COLUMN: Nothing fake about the high from 'fake pot'

Lawmakers are looking to ban synthetic marijuana, a substance that mimics the effects and is currently legal.

COLUMN: Handing out dollar bills in class and other overcompensation

Most MU professors who assign textbooks they've penned don't do it for the fortune, they do it for the fame – or at least the chance at tenure.

BOOK REVIEW: 'My Times' shows race relations have a long way to go

Caitlin Giddings discusses Gerald Boyd's new book where he reveals his experience as an African-American journalist. Boyd attended the Misosuri School of Journalism and won three Pulitzer Prizes while at the New York Times.

BOOK EXCERPT: 'My Times in Black and White: Race and Power at the New York Times'

Gerald M. Boyd relives his experience as a black minority on MU's campus. Boyd, considering himself a revolutionary in his time, left his impact on the campus and how blacks are treated.

DEAR READER: The next time a big story breaks, look to the cloud to get the news out

In the spring, will start using a different technology so that when a big story breaks, like it did Monday with the Ryan Ferguson case, the Web site will keep up with demand.

LETTER: The facts about the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act

Though the Missouri Cattlemen's Association would have you think otherwise, the measure would have no impact on agriculture.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Limitations on charter schools hurts Missouri in 'Race to the Top'

Missouri's bid to win nearly $750 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" program suffers from a geographical cap on its charter schools.

Global Journalist: The election of Laura Chinchilla, Costa Rica's first woman president, brings discussion

While Laura Chinchilla prepares to lead Costa Rica, Yulia Tymoshenko lost her bid for Ukranian president. Panelists talk about the future of women leaders around the world.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Ryan Ferguson receive a new trial?

After Chuck Erickson testified that Ryan Ferguson strangled Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt to death in 2005, Ferguson was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Now, Erickson says he acted alone in the murder. Should Ferguson be given a new trial in light of this new testimony?

COLUMN: Lack of divisive issue makes mayoral candidates tough to separate

Although the mayoral race has seemingly been narrowed down to three candidates, a major issue to separate them has yet to appear. 

COLUMN: Dear Missourians, learn how to drive

For someone who is used to the "safe drivers" in New York City, some of the drivers in Columbia can be maddening.

COLUMN: In face of challenges, complacency could be dangerous

Having handled economic problems in the past, Americans may have a false confidence that we can overcome our current problems.

LETTER: Health care reform needed now more than ever

With a new study claiming that health care spending is projected to double by 2019, President Obama and Congress need to finish the job and reform health care. 

TODAY'S QUESTION: Are you looking forward to watching the Winter Olympics?

2008's Beijing Olympic Games brought in the largest global TV audience ever. With the Winter Olympics starting Friday, it's Vancouver's turn to capture the world's eye.

COLUMN: Statistics show progress, 'Pride and Prejudice' in the women's movement

A new study shows just how far women have come as economic forces in marriage. To truly understand the leaps and bounds that have been made, we must look to the past, especially to the world of Jane Austen.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Nixon must restore funding to Parents as Teachers

The budget cut to the organization Parents as Teachers hurts a group that works with parents of children from pregnancy to 5 years of age.  Restoring funding to this invaluable group is something Gov. Nixon must address at once.

LETTER: Come learn how to keep your neighborhood safe

Come get directly involved in your neighborhood safety by attending the Winter Quarter War 3 Neighborhood Safety Summit and Town Hall meeting Thursday.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Can ballroom dance help fight obesity?

A new bill written by Rep. Tim Flook could make ballroom dancing an option for students to meet their physical education requirement.

COLUMN: Best way to fight obesity is to get kids moving

Treating childhood obesity should start at home with kids getting off the couch and doing chores outside.

LETTER: Rich get richer at expense of everyday Americans

Those on Wall Street don't know what its like to be an everyday American. Those making over one million dollars per year should be taxed more than those who are not.