Free-throw prowess aids Missouri men's basketball victory

Missouri shot one more free throw (38) than Arkansas (37), but capitalizing on those attempts from the line helped give Missouri a 86-85 victory and keep its chances of securing an at-large NCAA Tournament bid alive.

The Tigers claimed their 86-85 win over Arkansas on Thursday when the clock wasn't ticking.

Michael Sam's news draws support, annoyance — and some yawns

The early morning crowd at Hy-Vee Cafe share their reactions to Michael Sam's announcement, ranging from indifference to support for the football player.

Missouri baseball looks to add more speed this season

With the addition of players like freshman Jake Ring, the Tigers hope to see more offensive production on the basepaths, an area in which they were sorely lacking last season.

Deputy Police Chief Dianne Bernhard to retire, join nonprofit

After 21 years with the Columbia Police Department, Bernhard will join an organization that supports the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

DEAR READER: Too many Americans didn't read in 2013

Even though more Americans opted for e-books than ever last year, nearly 25 percent of U.S. adults didn't read a single book — in print or on screen.


Other areas of mid-Missouri react to Michael Sam announcement

Reactions from around Missouri about Michael Sam's announcement that he is gay vary greatly. But most everyone offers an opinion.

City to provide computers to low-income families with children

The city of Columbia and the Voluntary Action Center are donating 30 refurbished computers to low-income families Saturday.

California native Kirsten Mack adjusts to winter weather, new swing

The freshman catcher, who stood out with three home runs in Saturday's Black & Gold exhibition game, has adjusted to a new swing and colder weather.

MU students from Russia share feelings on Sochi Olympics

Russian students at MU expressed a mix of pride and reservations about the Olympic Games in Sochi.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Trip to Cuba reveals country conflicted about its future

Cuba is a land of contrasts, where the old accompanies the new. But when the "old" is former President Fidel Castro and his socialistic views and the "new" is President Raul Castro and his capitalistic spin, where will Cuba find the balance?

Boone County Fire Protection District to ask for $14 million bond issue

Money would go toward equipment replacement and new facilities for the fire district. The issue will go to voters April 8.

Wanda Ridgeway, August 24, 1939 — February 8, 2014

Wanda Ridgeway of Moberly died Saturday, February 8, 2014. She was 74.

Missouri's Olympic speedskater comes up short in 500m, looks forward to next race

Craig Scott said his daughter prefers long distances and is likely to be more confident going ahead.

FROM READERS: MU student sees future of equality after Michael Sam's announcement

MU student Daniel Shapiro reflects on the community's response to former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam's announcement on Sunday that he is gay.

Class in session: Assessing the contributions of Missouri basketball's freshmen

With almost a full season of college basketball under their belts, how have Missouri's freshmen progressed?

Snow, sleet possible for Friday morning commute

About 1 inch of snow expected in Columbia on Friday morning could make roads slick for morning commuters.

PHOTO GALLERY: Olympic athletes show off their tongues

Here's a look at some Olympic athletes and their conscious or unconscious use of their tongues.

Veteran, novice bird-watchers flock for weekend bird tally

Bird-watchers plan to crisscross town counting birds Saturday morning for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Reservations are not required.

Wanda Ridgeway was from Moberly

Wanda Ridgeway was born Aug. 24, 1939, in Clark. She died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. She was 74. 

City poised to purchase wind-power contract

The purchase could potentially power about one-third of homes in Columbia.