Batter up [Photo]

Megan Christopher steps up to bat in front of catcher Katie Milles during Saturday's MU softball Black and Gold game at University Field. The Black Team won 7-2.

Coach Earleywine watches the game [Photo]

MU Softball head coach Ehren Earleywine watches Saturday's Black and Gold game at University Field.

Allen slides into home [Photo]

Andee Allen slides into home in front of catcher Katie Milles during Saturday's Black and Gold game at University Field.

Missouri blocks Iowa [Photo]

Missouri's Leo Lyons, left, and Kim English (24) defend against Iowa State's Jamie Vanderbeken during the first half of the game on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Defending against Iowa [Photo]

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll (1) defends against Iowa State's Craig Brackins during the first half of the game on Saturday.

Annie Fischer house [Photo]

Annie Fischer house, 2911 S. Old 63: Built in the 1920s by Annie Fischer, the house was used as a restaurant and catering service. Fischer is credited with being one of the first African-American business owners in Boone County and won first prize for her beaten biscuits and cured ham at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. In 1911, President William Howard Taft requested her biscuits when he visited the Missouri State Fair. The house is owned by Merle Jr. and Charlotte Smarr.

Brackins defends against Carroll [Photo]

Iowa State's Craig Brackins (21) defends against Missouri's DeMarre Carroll (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Johnson leads Tigers off bench [Photo]

Junior forward Jessra Johnson dribbles past Kansas’ Nicollette Smith on Feb. 7 at Mizzou Arena. Johnson came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 20 points in 14 minutes of play.

Trainees take precautions against lead [Photo]

While learning about lead abatement, Bryan Jennings tries on a half mask while Rob Johnson, left, John Page, middle, and Kelly Ballanger observe the process. The class is offered by the city of Columbia Planning and Development Department. In order to wear such a mask properly for lead abatement, it must fit correctly, and the wearer must be clean shaven for the closest fit possible.

Learning to remove lead [Photo]

Shawn Williams, left, and Rob Johnson simulate area preparation for lead abatement. The key task, according to class instructor Steve Singler, is to control the dust. Singler and Annie Holland of the Pharos Group out of St. Louis were hired by the city to instruct trainees.

Residents practice lead removal [Photo]

Rob Johnson, dressed in protective gear, worked with other trainees in the second floor of the City Armory Building on Thursday. Johnson said he hadn't realized how important lead removal is, especially for children.

the beat 2/05 B [Audio]

MU gymnast Mary Burke [Photo]

Freshman Mary Burke pauses during her balance beam routine during the women's gymnastics meet against Southeast Missouri State on Friday.

Marcus Whitt drives down the floor for Hickman [Photo]

Hickman Kewpies Crandon Cook, Marcus Whitt, and Jerald Hickem, race down the court through the first quarter Friday.

Eating disorders [Graphic]

Baha'i gathering [Photo]

Jeanne Engle reads over a Hindu peace prayer during a devotional meeting of mid-Missouri Baha'i members Sunday afternoon in Hallsville. Baha'i incorporates aspects of many popular religions including Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism, among others.

eating disorders [Photo]

Anna Bardone-Cone, who runs the Eating Behaviors and Body Image Lab at MU, talks with Lauren Schaefer, left, a research assistant, Jennifer Aubrey, right, Assistant Professor of Communications, and students. The group met to discuss potential ways they will be categorizing data of people's reactions to pro-anorexia Web sites for her research project.

Bicycle accident [Photo]

A bicyclist was struck by a motorist on Paris Road around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. He was taken from the scene by an ambulance.

Baha'i group [Photo]

Tyree S. O. Byndom and his daughter Klaye Daylene Byndom enjoy a celebratory song performed by Baha'i members at a devotional event held Sunday afternoon in Hallsville.

Forsee's State of the University audio [Audio]

Click to listen to the audio from UM System President Gary Forsee's State of the University speech on Feb. 6, 2009.