Snap shot of spring [Photo]

Museum visitors marvel at a floral interpretation of an African nkisi, or power figure, on Sunday. Connie Blackmore, Karen Blackmore and Chris Egbert of the Columbia Garden Club designed the flower arrangement for the "Art in Bloom" exhibit at the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

Flower show at MU [Photo]

The seventh annual "Art in Bloom" exhibit showed at the Museum of Art and Archaeology from Friday through Sunday. Erin Grace and Rita Dudley incorporated nine different types of flowers into this floral arrangement. Their arrangement was inspired by "The Quarry" by Barnard E. Peters, which hangs on the wall behind the flowers.

Lee Elementary holds fifth annual Not So Silent/Silent Art Auction [Video]

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary school auctioned off pieces of original artwork to raise funds for the school's artist-in-residence program that enriches the art-driven curriculum at the school on March 19, 2011. Organizers hoped to raise more than $6,000 on the art made by Lee Elementary students working with Columbia artists, paintings and sculptures donated to the fundraiser, and gift baskets donated by local businesses."

Shelter Insurance kicks off spring with fountain lighting festival [Video]

The annual fountain lighting ceremony at Shelter Insurance celebrates the beginning of spring. The festivities include bluegrass music, face painting, and balloon animals. Carol Mallory, Ann McCauley, and Ethan McCauley share their experiences at the festival and what they are looking forward to doing this spring on Friday, Mar. 18, 2011.

Recycling job for students [Photo]

Blue Ridge Elementary fourth grade student Sincere Hall-Osborne empties the recycling bins on Friday. Hall-Osborne is a member of the schools Emerging Leaders Program which teaches students responsibility and he performs his job of collecting the recycling every Friday.

Throwing to first [Photo]

Missouri third baseman Maddison Ruggeberg throws to first base during Sunday's game against Minnesota at University Field.

Thomas keeps winning [Photo]

Missouri's Chelsea Thomas pitches to Minnesota on Sunday at University Field. Thomas allowed no runs, striking out 12 and giving up two hits.

Fleming, Tigers celebrate [Photo]

Missouri junior Ashley Fleming is congratulated after her two-run home run in the sixth inning March 20 in a 2-0 victory over Minnesota at University Field.

Edwards finishes in second [Photo]

Kyle Busch (18) drives next to Carl Edwards (99) in the closing laps of the Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn. Busch won the race and Edwards finished in second.

Young and old faces at the 34th annual train show [Video]

The 34th annual train show took place Saturday. The show, featuring model trains and miniature towns, filled the Paquin Tower lobby with some of Columbia's oldest and youngest train enthusiasts.

Shaving heads to fight cancer [Slideshow]

Columbia residents came out Saturday to have their heads shaved to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a group the raises funds to fight childhood cancer.

Planned Parenthood: Polarizing perspectives [Slideshow]

As Planned Parenthood fights for funding at the federal level, protesters on both sides of the debate gathered outside the organization’s Columbia clinic. About 150 demonstrators came out in support of Planned Parenthood, outnumbering roughly 40 opponents standing vigil as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This video has been edited to remove a reference that suggested abortions render women sterile, which is not true.)

Filling the gap [Graphic]

Despite $29.8 million in revenue increases projected for next year, MU is still expected to have a $21.7 million funding gap in its general operating budget.

Fund-razors [Photo]

Ethan Anliker, Daniel Leonatti and Buddy Anliker get their heads shaved Saturday evening at a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research.

French pilot prepares to fly over Libya [Photo]

This photo provided by the French Army shows a pilot preparing to take off in a French Mirage 2000 jet fighter at the military base of Dijon, central France, on Saturday. Top officials from the U.S., Europe and the Arab world have launched immediate military action to protect civilians as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces attacked the heart of the country's rebel uprising.

Rally against abortion [Photo]

Medical technologist Carol Turner of Sedalia holds a flag and picture of a newborn baby Saturday. She was one of several anti-abortion protesters taking part in the 40 Days for Life campaign, in which volunteers spend 40 days standing, walking and praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood.

Rallying for Planned Parenthood [Photo]

Planned Parenthood supporter Kelsey Lincoln of Columbia holds her son Liam Reeves and chants to encourage other supporters at a rally Saturday. "We owe so much to these guys, there is no way we could sit back for this," Lincoln said.

MU baseball player Ryan Ampleman vs. Central Michigan [Photo]

MU catcher Ryan Ampleman misses the ball versus Central Michigan at Taylor Stadium on Saturday.

Sliding into second [Photo]

MU catcher Ryan Ampleman slides back to second base during Saturday's home baseball game against Central Michigan. The Tigers' won 14-7.

A run for second, a scramble for first [Photo]

MU outfielder Ryan Gebhart scrambles back to first base while MU infielder Jesse Santo makes it back to second after an out. MU played Central Michigan on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers won 14-7.