Igniting a flare [Photo]

Fire Capt. Eric Hartman uses a flare to ignite a residential propane tank as part of the Columbia Fire Department's first night-training session of the year on Thursday. The firefighters needed to first use water to direct the fire away from the shut-off valve before extinguishing it.

Ensuring safe extraction [Photo]

Columbia firefighters stabilize an upside-down vehicle at the first night-training session of the year at the Columbia Fire Training Academy on Thursday. This particular exercise focused on effectively stabilizing both a vehicle on its side and upside-down in order to ensure safe extraction of anyone who could be trapped inside.

Cooling off the engine [Photo]

Columbia firefighters extinguish fires in the trunk, cabin and engine of a car as part of the year's first night-training session on Thursday. Firefighters first directed the fire away from the front of the engine block in order to prop open the hood and cool off the engine.

A little bit of love [Photo]

Mayor Darwin Hindman gets a kiss from Tanner, a rescue dog owned by Teal Alt, on Thursday at the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Soaking up some sun [Photo]

Tanner takes a nap in the sun at the feet of owner Teal Alt on Thursday during the welcome at the Central Missouri Humane Society. After the trolley procession down Broadway, the public was invited back to the Humane Society to hear a welcome and speeches from Mayor Darwin Hindman, founder Richard Thompson, Humane Society Director Patty Forister, and Libby Burks and Amanda Huhman, the teens who originally discovered the shelter makeover contest and helped publicize it.

Blue for Zootoo [Photo]

A volunteer holds a sign in support of's $1 million shelter makeover contest. Blue is Zootoo's signature color.

Ties to untangle [Photo]

Heather Grote helps untangle Rebel as they wait on Broadway for the trolley car procession on Thursday. Although Rebel, a rescue dog, is not from the Central Missouri Humane Society, Grote said she supports their cause. "We think what those girls started is so great," she said.

Chatting with personnel, supporters [Photo] founder Richard Thompson chats with Central Missouri Humane Society personnel and supporters on Thursday at the shelter on Big Bear Boulevard. Thompson's visit is part of the second phase of the shelter makeover contest.

Showing their support [Photo]

Kim Stonecipher-Fisher, left, waits for the Zootoo/Central Missouri Humane Society trolley procession with her dog, Coco, and Michele Spry on Thursday. Coco is the second rescue dog that Stonecipher-Fisher has adopted; the first one is memorialized in a locket filled with ashes that Stonecipher-Fisher wears around her neck. She and Spry came with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce ambassadors to show their support. "It is important to show that downtown businesses are behind this," Stonecipher-Fisher said.

Waving from the procession [Photo]

From left, founder Richard Thompson, Amanda Huhman and Mayor Darwin Hindman wave to the crowd during their trolley procession down Broadway on Thursday. The Central Missouri Humane Society won first place in the first round of Zootoo's million-dollar shelter makeover contest.

Earning stripes [Photo]

Mizzou pro day [Graphic]

In front of various NFL scouts from teams across the country, Missouri football players will demonstrate their skills and improve their chances of being selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Listen up [Photo]

Jeff Henderson, chef and Food Network personality, speaks to students at Hickman High School on Wednesday. Henderson was at the school to deliver an inspirational speech about his previous jail time and attainment of his lifetime goal to become a chef.

Here's a tip [Photo]

Lisa Johnson, home school coordinator for Moberly Public Schools, takes notes as chef Jeff Henderson delivers his speech in the Hickman High School media center on Wednesday. Johnson and her colleagues brought about a dozen students to Hickman to hear Henderson speak.

Heibel-March building [Photo]

The city of Columbia has tentatively agreed to let First Chance for Children occupy the Heibel-March building, located at the corner of Range Line Street and Wilkes Avenue. First Chance plans to raise $250,000 to renovate the building and make it the education organization's main office. Green technology will be used to make the nearly century-old building more energy efficient.

Proposed site for history [Graphic]

Paul Fisher [Photo]

Jerry Friedheim, left, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, and Paul L. Fisher Jr., director of the Freedom of Information Center at the University, examine part of the 43 volumes of the "Pentagon Papers."

Paul Fisher, portrait [Photo]

This photo of Paul Fisher was used in the journalism alumni "J" publication.

Expensive execution [Photo]

This Jan. 21, 2003 file photo shows an unidentified death row inmate in his cell in the North Condemned Unit at Pontiac Correctional Institution in Pontiac, Ill. In 2000, then Gov. George Ryan made Illinois the first state with the death penalty to suspend executions, after 13 condemned prisoners were freed for wrongful convictions.

Pricy death penalty [Photo]

In this May 27, 2008 file photo, a microphone hangs over the gurney in the Texas death house in Huntsville, Texas. In hard economic times, more states say it costs more to execute killers than to imprison them for life.