Breaking fast [Photo]

The men broke the first day of Ramadan fasting together by eating dates and samosa after sunset. During the month of Ramadan observers fast from sunrise to sunset.

Holy books [Photo]

Several Qurans line a shelf at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri. Fading sunlight shines in from a window signaling sunset and the end of fasting on the first day of Ramadan.

Arnel Monroe gives Hickman team a pep talk [Photo]

Hickman High School assistant Arnel Monroe, right, gives the football team a pep talk before the annual Football Jamboree, a four-team round robin competition, on Friday in Jefferson City. The Kewpies hope to learn from a sub-par year, and have set a goal to win the very important games on their home field.

A.J. Ofodile views plays from the sideline [Photo]

Rock Bridge head football coach A.J. Ofodile views plays from the sideline on Friday at the annual football jamboree in Jefferson City. The Rock Bridge Bruins, who went 1-9 last season, hope to improve on their game. "We're are trying to find ourselves in our program," Ofodile said. "We are pleased with the players' approach to working together and on the field."

Football Jamboree [Video]

Four area high school football teams, including Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, took to the field for this year's Football Jamboree in Jefferson City. For these teams, the Jamboree is a first opportunity to practice against other teams before the start of the season.

Missouri freshman linebacker shows promise [Photo]

To learn more about how to play outside linebacker at Missouri, freshman Donovan Bonner (No. 8) lived with senior captain Sean Weatherspoon over the summer.

Lei Wang-Francisco helps Missouri kick off 2009 volleyball season at scrimmage [Photo]

Senior setter Lei Wang-Francisco, center, laughs after a play during Friday night's Black and Gold game. The scrimmage kicked off the 2009 volleyball season.

Amanda Hantouli helps Missouri kick off 2009 volleyball season at scrimmage [Photo]

Senior Amanda Hantouli leaps to make a block in front of freshman Lindsey Petrick in Friday night's Black and Gold game at Hearnes Center. The scrimmage kicked off the 2009 season.

Angus W. 'Mac' McDougall [Photo]

Angus W. "Mac" McDougall, former MU photojournalism professor and director of the Pictures of the Year competition, in 1982.

True freshman Jack Meiners [Photo]

True freshman Jack Meiners' desire to learn has helped him impress the Missouri football team's coaching staff, but coaches and teammates also are quick to mention his physical tools. Meiners got to Columbia standing taller than 6 feet, 5 inches and weighing more than 300 pounds.

0821_rezoning [Graphic]

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the rezoning of a tract of land east of the Municipal Power Plant from residential to industrial. The City Council has the final say.

Preparing for another year [Photo]

Mary Korth-Lloyd prepares supplies and decorations for her first-grade classroom. Korth-Lloyd, who was principal of Rock Bridge Elementary School, will return to the classroom to teach for the 2009-2010 school year.

Marking her place [Photo]

A chair and several fuzzy friends decorate Mary Korth-Lloyd's classroom. Korth-Lloyd is excited for the coming year in the classroom. "What other job can you laugh everyday and get hugs?" she said.

Organizing material [Photo]

Mary Korth-Lloyd sorts books into level appropriate categories in preparation for the 2009-2010 school year. Korth-Lloyd, who was principal of Rock Bridge Elementary School, will return to the classroom to teach for the coming year.

Artist judges state fair [Photo]

Stevens Galley, helped judged the open division of the fine art competition at the 2009 Missouri State fair. Perlow has owned her gallery space in Columbia since 2006 and has been exhibiting everything from local artist work to pieces from all over the nation.

Making the money stretch [Photo]

Molly Lyman, 1st grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, sets up her classroom before students arrive next week. Lyman hopes to use to acquire supplies for the cheerleading squad she coaches at Hickman High School.

Donny Spradling with his son [Photo]

Donny Spradling holds Isaac, one of his five children.

Donny Spradling works in his Columbia home [Photo]

Navy veteran Donny Spradling works at his Columbia home. Spradling will attend MU this fall. Nearly half a million veterans are expected on college campuses this year as part of a new GI Bill that has many schools re-examining their services for soldiers-turned-students.

Accident on Blackfoot Road [Photo]

Late afternoon on Thursday, August 20, 2009, two cars collided on Blackfoot Road, just off of Stadium Boulevard. Jeff Winn, who was in one of the cars involved, was unharmed, but his girlfriend was taken to the hospital to be checked. "This corner is dangerous," said Winn, "I hit my head on the windshield, but I'm ok."

Welcoming back tradition [Photo]

The Mizzou Golden Girls dance squad performs for the incoming and returning student body during the Spirit Rally on Thursday. Thousands of students gathered to socialize and learn more about the university.