Marathon starts on Route 66 [Photo]

More than 600 contestants start the inaugural Mother Road Marathon on Sunday on Commercial Avenue in Commerce, Okla. Runners took part in a one-mile race in Joplin and a half-marathon between Baxter Springs, Kan., and Joplin. The marathon course followed historic Route 66 beginning in Commerce and ending in Joplin.

SLIDESHOW: Cancer patient keeps faith [Slideshow]

Conrad and Debi Hake have been married for nine years. Debi was diagnosed with breast cancer in May.

Colorado has rough start to farewell tour [Photo]

Colorado's Luke Walters, right, and Ethan Adkins, left, sit dejectedly on the bench during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Missouri.

Next to its donor [Photo]

A bag of blood hangs beside it's donor on Monday at the Hearnes Center during the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. The blood drive will run from Monday to Thursday, and the Red Cross hopes to collect 4,000 pints by the last day.

Lining up to donate [Photo]

Donors line up to check in for their appointments on Monday at the Hearnes Center during the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. The blood drive will run Monday to Thursday, and the Red Cross already had over 1,100 appointments for their first day of donations.

Empty blood drive bags [Photo]

Rows of empty blood donation bags lie on a table before being handed out to donors on Monday at the Hearnes Center for the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. The donated blood will be separated into plasma, platelets and whole blood.

Bringing the support system [Photo]

MU freshman Rachel Taylor waits nervously to donate blood for the first time for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega on Monday at the Hearnes Center for the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. "It's really scary, so I brought Green Gill," Taylor said of the stuffed animal she's had since first grade. "It seems juvenile, but you gotta do what you gotta do."

William Markgraf announces retirement [Photo]

Columbia Fire Chief William Markgraf told City Manager Bill Watkins Monday morning that he plans to retire from the Columbia Fire Department on Jan. 5, 2011. Markgraf has served as the department chief for the past 22 years.

Kobe beef in the vineyard [Photo]

One of the American Wagyu cows stands near the vineyard at Terry Neuner's farm on the morning of Sept. 12 in Westphalia. Neuner provides local restaurants such as Broadway Brewery with his Kobe beef.

A musical trip [Video]

Two cyclists from New York are heading across the country in search of good music. They recently stopped in Columbia — their halfway point.

Protesting Liu's imprisonment [Photo]

Pro-democracy protesters display a poster featuring a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and the words "Release Liu Xiaobo" as they march to China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong on Sunday. The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned Liu sparked praise from Western governments, brought condemnation from Beijing and exposed the difficulties fitting a powerful, authoritarian China into the international order.

Leading through doing [Photo]

Seventh-grade students Roger White, left, and Julian Jensen maintain a garden they installed at Lange Middle School as part of the Lange Leadership Academy for Young Men. One of the founders of the program, Arnulfo Peat, right, says the program is designed to prepare students who may not be motivated yet for high school and college.

Learning to be leaders [Photo]

Lange Leadership Academy for Young Men members Julian Jensen, left, and Roger White, right, stand with their mentor, Arnulfo Peat at Lange Middle School in early October. Students of the academy learn to tie a tie, give a firm handshake and do community service. "I work with some of the best group of guys," Peat said.

Dori J. Maynard [Photo]

Dori J. Maynard's columns are published by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and can be read at

Edwards makes a run [Photo]

Kip Edwards, No. 1, runs down field with Jarrell Harrison, No. 11, in the second half of Saturday's game against Colorado.

Pushing through defense [Photo]

James Franklin, No. 1, pushes through Colorado's defense on Saturday.

Deserted tent [Photo]

Tailgaters abandon their tent before kickoff of the MU vs. Colorado game on Saturday.

Lawrence runs down the field [Photo]

Kendial Lawrence, No. 4, carries the ball down the field on Saturday, avoiding a tackle by Colorado's Nick Kasa, No. 44.

Moore avoids tackle [Photo]

De'Vion Moore, No. 26, evades a tackle in the second half of MU's game against Colorado on Saturday. MU left Colorado scoreless.

Greeting the fans [Photo]

MU football players shake hands with fans after their 26-0 defeat of Colorado.