Rhymes and Rhythms offers games, stories for toddlers [Photo]

Two-year-old Kevin Han chooses stickers for his book near the end of the Rhymes and Rhythms for Pre-Walkers program on Tuesday at the Columbia Public Library. The program attracted about a dozen babies and their parents, all of whom came to enjoy music, dancing and stories at the library.

Missouri Contemporary Ballet dancers practice after summer hiatus [Photo]

Missouri Contemporary Ballet dancers Claire Magee, Melanie Auinbauh and Noelle Lelakus practice at the Dance Studio of Columbia on Tuesday. The Columbia-based dance company returns for the fall season after a three-month hiatus and will be performing "Falling ... Apart" at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on November 13 and 14.

Islamic students observe Ramadan [Photo]

Phil Klopfenstein, an MU student currently observing the Islamic holiday Ramadan, picks up a few breakfast items at the Emporium at MU on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. In accordance with Ramadan tradition, Muslims are only allowed to eat before sunrise and after sunset.

City social service funding [Graphic]

The funding by the city of Columbia for social services has remained steady over the past nine years.

Field feud [Graphic]

Rick Rose made his case Tuesday night to the Boone County Commission for a conditional use permit for a baseball field on his property. The Kinseys, who own neighboring land, have complained about the field.

Fasting practices among religions [Graphic]

Fasting practices among common religions.

Champion rider Melissa Hood [Photo]

Melissa Hood and her horse Watch This Way finish their go at the 2009 Bayer Select World Championship Show reining competition.

Motorcycle collision injures one [Photo]

A Carl's Towing & Transport worker helps clear a motorcycle from Business Loop 70 between South Providence Road and Seventh Street. The motorcyclist crashed into a red Ford Focus, shown, on Tuesday. According to eyewitnesses, Columbia resident Daniel Morris was traveling westbound on Business Loop 70 on his motorcycle when he quickly passed a truck driver and broadsided Columbia resident H.R. Ricketts. Ricketts was turning left onto a driveway.

Farmers worry about effects of climate change bill [Photo]

Corn detasslers work a field by an irrigation pivot, in Goehner, Neb., Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Fears over proposed measures to address global warming are leaving some farmers, ranchers and others tied to agriculture hot under the collar. While those who back the Obama administration's climate change legislation say its opportunities for agriculture will outweigh the costs, former Agriculture Secretary and now U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska fears the legislation's "cap and trade" measure could cripple America's agriculture industry.

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams [Photo]

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams (No.7) hasn't been able to beat the Tigers yet, but he still says he likes the Arch Rivalry game and is disappointed to see it end of the 2011 season.

Rock Bridge golfer Meghan Mueller [Photo]

Rock Bridge golfer Meghan Mueller shot a 43 over nine holes Tuesday at L.A. Nickel Golf Course.

Lumpkins trial begins with photographs [Photo]

Keyonda Lumpkins, left, pauses during her second-degree murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. Lumpkins is on trial for the June 2008 death of her 2-year-old son, Cortez Johnson.

Mike Sewall [Photo]

Mike Sewall is an assistant city editor for the Missourian.

County commission to decide fate of games [Video]

Rick Rose built a baseball field on his Bonne Femme Estates property in 2003. Now, after a neighbor complained about the field, The Boone County Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on a zoning issue about the baseball field, which is used for pick-up games and by several organized teams.

Farm to school apple packing [Photo]

Maria Ayala separates leaves from apples in preparation for washing in the pack house of Peters Orchards and Market near Waverly.

Farm to school apple boxes [Photo]

One bushel boxes of apples stand in a stack near the processing line at Peters Orchards and Market.

Farm to school apples [Photo]

Apples move along a conveyor belt on their way to the inspection area where apples determined insufficient for raw consumption will be separated from the pack.

Farm to school apple inspector [Photo]

Peters Orchards and Market owner and operator Paul Peters stands next to apple inspector Roberta Nichols and points out the kind of apple that does not make the cut.

Blackwell drawing [Photo]

Grant Blackwell works on a drawing while sitting on Ninth Street. Homeless just two years ago, he credits his rigorous work ethic with getting him off the streets. He feels fortunate to make a living through his passion for art.

Blackwell pencil shavings [Photo]

Pencil shavings on Ninth Street. For his latest project, Grant Blackwell used colored pencils and paper. For previous projects, he has used a variety of media, including discarded pieces of wood.