Aerial photos released show ash from World Trade Center towers [Photo]

This photo taken Sept. 11, 2001, by the New York City Police Department and obtained by ABC News, which claims to have obtained it under the Freedom of Information Act, shows one of the towers of the World Trade Center in New York as it begins to crumble.

Charles Erickson recant video [Video]

In this videotaped sworn statement taken on Nov. 22 at Potosi Correctional Center, Charles Erickson says that he alone beat and strangled Kent Heitholt. Because of the large file size for this 12-minute video, it may take a while to load in your browser.

Education on recycling [Video]

The city of Columbia is starting a new initiative aimed at making recycling easier for residents by educating people on how to recycle while also making the sorting process simpler. Waste Minimization Supervisor Layli Terrill describes what items the city will and will not accept and also explains how the new program will make recycling easier.

How an endowed chair works [Interactive graphic]

Endowed professor has been teaching since 1974 [Photo]

John Foley has two endowed professorships with MU. He is the W.H. Byler Chair in the Humanities and Curator's Professor of Classical Studies and English. Foley has been teaching since 1974.

Translating Beowulf [Photo]

John Foley, left, teaches his Beowulf seminar class, which consists of five doctoral students. From center, Julie Christenson, Rebecca Mouser, Melissa Range and Peter Ramey are translating the Old English version of Beowulf to modern English.

MU student plans to train for 2012 Olympics [Photo]

MU's Nick Adcock is one of the top 10 decathlon athletes in the United States according to He is planning on training for the 2012 summer Olympics in London.

MU decathlete Nick Adcock jumps hurdles [Photo]

Nick Adcock, track runner for MU, jumps the hurdles in the Hearnes Center field house on Feb. 3. Adcock recently broke his own record in hurdle jumping.

Mike Jeffers [Photo]

Mike Jeffers is currently the principal of Hickman High School. He plans to take a position at North Kansas City secondary schools.

Kathy Ritter [Photo]

Kathy Ritter is currently the principal of Rock Bridge High school and plans to retire at the end of the academic year.

Boxing up the berries [Photo]

Mike Atkinson, director of sales at The Candy Factory, packages a tray of 100 milk chocolate-covered strawberries into a box. The Candy Factory sells its chocolate-covered strawberries in 1/2-pound and 1-pound boxes that contain four to six berries and eight to 12 berries, respectively.

Family business [Photo]

The Candy Factory, located at the corner of E. Cherry and Seventh streets, has chocolate-covered strawberries available from Feb. 10-14 every year. Sam and Donna Atkinson have operated the store since 1986 and now run it along with their son Mike Atkinson and his wife, Amy Atkinson.

Popular treat [Photo]

The Candy Factory's milk chocolate-covered strawberries are one of its most popular Valentine's Day season treats, said Director of Sales Mike Atkinson while he prepared the store for the holiday. He said that truffles and Katys (The Candy Factory's designation for turtle candies) are also typically in high demand.

Chocolate-covered goodies [Photo]

Mike Atkinson, the director of sales at The Candy Factory, places a tray of 100 milk chocolate-covered strawberries next to the box in which they will be packaged. The Candy Factory produces many of its treats within the walls of its E. Cherry Street facility. "We make most everything that's chocolate ourselves," Atkinson said.

City Hall addition floor plans [Graphic]

City Hall began moving departments to their new addition Monday. The move is expected to be completed by Friday. This graphic shows the departments that will be located on each floor of the addition.

Thoughts on the new city building [Audio]

For Cindy Jolly, solid waste district manager, having an office in the new city hall addition means she is no longer surrounded by boxes in her workplace. For Mary Poepsel, an administrative assistant, having a new cubicle in the addition means having more counter space.

On Monday, Columbia city government employees settled in to new offices and cubicles in the new city hall addition. Most seem pleased by the change, saying that the old building had not adequately met their needs and was also somewhat antiquated.

“It’s just a little more updated and refined,” right of way agent Randy Acton said.

Employees think the new addition will be beneficial to the public as well.

“It’s going to be a one-stop shop. You are going to be able to come to one central location and get everything done that you need to get done with the city government,” said Mike Heimos, stormwater educator for the environmental services department.

Speaking in order: stormwater educator Mike Heimos; solid waste district manager Cindy Jolly; Heimos; Jolly; administrative assistant Mary Poepsel; Heimos.

Kathleen Zellner [Photo]

Portrait of lawyer Kathleen Zellner in her office in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Kay Murray [Photo]

Boone County Treasurer Kay Murray

Shoveling the walk [Photo]

Allen Nguyen, 10, shovels the sidewalk in front of his parents' restaurant in Columbia on Monday, when Columbia area schools closed due to snow. Nguyen said he always enjoys a good snow day. "I like to stay home and play video games all day," he said. "So once I finish this I'll probably do that."

Ryan Ferguson at his trial [Photo]

Ryan Ferguson waits for proceedings to start Friday, April 23, 2004, in Columbia.