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Former South African President Nelson Mandela dies

Nelson Mandela died Thursday. He was 95.

Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa and anti-apartheid leader, has died at age 95. Columbia residents with ties to South Africa shared thoughts and memories at the passing of this global civil rights icon. 

Improved Missouri men's basketball defense stifles West Virginia to remain undefeated

A feisty Missouri defense didn't allow a West Virginia basket from the field until seven minutes into the game in the team's 80-71 victory Thursday night.

R. Bowen Loftin hopes to elevate MU as new chancellor

The outgoing Texas A&M president says he plans to focus on keeping MU affordable, boosting its rankings and building on the Mizzou Advantage plan.

Local kayaker Janet Moreland completes trip from Montana to Gulf of Mexico

Janet Moreland finished her trip from the source of the Missouri River to the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday. The journey took nearly eight and a half months.

Pinkel remains committed to Missouri, not interested in Washington job

On Monday, Steve Sarkisian left Washington to accept the vacant head coaching position at USC. Sarkisian’s move opened up the head coaching job at Washington. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel spent 12 seasons at Washington, but said on Thursday he has no interest in the vacancy left by Sarkisian. 

Mizzou-Atlanta alumni prepare for SEC Championship

Members of the Mizzou-Atlanta alumni chapterare holding a happy hour and tailgate in preparation for the Missouri vs. Auburn game on Saturday.

Columbia photographer Jeff Gardner travels the world to raise compassion, awareness

Photographer Jeff Gardner has spent the past three years traveling to foreign countries with nonprofit organizations to help them gain support for humanitarian issues such as clean water, education and health care.

Clash of the Tigers: SEC championship sparks family rivalry

A couple with divided Missouri/Auburn loyalties prepare to defend their alma maters in Saturday's SEC Championship game.

Protesters join national rally for higher wages

Columbia protesters rallied outside of Burger King Thursday in support of wage hikes.

International test results raise questions among educators

The Program for International Student Assessment results show students in the United States have lower math and science scores than students in other countries.

Sad goodbyes and bow ties: A&M and MU students react to new chancellor

Texas A&M students posted tearful, heartfelt goodbyes to R. Bowen Loftin while MU students excitedly welcomed him to the university.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Loftin says MU is 'right match'

R. Bowen Loftin, MU's new chancellor, shares — if not echoes — University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe’s goals of a quicker-moving, more tightly focused, more productive flagship.

Tradition and Auburn pride intersect at Toomer's Corner

The tradition of throwing toilet paper on the trees at Toomer's Corner in Auburn, Ala., flew to new heights after Auburn's shocking defeat of No. 1 ranked Alabama. Around the country and world, fans celebrated by creating their own Toomer's Corner.

SEC will not make decision on field-storming fines until season ends

MU and Auburn could face fines for storming the field after wins that sent them to the SEC championship games.

Missouri volleyball fans proud of successful season

Fans react to Missouri volleyball's 34-0 season heading into the NCAA tournament on Friday.

Missouri swimming and diving adds 15 to program for 2014

Missouri Swimming and Diving coach expects a few of the new team members to make an immediate impact next year.

Columbia to host YMCA swimming championships in March

The 2014 Heartland Area YMCA Championships will be held in March at the MU Aquatic Facility.

FROM READERS: Columbia author shares childhood memory

Joe G. Dillard, a longtime Columbia resident, shares a short story from his recently published book, "A Full Cup of Joe."

Blues score 5 to hand Islanders 8th straight loss

St. Louis won for the sixth time in eight games. The Islanders have lost eight straight overall (0-6-2) and eight in a row on the road.

Opal B. Roberson Sept. 29, 1925 — Dec. 4, 2013

Opal B. Roberson of Columbia died Wednesday, Dec. 4. She was 88 years old. 

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