NEWS & INSIGHT ARCHIVES
It figures: The Big Tree
All the numbers about the famous bur oak in McBaine
The bur oak, affectionately known as the Big Tree, is one of Boone County’s best-known natural landmarks. Although it was the victim of a FernGully-style vandalization in early April, the tree has stood for more than three centuries and continues to thrive.
University Hospital’s innovative approach to patient care
Learn how University Hospital is making medical care smarter through their new tech-savvy rooms
University Hospital’s new, innovative smart rooms are taking healthcare to a new level. Take a tour of these new rooms with Vox as we explore what technology and healthcare can do together.
Radar: What we're blogging about on VoxTalk April 18-April 24
This week, we cover healthy vending machines and all things geek
The Internet weighs in on the city’s new and ungrammatical slogan
Columbia's hard-to-please audience responds to the new shorter slogan
Columbians didn’t know what to expect last week when the city revealed its rebrand, but it wasn’t this. The new slogan, “What You Unexpect,” has received a fair amount of criticism on Twitter and has inspired the hashtag #WhatYouUnexpect.
Seen and Heard: Civil War fieldwork
Volunteers and university students search for Battle of Moore’s Mill remnants.
Little pink flags mark the land outside Calwood, a 45-minute drive east of Columbia. Patches of light-green grass sprout from under a blanket of crunchy brown leaves. Several people point metal detectors at the ground in search of artifacts. Others dig up the earth on their hands and knees.
Radar: What we're blogging about on VoxTalk April 11-April 17
This week's popular topics include Pancheros coming to town and Gandhi's grandson visiting MU
A shoe store on wheels will roam the streets of Columbia
Nathan Fleischmann plans to sell shoes on the go for his first business venture
Stadium Shoes isn’t just another shoe store. In fact, the store doesn't technically exist — yet. It will eventually be a moving retail truck. Do you want laces with that?
It figures: Columbia's city budget surplus
What can $1.9 million really buy?
Like with any budget, when the city saved money, it came up with a little extra at the end of the year. Those few extra bucks turned out to be $1.9 million.
Radar: What we're blogging about on VoxTalk April 4 - April 10
This week, we're discussing gay pride, TEDxCoMo and more.
Radar: What we're blogging about on VoxTalk March 28 - April 3
We're covering spring break in CoMo, Nicki Minaj's style and top tweets
Check out the highlights of this week's blogging on VoxTalk, from spring break — Vox style — to an analysis of Nicki Minaj videos that relate to our childhood styles
Columbia's historic buildings face destruction
Sometimes the past is preserved, but many times, it's lost and forgotten
Many historic homes and buildings have been lost and forgotten over the years. Although the Niedermeyer apartment house might be saved, other local places haven't been so lucky.
Seen and Heard: Mike Anderson's return
Tiger fans greet the Coach-Who-Once-Was with vicious bitterness
Bracket hysteria has overtaken the lives of most MU fans, but on March 5, a different sort of madness consumed them.
5 Things: About proposed gun laws
Read about some of Missouri's wackiest gun legislation
From gun-wielding teachers (that'll teach 'em to behave) to taking a gun to a checkup, Missouri gets weird about weapons.
Radar: What we're blogging about on VoxTalk March 21-27
We're covering Brad Pitt, desserts and a budding fashion designer
Check out the highlights of this week's blogging on VoxTalk, from Brad Pitt's everlasting coolness, local fashion designer Hannah Cusack, the best local desserts and a March Madness playlist
It figures: SEC basketball tournament
Get all the stats to impress your comrades at any NCAA watch party
Which SEC teams will make it to the NCAA tournament? What's MU's seeding this year? How may SEC players will go pro? Will the late and great Norfolk State take us down once again? Find out here.
Columbia's Russian community celebrates Maslenitsa, the major holiday you've never heard of
Burning witches and making blini for Maslenitsa
Literally translated as "the butter holiday," Russian pancakes are the focal point of the traditional spring holiday known as Maslenitsa.
Seen and Heard: CoMo snow day
The snow day left many exploring completely new adventures
(Web Exclusive) Columbia residents celebrated (and avoided) the snow day in various ways but loved every minute of it
Radar: What we're blogging about on VoxTalk March 14-20
We're live blogging the Walking Dead and drinking booze at brunch
Check out the highlights of this week's blogging on VoxTalk, from live coverage of the Walking Dead to figuring out the best way to drinke booze at brunch
Providence Road residents react to the demolition project
Homeowners in the Grasslands neighborhood are fighting eminent domain while saying goodbye to their homes.
The Providence Road expansion project has been a point of conflict for a while now, yet the homeowners who might lose their houses haven’t been given a voice. Here’s what they had to say.
Trumpeter swans return to Columbia
After nearing extinction, trumpeter swans have been spotted at MU's South Farm.
The trumpeter swans were hunted for their feathers, meat and eggs. Their habitat was destroyed to create viable farmland. By the early 20th century, fewer than 70 were thought to exist in the wild. Today, the swans are back in Columbia.