'Long overdue' memorial honors Beulah Ralph, advocate for educational equality

Former Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Jim Ritter shares funny anecdotes about Beulah Ralph during the Beulah Ralph Memorial Program at Douglass High School on Tuesday. Ralph worked in the school district for 58 years. Ralph died Nov. 17, 2010.

Beulah Ralph worked for Columbia Public Schools for 58 years. She created the district's Home School Communicator Program, developed to help students moving to other schools after desegregation.

Most crime down in Boone County so far this year

Numbers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol show that robberies, burglaries, shots fired and assaults — including those in which a person was shot — have all decreased in 2013. Homicides have increased, however.

Freshman Jordan Frericks impresses in Missouri women's basketball exhibition win

Freshman Jordan Frericks and senior Bri Kulas led the Tigers with 16 points each as Missouri beat Southwest Baptist 79-53 in its season-opening exhibition game Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Tennessee football coach has history with Missouri's Maty Mauk

Tennessee coach Butch Jones recruited Maty Mauk during his stint as Cincinnati's coach. Mauk was a record-setting quarterback at Kenton (Ohio) High School, northeast of Cincinnati.

Missouri Honor Medalist Aye Aye Win describes longtime devotion to reporting

Associated Press correspondent Aye Aye Win has faced danger as a reporter in Myanmar, but she said if she could do everything over again, she would still be a journalist.

MU FarmHouse fraternity members' accident sparks online rumors

Despite speculation that one fraternity member was having brain surgery, FarmHouse's chapter adviser said there were no surgeries as a result of the accident.

Plans for downtown Columbia 'gateways' underway

The Downtown Community Improvement District has hired Arcturis, a St. Louis firm, to design features that welcome the public, such as sculptures, art or landscaping. The project's total cost is $44,000.

Grounded Cardinals hope to fly high with Wacha

The Red Sox are trying to clinch a World Series title on their own field for the first time since 1918. Anticipation is high in Boston, and prices on the secondary market for even a standing-room ticket were approaching $1,000.

Rams not blaming Kellen Clemens for loss to Seahawks

Coach Jeff Fisher wasn't placing blame on backup quarterback Kellen Clemens for falling 1 yard shy of upsetting the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams (3-5) were held to three field goals in a 14-9 loss on Monday night.

Missouri golf's Michelle Butler finishes 4th in Las Vegas

The Tigers finished in ninth place while redshirt freshman Michelle Butler came in fourth.

Missouri court denies benefits for fallen trooper's same-sex partner

In a 5-2 ruling, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled the same-sex partner of a fallen trooper cannot collect surviving spouse benefits because the couple were not married.

Missouri's James Franklin listed as No. 3 on depth chart

James Franklin, the senior quarterback will be No. 3 on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Tennessee. Coach Gary Pinkel said Franklin is listed as questionable, and Maty Mauk is likely to start. 

FROM READERS: Faculty award winner says MU was window to a larger world

Ruth Brent Tofle, recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award, acknowledges coming to MU as the moment she steered onto a global personal path — which has been dotted with journeys to Morocco, Tunisia and China — and learned to appreciate diversity.

ROSE NOLEN: Sorting out voting issues now helps everyone get access

Some women who have changed their last names could be prevented from voting in Texas. This issue needs to be amended quickly.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why I demonstrated on behalf of Brandon Coleman

Brandon Coleman can't present his side of the issue because he was shot and died.

Lila Adams was active in community, loved planting flowers

Lila Adams of Columbia died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at the Columbia Manor Care Center. She was 82.

Mary Elizabeth Green Logan styled hair, loved playing with her dog

Mary Elizabeth Green Logan died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, of liver failure. She was 45.

Missouri soccer's McKenzie Sauerwein breaks record, again

The redshirt junior goalkeeper now holds records for career saves, total minutes played and career games.

Lila Adams, May 3, 1931-Oct. 27, 2013

She was involved with her husband, Gayle, at the Columbia Area Senior Center since the early 1990s.

Mary Elizabeth Green Logan, April 2, 1968-Oct. 23, 2013

She loved working as a hairstylist at Hair Design 1000, and attending the Hickman Kewpie basketball games where her son, Cray, played and now coaches the team.