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DEAR READER: MU Homecoming drive stirs readers' blood

MU's blood drive is one of the top-giving blood drives in the country. But it's unwise for all members to be pressured to give, especially if they're sick.

DEAR READER: It's time to stem tide of disappearance of 'about'

Breaking the so-called rules of language seems to be happening with more frequency. It would be much more effective if the rules were broken on purpose instead of misusing words out of ignorance.

DEAR READER: 'Go Naked Babies!' and other tales from Kewpieville

Of all the Tigers and Lions and Bears of this world, there might just be only one loveable doll of a mascot, and she (he?) lives right here in Our Fair City.

DEAR READER: Missourian clears up confusing AP style issues

World changes and the lightning fast pace of news call for changes in how the Missourian edits the news and helps its readers stay informed.

DEAR READER: Meet the 2014-15 Missourian Readers Board

Readers Board members help the Missourian stay connected to the community and get a behind-the-scenes look at the work we do.

DEAR READER: Amendment 3 campaign falls flat, but how to assess teachers rolls on

Proponents of the amendment to mandate teacher evaluations by student progress didn't like what they saw in the polls and withdrew from active campaigning.  Amendment 3 might not pass, but it's not going away.

DEAR READER: Why I'm throwing away NFL team's T-shirt

A racist team name makes a former favorite T-shirt a necessary addition to the garbage pile.

DEAR READER: 'Dog days of summer' arrive, but the fault is in the stars

The phrase, "dog days of summer" dates to the Greeks and Romans.

DEAR READER: On whether and when to send a journalist to Ferguson

The story of protest and confrontation is a local story for every community in the country, even when your journalists stay home.

DEAR READER: 'Word Crimes' creates complicated discussion of language

While comedian Weird Al's 'Blurred Lines' parody sparked a rewarding conversation about grammar, some take issue with statements made in the song.

DEAR READER: It's almost time again to get smart on politics

As the Aug. 5 election approaches, voters guides update Missouri residents about hot-button issues.

DEAR READER: How can I describe the perfect day?

A rare respite from the heat in July seemed to put everyone in a better mood. Executive Editor Tom Warhover imagines the perfect story to go along with the perfect week.

DEAR READER: How do you classify a storm? Depends whether you have a room with a (new) view

Monday's storm wasn't the roughest event in Columbia's weather history, but that didn't stop it from knocking out power in the west.

DEAR READER: What Angela Anderson taught us about journalism, trauma

In following up on the story of Angela Anderson's family coping with the loss of two children, our newsroom learned a valuable lesson.

DEAR READER: Ask, and you will find yourself in the Indian Ocean

Slow news days beget curiosity, and executive editor Tom Warhover has quite a few questions he would like answered.

DEAR READER: It's ludicrous to say sexual assault victims are part of privileged class

In the conversation about sexual assault on campus, the UM System has taken one step forward, while George Will has taken two steps back.

DEAR READER: Spending 'beach reading' afternoon with Justin Bieber, really

There are plenty of candidates for leisure reading this summer. First up is something that certainly fulfills that "not-so-complicated plot" requirement for a beach read.

DEAR READER: Missourian site is ending its time paywall and moving to surveys for revenue

A program through Google will present short one- or two-question surveys before users can read a story. If you are a member, you won't see any surveys.

DEAR READER: Helping readers navigate style changes in the news

The Missourian editors will be examining changes to the Associated Press Stylebook and deciding which to implement with its own style. If you have a revision for us to consider, please send it along by Friday.

DEAR READER: A wreck on the road hits home

Photos from a motorcycle accident prompted strong reactions from some readers.

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