MU soccer player Alysha Bonnick [Photo]

Missouri’s Alysha Bonnick, left, collides with Evansville’s Katelyn Smith in the Tigers' win Friday in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament.

Retired minister speaks at rally [Photo]

Dick Blount speaks about his experiences supporting gay rights while involved as a retired United Methodist minister. Blount said he hopes they can make the issue personal, rather than political. "These are our children; these are our family; these are our fellow citizens," he said. "We need to know them as people with a face."

Linda Hayes protests [Photo]

From left, Linda Hayes, Clayton Hayes and Claire Garden hold signs and listen to speakers at the protest of the passage of Proposition 8 in California on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Boone County Courthouse. "I believe everyone should be treated fairly and equally," Hayes said, "and that includes my straight daughter and my gay son," Linda Hayes said.

Mark Buhrmester speaks at rally for equality [Photo]

Mark Buhrmester speaks to an audience on Saturday, Nov. 15, at a protest of California's passage of Proposition 8 at Boone County Courthouse. Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, and the protest was a part of a series of coordinated protests across the nation.

Cheerleading competition [Slideshow]

COLUMBIA — Hearnes Center was a sea of bouncing curls and glitzy hair bows when cheerleaders from across Missouri met on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 to compete for the state title.

Live art at Bluebird Festival [Photo]

Illustrator, painter, and designer Bradley Pipkin creates live art during performances Saturday at Fieldhouse during the Bluebird Music and Arts Festival.

Black Ceasar at Bluebird Festival [Photo]

Black Ceasar of Rhyme University, an indie hip-hop duo, performs Saturday at Fieldhouse during the Bluebird Music and Arts Festival.

Cross Country Xtreme Race [Slideshow]

Zombies, cereal mascots and other costumed runners dealt with snow flurries Saturday while taking part in the Cross Country Xtreme run held at Midway Sandbar. The runners also had an obstacle-laden course to contend with, which included men with chain-saws and crawls through the mud while firecrackers bursted nearby.

Columbia College wins AMC [Slideshow]

The Columbia College volleyball team defeated Missouri Baptist University on Saturday to win the American Midwest Conference tournament. The Cougars received an automatic bid into the NAIA national tournament with the victory.

Map of trails [Graphic]

Missouri's Toy Richbow [Photo]

Mizzou's guard Toy Richbow, dribbles past South Dakota State players towards the hoop at the teams first game Friday.

Missouri's Michelle Collins [Photo]

Missouri forward Michelle Collins, left, intercepts the ball from Evansville's Kasey Cartwright in the first half on Friday night in Columbia.

Adult literacy declining [Photo]

Literacy affects our jobs, incomes, health and families. And at all levels of education, it is declining. Adult education and literacy classes might be the solution.

Where to shoot a deer [Graphic]

Asterisk on Telephone Trophy a mystery [Photo]

Libby gets thumbs up from students [Photo]

Wendy Libby, President of Stephens College, talks with students at Stephens Children's School after reading them a book on March 2, 2006.

Wendy Libby and Nikki Krawitz in 2005 [Photo]

Stephens College president Wendy Libby, right, and board of trustees member Nikki Krawitz take care of final preparations for commencement on May 7, 2008.

Bible Varieties [Photo]

Illustration of some of the new varieties of bibles.

Levels of literacy: Adult literacy declines in new age [Graphic]

Newlyweds strengthen marriage with food [Photo]

Newlyweds Jeff and Helen Porter enjoy a homecooked dinner in their backyard in October. "If I would have known it was this good, I wouldn't have waited so long," Jeffery said of the couple's marriage. The couple strengthens their bond by having dinner together as much as possible.