Stella Pruitt poses with Google logo [Photo]

Stella Pruitt and her gifted teacher Connie Hayward pose for a photo with Pruitt's design for a new Google logo on Tuesday morning at Smithton Middle School.

Smithton student a regional finalist in Google logo competition [Photo]

Stella Pruitt poses for a photo with her parents, Michelle and David, after an assembly Tuesday morning at Smithton Middle School. Pruitt designed the Google logo seen here and is a regional finalist in the Doodle 4 Google competition. If she wins, Pruitt will receive a $15,000 college scholarship and Smithton Middle School will receive a $25,000 computer lab.

Joseph Sparks [Photo]

Joseph Sparks is master’s candidate in journalism at Mizzou.

Group protests police actions [Photo]

Greg Williams attended the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday to make a stand against the Columbia Police Department. After the release of a video showing the SWAT team entering a house in Columbia, Williams has tried to start a new group, "Stop Brutality."

Adventuring racing [Photo]

Rodney Atkinson, Joe Bechtold, Dwayne Miller and Andy Pele finish the 30-mile biking portion of the LBL Challenge Adventure race on April 10 in Kentucky.

Voicing opposition to SWAT raid [Photo]

Kelly Maddy, center, from Joplin, attended the Columbia City Council meeting on Monday night. "I am here to stand in solidarity against police brutality," Maddy said. Greg Williams, right, is also in opposition to the actions of the Columbia Police Department's SWAT team during a raid of a house in February.

Speaking out against SWAT team raid [Photo]

Spencer Pearson and Holly Henry speak out during the City Council meeting on Monday against the February SWAT team raid by Columbia police. The SWAT team entered Jonathan Whitworth's house with a warrant and killed his pitbull and injured another dog in the house. Whitworth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia and was fined for $300. "No one is going to take this seriously unless we stand up," Henry said.

Flooding closes roads on St. Louis riverfront [Photo]

Directional signs are surrounded by Mississippi River floodwaters on the riverfront in St. Louis on Monday.

Flooding closes President Casino in St. Louis [Photo]

Flooding on the Mississippi River in St. Louis blocked the entrance to the President Casino on Sunday, forcing it to close. Continual rain over the past week has caused flooding on several rivers in Missouri, and flash flooding has killed two people.

Former mayor greets IBM leader [Photo]

Former Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman greets Tim Shaughnessy, senior vice president for IBM Global Technology Services, during a press conference Monday to announce that IBM would be opening a service center in Columbia and creating 800 new jobs. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, participated in the announcement, too.

Announcing IBM plans for Columbia [Photo]

Mayor Bob McDavid says that the people of Columbia are the reason that IBM came here to establish one of its new locations on Monday. Also participating in the announcement were Tim Shaughnessy, senior vice president for IBM Global Technology Services, and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Governor praises IBM project [Photo]

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the new opportunities that IBM is bringing to Columbia, including 800 new jobs. Dave Griggs, left, chairman of REDI's board of directors, gave the opening address on Monday afternoon.

Welcoming IBM to Columbia [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon welcomes Tim Shaughnessy, senior vice president for IBM Global Technology Services, to Columbia on Monday to introduce the opening of an IBM service center in Columbia. Dave Griggs, left, chairman of REDI's board of directors, gave the opening statement.

What would the oil spill look like in Missouri? [Graphic]

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico covers at least 2,500 square miles of the ocean surface, which is hard to envision. Here, what that would look like over the Mid-Missouri region. Image generated by:

Humane Society Tax Document [Document]

Click to download the Central Missouri Humane Society's 2008 990 form, a public document that outlines the shelter's expenses.

Severe weather keeps Mizzou Storm Chase Team on the move [Video]

Severe weather is popping up across the Midwest and Great Plains, and that has the Mizzou Storm Chase Team springing into action. MU meteorology students travel across the region to observe severe storms, including tornadoes, in person.

Mizzou Storm Chase Team observes severe weather [Photo]

Mizzou Storm Chase Team members Hank Wagner, John Moon III and Nick Kelly survey the skies of northeastern Kansas last month while waiting for an approaching thunderstorm cell during a storm chase.

Honoring a father and a colleague [Photo]

Josh Devine, left, and MU law school professors honor the memory of Devine's father, Associate Dean James Devine, with an empty hooded chair and a round of applause during the school's graduation ceremony on Sunday in Jesse Auditorium. James Devine died suddenly on Wednesday.

MU law commencement and ROTC commissioning [Slideshow]

Graduation ceremonies on Sunday included MU School of Law's commencement in Jesse Auditorium and the ROTC commissioning at Mizzou Arena.

Week in Pictures, May 8-14 [Slideshow]

The Week in Pictures for May 8, 2010. Edited by Stephanie Hinkle.