PHOTO GALLERY: MU women's rugby team practices at Rock Quarry Park

The MU women's rugby team practiced Sunday at Rock Quarry Park, battling 90-degree heat to do drills that focused on ball handling and team communication.

Despite temperatures reaching the 90s, the Missouri women's rugby team practiced at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rock Quarry Park.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Local actor's death, Harrisburg football's debut and Battle's first day of class top list

The week's most read stories included the death of a prominent figure in Columbia's arts community, the debut of the Harrisburg High School football team and a seasonal blue moon that rose over Columbia on Tuesday.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Battle High School welcomes students; Ashland rodeo draws spectators

The activities surrounding the opening of the new Battle High School, a rodeo and fun fest caught photographers' attention this week.


Is MLK dream reality? In changed city, yes and no

As the 50th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech nears, residents of Birmingham, Ala., talk about the changes they have seen in the city but recognize that more work needs to be done.

Barbara Roberts devoted her life to family, taking care of children

Barbara Roberts loved children — and not just her own. In three decades she cared for more than 300 kids at her daycare. Mrs. Roberts died Sunday. She was 80 years old. 


FROM READERS: Marching for voting rights

A Missourian reader writes that he would march for the fundamental right to vote.

Memphis defeats Missouri soccer in overtime

Missouri is 1-1 and returns home Friday to face SEMO.

Artists, historians reflect on 19th-century painting to commemorate Border War edict

Sunday marks the 150th anniversary of an edict that forced 20,000 Missourians from their homes after William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kan.

Barbara H. Roberts, June 18, 1933 — Aug. 25, 2013

Barbara H. Roberts of Columbia died Sunday, Aug. 25. She was 80 years old.

Missouri soldier killed Friday in Afghanistan

Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter, of Humphreys, was killed after an improvised explosive device struck during combat Friday in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan.

Autopsy indicates southwest Missouri girl was strangled

An autopsy performed on the body of a 12-year-old Missouri girl found near Golden City indicates that the girl was strangled.

Farmers' Almanac: Super Bowl may be 'Storm Bowl'

The publication also predicts a colder-than-normal winter for two-thirds of the country and heavy snowfall in the Midwest, Great Lakes and New England.

Environmentalists sue Missouri over renewable energy initiative

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment has filed a lawsuit challenging the legislature's rejection of a rule mandating electricity from renewable energy to be produced or sold in-state.

Cape Girardeau scouted as possible filming location for Ben Affleck movie

20th Century Fox has given strong indications that "Gone Girl," a movie starring Ben Affleck that's based on a Gillian Flynn novel, could be filmed in Cape Girardeau.

Royals beat Nationals 6-4, snap 7-game losing skid

Kansas City rebounded Sunday after blowing a 4-0 lead against Washington.

Minor bounces back to lift Braves over Cards

Mike Minor led the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over St. Louis on Sunday, breaking the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.


Missouri Democrats choose veteran strategist Roy Temple as chairman

Roy Temple, a longtime political strategist from the Kansas City area, was elected chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party on Saturday.