Missouri Contemporary Ballet dancers practice after summer hiatus [Photo]

Missouri Contemporary Ballet dancers Claire Magee, Melanie Auinbauh and Noelle Lelakus practice at the Dance Studio of Columbia on Tuesday. The Columbia-based dance company returns for the fall season after a three-month hiatus and will be performing "Falling ... Apart" at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on November 13 and 14.

Islamic students observe Ramadan [Photo]

Phil Klopfenstein, an MU student currently observing the Islamic holiday Ramadan, picks up a few breakfast items at the Emporium at MU on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. In accordance with Ramadan tradition, Muslims are only allowed to eat before sunrise and after sunset.

Champion rider Melissa Hood [Photo]

Melissa Hood and her horse Watch This Way finish their go at the 2009 Bayer Select World Championship Show reining competition.

Motorcycle collision injures one [Photo]

A Carl's Towing & Transport worker helps clear a motorcycle from Business Loop 70 between South Providence Road and Seventh Street. The motorcyclist crashed into a red Ford Focus, shown, on Tuesday. According to eyewitnesses, Columbia resident Daniel Morris was traveling westbound on Business Loop 70 on his motorcycle when he quickly passed a truck driver and broadsided Columbia resident H.R. Ricketts. Ricketts was turning left onto a driveway.

Farmers worry about effects of climate change bill [Photo]

Corn detasslers work a field by an irrigation pivot, in Goehner, Neb., Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Fears over proposed measures to address global warming are leaving some farmers, ranchers and others tied to agriculture hot under the collar. While those who back the Obama administration's climate change legislation say its opportunities for agriculture will outweigh the costs, former Agriculture Secretary and now U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska fears the legislation's "cap and trade" measure could cripple America's agriculture industry.

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams [Photo]

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams (No.7) hasn't been able to beat the Tigers yet, but he still says he likes the Arch Rivalry game and is disappointed to see it end of the 2011 season.

Rock Bridge golfer Meghan Mueller [Photo]

Rock Bridge golfer Meghan Mueller shot a 43 over nine holes Tuesday at L.A. Nickel Golf Course.

Lumpkins trial begins with photographs [Photo]

Keyonda Lumpkins, left, pauses during her second-degree murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. Lumpkins is on trial for the June 2008 death of her 2-year-old son, Cortez Johnson.

Mike Sewall [Photo]

Mike Sewall is an assistant city editor for the Missourian.

County commission to decide fate of games [Video]

Rick Rose built a baseball field on his Bonne Femme Estates property in 2003. Now, after a neighbor complained about the field, The Boone County Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on a zoning issue about the baseball field, which is used for pick-up games and by several organized teams.

Farm to school apple packing [Photo]

Maria Ayala separates leaves from apples in preparation for washing in the pack house of Peters Orchards and Market near Waverly.

Farm to school apple boxes [Photo]

One bushel boxes of apples stand in a stack near the processing line at Peters Orchards and Market.

Farm to school apples [Photo]

Apples move along a conveyor belt on their way to the inspection area where apples determined insufficient for raw consumption will be separated from the pack.

Farm to school apple inspector [Photo]

Peters Orchards and Market owner and operator Paul Peters stands next to apple inspector Roberta Nichols and points out the kind of apple that does not make the cut.

Blackwell drawing [Photo]

Grant Blackwell works on a drawing while sitting on Ninth Street. Homeless just two years ago, he credits his rigorous work ethic with getting him off the streets. He feels fortunate to make a living through his passion for art.

Blackwell pencil shavings [Photo]

Pencil shavings on Ninth Street. For his latest project, Grant Blackwell used colored pencils and paper. For previous projects, he has used a variety of media, including discarded pieces of wood.

Farm to School [Graphic]

The process of harvesting and preparing apples to be distributed to wholesalers and sold in stores is highly mechanized. Here is a simplified version of a Peters Orchards apple's journey from tree to truck.

'Star Trek' remembered [Photo]

Sean Kenney, right, tells stories about his experiences on the set of "Star Trek: The Original Series" and answers questions posed by Randall Durk of the Central MIssouri Astronomical Association and others on Monday. Kenney began dabbling in photography in the 1960s while stationed in Japan with the Air Force and passed through Columbia with his wife on the way to shoot portraits in collaboration with the Association of Realtors.

Rock Bridge tennis player Kelsey KinderKnecht [Photo]

After dropping five games in a row to lose the first set, Rock Bridge's Kelsey Kindernecht came back to win against Hickman rival Dina Kaissi on Monday at No.1 singles. It was Kindernecht's first victory against Kaissi, after losing to her four times last season.

Pinkel address the media [Photo]

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel speaks to the media about the upcoming season during a press conference Monday. Pinkel said when it comes to new players youth and lack of experience are insignificant to him. He is more concerned about how the team prepares.