Columbia firefighters perform ice rescue training [Photo]

Columbia firefighters Lester Shewmake, left, and Jim Pasley, right are pulled out of the water by fellow firefighters during an ice rescue training exercise outside of Bass Pro Shops on Wednesday afternoon. The firefighters took turns acting as both the victim and the rescuer during the exercise.

Columbia firefighters practice ice rescues [Photo]

Lt. Klifton Bullard, center, of the Columbia Fire Department instructs other firefighters on the techniques they will use during an ice rescue training exercise outside of Bass Pro Shop on Wednesday afternoon. The warmer temperatures that followed the bitter cold last week afforded the firefighters perfect conditions to conduct ice rescue training for the first time in more than two years.

'Window Pains': Talking to the cast [Photo]

Director Angela Howard gives the cast of "Window Pains" notes on how not to turn their body profiles to the audience during the intermission of a technical rehearsal on Monday evening.

'Window Pains': Stephen ignores his sister [Photo]

Stephen, played by Jacob Huskey, 15, tunes out his sister, Stacy, played by Emily Parks, 16, during a technical rehearsal of "Window Pains" put on by Performing Arts in Children's Education. The play, written by Columbia playwright Hartley Wright, addresses the effects of autism on families.

Houses offer glimpse into Columbia's history [Photo]

Built in the colonial revival style, the John and Elizabeth Taylor House already is listed individually on the National Historic Register. John Taylor, who built the house around 1909, owned a music shop, a garage and a car dealership downtown.

Historical district [Graphic]

A section of West Broadway has been nominated to become a historical district.

Historical houses [Slideshow]

A portion of West Broadway applied to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The houses of this district exemplify important architectural styles common in America at the turn of the 20th century. Each of the homes in the district were built between 1902 and 1953.

New gizmo to aid Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force [Photo]

The Universal Forensics Extraction Device, or UFED, is manufactured by CelleBrite, a leading company in the transfer and backup of mobile content. The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force will use the device to copy cell phone data that might be useful in its investigations.

West Broadway Historic District Property Information [Document]

Click here to download a PDF copy of the West Broadway Historic District Property Information Form, which details the properties seeking historic designation.

Latest rescues [Photo]

Pam Pearn checks in a carrier of dogs brought in to the Central Missouri Humane Society by the Animal Health Division of the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The animals were rescued from a dog hoarder, a pet lover who got out of hand, from north of Columbia.

Check-in line [Photo]

Humane Society employee Julie Aber, center, holds a yellow lab mix for check-in as Carmen Skelly, right, an animal cruelty task force investigator for the Humane Society, carries in another mixed breed during a drop-off of 28 dogs from the Missouri Department of Agriculture. The dogs were rescued from a dog hoarder north of Columbia.

Dog intakes double [Photo]

The Central Missouri Humane Society received a drop-off of 28 dogs on Monday, rescued by the Animal Health Division of the Missouri Department of Agriculture from a dog hoarder, a pet lover who got out of hand. Intakes of dogs from the Department of Agriculture doubled in 2009 compared to years past because of the state's initiative to crack down on irresponsible dog breeders and owners.

Poodle vaccination [Photo]

Animal care counselor Megan Burnam gives a vaccine to a miniature poodle during intake of 28 dogs rescued from a dog hoarder located north of Columbia.

Gary Kespohl [Photo]

Gary Kespohl

Karl Skala [Photo]

Karl Skala

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller [Photo]

The Missouri men's basketball team will be depending on the leadership of seniors J.T. Tiller, center, Zaire Taylor, left, and Keith Ramsey, right, to help it maintain its poise in its upcoming Big 12 road games. “Just knowing the environment playing on the road in the Big 12, and you just have to have a strong mental game to play in these types of atmospheres,” Tiller said.

Road projects offer little relief for contractors [Photo]

Isaac Zimmerle stands leans on his work truck Saturday in front of a home on which he was forced to halt construction in Chapel Hill, Tenn., after unsuccessful attempts to find a buyer. Construction contractors such as Zimmerle would seem to be in line to benefit from the stimulus spending. But money for road construction offers little relief to most contractors who don't work on transportation projects, a niche that requires expensive, heavy equipment that most residential and commercial builders don't own. Residential and commercial building make up the bulk of the nation's construction industry.

Road projects have no effect on unemployment [Photo]

A $19.2 million widening project along SR-373 in Lewisburg, Tenn., is seen on Sunday. Ten months into President Barack Obama's first economic stimulus plan, a surge in spending on roads and bridges has had no effect on local unemployment and only barely helped the beleaguered construction industry, an Associated Press analysis has found.

Molly Bowden five-year memorial [Photo]

Police officers and state troopers coordinate the last details for the memorial honoring Columbia police officer Molly Bowden. The fifth anniversary of her death was commemorated Sunday evening. Bowden was shot during a traffic stop near the intersection of Nifong and Forum boulevards on Jan. 10, 2005.

Coffee production and consumption [Graphic]

Where is coffee produced? Where is it consumed? How does caffeine affect the body? See our graphical explanation attached to this story.