the beat 5/06 [Audio]

Rock Bridge girls soccer team T-shirts [Slideshow]

The Rock Bridge High School girls soccer team prepares Tuesday to play its last home game against longtime rival Hickman High School by creating T-shirts sporting the team's motto, “Just Play.”

Denise Lieberman mug [Photo]

Denise Lieberman is the Missouri senior attorney and voter protection advocate for Advancement Project. She teaches political science at Washington University in St. Louis.

Charles Carter visits the Salvation Army [Photo]

From left to right, Bob Buzard, Charles Carter and Deborah Williams look through a shopping cart full of used goods at the Salvation Army on First and Walnut. Charles Carter is well-known and liked by workers and patrons at the store.

Charles Carter's white sneakers [Photo]

Charles Carter can be recognized for his sense of style. He bought these shoes at the mall. On this day, he paired shiny, white sneakers with a red snakeskin cowboy hat and a very large belt buckle that read, "I Don't Dial 911."

Charles Carter helps out at the Salvation Army [Photo]

Charles Carter is a recovering alcoholic. He has been sober for 25 years. After attaining sobriety, he studied to become a substance abuse counselor to help others struggling with alcohol and drugs. He is now retired, but he still visits the Salvation Army store on Walnut and First every day to help out around the store.

Charles Carter [Photo]

Charles Carter is impossible to miss. His jewelry and belt buckle shine under fluorescent lights. He's often wearing an outrageous hat, and everyone is always saying hello to him.

SLIDESHOW: Charles Carter [Slideshow]

After working through job hopping, failed marriages and alcoholism, he has become a friendly, reliable fixture in Columbia and is an inspiration to many who are struggling.

Rock Bridge soccer players design T-shirts for big game [Photo]

Kelsey Konrardy, a captain on the Rock Bridge girls soccer team, writes "Just Play" in duct tape on a T-shirt after Tuesday's practice. The team designed shirts for Wednesday's home game against Hickman.

Rock Bridge tennis player Jimmy Hunter [Photo]

Rock Bridge tennis player Jimmy Hunter returns a shot Tuesday in a doubles match against Hickman.

Hickman shot-putter Josh Harvey [Photo]

Hickman's Josh Harvey excelled as a 6-foot-6, 330-pound lineman on the Kewpies' football team. But he is also skilled in track and field and has a chance to win a state title in the shot put.

Rock Bridge tennis player Sam Johnson practices serving [Photo]

Rock Bridge tennis player Sam Johnson practices serving with teammates before facing off with hometown rival Hickman on Tuesday afternoon, their final encounter this season.

Hickman and Rock Bridge tennis players, before doubles matches [Photo]

Tennis players from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools meet their opponents for doubles matches on Tuesday.

Dom DeLuise [Photo]

Dom DeLuise in 1988 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Ryan Ferguson [Photo]

Ryan William Ferguson, 19, accused of killing Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt. The murder took place in the Tribune parking lot on Nov. 1, 2001.

TriZou lures four-time world triathlon champion [Video]

Simon Lesing, an Olympic triathlete and four-time world triathlon champion, visited Columbia for the first time for Sunday's TriZou triathlon at MU's Stankowski Field. Lessing was one of more than 700 participants, the most to ever compete in the race's 10-year history.

Relay race instruction [Photo]

Prior to the races, Dave Carlson goes over the rules at the starting line with runners participating in a relay.

Race regulation explanation [Photo]

Starting races is not the only thing Dave Carlson does. Before races, he explains the rules and regulations of each race to race participants.

Performing "Mermaids" [Photo]

Meg Morrissey Wilki and Ben DeMeyer perform the play "Mermaids," written by MU student Jessica Huang, during the Creative Performances and Recognition Ceremony at MU. The 10-minute play is one of the four plays that advanced to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's national competition in Washington, D.C., last month.

Jessica Huang, playwright and journalist [Photo]

Jessica Huang, playwright of "Mermaids." The play is about a couple dealing with breast cancer.