Western fox snake removed from Missouri's endangered species list [Photo]

A Western fox snake rests on a gravel road after eating its prey at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Mound City.

Bald eagle removed from Missouri's endangered species list [Photo]

After DDT was banned in 1972 and eaglets were brought to Missouri from states with large populations, the bald eagle has bounced back.

Meeting Missouri leaders [Photo]

Joe Biden, Democratic candidate for vice president, talks to Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, left, and Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, after his speech in Jefferson City.

Barn owl removed from Missouri's endangered species list [Photo]

The barn owl has seen an increase in the number of nests reported by citizens and researchers from 11 between 1986 and 1992 to 90 by this year.

Supporting Barack Obama [Photo]

A crowd listens to Joe Biden speak in Jefferson City on Thursday night in front of a campaign sign for Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for president.

Audience listens to Biden [Photo]

The audience packed Memorial Park in Jefferson City on Thursday night to listen to Joe Biden, Democratic candidate for vice president.

'Say it to my face' [Photo]

"In my neighborhood, if you want to say something about me, say it to my face, " Joe Biden said in a rally in Jefferson City on Thursday night. He was criticizing John McCain, Republican candidate for president, and his behavior at a recent presidential debate when he "wouldn't look Obama in the eye."

Crossing guard Ralph Bowers blows out candles on a cake at Russell Boulevard Elementary's 50th anniversary celebration [Photo]

Crossing guard Ralph Bowers blows out candles during Russell Elementary School's 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008.

Biden talks at Jefferson City rally [Photo]

Joe Biden, Democratic vice presidential candidate, talks in front of a full house Thursday night in Jefferson City. The senator from Delaware spoke at the Change We Need rally in Memorial Park.

Former Russell Boulevard Elementary students reflect on their time at the school [Photo]

Former students Becky Jacob, center, and Ken Harl Pestle, right, recall their time at Russell Elementary School. They were looking at pictures with Carolyn Jacob, Becky Jacob's mother, during the school's 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008.

Tigers touchdown celebration [Photo]

Chase Daniel congratulates wide receiver Jared Perry after throwing a touchdown pass during Missouri’s 69-17 win against Nevada on Sept 13. The gesture is meant to reflect the TIgers’ “team-first” mentality, players said.

Robert Shay, new director of the MU School of Music [Photo]

Thomas O'Neal, left, director of bands for the MU School of Music, talks with Robert Shay, the new director of the School of Music in Loeb Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. Shay was vice president for academic affairs and dean of the conservatory at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass.

Orgins of the Tiger's handshake [Graphic]

MU football players discuss the origins of their celebratory handshake.

How to grow prairie grass [Graphic]

Prairie grasses are ideally suited to Missouri's climate and can make for an unusual yard.

Streets with shared lane marketings for fall 2008 [Document]

GetAbout Columbia is preparing to expand the use of shared lane markings on 30 miles of Columbia streets. The symbols are meant to be used as a guide to cyclists that rather than keeping to the far right, they should ride through the center of the symbol.

Playaway photo illustration [Photo]

Grant improves test scores [Graphic]

An early reading program has been successful at raising test scores.

Estimated timeline for shared lane markings for bike routes in 2009 [Document]

GetAbout Columbia provides a timeline for when shared lane markings will be in place around the city in 2009.

Shared Lanes [Graphic]

Many roads throughout Columbia will soon feature "sharrow" symbols to help motorists and cyclists travel more safely together.

Biden on highways [Audio]

Part 3 of Sen. Joe Biden's phone interview with the Missourian. In this clip, he talks about highways.