Musician works toward career [Video]

Mason Raithel, 16, is a musician who performed his original piece, “Voodoo,” at The Blue Note. He's hoping for a career in music.

Missouri government officials play softball for Red Cross [Video]

The Missouri legislature held its annual charity softball tournament on April 21 in Jefferson City. Teams of senators, representatives, and others connected to Missouri’s government raise money for a different charity each year. This year’s charity was the Red Cross. The State Seals, comprised of the Secretary of State’s office won this year’s tournament; here are all the teams that participated.

• Lt. Governor Peter Kinder’s team: Kinder Tweeps
• Mark Webb (House Research)’s team: Luzwick Ndrinck
• Brad Werner (House Post Office)’s team: Brad’s Bombers
• Intern team: Bennie’s All Stars
• Tim Bommel (House Photographer)’s team: SW Shockers
• Representative Jonas Hughes’ team: Tha Hit Squad
• The Governor’s Office’s team: Bulb Changers
• The Secretary of State’s Office’s team: State Seals
• Senator Ryan Mckenna’s team: O’Boys and O’Girls
• The Senate staff’s team: Whip Sox

Internal Police Department report [Graphic]

First quarter reports from January to March 2009 and 2010

Earth Day: Sea turtle released [Photo]

Staff and volunteers from the Turtle Hospital watch a 200-pound, male Loggerhead sea turtle named "Pal" make his way to deeper water off the Florida Keys on Thursday, in Marathon, Fla. The turtle was released on Earth Day after being treated for more than a month with antibiotics and laxatives for an impacted digestive system.

People celebrate Earth Day around the world [Slideshow]

Individuals around the globe celebrate the international Earth Day in a variety of ways.

Rehearsing Bach [Photo]

The Columbia Civic Orchestra and the MU Choral Union will perform Bach’s B Minor Mass on Friday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The group rehearsed for two and a half hours on Tuesday and will do the same on Thursday in preparation for Friday's performance, which will take about two hours.

Preparing for Bach production [Photo]

Conductor Paul Crabb leads the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the MU Choral Union in a rehearsal on Tuesday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The group will perform Bach’s B Minor Mass on Friday.

Baseball at Kauffman Stadium [Photo]

The MU baseball team huddles together on the field Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium before the annual rivalry game against Kansas.

Senne at bat [Photo]

MU first baseman Aaron Senne hits a foul ball in the first inning against Kansas.

MU baseball's Thigpen [Photo]

MU junior Andrew Thigpen, center, waits for his pitching replacement on the mound in the annual rivalry game against Kansas at Kauffman Stadium.

MU baseball's Seene [Photo]

With Kansas right fielder Brian Heere on base, Missouri first baseman Aaron Seene shares friendly words with Kansas assistant coach Kevin Frady.

Missouri baseball player Dane Opel in loss to rival Kansas [Photo]

Missouri freshman Dane Opel walks back to the dugout after popping out to end the game in a 1-0 loss to Kansas on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Winner of YouTube grant [Photo]

Alex Rozier, an MU broadcast journalism student, has won a $10,000 grant for Project:Report, a contest sponsored by YouTube and the Pulitzer Center in which aspiring journalists submitted videos about stories not often covered by mainstream media. He plans to use the money to report on an international topic, possibly Haiti one year after the earthquake there.

MAP: Columbia Earth Day Festival [Graphic]

Columbia will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday with the annual Earth Day Festival near Peace Park. (The rain date is May 2.) There will be more than 200 booths, including nonprofit organizations, volunteer opportunities, businesses, government agencies, environmental education and food vendors. For more information and event details, go to

A League of Their Own [Photo]

After the MU softball doubleheader, assistant coach Phil Bradley, right, poses with Gloria McCloskey Rogers. Rogers was a member of the 1953 Rockford Peaches, the team featured in the movie “A League of Their Own.” She was honored during the game against Missouri S&T on Wednesday at University Field.

MU softball's Lee [Photo]

Junior Catherine Lee slides into second base during the Tigers' game against Evansville.

Cheers from the dugout [Photo]

Members of the MU softball team cheer after junior Abby Vock hit a single in the fifth inning against Missouri S&T.

MU softball's Taylor [Photo]

MU softball player Rhea Taylor slides safely into third base during the Tigers' game against Evansville on Wednesday.

Redburn returns to MU [Photo]

Evansville coach Mark Redburn greets MU senior associate athletic director Tim Hickman before the softball game Wednesday. Redburn is a former assistant coach of the MU softball team.

MU softball's Nottelmann [Photo]

Sophomore Kristin Nottelmann pitches against Missouri S&T on Wednesday at University Field. Nottelmann pitched her first career no-hitter in the Tigers’ win.