April 4, 2019

In August of 2018, I went with a friend to Fortune Fest, a music festival in its second year at Rose Music Hall. I was among a smattering of sweaty people who arrived early to catch a buzz before headliner Black Joe Lewis, buy from vendors or merely hang around and see...

January 30, 2019

Vince Staples performing at a show in October, 2015. (Tobias Nielsen/via Creative Common)

Imagine a story with two protagonists: a young, white, Christian mother and a young, talented, black, male rapper. The rapper has had national notoriety since he hit 21; the mother...

January 27, 2019

Political commentators often point to the fall 2015 protests at MU as the beginning of a national trend of emboldened student activists making noise at institutions of higher education.

In the case of writer David French and The National Review, MU is a cautionary tale...

January 27, 2019

PETA has a bone to pick with MU.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals came to Columbia Tuesday to protest animal mistreatment as part of World Day for Animals in Laboratories. A noon demonstration on Francis Quadrangle drew about a dozen students, concerned citiz...

January 14, 2019

Rhode Island has moved forward with truck-only tolls, and there's some concern regarding the effects of this decision on truck drivers and the trucking industry in Connecticut.

"We have to remember, trucking is interstate commerce, so you have truck drivers and trucking...

January 14, 2019

A town ambulance sits inside the 11 Fairway Drive headquarters of the now-defunct Ledyard Volunteer Emergency Squad Saturday, June 30, 2018. American Ambulance has taken over services for the town. (Sten Spinella/The Day)

Ledyard — On Saturday, June 30, they made fun of...

January 14, 2019

These establishments, teeming throngs of thirst and sound, are havens for townies. A harmonica or guitar plays in the background as you take a seat, a shot, a beer, a turn at the pool table. You’re invited to talk to a best friend, the person next to you, a stranger or...

January 14, 2019

After a brief hiatus, Sxnny is working to establish a community for local rappers to flourish.

When she started rapping, what was once a loose, scattered collection of people nursing their drinks became a real audience, which formed on the dance floor directly in front...

December 12, 2018

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley and outside groups supporting his campaign have criticized Sen. Claire McCaskill for her views on immigration during their Senate race.

A recent salvo in this subtext of their contest comes from Hawley in the form of an op-ed for Fo...

November 29, 2018

This is a long-form look at segregation by housing in Columbia and what the city is trying to do about it. The story was picked up by the AP and run by a number of newspapers throughout the country.  

"As you turn onto Lynn Street, the components of an idyllic neig...

April 26, 2018

My neck is needling me, or my neck is being needled, and I’m attempting to put together my thesis proposal and my graduate project for News Reporting. My days are short and long at once — short in their predictability and technically long. I travel to Europe in two wee...

March 31, 2018

One of Columbia’s longest-running businesses is also among its least lucrative.

In the sign plastered above its display window, Adams Walls of Books is missing a critical “O,” the first one of “Books.” The front door is battered, its paint flaking off and its overall he...

February 12, 2018

With the full grandeur and authority of the Roman Catholic Church, the Most Rev. William Shawn McKnight became the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City on Tuesday.

McKnight was ushered into his position with a well-coordinated processional ceremony that began...

February 12, 2018

When plans for the Hagan Scholarship Academy were announced in 2012, the news was greeted with plenty of enthusiasm. Columbia developer Dan Hagan hoped to nurture high-achieving students in rural areas through his new venture, to be located on a 4.72-acre grassy hillsi...

February 12, 2018

Northwest Medical Isotopes (NWMI) is one step closer to building a production plant in Columbia.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission heard testimony Tuesday regarding Northwest Medical Isotopes’ application for a construction permit. The hearing signals that the comm...

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