Hindman as foreman [Photo]

Mayor Darwin Hindman laughs after the witness makes a joke. Hindman played the jury foreman at the Al Capone mock trial.

Prosection query [Photo]

Michael Byrne, acting as the prosecutor of Al Capone, asks a question to the witness at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial.

Woman's costume [Photo]

A woman's costume lies on a table at the Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial on Feb. 11. MU law students dressed up and reenacted the trial in Hulston Hall.

Al Capone mock trial [Photo]

Al Capone's Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial was put on by MU law students in Hulston Hall on Feb. 11. Other members from the community attended and participated as well.

Charles Gehrke, researcher and businessman, dies at 91 [Photo]

Charles Gehrke, left, and graduate student Robert Zumwalt examine a sample of lunar rock at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, Calif. in the late '60s or early 70s. The moon rocks were brought home by one of the Apollo missions.

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Mary Ratliff [Photo]

Mary Ratliff has been president of the Missouri State Conference NAACP since 1991. "It's very exciting for me to know that this organization has lasted 100 years through tough times, trials and tribulations," Ratliff said.

Philips Park plan [Graphic]

Timeline of Columbia's NAACP [Graphic]

An interactive timeline of Columbia NAACP events since its reformation in the 1970s.

CASA space simulation educates students [Photo]

Nadia Vizitei points to a problem area on-board of the CASA space simulation at Hickman High School. CASA is a student-run mission where students learn how to handle computer programming and mock emergencies. Vizitei says that the battery has turned off, but the cause is still unknown.


Third, fourth and fifth graders from Columbia Independent School got to put on makeup, try on costumes and take part in a shortened version of “Madame Butterfly” with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on Feb. 10.

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Superintendent candidate Deming takes questions at forum [Video]

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Skip Deming fielded questions at a community forum Tuesday night.

Damage at the scene of an accident on Rangeline Street [Photo]

The owner of an overturned Chevy S-10 pickup truck surveys damage at the scene of a three-car accident at the at the cross-section of Range Line Street beneath Interstate 70.

Sussex spaniel Stump wins Best in Show at Westminster [Photo]

Sussex spaniel Stump won Best in Show at the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday.

All-weather runners [Photo]

From left, Bob Martin, Dan Heaviland and Kris Hagglund stretch after an early morning run. The three men are part of a large group of all-weather runners who begin running at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "This is the definition of nuts," Martin said, referring to running in 20-degree weather. When asked about his reason for running so early in such cold weather, Martin said, "Partly for getting a run in before work but mostly because the people are so cool." The group meets at an access point to the MKT Nature Trail on Forum Boulevard.

Deming at Tuesday meet-and-greet [Photo]

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Skip Deming said one of the most common questions he gets is, 'Why come back?' To that he said: "There is a passion that flows in some of us because of the experiences we've had in the Columbia school district."

Skip Deming speaks with Karina Galve [Photo]

Skip Deming speaks with Karina Galve at Tuesday's meet-and-greet at West Junior High School.

Winter running [Graphic]

Deming's introduction [Photo]

Columbia School Board President Michelle Gadbois introduced superintendent candidate Skip Deming before he took the podium to speak. Deming spoke about his past career with Columbia schools and answered questions posed by people in attendance.

Timeout [Photo]

Bruins junior guard Ricky Kreklow walks downcourt during a timeout against Springfield Central on Tuesday.