Douglass graduation: Her diploma [Photo]

Jessica Elliot gazes at her new high school diploma at the Douglass High School graduation ceremony.

Douglass graduation: Before the ceremony [Photo]

Josh Maloney listens to *music before the Douglass High School graduation at Columbia College. Maloney was sitting patiently with the other graduates in the side corridor of Launer Auditorium before the ceremony on Friday night.

usscolumbia honored [Photo]

Keith Richter, left, sonar chief for the USS Columbia, relays a message to Lee Tubbesing from his son, Max, on Friday, May 22, 2009 in Columbia, Mo. Max Tubbesing is one of two Columbia residents currently serving on the submarine.

Texas Tech scores on Missouri in Big 12 baseball tournament [Photo]

Texas Tech's Chris Richburg, right, scores past Missouri catcher Ryan Ampleman in the eighth inning of the Tigers' second game of the Big 12 baseball tournament Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Leonard Griswell: The Magnificent 7 [Editorial cartoons]

Ceremonial shovels at Scott Boulevard expansion groundbreaking [Photo]

Ceremonial shovels are lined up at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Chapel Hill Road before Friday's groundbreaking.

Breaking ground on the Scott Boulevard expansion [Photo]

Boone County Commissioner Ken Pearson, Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade, Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser and Mayor Darwin Hindman cut the ribbon at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Scott Boulevard expansion project Friday. The project will widen the street to four lanes and includes bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.

Breaking hard ground for Scott Boulevard expansion [Photo]

Boone County Commissioner Ken Pearson, Fourth Ward Councilman Jerry Wade, state Sen. Kurt Schaefer, Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser, and Mayor Darwin Hindman break ground for the Scott Boulevard expansion project at the corner of Scott and Chapel Hill Road on Friday. Hindman joked about the hard ground: "Usually they've got this started for you," he said.

Motorcycle helmet usage survey [Document]

Abacus Associates interviewed a random sample of 2,050 adult residents of Missouri by telephone between April 16-23 for the survey. Click here to download a PDF copy of the full survey.

Pete Rahn mug [Photo]

Pete Rahn is the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Fisks on a canoe trip at Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area [Photo]

From left, Jeanette, Mary and Jeremy Fisk of Clark prepare to go on a canoe trip on Bennitt Lake at Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area on May 8. "It's peaceful out here," Jeremy Fisk said. "It ain't noisy. And it's close to home."

Devil's Backbone [Slideshow]

The Devil's Backbone trail, home to wildflowers and wildlife, is considered more intense that most walking trails, but is not as strenuous as those found in the Ozarks. It has rolling terraces and bluffs.

Finger Lake [Slideshow]

A day out at Finger Lakes could include swimming, fishing and biking.

Gans Creek [Slideshow]

Gans Creek provides hikers with scenic woods and challenging cliffs.

Rudolph Bennitt Conservation Area [Slideshow]

The conservation area north of Columbia offers visitors a chance to go fishing and enjoy a hike.

New surface coming for Stankowski [Photo]

Renovation work has begun on Stankowski Field at the University of Missouri and contractors left the heavy lifting of the turf sections to their machines on Wed., May 20, 2009. The $1.5 million project includes removing the old surface, which was reaching the end of its useful life. The new surface will be artificial turf similar to what is used on Faurot Field and is expected to last 10 years.

Missouri coach preps team [Photo]

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earlywine said his biggest concern is Missouri’s batting. He said he has been studying UCLA’s junior pitcher Megan Langenfeld who has a 0.99 ERA and a 16-1 record.

Missouri softball's biggest fans [Photo]

Steven and Charlotte Meiners go to all the Missouri softball games and are also avid fans of the Missouri women's basketball and volleyball teams. The couple is preparing to leave for Los Angeles to see the softball team play in the NCAA Super Regionals. "We make a vacation out of it. We go where the team goes," Charlotte Meiners said. "We've seen lots of places we never would have on our own."

Andee Allen swings [Photo]

Missouri's Andee Allen developed her swing playing Wiffle Ball with her dad.

Missouri's Andee Allen [Photo]

Andee Allen, who has been an important player the past four years on the Missouri softball team, is looking forward to what could be her final week as a Tiger.