Belcher Q & A [Photo]

Newly elected Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions about his plans for the school district on Tuesday. "The thing that excited me about Columbia is that I want to close the achievement gap," said Belcher who starts his job on Wednesday.

MU eliminated from NCAA baseball tournament [Photo]

Western Kentucky's Chad Cregar, right, steps on home plate in front of Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman, left, after hitting a three-run home run.

Latino community celebrates young women [Slideshow]

The Centro Latino and the Central Missouri* Stop Human Trafficking Coalition held the first annual "Empowering Young Women" Quinceañera Celebration on May 29 at Memorial Union at MU. The event was planned to celebrate the many birthdays of the Latino youth who attend the Centro Latino and to promote awareness for the problem of human trafficking in Missouri. In Mexican culture a quinceañera celebrates a girl's fifteenth birthday and entrance into womanhood.

Bargain hunters find treasures from Tigers [Slideshow]

Early morning rains did not discourage more than 800 people lined up to get into the third annual Tiger Treasures rummage sale before 6 a.m. Saturday. More than 18 tons of unwanted clothing, refrigerators, couches and shoes were donated by departing MU students.

Millvina Dean, Titantic's last survivor, dies [Photo]

Millvina Dean, shown here in a 2003 file photo, was the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster. She died in her sleep on Sunday. She was 97. Her family had been on the Titanic with plans to resettle in the U.S. — specifically in Kansas City, where Dean's mother had relatives.

Anchor driving a family affair [Photo]

Matt and Caleb Bryson, sons of Circuit Judge Larry Bryson, compete in the team division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. The pair drove a 38-inch land anchor into the ground but lost to the father-and-son pairing of Larry and Luke Bryson.

Young anchor driver [Photo]

Abbigale Cloven, age 3, was the youngest competitor in the Anchor Driving Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Centralia Rotary.

Cheering for family at Anchor Fest [Photo]

The Hargis family watches family member Ethan compete in the Boys 8-and-under division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. Halia Hargis, cheering her brother, also competed in the competition.

Singing at the Anchor Festival [Photo]

The Ball Brothers were this year's entertainment at Centralia's Anchor Festival. Real brothers Steven, Andrew, Daniel and Josh are a harmonic gospel group who tour around the South and Midwest.

Wild hair [Photo]

Feathers, glitter and plenty of hair spray were used to create wild hair styles at the All-Night Senior Party. Students had the option of visiting the hair salon, massage spa or nail salon throughout the evening.

Combined graduation party [Photo]

Dozens of students from the high school graduating class of 2009 gathered at the All-Night Senior Party held Saturday at Hearnes Center. Karaoke, bingo, basketball and sumo wrestling were just some of the activities available at the event, which lasted from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Playing with hair [Photo]

Paula Nguyen, a recent Hickman High School graduate, gets her hair done by a stylist from High Maintenance salon. "I've never had my hair done like this before. It's pretty awesome," Nguyen said.

Karaoke with new grads [Photo]

From left, Sam Stanley and fellow Rock Bridge High School graduate Tarin Smith sing karaoke with Hickman High School graduate Eric Pyle at the All-Night Senior Party.

Starting stash [Photo]

Blackjack, craps and roulette tables offered students the chance to win big at the All-Night Senior Party held Saturday at Hearnes Center. The chance to win prizes such as laptops and iPods kept students gambling, with fake money, late into the night.

Fight for fake cash [Photo]

Atlande Guajardo, left, beats out his friend Garth Kirkham for a prize of $1,000 in fake money Saturday at the All-Night Senior Party held at Hearnes Center. Students were given $20,000 in fake money to start and could increase their funds by playing bingo, gambling at the "casino" or competing in activities.

Missouri's Kyle Gibson pitches against Monmouth in the NCAA Oxford Regional [Photo]

Missouri's Kyle Gibson pitches against Monmouth on Saturday in the Tigers' victory.

Missouri eliminated from Women's College World Series [Photo]

Missouri coach Ehren Earleywine, left, talks with pitcher Chelsea Thomas, center, during the fifth inning of the Tigers’ loss Saturday.

Hickman shot-putter Josh Harvey at 2009 state meet [Photo]

Hickman senior Josh Harvey threw 59-1/2 for third in the shot put finals Saturday at the Class 4 state track and field meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Commencement champions [Photo]

Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools graduated their senior classes Saturday in Mizzou Arena.

A day to be proud [Photo]

Aurora Wolters whispers "I love you" to her daughter Meagan after the Rock Bridge commencement on Saturday. While many of the students rushed out of Mizzou Arena to commence the party activities, others stayed around, taking a plethora of pictures to remember the special occasion.