Ellis Fischel announces affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin discusses a photo with Paul Dale, medical director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center after a pinning ceremony for Dale on Friday. Loftin had taken a photo of Dale's pin, which represents Dale has met the standards for certification in the M.D. Anderson Cancer Network. The affiliation between the network and MU was announced Friday at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. The Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is the first academic certified member of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Network.

The new partnership between Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and MD Anderson will bring the expertise developed and delivered by physicians at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, to patients in Columbia.


Columbia Farmers' Market opens Saturday for the season

The Columbia Farmers' Market will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday as its first outdoor gathering in the open lot behind the Activity and Recreation Center. The market will run every Saturday until Oct. 25. 

DEAR READER: When should we say an online article has been changed?

The news is always changing, but do readers need to know every time an online article undergoes an edit? The question of when news editors should mention that an online article has been changed offers a new transparency challenge for journalists.

Field fire in south Columbia burns 20 to 25 acres

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer said the fire involved between 20 and 25 acres of private property, but no structures were damaged. He said dry vegetation and high winds at the scene made conditions "ripe for the spread of a fast-moving natural cover fire."

UPDATE: Nick Boren, Columbia deputy schools superintendent, announces retirement

Deputy Superintendent Nick Boren has spent 29 years in education and has been with Columbia Public Schools since 2007.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Helen Wade discusses student achievement, non-traditional learning environments

School Board candidate Helen Wade wants to emphasize achievement gap evaluation and "manage the district's funds in a careful, student-centered manner."

Missouri baseball drops series opener to Mississippi

Tigers ace pitcher Brett Graves missed his start after a ball struck his head in pregame warmups. 

Missouri softball's Mackenzie Sykes leads team in win over Ball State

The senior outfielder went 3 for 4 with two doubles and 5 RBIs to lead the No. 18 Tigers to an 11-3 win over the Cardinals.

East Walnut to close for road repairs next week

East Walnut Street will close Monday for repairs, causing detours for Columbia Transit users. Crews are scheduled to continue work through Friday

Hickman baseball trounces Southern Boone in shutout

The Kewpies beat the Eagles in five innings on Friday and were led by junior Jacob Litteken's four RBIs.

Shortstop Diaz goes 2 for 2 in spring debut; Cardinals top Nationals

Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright, preparing for a March 31 opener at Cincinnati, dominated a Washington lineup devoid of regulars. He struck out seven and walked none, throwing 81 pitches in the Cardinals' 2-0 win over the Nationals.

ArtTalk: Local photographer uses light to complement her subjects

Artist Elena Plackis specializes in painting photography and sculpture. In this column she discusses her inspiration and process.

Kenneth Lee Gladden was a World War II veteran

Kenneth Lee Gladden of Dodge City died Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 87.

Kenneth Lee Gladden, April 20, 1926 — March 20, 2014

Kenneth Lee Gladden of Dodge City, Kan., died Thursday at age 87. His sister Betty Patterson is from Columbia.

Mercer shocks Duke in first round of NCAA tournament

The 8,300-student school from Macon, Ga., delivered the biggest shocker in an already topsy-turvy NCAA tournament on Friday, going into Duke's backyard and knocking off the No. 3 seed Blue Devils 78-71.

Missouri prepares for one execution, sets date for another

Missouri is headed toward a record-setting year for executions in the state.

Tennessee drops higher seed Massachusetts in NCAA tournament

Jordan McRae added 21 points for the Volunteers (23-12), the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional. Tennessee had little trouble with the sixth-seeded Minutemen (24-9), shooting 54 percent from the field and handling UMass' fullcourt pressure in a surprisingly one-sided performance that included another solid defensive showing.

UPDATE: Education officials endorse Missouri school plan

Education officials say more than 62,000 Missouri students are enrolled in unaccredited or provisionally accredited school districts.

Australia says nothing spotted in search for plane

Search planes are looking for two large floating objects detected by a satellite off the southwest coast of Australia, about halfway to the desolate islands of the Antarctic.

With health law, workers ponder I-Quit option

For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for some, the law could offer the chance to quit a job.