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FROM READERS: Exercise caution when handling food at tailgates

Ellen Schuster and Karen Sherbondy advise tailgaters not to eat perishable food after it's two hours old. If the outside temperature is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the time falls to one hour.

TIGER KICKOFF: Players tweet about Saturday's win, change in seasons

Missouri football players took to Twitter to express excitement for Saturday's win against Central Florida, support NFL teams and comment on the change in seasons.

FROM READERS: Broadway Christian Church holds animal-blessing service

This Sunday, Broadway Christian Church will hold its second annual Blessing of the Beasts service, carrying out a centuries-old ritual that dates back to St.  Francis of Assisi.

INVITATION: Will you help draw attention to Columbia's prep athletes?

The Missourian wants to increase its coverage of the high school sports community in Columbia and needs your help.

FROM READERS: Hummingbirds depart, birds vie for food in autumn

Frequent contributor John Hall shares photos of hummingbirds leaving for the winter and old communications devices that will never go out of style.

MU TIGER CHALLENGE: Vote on the best words of encouragement for the Tigers

Join the MU Tiger Challenge game for the chance to win $100 to $1,000 this football season.

FROM READERS: Extensive military career begins with search for supplemental income

Debbie Dixon enlisted in the National Guard in 1978 as a way to supplement her income. Through her military service, she has developed a greater appreciation for those who came before her.

MU students have questions for presidential candidates

We asked MU students attending a debate watch party Wednesday at Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center what questions they'd ask the presidential candidates.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Vanderbilt, Missouri football's next opponent

How much do you know about Vanderbilt University? Here are 14 questions about Missouri football's next SEC foe.

FROM READERS: Passion and creativity essential to being a young, successful entrepreneur

Lauren Rundquist is a 20-year-old sophomore at MU and is an independent jewelry designer and business owner. She shares her experience as a young entrepreneur.

FROM READERS: What being a dad has taught me

I've learned over the past 17 years that I don't have all the answers and that DVD players inside minivans are a useful part of life.

FROM READERS: New control of government is crucial

Frequent Missourian commenter Frank Christian describes his motivation for being conservative and staying politically aware.

FROM READERS: Spring petals in autumn

A Columbia citizen enjoys the fall sightings of rare plant species in bloom.

Missouri fans relieved, agitated during and after Central Florida game

Missouri fans expressed excitement on Twitter upon seeing their team play better after being embarrassed by South Carolina last week.

Tigers tweet about South Carolina loss, getting old, what they're eating

This week, Missouri football players tweeted reactions to their loss to the Gamecocks. Many seemed to remain positive and hopeful.

FROM READERS: Saint Andrews Lutheran Church celebrates completed renovation

Saint Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate the completion of its recent renovation project in a dedication service on Sunday.

FROM READERS: Suicide prevention a priority for Missouri brigade in Kuwait

The 35th Combat Aviation Brigade in Kuwait recently held a suicide stand-down day as part of Army Suicide Prevention Month.

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the 2012 Missouri Tigers football team

How tall is MU's tallest football player? And what else do you know about the current team?

MU TIGER CHALLENGE: Vote on sketches of Truman's trip to South Carolina

Join the MU Tiger Challenge game for the chance to win $100 to $1,000 this football season.

FROM READERS: Autumn brings critters and chores

John Hall shares photos of the creatures and yardwork that the summer's end brings.