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Freshmen urged to weigh pros, cons of credit cards

Credit cards can be dangerous, but with planning, they can also be helpful. College is a good time for students to learn smart credit skills.

Students and alcohol: Not a smart mix

There are many misconceptions regarding alcohol abuse on campus, and, although it occurs, it may not be as prevalent as expected.

MU has resources to help parents make the leap to an empty nest

Parents can be involved in their child's college experience and give them space.

MU food options make eating as 'E.Z.' as 123

Many food options are available at or near MU.

The Rec Center: Three levels of exercise possibilities

The MU Student Recreation Center was chosen by Sports Illustrated as the No. 1 campus recreation facility in America.

New students' questions answered

Summer Welcome staff provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from incoming freshman.

Clothing and job preparation program intended to get youth hired

Three Columbia organizations are uniting to help young people get employment through job preparation and work-appropriate clothes.

Boone County Fair hypnotist welcomes skeptics

Mystic Muse, a show that entertains by hypnotizing members of the audience, is bringing people out of their shells at the Boone County Fair.

MU design class creates zoo of colorful animal sculptures

MU's Basic 3-D Design class created a menagerie of animal sculptures, which have been placed at the corner of Hitt Street and University Avenue.

Missouri's first commercial zipline canopy tour lands in Eminence

Shawn Nye, and his crew at Eagle Falls Ranch Zipline Adventure in Eminence, Mo., is thrilling visitors with a fast paced ride between the trees.

Albino deer makes an appearance in Columbia backyard

With an approximately 6 in 1 million chance, Sharon Kinden spotted an albino deer in her backyard.

Harry Potter fans flock to Columbia for midnight movie release

Forum 8 and Hollywood 14 sold out nine screens by Tuesday afternoon, and eager fans lined up in costume for the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Missouri works to preserve giant salamander population

The amphibians, hellbenders, are native to the Missouri River Valley and a variety of factors are contributing to the species dissappearing. But an effort to protect and bolster the population is taking place at the St. Louis Zoo.

Mushroom farmers work to expand in Missouri

Many Missourians have opted to grow their own mushrooms, but the task is not easy.  Mushroom farmers must exercise a great amount of patience and care to yield the final product, which often doesn't bring in enough profit to make a living.

Arborists work to preserve McBaine bur oak tree

Arborists have been taking wood samples from the popular McBaine oak tree, using them to create little clone trees called grafts in order to preserve the 350-year-old tree's DNA. 

Columbia developer to move forward on cottages project

Amir Ziv hopes to break ground on the cottages, but must follow several city requirements.

Sculpture garden opens in downtown St. Louis

The three-acre Citygarden, which was funded with $30 million from the nonprofit Gateway Foundation, is free to the public and offers an audio tour including the voices of St. Louis leaders such as Hall of Fame Cardinal Ozzie Smith.

Timeline of Michael Jackson's life and career

Take a look at the many successes and controversies of the King of Pop, from his days in the Jackson 5 to his death on Thursday.

Police tow car, seek clues in Jackson death

Brian Oxman, a former Jackson attorney and a family friend, said Friday he had been concerned about Jackson's use of painkillers and had warned the singer's family about possible abuse.

Jackson broke barriers long before 'Thriller'

When Michael Jackson premiered in the 1972 movie "Ben," his voice and charm gave black America an idol to cheer for.

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