GENE ROBERTSON: Let's get back to the real purpose of Black History Month

All celebrations — Christmas, Easter, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday  — are more economic vehicles than they are substantive celebrations of the intended occasion.

RECAP: Columbia Public School busing system still under discussion

Plans featuring changes in school start and stop times has drawn criticism and controversy in recent weeks.

College of Veterinary Medicine receives $5 million for cancer research, pet care

A suburban St. Louis couple's donation will honor their family veterinarians, who graduated from MU.

Missouri drops out of AP rankings for first time this season

This is the first time Missouri has been unranked in the AP poll since the final poll of the 2010-2011 season.

Identical twins bring personality, humor to small town

Twin brothers Tony and Terry DeWeese of Centralia look to the future as their paths diverge for the first time in 18 years.

Fifth-graders at Shepard Boulevard Elementary raise funds for Boone Hospital

Twelve students at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School crafted bows, headbands and wallets from household items to raise funds for Boone Hospital Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pet salon keeps busy with grooming cats, dogs

All Dogs-N-Cats, an animal grooming shop in Columbia, had many animals throughout  the day in the store including the store cat, Bob, and employee Natalie Buckowitz's dog, Talon, on Monday.

Arthur Basey Vanlandingham II, 69, worked more than 50 years in real estate

Arthur Basey Vanlandingham II attended MU, served in the National Guard and was a former member of the Mid-Missouri Corvette Club. 

Annual Thank a Farmer Week begins with food donations to Ronald McDonald House

Missouri Farm Bureau volunteers dropped off food at the Ronald McDonald House on Monday.

Veterans hospital homicide suspect also facing assault charges

Rudy Perez Jr. faces six misdemeanor charges in connection with several incidents in Pettis County that preceded a fatal assault at a Columbia hospital.

Pope's mission to revive faith clouded by scandals

With some decisive moves, Benedict tried to remind Europe of its Christian heritage and set the Catholic Church on a path that often alienated progressives and thrilled conservatives.

User's guide to the True/False Film Fest 2013

The documentary film festival returns to Columbia Feb. 28 to March 3 for its 10th season. It offers movie screenings, parties, panel discussions, a parade, a 5K run and other events.

Environmental groups accuse utilities of dodging Missouri renewable energy standards

Renew Missouri, the environmental group instrumental in passing Missouri's renewable energy standards in 2008, says Ameren Missouri, Empire District Electric Co. and Kansas City Power & Light are not complying with the standards.

FROM READERS: 7-year-old wins inspiration award

Missourian reader Jen Lee Reeves shares her story about her 7-year-old daughter, Jordan, winning the Women's Intersport Network for Columbia Inspiration Award. 

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Arthur Basey Vanlandingham II, Feb. 19, 1943 — Feb. 8, 2013, of Rocky Mount

He was a real estate developer, entrepreneur and consultant for more than 50 years. He also was a former member of the Mid-Missouri Corvette Club.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Notable properties, Fifth Ward election, Missouri recruits

Columbia's most notable properties, Super Bowl ads and the identification of a suspect in a fatal beating at the Truman Veterans Hospital are among the top read stories of the week.

St. Louis Blues lose fifth straight to Kings

 The five-game skid is the first since Jan. 2 to 12, 2011, for the Blues, who began the season 6-1. It's their first five-game losing streak at home since Jan. 23 to Feb. 6, 2010.


No. 7 Florida trying to reverse trend against Kentucky

The Gators are 9-1 in the Southeastern Conference but have dropped five in a row against Kentucky, including three times last season.

Eager St. Louis Cardinals arrive at camp early

Second-year manager Mike Matheny showed up at 5:30 a.m., and several pitchers and catchers weren't far behind.