June 2, 2009
Saturn of Columbia, part of Lou Fusz Auto Group, was open for business as usual on Monday. Saturn, which is owned by General Motors, filed for bankruptcy Monday.
The sign for Sullivan Buick Pontiac and GMC is reflected in a car on the lot on Monday in Arlington Heights, Ill. General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday as part of the Obama administration's plan to restructure the company and give majority ownership to the federal government.
From left, actors Daryl Vaughan, David Hemsley Caldwell and Annie Funke practice a scene from "Hairspray," the opening play of the 49th season at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Vaughan, who will perform in drag as Edna Turnblad, is a regular face in Lyceum shows. Lead actress Funke, playing Tracy Turnblad, previously worked as an understudy for the role in the Broadway production.
Cast members of "Hairspray" dance around Stephen Lukas, center left, and Annie Funke during a rehearsal Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Community Center in Arrow Rock. Lukas portrays teen idol Link Larkin in the show.
June 1, 2009
James "Jimi" Cook, left, of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Sonny Bal, orthopedic surgeon at the MU School of Medicine, have been collaborating for more than seven years on research to create biological joints for hip and knee replacements — as opposed to the standard metal and plastic parts. The process is currently being used in dogs, but, Bal said, it is likely to take "about five years" before it can be perfected enough for human use.
Fergus Moore speaks about the need to slow traffic on Alexander Avenue at a City Council meeting, while his daughter Olivia, 6, listens. "We've created a neighborhood," he said of the street that he lives on. "For the solutions that require funding, we ask for your help. For those that do not, we ask for your support."
Residents of Alexander Avenue listen while their neighbors address the City Council on the issue of fast-moving traffic on the street. The street already has two speed bumps, but residents say that they are not sufficient to control drivers' speed.
Roger Gadbois is a guest columnist for the Missourian.
Jennifer Russell is a night news editor at the Missourian.
Speeding cars and lack of sidewalks on Alexander Avenue prompted residents to ask the City Council for help with the problem. Residents will speak at 7 p.m. Monday during the City Council meeting.
Brian Jarvis is a journalism graduate student at MU and a columnist for the Missourian.
Newly elected Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions about his plans for the school district on Tuesday. "The thing that excited me about Columbia is that I want to close the achievement gap," said Belcher who starts his job on Wednesday.
May 31, 2009
Western Kentucky's Chad Cregar, right, steps on home plate in front of Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman, left, after hitting a three-run home run.
The Centro Latino and the Central Missouri* Stop Human Trafficking Coalition held the first annual "Empowering Young Women" Quinceañera Celebration on May 29 at Memorial Union at MU. The event was planned to celebrate the many birthdays of the Latino youth who attend the Centro Latino and to promote awareness for the problem of human trafficking in Missouri. In Mexican culture a quinceañera celebrates a girl's fifteenth birthday and entrance into womanhood.
Early morning rains did not discourage more than 800 people lined up to get into the third annual Tiger Treasures rummage sale before 6 a.m. Saturday. More than 18 tons of unwanted clothing, refrigerators, couches and shoes were donated by departing MU students.
Millvina Dean, shown here in a 2003 file photo, was the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster. She died in her sleep on Sunday. She was 97. Her family had been on the Titanic with plans to resettle in the U.S. — specifically in Kansas City, where Dean's mother had relatives.