Room 38 to open soon [Photo]

Room 38 is on the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets.

The Rome opens [Photo]

The Rome, located at 114 S. Ninth St., former site of Columbia Billiards, opened July 26. The family-style Italian restaurant is co-owned by Cory Hodapp and Dan Kolace.

Into the Devil's Ice Box [Photo]

The group descends the stairs to the Devil's Ice Box at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Once at the bottom, the canoes were placed into the shallow water, and participants carefully paddled into the cave system.

Canoes at Devil's Ice Box [Photo]

Matthew Hodges, left, and Tiffany Corely rest on their way to the Devil's Ice Box at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Once at the cave, the canoes were placed into the shallow water, and participants carefully paddled into the cave system.

Cave spelunking [Photo]

Matthew Hodges, left, packs his canoe with gear as Dustin Stark (yellow helmet) and J.C. Feger, right, wait their turn to enter into the Devil's Ice Box at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

Kristen Alvey [Photo]

Kirsten Alvey, center, prepares to carry her canoe to the Devil's Ice Box.

Akara Ingram works with local teens [Photo]

Akara Ingram, a life skills coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia and a public health graduate student at MU, gives a condom demonstration at the Armory Sports and Community Center on Saturday. Ingram gives presentations and workshops on sexual health, STD transmission and healthy decision-making.

C-SPAN bus from the inside [Photo]

Tamra Robinson, a marketing representative for C-SPAN, gives a tour of the C-SPAN bus Friday afternoon at the Holiday Inn Exposition Center.

C-SPAN bus from the outside [Photo]

The C-SPAN bus visits stops by the the Holiday Inn Exposition Center on Friday Afternoon.

Higher bus fares proposed [Photo]

Mary Shelley waits for her bus at the Wabash station on Saturday. Shelley said it would be very difficult for her if bus fares were increased.

Joyce McKinney [Photo]

In this Aug. 5 file photo, Bernann McKinney holds one of five cloned pit bull puppies during her first meeting with them at the Seoul National University Hospital for Animals in Seoul, South Korea.

Special Olympics at Expo Center [Photo]

Debroah Bjorklund, left, helps her daughter, Amanda, make a bead necklace at the Special Olympics in the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Saturday.

Bernie Mac dies [Photo]

Bernie Mac had a small role in "Mo' Money" in 1992, made a big splash as one of "The Original Kings of Comedy," a documentary released in 2000, and won awards and a wide following with "The Bernie Mac" show on Fox.

Fans gather for the opening ceremony [Photo]

The opening ceremony for the Special Olympics drew many fans to the Boone County Courthouse Square on Friday evening.

Special Olympics torchbearers [Photo]

Shirlene Treadwell, left, a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and Columbia police Capt. Zim Schwartze carry the torch at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics State Outdoor Championships in Columbia.

C-SPAN bus visits Columbia [Video]

Tamara Robinson of C-SPAN outlines the three main functions of the Campaign 2008 tour bus at the Mature Living Festival in Columbia on Aug. 8. Since the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 national tour launched in January 2007, students, teachers, elected officials and five presidential candidates have been on board. The former C-SPAN “School Bus” is 15 years old and has traveled 534,000 miles in its lifetime.

Political karaoke [Video]

Public artist Diana Arce presents Politaoke, a form of karaoke with political speeches created to give participants a chance to interpret speeches given by real politicians. The show was held at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday, July 6.

Missouri's backup quarterbacks get in some practice [Photo]

Quarterbacks Chase Patton, Blaine Gabbert and Jimmy Costello run through a passing drill during practice on Friday. Starting quarterback Chase Daniel was not at Friday's practice; he was attending a family funeral. He's expected to return to practice on Saturday.

Sean Weatherspoon on the first full practice in pads [Photo]

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon runs through a drill during practice early Friday morning. The Tigers practiced in full pads Friday for the first time since spring drills.

Empowering youths [Photo]