Candidate Timothy G. Luchsinger [Video]

Timothy G. Luchsinger, Columbia Water and Light director candidate, met with residents on Friday in City Hall.

Candidate Tad Johnsen [Video]

Tad Johnsen, Columbia Water and Light director candidate, met with residents on Friday in City Hall.

Residents share opinions about candidates, city's needs [Video]

Residents of Columbia reflect on the Water and Light director candidates and the opportunity to meet them in City Hall on Friday.

Cherry Hill Summer Fest show art, provides games [Slideshow]

Cherry Hill held its fourth annual Summer Fest & Art Show on Saturday. The festival helped raise money for the Central Missouri Food Bank.

Moberly Area Community College hosts Art on the Block [Slideshow]

The Art on the Block festival was for people of all ages on Saturday at Moberly Area Community College. The event was free for anyone attending, and it gave attendees the opportunity to observe or participate in a variety of art activities.

Farm to Table Festival explains worm composting [Photo]

Bobby Johnson and Edwina King of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture demonstrate how to construct and maintain a worm bin at the Farm to Table Festival on Saturday. "A worm bin shouldn't smell at all," Johnson said. "If it does, it's due to either too much moisture or too many food scraps."

Farm to Table festival introduces attendees to worm composting [Slideshow]

The festival provided sustainability workshops, including one about worm composting, which uses almost any kind of box to compost worms.

City Candidate Finances Released [Graphic]

Mayoral candidate Bob McDavid raised the most with $61,624.80. City Council candidate Rick Buford raised the least with $1,200.00.

Soccer fans cheer on Mexico at The Blue Fugue [Photo]

Mexico soccer fans, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the World Cup open Friday morning at The Blue Fugue. The fans could be heard cheering, "Si se puede!" or "Yes, we can!"

Soccer fans cheer as Mexico scores in World Cup opener [Photo]

Mexican fans, from left, Cassidy Shearrer, Autumn Nixon, Victor Cruz, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez, Roberto Lopez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the first World Cup game Friday at The Blue Fugue.

Protection against oil fumes in Gulf [Photo]

Sonja Daniel, who has a house on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, wears a mask Sunday as she sunbathes on the beach of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin County, Ala. Cleanup crews were working Sunday to remove tar balls and oily patches from the shoreline as managers at the refuge readied plans to construct dunes and berms to protect sensitive lagoons and wetlands.

The Week in Pictures [Slideshow]

The Week in Pictures: June 5 to June 11 with images from the World Soccer Cup, the oil spill in the Gulf, refinishing the MU Columns and the Stanley Cup.

Family watches FIFA World Cup at Ragtag Cinema [Photo]

Marcela Chavez and her family watch Mexico play South Africa in the FIFA World Cup at Ragtag CInema on Friday morning. The free event was the first time that Ragtag had ever shown the World Cup.

YouZeum provides interactive learning opportunities [Photo]

The Routine Maintenance section of the YouZeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The videos provide an interactive way for children to learn about their bodies.

Gary Forsee talks about Colorado leaving the Big 12 conference [Photo]

Gary Forsee, president of the University of Missouri System, answers questions from the media during a news conference June 11. Missouri is still a proud member of the Big 12, Forsee said.

Locally Grown: Closing the loop [Slideshow]

Locally grown columnist Michael Burden invites you over for dinner — virtually. Burden explains the benefits of growing your own food in the front yard and making compost in the back.
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Autism Bill signed [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation that requires insurers to cover autism treatment for children up to 19 years old at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU on Thursday. Insurers would be required to cover up to $40,000 of care effective August 20, 2010. In the background, left, Tammy Maasen, an activist for the legislation and a mother of an autistic child, and William and Nancy Thompson, founding donors to the center, watch the signing. Maasen and William Thompson spoke at the signing event.

MAP: Charette [Graphic]

City officials, the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council and H3 Studios began a three-phase, four-week
series of planning sessions on Thursday. Designated stakeholders were invited to participate in specific meetings; public forums and lectures, open to all, are scheduled throughout the series to present ideas and to receive feedback.
These series of meetings aim to develop a vision and implementation strategy for two key areas identified as priorities in the May 2009 Downtown Columbia Leadership Council Interim Report.

Gov. Signs Autism Legislation [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon greets Madeleine Carter, age 7, who has autism, after signing legislation that requires insurers to cover the treatment of autism in children 19 years old and younger on Thursday at Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU. "It's a joyous day," Paula Carter, Madeleine's mother, said. "It means that autism counts."

Nick Schneider soapbox derby car [Photo]

Nick Schneider applies a shark decal to the side of a soapbox derby car. "I used to race. I kept doing it as long as I could, and went to nationals in Akron, Ohio three times. A few years ago I bought a vinyl cutter for an outside business, and got recruited to do decals," he said.