Blair Kerkhoff

Football success will give Mike Alden a positive bottom line when he leaves MU

Mike Alden’s tenure as Missouri athletic director, which will end in August, will be largely remembered favorably. Alden’s word cloud runs the spectrum: Mizzou Arena, Cotton Bowl, Ricky Clemons, Board of Curators, wallflower and Big 12 would be in large text. Jumping from the page are Gary Pinkel and the SEC. That’s because the shift to the Southeastern Conference doesn’t happen without the football program’s strength and stability.


Grieving two lost sons, Kearney family helps others

Brisan Stults died of complications from Niemann-Pick Disease Type C in March; his younger brother, Parker, died last week. His parents, Jennifer and Michael Stults of Kearney, are working to help other parents, and they have taken in two foster children.

Don't Kill The Mellinger

The NFL’s clumsy attempt to tell you it is limiting head injuries

The NFL invited sports media folk like me to this small conference room to make a point about the fight against concussions but what ended up happening is a glimpse into both the honest difficulties and bumbling execution of this mission.

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Super Bowl coaches Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll are studies in contrasts

Seattle coach Pete Carroll approaches life like a game-show host. Animated. Energetic. Talkative. New England coach Bill Belichick speaks in a dull monotone. Respectful but boring. Regardless of their methods, they get results. And going into Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, both Belichick and Carroll are on the verge of carving a legacy that few will match.


Look for a record flood of cash in the 2016 elections

The Koch brothers have set a disturbing pace for what promises to be a record flow of money, influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections. Billionaires Charles and David Koch have recruited about 300 other donors with plans to dump close to $900 million into the elections, backing conservative candidates and causes.

Mary Sanchez

Let’s temporarily take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers

The way gun laws currently read in Missouri and Kansas, the right to own a gun too often supersedes a woman’s right to safety. Given the lengths that legislators have gone to expand gun rights, bills that would allow police to temporarily remove guns in extreme circumstances, like severe domestic violence, will face the obstacles of ignorance and patriarchal dismissal.

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New retailers coming to the Country Club Plaza

Luxury eyewear retailer Barton Perreira plans to open in March. The Coveted Home interior design studio and home furnishings store will relocate from Prairie Village and plans a May opening on the Plaza. The previously announced Zoes Kitchen plans a March opening.


What’s up with Bruce Jenner, and is it wrong to ask?

By now, you may have seen a few tabloid headlines about Bruce Jenner, carefully alluding to his “changed appearance” or “new look.” The patriarch of the Kardashian family and ex-husband of Kris Jenner has lately made some certain style choices. His hair is long and highlighted. He’s sported a French manicure. He wears diamond earrings and seemingly some lip gloss.

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