Working the assembly line [Photo]

Larry Houston works on the only assembly line still operating at EPC. A year ago, four people would have been stationed along the line that he sometimes operates on his own.

Medical examiners investigate house fire [Photo]

Boone County medical examiners investigate the scene of a fire that occurred in a trailer on Ray Lea Lane in Columbia. One man was killed in the blaze.

House fire leaves one man dead [Photo]

Boone County medical examiners and law enforcement officials investigate the scene of a fire that occurred in a trailer on Ray Lea Lane in Columbia early Wednesday morning.

Humidity effects dumpster operators [Photo]

Reginald Harper operates a garbage truck at the Columbia's Sanitary Landfill on Tuesday.

Heat takes toll on car [Photo]

Roger Shuck examines his overheated Chevrolet Scottsdale truck on the side of U.S. 63 near Sturgeon around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Skulls on a shelf [Photo]

Skulls decorate the office of MU professor David Geary. The skulls are a species of the Australopithecines and of the early bipedal primates.

Fans in firework stand [Photo]

Madison Blumenschein, Ryan Kalbfleisch and Matt Myler rest in front of two fans inside the Bob's Fireworks tent on Tuesday.

MU brain analyst [Photo]

David Geary is an MU professor who has done research on the evolution of brains. In a research experiment, Geary and associates discovered the human brain has quadrupled in size primarily because of social competition.

Pining for cool at Pinnacles Youth Park [Photo]

Justin Lutz holds Orion Alexander in the Silver Fork Creek Falls at Pinnacles Youth Park on Tuesday. Alison Alexander and Jade Alexander sit on the shore.

Demarre Carroll draft possibilities [Photo]

MU men's basketball player Demarre Carroll during a home game against California on Dec. 7, 2008.

Lyons prepares for draft [Photo]

MU’s Leo Lyons dribbles in for a shot at the MU vs. Baylor University men’s basketball game in the Mizzou Arena on Saturday, Jan. 31. The Tigers won the game 89-72.

Defining Downtown [Graphic]

Employment by industry [Graphic]

Unemployment decline [Graphic]

Ceramic figures at Peggy's Gifts [Photo]

Ceramic figures are among the gift items for sale at Peggy's Gifts, owned by Peggy Hurst. The store opened Dec. 15.

Peggy Hurst, proprietor of Peggy's Gifts in Columbia [Photo]

Peggy Hurst, proprietor of Peggy's Gifts in Columbia, checks her gift card inventory. Hurst opened the shop in December of 2008.

Lottery winners unite [Photo]

Jim Wilson jokes with children from a St. Louis day care during a reunion of former winners in the Missouri Lottery at Saint Louis Science Center on Tuesday. The reunion brings together two dozen lottery-made millionaires, like Wilson whose father won $254 million in the lottery in 2007.

A celebration of freedom [Video]

Kids and adults came out to celebrate African-American history at the Juneteenth celebration at Douglass Park on Saturday, June 20, 2009 in Columbia. The celebration commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. Saturday’s celebration included food, games and music, as well as historical exhibits provided by Lincoln University.

Tough times mean tighter pants for stress eaters [Photo]

Leslie Fuller, 51, is pictured outside her home in Las Vegas. Fuller says she has gained back weight she lost due to stress eating.

Stress eating causes Americans to put on pounds [Photo]

Leslie Fuller, 51, walks her dog Sirabi near her home in Las Vegas on June 13. Fuller says she has gained back weight she lost due to stress eating.