MU's Sean Weatherspoon at Big 12 Media Day [Photo]

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon talks to reporters during Big 12 Media Day on Tuesday in Irving, Texas.

J.T. Jarnegan at CMU [Photo]

J.T. Jarnegan makes a layup during his playing days at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

Comparison of Alternative Fuels [Document]

An Excel document describing differences in fuels.

Church gives an extreme home makeover [Slideshow]

Members of the Fairview Road Church of Christ teamed up with the Boone County Council on Aging to give 78-year-old Mary Sutton’s home a needed makeover. The project lasted from July 24-27 and included new carpets, ceiling tiles, paint, porch supports, landscaping, a couch and some appliances. Kourtney Sebben of the Council on Aging shared her vision for similar projects, and 11-year-old congregation member Justin Hajiceck talked about his experience working on Sutton’s home. The project was completed in time for Sutton, who is a mother of 12, to host a family reunion in her new home.

Friendly Collision [Video]

Veteran drivers Eddie Chick and Rob Heuer went head to head at the 63rd Boone County Fair Demoliton Derby Sunday night. Both paid tribute to their friend and fellow driver Andy Bell, who died last August, a few days after his final demolition derby.

Downtown development map [Graphic]

After years of discussions about the need to revitalize and redevelop parts of downtown, some projects are well under way, others are breaking ground and still more are in the works.

Correction: The Daniel Boone City Building is located between Seventh and Eighth streets on Broadway. An earlier version of this map showed it in an incorrect location. The 10-story garage will take up half the block between Fifth and Sixth streets on Walnut Street.

Volunteers serve lunch in Douglass Park [Photo]

Bob Marshall, center, and Ryan Pruitt, left, volunteer by serving lunch in Douglass Park. The program is in its eighth year. The program runs Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Picking up a free lunch [Photo]

Kyra Lorthridge, 6, picks up her free lunch Tuesday from the Douglass Park pavilion. More than 130 people participated in the free lunch program Tuesday.

Most of downtown doesn't pay much property tax [Graphic]

Government and educational institutions, as well as private parking lots, cover about 62.5 percent of Columbia’s downtown while paying relatively little or no property tax.

Tenth and Locust development [Photo]

An artist's rendering of the proposed mixed-use development at Tenth and Locust streets downtown. The development was approved for tax increment financing at the July 20 City Council meeting.

Downtown in decline? [Graphic]

Columbia officials, including City Manager Bill Watkins and Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine, have said that economic indicators suggest downtown is in trouble. Specifically, they cite data showing that the number of new business licenses issued in the central business district has stagnated and that the citywide drop in sales tax revenue is particularly dramatic downtown.

City: TIFs would bring revenue [Graphic]

As part of their push for tax increment financing downtown, City Manager Bill Watkins and Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine have distributed numbers showing how TIF-funded construction would increase projected tax revenues from The Tiger Hotel and the proposed development at Tenth and Locust streets. The numbers were originally contributed by the developers as part of their application and have been vetted by city staff.

Band Talent Show [Slideshow]

The 2009 Boone County Fair featured a Band Talent Show this year. This talent show was one of three to be featured at the fair. This slideshow gives a small clip of those who competed in Sunday's talent show.

Shampooing and pampering [Photo]

Judi Smith gets her hair shampooed at Rumors hair salon. "I know it feels good when other people scratch your scalp," said stylist Sarah Brown, rubbing shampoo into Smith's hair.

A mother's approval [Photo]

Sarah Brown has owned her styling business for five years. She has been designing and playing with hair since she was 15 years old, often experimenting on her own hair.

Brown's mother, Darlene, originally did not approve of this enterprise. "She wanted me to go to college, but I didn't end up making it to college. So when I told her I was going to hair school she was like that was good too," Brown said.

Satisfied customer [Photo]

Brandy Mizner-Klearman has been coming to Rumors for three years. The salon is open Tuesday through Sunday but sees most of its traffic on Fridays and Saturdays.

Learning to run a successful business [Photo]

Sarah Brown enrolled in Jerry's Hair School in 1995. Shortly after completing the program, Brown studied under Mary Smith, who has owned her own shop for over 25 years. Smith showed Brown how to deal with customers, how to be professional and how to run a successful business.

Merce Cunningham [Photo]

This file photo provided by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company shows choreographer Merce Cunningham in New York in 2009. Leah Sandals, spokeswoman for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, says Cunningham died on Sunday at his Manhattan home of natural causes. He was 90.

Katy Trail winery trip [Photo]

The Deaton family of Houston, Chris Deaton, left, wife Kimberly Deaton and children Brandon, 9, left, and Natalie, 11, enjoy the view and beverages under the shade of a tree at Stone Hill Winery near the 239-mile-long Katy Trail, Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Herman, Mo.

Monty Perrigo waits for demolition derby to begin [Photo]

Derby fan Monty Perrigo waits as the first car of Sunday evening's demolition derby drives onto the track at the Boone County Fair.