GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't get too eager for the end of 2013

The issues and conditions that have plagued this long year are not magically coming to an end on Jan. 1, 2014.

SHOW ME THE RECORDS: MU's Hunger Atlas assesses food insecurity in Missouri

This report provides information about food insecurity on a county and state level. Data can be used to see the effectiveness of government programs and the state of food security throughout Missouri.

FROM READERS: Local writer says weight loss helps her live fuller life

After reading Gracia Burnham's "In the Presence of My Enemies," Teresa Shields Parker realized living a healthy life is easy when you have access to healthy foods and exercise. Being spiritually fit is just as important as being physically fit.

Fixed rates are latest in college tuition plans

Tuition and fees at four-year public colleges rose 27 percent in the past five years, while those at four-year private schools went up 14 percent, according to the College Board. About 320 colleges and universities offered tuition guarantees during the 2012-13 school year.

Putin frees his enemies as part of Sochi spin

The abrupt move by Putin to release his adversaries mixed the elements of an astute spin effort with a crude KGB-style operation.

Weirather follows in family's Olympic tradition

Tina Weirather's mother, Hanni Wenzel, was a two-time gold medalist at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and combined with Tina's uncle, Andreas Wenzel, to win a total of six medals in three Winter Games from 1976-84. Weirather's family has won two-thirds of all the Olympic medals ever earned by Liechtenstein's athletes


Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan scandal led to skyrocketing effect on skating

Often considered elitist because of its expense, and only something to watch whenever the Winter Olympics rolled around, skating entered an entirely different realm because of Tonya and Nancy.

Auburn's Gus Malzahn named AP coach of year

Gus Malzahn received 33 votes from AP Top 25 college football poll voters to beat out Duke's David Cutcliffe.

Chiefs' Reid could rest starters against Chargers

Kansas City is assured of the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs, which means it will head on the road for a wild-card game in two weeks. That also means the Chiefs are playing a game Sunday at San Diego that is virtually meaningless for them.

5 takeaways from Colts' win over Chiefs

If Indianapolis ends up as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and with the Chiefs assured of the fifth seed, the two teams would meet again at Lucas Oil Stadium.

5 things to know after Rams sack Bucs 23-13

Robert Quinn has 18 sacks, 1½ more than the Colts' Robert Mathis. The last of the Rams' seven sacks of Mike Glennon snapped the franchise record of 17 by Kevin Carter in 1999, the franchise's Super Bowl championship team.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: The weather is brutal, so be kind

A little bit of help can go a long way. Stopping to give a hand can be a blessing to someone who's cold, frustrated and seeing only the worst of the moment and the season.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: Killing eagles is steep cost of wind energy

Those wind turbines that are sprouting up across the U.S. are being counted on as a green source of energy to replace coal and other less clean sources. The energy they produce is green, but green doesn't mean there isn't a cost.

Knee replacements double in 10 years

Almost 1.5 million Americans who have had total knee replacements are between 50 and 69 years old, which puts them at risk of long-term complications and costly revision surgery later in life, according to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

TOP 10 SPORTS MOMENTS OF 2013: No. 6 — Columbia College men's basketball's 'amazing ride'

On Jan. 15, the Cougars earned the program's first No. 1 NAIA ranking. The team finished its regular season play Feb. 23, undefeated for the first time in program history.

THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Winter storm threatens mid-Missouri, Missouri football gets new recruits

The city is building a cellphone tower that is designed to look like an elm tree and a young public defender struggles with the workload and emotional strain of the job.

Missouri women's basketball closes out non-conference schedule with win

The Missouri women's basketball team closed out their non-conference schedule with a 75-60 win over Western Illinois. After a holiday break, the Tigers will head into Southeastern Conference play on Jan. 2 with an 11-2 record.

Former Missouri forward Jankovic commits to Hawaii

Former Missouri forward Stefan Jankovic has committed to the University of Hawaii, according to a report by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Weekend of freezing rain glazes Columbia

Freezing rain blanketed Columbia in ice, but streets stayed mostly clear on Saturday and Sunday, and the city avoided any snow accumulation.


UPDATE: Power restored after Sunday-morning outages

More than 400 Columbia Water and Light customers lost power Sunday morning. But power was restored by 3 p.m., according to the utility's outage map.