Septic Tanks [Graphic]

A septic tank is a watertight container, usually underground, that separates solid materials from wastewater. Depending on the size of the house, the tank can hold from 500 to 2,000 gallons of substance. The materials in the tank are divided into three parts: solid waste like scum or grease, liquid waste and sludge. Without regular inspections, a tank’s pipes, walls and sealants can degrade over time without notice, resulting in leakage of contaminated water and untreated sewage

Explaining the Espresso Book Machine [Graphic]

MU is one of five universities in the country to purchase an Espresso Book Machine, a printing device that can produce a book in five minutes. The book machine, which the university purchased for $75,000 and is introducing Wednesday, has access to more than 2 million items in the Google digital files and can print independent digital files.

Columbia College women's volleyball player Ola Shawky Nosear [Photo]

Ola Shawky Nosear moved to Columbia from Egypt in August to begin playing for the Columbia College women's volleyball team. She said she had few expectations and did not know how good the Cougars were.

Hickman vs. Rock Bridge in 2009 boys soccer district semifinal [Photo]

Rock Bridge forward C J Ross tries to push the ball past Hickman midfielder Matthew Baker and forward Taylor Cox in the Kewpies' 1-0 victory Tuesday in the Class 3 District 9 semifinals at Hickman.

Hickman beats Rock Bridge in 2009 boys soccer district semifinal [Photo]

Hickman senior James Moesel, center, takes the ball past a group of Rock Bridge players in the Kewpies' 1-0 victory Tuesday in the Class 3 District 9 semifinals at Hickman.

Missouri women's soccer player Jessica Greer [Photo]

Missouri soccer coach Bryan Blitz says playing football suits the personality of freshman midfielder Jessica Greer, left. “I think she has a certain level of mental toughness," Blitz said.

Jessica Greer makes the kick [Photo]

After becoming Smith-Cotton's starting kicker during her junior year in high school, Jessica Greer tied a state record for most points scored by a special teams player as a senior. This year, she has four goals as a freshman on the Missouri women's soccer team.

Clint Black to perform at MU [Photo]

Clint Black will perform some of his top hits Wednesday night as part of the University Concert Series at MU.

MO-X shuttle runs to Kansas City, St. Louis daily [Photo]

MO-X shuttle co-founder Brent "Doc" Moore answers the phone in his office on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The airport shuttle service started out with 10 vans in 1999. The service runs to and from Kansas City and St. Louis every day. MO-X works with 13 vans, five mini-buses and nine motor coaches.

MO-X shuttle celebrates 10 years [Photo]

Norm Ruebling stands for a portrait next to one of MO-X's shuttles on Tuesday, Oct. 3., at the MO-X terminal at Business Loop 70 and South Providence Road. After leaving the now-defunct Tiger Air Express shuttle service, Ruebling and Brent "Doc" Moore founded the MO-X shuttle in 1999.

The Beat: Community college enrollment grows [Audio]

Pregame playmakers: MU cheerleaders [Video]

Members of the MU cheerleading squad have to learn to trust one another on the field while doing routines, but it's the trust shown off the field that makes this squad a group of friends.

Pat Martino [Photo]

Pat Martino and guitar. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Katz.

E. coli in Lake of the Ozarks [Graphic]

Although everyone has E. coli bacteria naturally in their intestines, people and animals can be infected with the strand of E. coli 0157:H7, which can sometimes be found in undercooked foods, contaminated water and feces.

Water waste in Lake of the Ozarks [Graphic]

A number of wastewater treatment plants failed to report high levels of bacteria that they were discharging into the Lake of the Ozarks over the summer. These discharges are one possible cause of the high levels of E. coli in the Lake of the Ozarks in recent months, along with rainwater carrying waste from farm fields and faulty residential septic tanks.

None injured in Worley Street accident [Photo]

Mian Hussein, left, fills out paperwork on the trunk of his Silver Toyota Camry while Columbia Police Officer Kim Green, center, interviews Jerry Grace and Julie Davis next to their car on Worley Street near West Junior High School on Monday. Hussein reportedly hit Grace and Davis in their black Kia Optima, who in turn hit a white Ford Mustang and a red Kia Sol in a domino effect. Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts and no one was reported injured.

Verifying accident on Worley Street [Photo]

Columbia Police Officer Kim Green verifies the details of a four-car accident with Ashley Edwards just after 3:00p.m. on Monday. Edwards' red Kia Soul was rear-ended while stopped on Worley Street at the Clinkscales intersection. Edwards and her three passengers were all wearing seat belts and no one sustained injuries.

Bonnie Shapero takes it one day at a time [Photo]

Bonnie Shapero poses for a portrait wearing a scarf she knitted during her chemotherapy sessions when she battled breast cancer in 2005. When she began chemotherapy in April of that year, Shapero picked up knitting as a way to keep her mind off treatment and pass the time. "It was calming," she said.

Jan Lank walks through Stephens Lake Park [Photo]

Jan Lank enjoys the vibrant fall colors as she poses for a portrait on Wednesday at Stephens Lake Park. Lank was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2003. Lank loves to walk, an activity she engaged in throughout chemotherapy and has continued since overcoming cancer. In the past two years, Lank and her husband, John, have participated in the Walk Across Missouri walking along the Katy Trail and have less than 30 miles to complete.

Kathy Windmoeller appreciates every day [Photo]

Kathy Windmoeller, a cancer survivor, stands outside the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center before an appointment on Wednesday.