New Missouri Theatre CEO [Photo]

R. Eric Staley, the newly hired chief executive of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, poses for a portrait on Friday. A graduate of MU, Staley's career has been spent working with nonprofit organizations, including the Central Missouri Food Bank and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

Show-Me Solar team takes 11th in international Solar Decathlon [Graphic]

After two years of hard work and a week of competition, the Show-Me Solar team successfully built its 2009 solar house and traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The Solar Decathlon took place from Oct. 8-21 and hosted 20 teams from all over the world.

One in 50 million: contractor [Photo]

Jamie Kroll, a private contractor in Columbia, disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Kroll, his wife and two sons do not have health insurance because at a cost of $18,000 a year for the entire family, not including dental, they cannot afford it.

One in 50 million: Kroll [Photo]

Private contractor Jamie Kroll disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Because he is self-employed, Kroll cannot afford to pay $18,000 a year, nearly a third of his annual income, for private health insurance for his family. "Generally it isn't a big deal. I'm healthy and my family's pretty healthy, but every five or six years or so I cut my finger on a saw, and then I've got a problem," Kroll said.

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile [Photo]

During the school day, Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile likes to joke with his coworkers in the physical education department at the school. After school on the football field, he brings an intensity to his job that exemplifies the work ethic he tries to instill in his players.

Reesing, Kansas struggle [Photo]

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (5) passes the ball during the first half against Oklahoma. Reesing threw three first-half interceptions.

H1N1 Consent Form - Spanish [Document]

Click here to download an H1N1 consent form in Spanish.

H1N1 Consent Form - English [Document]

Click here to download an H1N1 consent form in English.

Couple collects glassware [Photo]

A Japanese couple, Kiwamu and his wife, Yuki, spend quality time at Artichoke Annie's Antique Mall on Oct. 18. When they learned about Fire-King a year ago, Yuki found it pretty and useful, whereas Kiwamu found it cheap. Today, however, both Kiwamu and Yuki look for a line of Fire-King that satisfies their taste and need. "We appreciate the distinctive quality exhibited in the Fire-King line," Yuki said.

Couple collects vintage glassware [Video]

Kiwamu Tanaka and his wife, Yuki, collect Fire-King wares, which is a division of the brand Anchor Hocking glasswares.

Creating a sand mandala [Graphic]

Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery are creating a mandala sand painting through Wednesday in MU’s Ellis Library. The mandala is meant to rededicate the earth and represent a deity. The design, a combination of geometric shapes and symbols, takes about three hours to create using a ruler, compass and white pencil.

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Wheelchair dancing teaches lessons [Photo]

Instructor Chris Pruitt gives ballroom dancing lessons Oct. 15 to Lorraine Cannistra, a resident of Lawrence, Kan. Cannistra is a member of Groovability, a Kansas City wheelchair ballroom dance troupe that will host a Dance-a-Thon to raise money this weekend.

Columbia's First Arthritus Walk [Photo]

Participants of the Arthritis Walk round the track at Stankowski Field on Friday, September 11, 2009. Rebecca Staggemeier and Jackie Piel brought the Arthritis Walk to Columbia.

Susan Hughs participates in Arthritus Walk [Photo]

Susan Hughes suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and walks five to six days a week to help with the pain.

Walk with Me [Photo]

Pins lie at the registration table of the event which raised about $5,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

Tight-knit Group [Photo]

Knitters of Ravelry Happy Hour meet at True Blue Fiber Friends on Oct. 16, 2009. Michelle Fobbs continues to work to try and finish her project even while other knitters take a break.

Weaving Relationships [Photo]

Barbara Gruner, left, Mandy Huelsmeyer and Bex Oliger chat on their way out after the group's Happy Hour.

Inneco directs "Un-Halloween Concert" [Photo]

Alex Inneco leads the choir and signals a sound technician during a dress rehearsal at the Missouri United Methodist Church on December 2, 2007. On October 31, he will be directing the 9th Street Philharmonic Orchestra's "Un-Halloween Concert," which will feature Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Mendelsshon’s Symphony No. 5 and Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5 and 6.

Tibetan monks come to MU to create sand paintings [Graphic]

Tibetan monks will spend two days creating a mandala sand painting at MU's Ellis Library. The finished design will be approximately five feet by five feet. The mandala is meant to rededicate the earth and represent a deity.