Sgt. Michael Hestir runs a gun simulation [Photo]

Sgt. Michael Hestir of the Columbia Police Department runs a gun simulation at the Columbia Police training facility Thursday. Participants had to determine when the use of deadly force is necessary and act or not using a pistol that fires a laser at a video screen.

Derek Roe of the public defender's office [Photo]

Derek Roe, assistant public defender in the Columbia public defender's office, looks through files in his office on East Walnut Street on Thursday. Roe said the cleanliness of his desk space is always one of the first things to be sacrificed when he gets busy.

Roots 'N' Blues' grand champion trophy detail [Photo]

The headstock of a guitar decorated as the trophy for the grand champion of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ barbecue contest sits in the Thumper Entertainment office on Thursday.

Roots 'N' Blues' trophies for pork and brisket [Photo]

First-place trophies for five barbecue categories sit in the Thumper Entertainment office on Thursday. The trophies were designed and constructed by artist Lisa Bartlett.

Rock Bridge volleyball player Niki Collier vs. Helias [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Niki Collier hits the ball out of bounds against Helias Catholic on Thursday night at Rock Bridge.

Roots 'N' Blues' grand champion barbecue trophy [Photo]

The trophies for the reserve grand champion and grand champion are held up by barbecue contest coordinator Millie Rambis and assistant Branna Still outside of Thumper Entertainment on Thursday.

Lisa Bartlett holds a model of the Roots 'N' Blue trophy [Photo]

Lisa Bartlett, designer of the trophies for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ competition, holds a model similar to one of the trophies outside of Artlandish Gallery on Thursday. Bartlett has designed prizes for other Columbia events, including the True/False Film Festival. "We're kind of the trophy people now," Bartlett said.

Rock Bridge volleyball player Nici Thaler vs. Helias [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior Nici Thaler reaches for a dig against Helias Catholic on Thursday at Rock Bridge. Thaler said she knew many of the Crusaders players, who were her past teammates on a club volleyball team in Jefferson City.

INTERACTIVE MAP: The Downtown Shuffle [Graphic]

Click on the businesses to see where each is located.

Locally harvested prawns part of campus menu [Photo]

Tim Reinbott holds prawn that were raised at the Bradford Research and Extension Center, one of the Agricultural Experiment Stations owned by the University of Missouri. The majority of the prawn, which have been growing since June, were harvested this week and sent to Campus Dining Services.

Columbia College volleyball player Ola Shawky vs. William Woods [Photo]

Columbia College senior Ola Shawky attempts a kill against William Woods defenders Nicole Mannino, center, and Lauren Fleming in Thursday's Cougars victory.

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington [Photo]

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington talks to her team during a break in the second game of Thursday night's sweep of William Woods. The Cougars swept the Owls, but Wrye-Washington said her team could have played better in the match.

Today Show couple cuts cake [Photo]

Melissa McMillin, 21, and Jeremy Gebhardt, 22, share cake after exchanging vows on the Today Show.

Today Show couple dancing [Photo]

The couple, who found out in August that they won a contest to have their wedding planned by Today Show viewers, married Thursday.

Public Defender [Photo]

Derek Roe, assistant public defender at the Columbia Public Defenders office on East Walnut, looks through files in his office on Thursday. Roe said that the cleanliness of his desk space is one of the first things to be sacrificed when he gets busy.

GRAPH: Tiger football rushing statistics for the first four games of the season [Graphic]

So far this season, the Missouri running backs have for 147.5 yards per game leading them to a 4-0 record. The Tigers have scored 12 rushing touchdowns. De’Vion Moore and Henry Josey have both rushed the ball every game, Moore totaling 46 yards per game and Josey totaling 53 yards per game.

GRAPH: Comparison of property crimes on national, state and local levels [Graphic]

While the violent crime in Columbia increased from 2008 to 2009, property crime decreased, including burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and larcenies. In all three cases, there were more incidents reported per capita in Missouri than in the United States.

GRAPH: Comparison of violent crimes on national, state and local level [Graphic]

Murders, forcible rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults are all considered violent crimes. In Columbia, the number of violent crimes reported increased this past year but is still lower per capita when compared to the United States and Missouri.

GRAPH: Columbia Housing Authority property inspection scores improve [Graphic]

2010 property inspection scores for the Columbia Housing Authority, or CHA, were up by as much as 135 percent from the previous year. CHA has since been recognized as a “high performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CHA divides its properties into four asset management projects, which are assessed and scored by the Real Estate Assessment Center, or REAC.

Peaches on pizza [Photo]

Red and Moe, a new restaurant next to The Blue Note, uses peaches as a pizza topping on a pizza with goat cheese and a balsamic syrup on Friday.