Players rest between drills [Photo]

A group of offensive players rests between drills Friday morning, the second day of MU football fall practice. From left: J.T. Beasley, number 67; Kurtis Gregory, number 78; and Travis Ruth, number 53.

Watching the putt [Photo]

Cruz Buchanan watches a putt on 17 during the first round of the Kiwanis Golf Championship at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course on Friday.

Preparing for hospital addition [Photo]

Construction equipment arrives at Pershing Park on July 31, the last day the park will be open to patients and staff of the Truman Veterans Hospital. The park will be the site of new construction for the next few years as the hospital builds its new operating room suite.

VA map [Graphic]

VA coverage [Graphic]

Breaking with the Party [Graphic]

GRAPHIC | Sen. Kit Bond has voted with his party 78.1 percent of the time since the 111th Congress convened in January.

Conceptualized renovations [Photo]

In this artist's rendering of the veterans hospital, the proposed addition can be seen at the bottom right. It will be located where Pershing Park currently stands. Pershing Park will be relocated in the green space at the bottom right of this image.

Sotomayor first Hispanic confirmed to Supreme Court [Photo]

Supreme Court Justice designate Sonia Sotomayor is congratulated at the federal courthouse in New York after being confirmed by the Senate as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

Weatherspoon selected to be one of Missouri's captains [Photo]

Missouri senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was voted to be one of the team captains. He will be joined by wide receiver Danario Alexander, nose tackle Jaron Baston and offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory.

Missouri football practice kicks off [Photo]

Missouri cornerback Munir Prince, second from right, watches as teammates perform drills during the first practice of the fall season Thursday at the MU training fields.

Mike Alden contract 2009 [Document]

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VA Construction Timeline [Graphic]

GRAPHIC | Construction plans for the addition to and renovation of Truman Veterans Hospital.

Online enrollment [Graphic]

Advances in technology and a rise in demand has enabled an increase in online classes offered by Missouri schools, with MU, Stephens College and Columbia College leading the way. Columbia College, in particular, has seized the opportunity and now runs online and satellite campuses across the country.

Columbia College biology professor Peggy Wright [Photo]

Peggy Wright, a biology professor at Columbia College, talks with Terry Smith, the college's dean of academic affairs, about a new online course in human biology. The class, which is slated to start this fall, will allow students to perform lab assignments at home.

Deaton at Nixon news conference on autism [Photo]

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton was one of several people attending Gov. Jay Nixon's news conference at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Edtech - online class at Columbia College [Photo]

Columbia College is developing an online course called Human Biology. Students receive this kit that enables them to do lab assignments at home. Included are a sheep heart, dissection tools and a microscope. The class will be offered this fall.

Same book, different prices [Graphic]

Textbooks are becoming more readily available in alternative formats to help students cope with book costs. “Exploring Business,” by Karen Collins, is one textbook offered in multiple formats. An open source version is also available free online.

A somber celebration [Photo]

Irwin Kaye, right, speaks with Rabbi Yossi Feintuch before an observation of the Jewish holiday Tisha B'Av on Wednesday at the Congregation Beth Shalom. The somber event marks the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem, and other events that have taken place on the same day.

Attending a service [Photo]

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch, right, leads a small service on Wednesday to mark Tisha B'Av, the Jewish day of remembrance of the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem. Irwin Kaye, center, and David Wilkerson, left, are members of the Congregation Beth Shalom who attended the service.

Singing at a service [Photo]

Irwin Kaye, right, sings on Wednesday during a remembrance of Tisha B'Av, the Jewish holiday marking the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yossi Feintuch, left, led members of Congregation Beth Shalom in a small service marking the holiday before watching a documentary about the temples.