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Log cabin houses multiple rooms of antiques [Photo]

The Brooks' log cabin has two stories and three rooms, all of which are filled with antiques that Lola Brooks collected. When she ran out of room in her first house next door, she and her husband purchased the cabin to make more space for her collection.

Cleaning out Lola Brooks' desk [Photo]

Terry Brooks cleans out the desk belonging to his mother, Lola Brooks, on May 28. Lola's house is so full of antiques that three auctions will be held in order to clear out the house. The desk is set to be sold at the second auction on June 19.

Scrapbooks describe history of antiques [Photo]

Lola Brooks has two scrapbooks filled with pages of photos and articles written about her and her antique collection. The scrapbooks include articles from Columbia publications that date from the 1960s to the 1990s.

AttorneyMissing 2 [Photo]

Richard French is an attorney with the State Public Defender's Office in Jefferson City. He is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He drives a 2007 black Kia Sorento with Missouri license plates.

Playing dodgeball [Photo]

Cullen Dutton, 12, right, goes for the ball with Ian Fitch, 13, left, during Smithton's sixth grade field trip to Cosmo Park on June 3.

Smithton's sixth grade field trip [Photo]

Aidin Rolley, 12, catches the kickball at Cosmo Park during Smithton's sixth grade field trip on June 3. Teacher Kari Schuster said, "I like that we can see the kids in a different light outside the classroom."

Attorney from State Public Defender's Office missing [Photo]

Richard French is an attorney with the State Public Defender's Office in Jefferson City. He is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He drives a 2007 black Kia Sorento with Missouri license plates.

Sandra Neely [Photo]

Sandra Neely wrote this guest column for the Columbia Missourian.

Police search for missing man Edward Acosta [Photo]

Columbia Police are looking for Edward Acosta, who has disappeared after he was released from University Hospital on Friday night. Acosta told a friend he was spending the night at the VA Hospital, but he wasn't there the next morning when the friend went to pick him up.

IBM brings big business to Dubuque, Iowa [Photo]

The gold-domed Dubuque County, Iowa, courthouse lies northwest of the Port of Dubuque, a recently revitalized area of the city along the banks of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. The port is home to offices, museums, a hotel, conference center and casino, providing new business opportunities and entertainment for the 60,000 residents.

Dubuque, Iowa, business owners notice upturn in business [Photo]

Conoco gas and service station owner Dave Adams, left, tends the cash register for Robert Honzel, center, a regular customer, and IBM employees Mike Long, Shane Kemnitzer and Matthew Johnson on May 27, 2010. Located just two blocks from the new IBM service center in Dubuque, Iowa, Adams said he has seen a noticeable increase in business compared to last year with the economic downturn and tenants moving out of the Roshek Building.

Clarke College adds IT course [Photo]

The entrance of Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, as seen on May 28, 2010. Clarke College has tailored a degree program in information technology, which the board hopes will allow students to gain employment at IBM.

Dubuque, Iowa, retirement community opens door to techies [Photo]

The entrance to Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa, as seen on May 28, 2010. Oak Park Place, a retirement and assisted living community, opened its doors to employees hired by IBM to work at the service center in Dubuque, Iowa, who could not find traditional options for housing. The city underestimated the number of employees looking for rental properties instead of buying a home.

IBM brought service center to Dubuque, Iowa, in 2009 [Photo]

A photo illustration of the view from the Fenelon Place Elevator platform atop the bluff in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 27, 2010. The city is located along the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. IBM opened a service center in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, in January 2009

Honoring Jean Mugabo-Kenda [Photo]

From left, Michelle Munyantarama, Caritas Habimana, Sofia Nabigondo, Perusi Ndabazaniye and Mariane Bihomora sing during a memorial gathering to honor the life of Jean Marie Vianey Mugabo-Kenda at the family's home on Wednesday evening.

Missouri softball team celebrates super regional win [Photo]

Missouri softball players join in the MIZ-ZOU cheer with their fans after super regional victory Sunday over Oregon. The victory sent the Tigers to their second straight Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. They open play there at noon today against Hawaii.

Making their case [Photo]

Mary Hussmann, left, and members of the People for a Taser-Free Columbia explain their reasons for supporting a petition that would make illegal the use of any "conducted energy devices," which includes Tasers, at the Columbia City Hall on Wednesday. If the petition is found to contain more than 3,667 signatures it will be presented to the Columbia City Council for a vote.

Presenting the petition [Photo]

Katherine Murrie, left, Mary Hussmann, right, and other members of the group People for a Taser-Free Columbia present a petition to ban all "conducted energy devices," including Tasers, to City Clerk Sheela Amin on Wednesday. If the petition is found to contain more than 3,667 signatures, it will be presented to the Colubia City Council. "This allows citizens, who have been voiceless in the whole process, to get their day in democracy," Murrie said.

Foundation grants awarded [Photo]

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation president, Patti Coffelt, at podium, speaks about recipients awarded grant money at a ribbon cutting on Wednesday at the Columbia Public Schools District office. Among the recipients was the Minority Achievement Committee. Some of its members are shown at left.

Protesting Israelis' actions in Gaza [Photo]

Members of the Islamic Center rally Wednesday against Israeli killings of Gaza humanitarian flotilla participants earlier this week. From left are Mohammed Hamed, 18; Mohammed Muraywid, 25; and Kamau Bilal, 26. Bilal said he hopes to raise awareness and added, "It'd be good to hear Obama say something against the injustice."
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