Bendoff's floor routine [Photo]

Missouri's Brittany Bendoff practices her routine for the floor exercise.

Gymnasts get ready [Photo]

Missouri freshmen gymnasts Brittany Bendoff, left, Lauren Swankoski, center, and Tori Howard chalk up their hands before working on their routines on the uneven bars during practice.

Hunting blind [Slideshow]

Dennis Thompson is blind with only one arm and one leg, but the Boone County Special Sportsmen's Association can help him do one of the things that he loves: hunt.

Sutu Forté instructs performers [Photo]

Sutu Forté, center, instructs her performers on what to do in the beginning of their show during a rehearsal on Nov. 11, at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. From left, Irene Haskins and Hazel Kinder hug while Candace Martin smiles. Forte will perform a benefit concert Monday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Sutu Forté rehearses before "Sutu Forte's Vaude Squad" [Photo]

Sutu Forté rehearses for "Sutu Forté's Vaude Squad" on Nov. 11 at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. The show, which will be performed on Monday, is part of a benefit concert.

Brain images [Photo]

A T1-weighted Structural Image. The photo shows a comparison between data from new BIC 3T Siemens Trio system, left, and MU Hospital 1.5T Siemens Symphony system, right. Photo courtesy of

MU Brain Imaging Center opens [Photo]

Brain Imaging Center director Nelson Cowan stands by the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment, which is worth approximately $1.9 million. The MRI scanner generates 3 Tesla of magnetic field. Within that powerful field, a monkey wrench can be lifted six feet up in the air.

MU Brain Imaging Center doctors already at work [Photo]

Nelson Cowan demonstrates how to analyze a test result in Room 122 at the MU's Brain Imaging Center on October 30, 2009. The Brain Imaging Center at MU recently opened, which provides all of the resources needed for magnetic resonance brain imaging.

Magnetic Mapping [Graphic]

MU’s Brain Imaging Center is home to the only magnetic resonance imaging scanner in mid-Missouri used solely for research. MRI scanners have been assets to doctors and researchers for many years because of their diagnostic capabilities. The scanners use a large magnet, radio frequency waves and three smaller magnets to map out the human body.

Mizzou After Dark hosts Bollywood Night [Video]

Mizzou After Dark hosted a special event called “Bollywood Night” on Friday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Memorial Union. Many South Asian activities were included in the event, such as belly dancing and henna tattoos. Cedric Cunigan, a student event staff member, and Aditi Bandyopadhyay, a dance instructor, talked about the premise of Bollywood Night.

MU senior guard Toy Richbow takes the ball [Photo]

Missoui senior guard Toy Richbow takes the ball around Northern Iowa's K.K. Armstrong during the Tigers' regular season opener.

Halftime games net prize for child [Photo]

Charlee Schultz, 9, tries to shoot a basket while dressed in an MU jersey to win a prize during halftime of the Missouri women's basketball season opener. Schultz had to put on an MU jersey and shorts, run down the court and make a basket before anyone else in order to win. After a few attempts, she won.

MU women's basketball opener [Photo]

Missouri senior forward Amanda Hanneman tries to go around Northern Iowa's Kim Wypiszynski on Sunday during the Tigers' regular season opener at Mizzou Arena.

Johnson wins in Phoenix [Photo]

Jimmie Johnson (48) celebrates after winning the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.

Mama Bessie's Cleaners holds annual Halloween party [Slideshow]

Mama Bessie's Cleaners hosted its annual Keep the Kids off the Street Halloween Party, but this year, candy and costumes were not the only high points of the event. Like every Halloween party hostess, Margaret Hickem-Smith, owner of Mama Bessie's, gave away candy, hot chocolate and food, but this year, piles of winter clothes, toys and school supplies were up for grabs.

With the help of donations from loyal customers, family and friends, Hickem-Smith organizes the annual gathering to give parents and their kids a safe place to celebrate.

"Most of the time, parents are at home, passing out candy while their kid is trick-or-treating," Hickem-Smith said. "This way, the parents know what their kid is doing, and they can have fun together on Halloween."

This year, Hickem-Smith received toys, socks and hats from the Columbia Fire Department and decided to help families who are struggling to pay for school supplies and winter clothes halfway through the school year.

Customers, churches and businesses chipped in, donating scarves, gloves, clothes and coats for the 150 kids who attended the party.

Parkade kids celebrate Halloween [Slideshow]

The Parkade neighborhood was alive with young trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Perfect weather and Halloween falling on a Saturday probably contributed to the crowds.

Ensemble Galilei plays music to images from Hubble [Photo]

Ensemble Galilei plays classical music to complement images from the Hubble space telescope during the Universe of Dreams multimedia concert Saturday evening at Jesse Auditorium at MU.

NPR host narrates poems to Hubble images [Photo]

NPR radio host Neal Conan narrates poems and short stories to images from the Hubble telescope during the Universe of Dreams show Saturday evening, Nov. 14, 2009, in Jesse Auditorium at MU.

The cast of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" [Photo]

From left, the cast of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" includes Ames Adamson, Quin Gresham, Jacob Knoll, Liz Ali and Anne Marie Bills. Because the play is set up as a play within a play, each actor plays multiple parts throughout the show. "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" opens on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 in Arrow Rock.

Liz Ali and Jacob Knoll perform as Mary and George Bailey [Photo]

Liz Ali, left, and Jacob Knoll, right, perform a scene as Mary and George Bailey during a dress rehearsal of "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" at the Lyceum Theatre. The show is a play within a play of a radio crew producing a radio version of "It's a Wonderful Life" and opens on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.