D'nozea Spain watches his successful three-pointer [Photo]

D'nozea Spain, 11, watches his successful three-pointer sink through the basket during a game of 1-on-1 at Douglass Park.

Cicada season [Video]

Columbia residents and MU entomologist react to the appearance of this year's brood of cicadas.

Kylie Nichols' mobile home in Mexico, Mo. [Photo]

Kylie Nichols and her daughter, Miranda, live in a mobile home just west of Mexico, Mo.

Kylie Nichols washes dishes [Photo]

Kylie Nichols washes dishes in her home just west of Mexico, Mo. Nichols, 32, is unemployed for the second time in 10 months.

Halfway There [Graphic]

The Safe & Sound Bridge Program has completed construction on 410 of 802 bridges. Here is the status of bridges in our area.

Missouri Softball player prepares for at-bat against Western Illinois [Photo]

A Missouri softball player prepares for her at-bat against Western Illinois on May 4. The Tigers won 7-2.

Mizzou softball's Abby Vock faces Illinois [Photo]

Mizzou Senior Abby Vock prepares for the pitch against Illinois on March 12.

Ashley Fleming comes in to score against Arkansas [Photo]

Junior Ashley Fleming heads to home plate in the March 9 game against Arkansas. The Tigers won 12-0.

Mizzou softball's Jenna Marston prepares for play [Photo]

Sophomore shortstop Jenna Marston prepares for the play against Illinois on March 12.

Mizzou softball's Kristin Nottelmann pitches against Illinois [Photo]

Junior pitcher Kristin Nottelmann delivers a pitch against Illinois on March 12. The Tigers won 4-3.

Missouri softball warms up for Illinois State game [Photo]

MU softball players warm up before their game against Illinois State on March 12.


Diagram of the American Garden at the International Garden Exposition.

Examining an artifact in Peru [Photo]

Tatiana Chumpitaz, left, Ricardo Rivera Romero, bottom, Bernardino Ojeda
Enríquez, top, and Robert Benfer, right, examine an artifact in Peru.

Frog searching provides entertainment on Memorial Day [Photo]

Amber Gustafson and her eight-year-old daughter, Sadie, search for frogs at Pinnacles Youth Park Monday afternoon. The pair was at a BBQ with family and friends during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Local youth keep cool in Memorial Day heat [Photo]

In an effort to remain cool in Monday's 86 degree high, Loreal Harvey, 11, (center) and her brother, Ben Gallentine, 8, right, receive a hose spray-down from their cousin Susan Martin, 17.

Missouri men's golfer Jace Long prepares for NCAA golf championship [Photo]

Jace Long practices chipping on Wednesday at Old Hawthorne Golf Club. Long will compete in the NCAA Championship, May 31 through June 4, at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

Building walls to keep water out [Photo]

Jodi Owen, left, watches Saturday as Ken Kerfont steps over the sandbags they had been piling around their home in Fort Pierre, S.D., to protect against rising water from the nearby Missouri River. They continued to build up the sandbag wall even as water reached the barrier and hoped an emergency levee under construction could keep the water from rising higher.

Sandbags provide protection against Missouri River [Photo]

Rising water from the Missouri river laps up against sandbags placed around a home in Fort Pierre, S.D., on Sunday. The river level is rising as more water is released from Oahe Dam.

Family pays respects to late veteran [Photo]

Cameron Blacklock (8) and his mother, Rebecca Blacklock search Monday for the grave marker for his grandfather, a veteran, at Memorial Park Cemetery. They were joined by scores of others who came to the cemetery to mourn on Memorial Day.

Pennsylvania town ruined in 1985 tornado completely rebuilt [Photo]

Damage from the 1985 tornado in central Wheatland, Pa. is shown. If there's a lesson to be learned in Wheatland and other towns devastated by natural disaster, it's that communities are resilient. Rebuilding, however slow, fitful, frustrating and expensive, will probably take place, though what emerges will not necessarily be a carbon copy of what was there before.