FROM READERS: Resident shares thoughts on Columbia's 2013 Most Notable Properties

Dianna O'Brien, a freelance writer, shares her thoughts on historical preservation and the properties added to the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission's 2013 Most Notable Properties list.

DAVID WEBBER: Reclaiming the American Dream tied to middle-class political system

Hedrick Smith, author of "Who Stole the American Dream?," argues the middle class is disappearing. His argument is a credible one that is consistent with recent research.

GENE ROBERTSON: Internet, social media generate need for better word choice, linguistics

The explosion of word usage through the Internet, email and tweets, has created a need to more clearly define the meaning of words.



ROSE NOLEN: You can survive a while without your phone

People used to use their office phones for business during the day and reserved social calls for evenings on their home phones. But when cellphones came on the market, it seems people began to use them full time for everything.

Missouri freshman diver Clark Thomas punches ticket to NCAA Championships

Missouri freshman Clark Thomas will join teammate David Bonuchi at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis later this month.

Missouri men's basketball's Bowers, Pressey named to All-SEC team

Missouri point guard Phil Pressey was named to the All-SEC first team while forward Laurence Bowers was named to the second team.

Missouri softball team falls to No. 8 in latest polls

The Tigers dropped to No. 8 in both the Softball and the USA Today/NFCA polls.

Griggs says first priority is updating master plan for parks

A familiar face around Columbia, Griggs has 26 years of experience with the department. He takes over for Mike Hood, who was director for 15 years.

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Dana Miller, 60, loved singing, painting, and dogs

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St.

Robert Christensen enjoyed family, construction

Robert G. "Bob" Christensen Sr., of Auxvasse, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

Robert Christensen, May 27, 1930 — March 6, 2013, of Auxvasse

Robert G. "Bob" Christensen, 82, was active in the construction industry.

Dana Rowena Karnes Miller, Aug. 8, 1952 — March 9, 2013, of Columbia

Dana Rowena Karnes Miller, 60, died Saturday, March 9 after a long illness.

Rams sign tight end Jared Cook to 5-year deal

St. Louis outbid Miami for 25-year-old Jared Cook, who played for St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher in Tennessee. The Titans drafted Cook in the third round in 2009.

Rookie Jake Allen makes 39 saves in Blues win

Goalie Jake Allen has won six of his first seven career NHL starts, also besting the Sharks in San Jose.

Chiefs add former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel

On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs made several moves including bringing in former Missouri standout quarterback Chase Daniel.

Missouri bill would decrease income tax, increase sales tax

The Missouri Republican Senate passed a bill to reduce the state's income tax for individuals and corporations by three-quarters of a percentage point over five years while raising the state sales tax by one-half cent over the same time.

St. Louis golfer survives fall into sinkhole

One step onto the pocked section at Annbriar Golf Club and a 43-year-old mortgage broker plunged into a sinkhole. He landed after an 18-foot fall, but was hoisted to safety by his friends with only a shoulder injury. 

Florida only favorite in wide open SEC men's basketball tournament

Some see the SEC as being down this season, but coaches around the conference see a league where almost any team can win on any night.

WORLD BRIEFLY: No pope selected in first vote of conclave

In other news around the world, a Colorado judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes in connection with the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting.