vietnam will speak about the young religion at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 28 Schweitzer Hall at MU.

Eastin breaks NFL's on-field gender barrier

Shannon Eastin became the first woman to officiate an NFL game Thursday night, serving as the line judge for a seven-man crew working the preseason opener between the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers.

Stafford's TD pass gives Lions 27-23 win over Rams

Matthew Stafford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 27-23 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Four touchdowns by Ryan helps Falcons beat Chiefs 40-24

With three Chiefs defenders injured, the Falcons pounced. But a touchdown run from Shaun Draughn gave the Chiefs a more respectable defeat.

Craig hits RBI single in 10th as Cards beat Brewers

The Brewers tied it in the ninth on Norichika Aoki's two-out, two-run homer off closer Jason Motte.

Moustakas' RBI single lifts Royals over White Sox

One day after the first-place White Sox snapped a six-game losing run against Kansas City, the Royals won for the 10th time in 15 games against Chicago this season.

Kansas City nonprofit working to restore Buck O'Neil's home

Buck O'Neil became a baseball legend and community spokesman before he died in 2006. He lived for most of his adult life in the house in southeast Kansas City.

Missouri artist's Kewpie dolls turn 100 this year

One of the world's most popular toys, now somewhat forgotten, got its start in Branson 100 years ago.


Ameren Missouri wrongful death trial set to begin Tuesday

The wrongful death lawsuit against Ameren Missouri in a 2008 natural gas explosion in the East Campus neighborhood that killed an elderly couple is set to go to trial Tuesday.