City Hall ribbon cutting [Photo]

On Wednesday, Mayor Darwin Hindman, City Council members and contributors to the new building cut the ribbon, to officially open the new City Hall extension. City staff began moving into the new building in February. Renovations to the historical Daniel Boone Building, which previously housed City Hall, have begun.

Buehler improves on mound [Photo]

Missouri junior pitcher Brad Buehler pitches early in Wednesday’s game against Arkansas Pine Bluff at Taylor Stadium.

Ed Robb [Photo]

Ed Robb, former 24th District representative, shown here in 2006, plans to run for Boone County's presiding commissioner.

Daniel Clay [Photo]

MU Provost Brian Foster announced the new Dean of the College of Education today. Daniel Clay will take over as the dean on June 1.

Paul Love [Photo]

Columbia mayoral candidate Paul Love poses for an in-studio portrait.

Hitting the trail [Photo]

Equestrian enthusiast Lucie Hess and her 12-year-old granddaughter Lena Welch set out for a trail ride on Tuesday. Hess has been riding since 1977.

Getting saddled and ready [Photo]

Columbia equestrian enthusiast Lucie Hess saddles her appaloosa horse Spanky before a trail ride on Tuesday. Hess participates in organized trail and endurance rides around the country with her horses.

Trail plans cut [Photo]

The Parks and Recreation department recently cut plans for a 17-acre equestrian area near Gans Creek Recreation Area.

MAP: Boone County equestrian trails [Graphic]

Boone County has a few horse trails in and around its vicinity. Contact the respective parks for horse riding season dates and hours.

MU baseball player Blake Brown [Photo]

Missouri freshman outfielder Blake Brown hit his first home run for the Tigers in the second-inning Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Hickman goalkeeper Monica Ross [Photo]

Hickman senior goalkeeper Monica Ross faces a shot from Pembroke Hill's Madison Thrane.

Hickman girls soccer player Katie LaRue [Photo]

Hickman senior Katie LaRue, left, tries to get the ball around Pembroke Hill defender Hannah Lewis, center, and goalkeeper Jackie Robinson.

CHART City Council Travel Expenses [Graphic]

While Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala may be the one currently attacked in television ads for traveling on taxpayer money, city records show that travel expenses for each council member are allocated into the council budget. Skala exceeded his allocation in several fiscal years, though he wasn’t the only one.

President Obama signs health care bill [Photo]

President Barack Obama signs the health care bill Tuesday in the East Room of the White House.

Health care reform supporters applaud new law [Photo]

Participants applaud in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday where President Barack Obama, flanked by Macelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, signs the health care bill. Behind the president, from left are Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

Kespohl and Skala [Photo]

Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala passes the microphone to Gary Kespohl, who is running against Skala for the council position, after answering a question on tax-increment financing during the debate hosted by the Columbia Missourian on Monday evening.

Missourian Media Guide [Photo]

Missourian Media Guide [Photo]

Obama signs health care bill [Photo]

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to cheers as they arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington this morning where the president was to sign the health care bill.

Loom weaving at Stephens College [Photo]

Oralia Chopin weaves before a crowd in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening, during a backstrap loom weaving demonstration. Chopin is the vice president of TRAMA Textiles, a Guatemalan fair trade weaving cooperative that she said was organized to help women provide for themselves in the poor conditions caused by war in the 1980s. This was translated by Lorna McCune, a Spanish instructor and first year Anthropology Ph.D. student at MU.