March 9, 2010
Elizabeth Mendez and her husband, Heriberto Uribe, are members of Boone County's Spanish-speaking population. Both originally from Mexico, Heriberto and Elizabeth hope to improve their own English and are teaching their children, Anthony and Erik, both languages. Elizabeth hopes people understand that a language barrier doesn't imply incompetence on behalf of Spanish-speakers. All quotes have been translated into English from Spanish.
Rufus Reid plays his upright bass for students after teaching them some of the finer points of Jazz theory.
Elizabeth Mendez holds her 2-year-old son, Erik Uribe-Mendez, in the living room of their home Saturday. Elizabeth, who is originally from Toluca, Mexico, has lived in Columbia for almost eight years, and is unable to speak English.
Local union members listen to mayor candidate Sid Sullivan answer questions at the mid-Missouri Labor Club's forum held at their monthly meeting on Monday.
A student uses a clicker to answer a question in the physics class of Professor Michael Dubson at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Feb. 26.
Mayor candidate Jerry Wade answers questions from members of the mid-Missouri Labor Club at their monthly meeting on Monday evening. The forum provided a chance for the local labor union members to speak with the candidates about campaign concerns and issues one at a time.
Local 773 member Stan Turner asks Jerry Wade a question relating to Wade's council vote on an overtime and hourly wages issue at the Mid-Mo Labor Club's monthly meeting on Monday evening. The club opened the floor up to each candidate individually for approximately 25-30 minutes to answer member questions.
Undated mug shot of Johnny Wright, charged in the the 1976 death of 23-year-old Rebecca A. Doisy in Columbia. He was arrested after he requested a background check from Lawrenceville Police in Gwinnett County, Ga. for a job application.
March 8, 2010
Missouri center Steve Moore, left, has been wearing goggles to replace his contacts, which were often knocked out while playing, causing annoying delays.
Gary Kespohl answers: How would you rate city government in terms of transparency and what, if anything, would you do to improve it?
Karl Skala answers: How would you rate city government in terms of transparency and what, if anything, would you do to improve it?
Gary Kespohl answers: Should the city be looking at new sources of revenue in tight economic times? If so, what are the best options?
Karl Skala answers: Should the city be looking at new sources of revenue in tight economic times? If so, what are the best options?
Gary Kespohl answers: Would you vote to put a renewal of the city's sales tax for parks on the November ballot?
Karl Skala answers: Would you vote to put a renewal of the city's sales tax for parks on the November ballot?
Gary Kespohl answers: What do you think are the most important issues related to transportation in Columbia?