Storm chaser profiles [Graphic]

Ellis Fischel Decorate-A-Bra Contest [Audio]

People might show up from many places to attend Wednesday’s Decorate-A-Bra contest and fundraiser at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, but it will be tough to have traveled as far as one of the bras themselves. Nancy Gore, a staff nurse at Ellis Fischel, has spent the past year sending a bra to all 50 states for the contest. The contest will be held in the main lobby of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Charlene Johnson at 882-6100.

Ribbon cutting at Boone Hospital [Photo]

Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, along with hospital staff, cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department at Boone Hospital. With an expanded waiting room, nurse’s station, and triage area, the staff hopes the new additions will help to keep the waiting time down for patients receiving emergency care.

Boone Hospital entrance [Photo]

The Boone Hospital Emergency Department’s extended canopy is one of the many renovations unveiled Tuesday morning. The $1.8 million expansion came from the hospital’s operating fund, and the development process has been four years in the making.

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington stays competitive [Photo]

Melinda Wrye-Washington instructs her players in Columbia College's sweep of William Woods on Sept. 30 at Southwell Complex. Despite the victory, Wrye-Washington insisted her team could have played better.

MAP: Zoning for Great Hangups [Graphic]

Columbia residents are concerned that if the area near Great Hangups Framing is rezoned from residential to planned business, traffic congestion and sewer waste will increase.

La Russa to ponder future [Photo]

Tony La Russa's future as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals is uncertain after a disappointing season.

Colorado eyes Big 12 North title [Photo]

Colorado football players are mobbed by fans after Colorado defeated Georgia 29-27 on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. A win against Missouri could put the Buffaloes into contention for the Big 12 North title.

Jonathan McQuilkin parks the plane he flew on his first solo flight [Photo]

Jonathan McQuilkin takes off his headphones after parking a Piper Warrior II aircraft at Columbia Regional Airport on Sept. 22. McQuilkin had just completed his first solo flight.

Khaya Magopeni speaks [Photo]

Khaya Magopeni speaks to a group at MU's Memorial Union about the challenges of student leadership. Magopeni is assistant to the deputy vice chancellor and a member of the chancellor's student development and support team at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Khaya Magopeni and Richard Madsen [Photo]

Khaya Magopeni, left, an administrator at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, talks with Lorna Holtman, center, also from Western Cape, and Richard Madsen, a professor emeritus at MU who has been to Western Cape several times. Western Cape and MU have a relationship that goes back almost 50 years.

Putting on the practice green [Photo]

Golfers putt on a practice green near the clubhouse on Monday at the Country Club of Missouri. The tournament has several sponsors and special contest holes, with awards for longest drive and closest to the pin.

Dodging the water [Photo]

Golfers shoot from the fairway at the 17th hole at the Country Club of Missouri during the Fund the Drive for Nurses Golf Tournament. Twenty-nine teams competed Monday with a four-person scramble format.

Grabbing a snack [Photo]

Mary Beck and Julie Miller, graduates of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, grab hand-wrapped packages of oatmeal raisin cookies from nursing student Teresa Leatherman on Monday at the sixth tee of the Country Club of Missouri. Beck and Miller were both participants in the 10th-annual Fund the Drive for Nurses Golf Tournament benefiting the scholarship fund at the Sinclair School of Nursing. Beck and Miller both currently work at Boone Hospital Center.

Program review form [Document]

Here is a pdf of the "Institutional Response to Preliminary Program Productivity Review and Request for Exemptions" sent to public institutions statewide by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Letter from high education department [Document]

Here is a pdf of the letter Interim Director Higher Education David Russell sent to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton on Sept. 16.

Prepping the fruit [Photo]

Tomatoes picked from their garden are prepared at The Blue Water Grill in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Freshly picked [Photo]

A pot filled with freshly picked produce rests on a table outside The Blue Water Grill in Grand Rapids, Mich. The restaurant has replaced its landscaping with a vegetables and herb garden.

Green thumb [Photo]

Head Chef for the Blue Water Grill, Michael-Patrick McCann, poses in the vegetable garden that has replaced the restaurant's landscaping. Vegetables and herbs are picked and cooked with daily.

Standing in the garden [Photo]

Head Chef for the Blue Water Grill, Michael-Patrick McCann, stands in a vegetable garden that the restaurant has replaced. Vegetables and herbs are picked and used daily in cooking.