Gretchen Schmitter will leave day care for elementary school [Photo]

Gretchen Schmitter, 5, watches a movie with classmates at the Playground child care Friday. Gretchen will leave the majority of her classmates in the fall to attend kindergarten at Ridgeway Elementary School.

Tanner Boese was born Monday [Photo]

Tanner Boese born Monday sleeps alone in his crib at Boone County Hospital.

Elizabeth Picray [Photo]

Elizabeth Picray

John Picray [Photo]

John Picray

Steve Jacobs [Photo]

Steve Jacobs

David Finke [Photo]

David Finke

Jakin Waldock [Photo]

Jakin Waldock

Molly Waldock [Photo]

Molly Waldock

Kris Detmer [Photo]

Kris Detmer

Russ DeVenney [Photo]

Russ DeVenney

Ming-Fen Tsai and daughter, Cassidy Lin [Photo]

Ming-Fen Tsai with her daughter Cassidy Lin, 6.

N.J. union members rally to protest cuts in benefits [Photo]

Thousands participate in a rally on June 16 to protest a Senate Budget Committee hearing on employee benefits at the State House Annex in Trenton, N.J. The struggle to legislate higher pension and health benefits contributions for 500,000 public workers in New Jersey has shaken up the political status quo.

Citizens sew a patch on the National 9/11 flag [Photo]

Korean War veteran John R. Cooper, left, is assisted by Veronica Christensen, right, during a sewing the West Virginia restorative patch onto the National 9/11 Flag during a ceremony on June 21 at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

The Air Force stands guard for the National 9/11 flag [Photo]

An Air Force Honor Guard stands at the corners of the National 9/11 Flag during a ceremony for the sewing of the West Virginia restorative patch on June 21 at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

An American Flag rises above the 9/11 rubble [Photo]

An American flag flies over the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 13, 2001. After 9/11 the flag took on a larger-than-life symbolism and brought that unity to a grieving country.

State seeks alternatives to locking up people in prisons [Photo]

Judge Scott Lipke presides over a drug court session Friday at the Cape Girardeau County Courthouse in Jackson. The success of Missouri's drug courts is leading some to consider a similar program for domestic violence offenders. The state is looking for ways it can divert more offenders to other programs that could save millions of dollars currently spent on locking up people.

Residents doubtful of evacuation plans in nuclear emergencies [Photo]

Bret Gross, a resident of San Clemente, Calif., sits on the beach Thursday just outside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, about five miles from his home. He worries that the area cannot be quickly evacuated in a severe nuclear accident. "Forget the amount of training and plans," he said. "It'll be ugly."

Populations around nuclear power plants have greatly increased [Photo]

A steady flow of traffic on Interstate 5 on Thursday runs past the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Clemente, Calif. As America's nuclear power plants have aged, the once-rural areas around them have become far more crowded and much more difficult to evacuate. The population within 10 miles of San Onofre has ballooned by 283 percent to 98,631 since 1980.

'Road Closed' signs on Scott Boulevard [Photo]

Four "Road Closed" signs stand Friday afternoon at the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Rainbow Trout Drive, where construction has turned Scott Boulevard into two lanes of traffic.

Hydrologist walks along North Overton chute [Photo]

U.S. Geological Survey Hydrologist Carrie Elliott walks on the bank along the North Overton chute past the arm holding the multibeam echosounder she's using to create detailed maps of the chute floor on Friday.