GRAPH: Beating the winter blues [Graphic]

If it seems like this winter is lasting longer than usual, it could be from several consecutive days of below-normal temperatures.

Cold temperatures in Missouri [Graphic]

Hickman boys basketball player Marcus Whitt vs. Ruskin [Photo]

Entering district tournament play Hickman junior guard Marcus Whitt, center, is scoring almost 14 points a game for the Kewpies.

Playing physical [Photo]

Columbia College junior center Denise Rosario is knocked down after colliding with Hannibal-LaGrange senior center Abby Rankin in the second half of the game. Shortly after this fall, Rosario had to be walked off the court by trainers with an apparent foot injury.

Looking for the open woman [Photo]

Columbia College senior guard Whitney Davis looks to pass the ball in the second half against Hannibal-LaGrange. Davis, though struggling with some considerable injuries, played a key role in the first half of the game.

Standing tall [Photo]

Hickman boys basketball player Xavier Brown vs. Ruskin [Photo]

Hickman's Xavier Brown, left, tries to steal the ball from Ruskin's Kenyan Borders.

Reacting to a call [Photo]

Columbia College’s women’s basketball head coach, Mike Davis, reacts to a call made by the referees Tuesday. The Cougars led the entire game.

Hickman boys basketball player Jordan Stevens vs. Ruskin [Photo]

Hickman sophomore guard Jordan Stevens loses possession of the ball trying to get past a pair of Ruskin defenders in Tuesday's Kewpies loss.

Skating through the cold [Photo]

Despite the cold temperatures, Matt Baumann skates at Columbia Skate Park in Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday.

Hickman boys basketball player Lyle Harris vs. Ruskin [Photo]

Hickman senior guard Lyle Harris lays on the court after falling while driving for a basket in the first quarter. Harris left the game but returned in the second half and eventually regained his form. The Kewpies missed his play, however, and lost 77-71 on Tuesday to visiting to Ruskin.

Family fun at Fastnacht [Photo]

Helga Carter and her granddaughter Olivia Carter, 5, enjoy their time at the Fastnacht on Tuesday.

Serving up Mardi Gras, German style [Photo]

Tricia Price (left) serves bratwurst to Led Hadfield (center) and Gordon Fetterly (right) at the 26th Annual Fastnacht, considered the German Mardi Gras. The event was sponsored by the United Church of Christ.

Making music at Fastnacht [Photo]

Jim Swann plays a clarinet for the Fastnacht event held at the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday. Swann is part of Der Deutschmeister Musickers, which consists of six members.

Haiti relief [Photo]

Andrew Hinkebein, 19, walks by the donation jug at Rock Bridge High School Planetarium where Rock Bridge and Hickman High schools students came together for a fundraiser to raise awareness about Haiti and relief efforts Tuesday.

DIAGRAM Marijuana vs K2 [Graphic]

Marijuana, K2 and other synthetic marijuana variants contain active chemicals that cause psychoactive effects when consumed. They are part of a class of compounds known as cannabinoids. The cannabinoid in marijuana is the naturally occurring delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The Johnson County Crime Lab in Kansas has identified two synthetic cannabinoids in K2: JWH-018 and JWH-073.

Cannabinoids act by binding to two types of nerve receptors known as CB1 and CB2. Both receptors are linked to proteins that regulate neurotransmission.

Day 4 of the 2010 Olympics [Slideshow]

Compilation of photos from the fourth day of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

MU men's basketball player Kim English [Photo]

Missouri guard Kim English, right, who is known for his shooting, says he is trying to become a more complete player, particularly on defense.

Council Chambers find new home [Photo]

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman stands next to the Columbia Fire Department's Honor Guard as they wait to enter the Council Chambers in the newly opened Columbia City Hall on Monday. The mayor and council members were escorted from the old Council Chambers in the Daniel Boone Building to the new chambers next door.

Another Harris takes a shot at playing basketball in college [Photo]

Hickman's Lyle Harris is hoping to get a shot at playing college basketball when he graduates.