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UPDATE: Ex-death row inmate exonerated in Missouri prison stabbing

Reggie Griffin, 53, was convicted of stabbing a fellow Moberly prison inmate in 1983. He found out Friday that the Randolph County prosecutor was dropping the charge.

Missouri swimming and diving ready to take on ranked Texas A&M

The Missouri men's and women's swimming and diving teams will take on Texas A&M on Friday. Coach Greg Rhodenbaugh said his swimmers are looking to compete strongly against the Aggies.

 

Retiring MU Chancellor Deaton's institute will address global issues campuswide

Brady Deaton retires as chancellor on Nov. 15 but will work with his wife, Anne, at a campus institute focused on food security, water safety and environmental sustainability.

Seneca residents struggle to explain 'spook light' phenomenon

The "spook light" phenomenon — a set of floating lights that bounce around near Missouri's border with Oklahoma — was observed as early as the mid-19th century.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Ike Skelton acted as a humble patriot

He stood out as a man willing to listen amid a hardening partisan divide. By 2010, a tea party storm forced him from office, but not from continued advocacy for all things military.

MU student publishes book documenting verbal and emotional abuse

MU student Alex Fischler published a book about verbal and emotional abuse and gives tips on how to heal.

Columbia residents get a say on future of Douglass Park

A skate spot, an amphitheater and the elimination of the Douglass Park parking lot were among the proposed changes evaluated at a recent drop-in meeting.

 

Columbia residents seek answers about Affordable Care Act

About 50 people attended an informational forum about the new insurance marketplace, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Columbia Public Library, the Family Health Center and the Voluntary Action Center.

Halloween draws costumers to Maude's costume collection

Under the management of Sabrina Garcia-Rubio, Maude Vintage houses a 20-year-old costume collection under its vintage store upstairs that offers a unique alternative to typical costumes for Halloween.

Ella Mae Aitkens Bright enjoyed dancing, ceramics, babysitting grandchildren

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

Man arrested in connection with first-degree burglary and sexual abuse

According to the probable cause statement, the suspect forced his way into a house on Vandiver Drive early Tuesday and attempted to sexually assault a woman.

 

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.

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