Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith chases Illini quarterback [Photo]

Missouri's Aldon Smith closes in on Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase in Saturday's victory. Smith had 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks in the game.

Missouri defensive end Jacquies Smith vs. Illinois [Photo]

Missouri's Jacquies Smith lunges after Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase during the second half of Saturday's victory over Illinois in St. Louis.

Hickman volleyball player Emily Peel vs. Boonville [Photo]

Hickman senior middle hitter Emily Peel jumps to make a block on Tuesday against Boonville. The Kewpies lost their home opener in two games. “We are way better than what we showed here tonight,” Peel said.

Pooch Plunge - Boone in the sunset [Photo]

Boone, an 18-month-old golden retriever, skips across the side of the Oakland Family Aquatic Center pool near sunset. Boone won the first competition he was ever entered in at the Lincoln County Fair in Troy, MO and has since competed with the Big Muddy Dock Dogs.

Pooch Plunge - Mac [Photo]

Mac, an English Springer Spaniel, struggles to get out of the pool after retrieving a chew toy. Mac is a returning dog to the Pooch Plunge and is accompanied by his human companions, Laura Erickson and Lauren Boeckel.

Pooch Plunge - Macie [Photo]

Seven-year-old returning dog, Macie, dries off next to her owner, Nicole Johnson. Johnson says she and her Boston terrier will absolutely be coming back next year.

Pooch Plunge - Sammy [Photo]

Sammy, a German Shepherd, chews on a tennis ball pool side at the Pooch Plunge. This marks the third annual Pooch Plunge, and there were 75 contestants.

Pooch Plunge - Boone [Photo]

Dog owner Jeff Staake throws a ball into the water as his dog, Boone, jumps in after it at the Pooch Plunge at the Oakland Family Aquatic Center on Tuesday. Boone, an 18-month-old golden retriever, has begun competing in jumping competitions; his personal best is a 19'4".

Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins [Photo]

Kansas athletics director Lew Perkins watches from the sidelines during Kansas' 6-3 loss to North Dakota State on Saturday in Lawrence. Perkins has retired, a year before he planned to step down.

Timeline: Derrick Washington’s troubles [Graphic]

Derrick Washington, the starting running back for MU’s football team, was permanently suspended in September because of an incident that occurred in June.

Mug shot of Eric Dawon Jamison [Photo]

Eric Dawon Jamison

VIDEO: A 26.2-mile Labor Day tradition [Video]

Monday marked the 51st annual Heart of America Marathon in Columbia. With just over 260 runners, this year was the second largest race in the marathon's history.

Harry Morrison [Photo]

Harry Morrison served as a music professor at MU and Stephens College. Family and friends remember him as an influential teacher.

SLIDESHOW: The 51st Annual Heart of America Marathon [Slideshow]

The Heart of America Marathon's 26.2-mile course began just east of Hearnes Center on Stadium Boulevard and ended at Broadway and Seventh Street. This year the Labor Day tradition had 265 participants.

Dogs take a cool swim [Photo]

Eddie, a pitbull, Lucy, a golden retriever, and Tess, also a golden retriever, chase after a tennis ball at Twin Lakes Park. Their owners, Nolan Marling and John Luetkemeyer, brought their dogs to cool off at the park on Labor Day.

Playing with dogs [Photo]

John Luetkemeyer of Columbia plays with one of his two dogs, Lucy, on Monday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area.

Climbing the jungle gym [Photo]

Aysha Palmero, 6, climbs the pipes of the jungle gym at Twin Lakes Park on Monday. Aysha and her father, Michael, spent Labor Day at the park with Aysha's friend, Eva Brinkerhoff, 5. Both girls attend Paxton Keeley Elementary School.

Matting Schwartz's art work [Photo]

Chief Museum Preparator Greig Thompson mats a piece of Charles Shwartz's art work for an exhibit scheduled for Friday, Sept. 3, 2010. Being a former artist himself, Thompson enjoys being immersed in this line of work.

MAP: Location of Fatal Shooting in Columbia [Graphic]

Police responded to 911 calls shortly after 11 a.m. Monday
morning regarding a shooting at 219 Anita Court. Officials
have confirmed one fatality.

Checking the math [Photo]

Chief Museum Preparator Greig Thompson rechecks his math for a mat frame on Friday Sept. 3, 2010. Thompson's previous job was with the Museum of art and archeology at MU and he described his responsibilities as "caring and feeding" the art work.