Ella Mae Aitkens Bright, Dec. 20, 1939 — Oct. 29, 2013

Ella Mae Aitkens Bright of Boonville died Oct. 29, 2013. She was 73.

FROM READERS: Anti-MU22, a new campus group, promotes healthy self-image

As a freshman, it can be hard to avoid the lures of Pokey Stix and Jingo's. Anti-MU22 is a Mizzou-recognized organization that promotes living a healthy lifestyle.

DAVID ROSMAN: Factions within GOP could cause splinter, create new party

Unless the mainstream Republicans can control their tea party faction, another party will come along affecting national and state legislatures alike. Then we might have to capitalize “Tea Party.”

Athletes can struggle when heckling turns to hate

Most college athletes don't resist the urge to check their phones after games to see fans' commentary. But when social media breeds negativity, it can take a toll on players.

Columbia Public Schools breaks ground for new elementary school

Columbia Public Schools broke ground for the district's new elementary school that will be next to Muriel Williams Battle High School.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Jack-o'-lanterns illuminate luxury in our lives

People in some countries are not so well off that they use food, such as pumpkins, for holiday decorations.

Wilkinson's late goal gives New Zealand 1-1 draw with U.S.

Hannah Wilkinson, twice denied on near goals, chipped in a 15-yard shot in the 87th minute to allow New Zealand to forge a 1-1 draw with the United States in a friendly Wednesday night at Crew Stadium.

Up-tempo spread making waves across the SEC

Led by an influx of new, offensive-minded coaches — including Gary Malzahn, now the head coach at Auburn — the SEC has joined the rest of college football by embracing the age of the lightning-fast spread.

Exorcism of 1949 continues to fascinate St. Louis

Author Thomas B. Allen spoke during a panel discussion at St. Louis University about the month-long 1949 demon-purging ritual at the school’s former Alexian Brothers Hospital. The treatment of an unidentified suburban Washington, D.C., boy formed the basis for the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist," and the film of the same name two years later.

Farrell's steady hand leads Red Sox to World Series

John Farrell failed in his last managerial job. The Boston Red Sox had their worst record in nearly a half century. After a dismal 2012 season for both, they're together now and that past seems so far away.


Lockdown on three Fulton schools lifted

Fulton High School and Bush and Bartley elementary schools were placed on lockdown after a bomb threat for a bus was called in earlier Wednesday, Fulton police said.

Ashland alderman facing impeachment

The Ashland Board of Alderman has improved articles of impeachment against Ward 2 Alderman Jeff Anderson. The board has set a tentative impeachment hearing for Nov. 11.

Search for dark matter comes up empty so far

Nearly a mile underground in an abandoned gold mine, one of the most important quests in physics has so far come up empty in the search for the elusive substance known as dark matter, scientists announced Wednesday.

Funeral planned Monday for former U.S. Rep. Skelton

Ike Skelton's visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday.


St. Louis County police may carry heroin antidote

Police officers carrying heroin antidotes may save the lives of victims of an overdose who in the past would have to wait for paramedics to arrive and attempt to revive them.


Missouri announces more grants to child care centers

The money will help expand three preschool facilities in the St. Louis area, one in the Macon area in northern Missouri, and one each in the Calhoun and Polo school districts in western Missouri.

Anheuser-Busch InBev,Teamsters to start talks

A joint statement from the Teamsters and the brewery said both sides expect negotiations to be "professional and productive."

Missouri returns more than $1.7 million in unclaimed property

Treasurer Clint Zweifel said his office currently is holding more than $760 million of unclaimed property for 4.6 million account holders.

Chiefs only concerned with final score, not appeal factor

The 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs don't care how the team's wins look, as long as those wins keep coming.