Palin supporters [Photo]

Supporters of Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cheer as she speaks Thursday in Cape Girardeau.

Preparing Obama sign [Photo]

Stagehands Paul Dobberstein, left, and Toby Beck prepare a large "Missouri For Change" sign at Carnahan Quadrangle, where a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will begin at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. People standing behind the sign will be able to view Obama on a JumboTron.

Obama lanterns [Photo]

Obama pumpkins sit near the podium where Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will speak Thursday. Construction continued throughout Thursday, and gates were scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. The rally is set to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Clyde Bentley mug [Photo]

Clyde Bentley is an associate professor for the Missouri School of Journalism and one of the founders of MyMissourian.

Mock election [Photo]

Dylan Roebuck, James Hunter and Evan Kleekamp fill out ballots for a mock election at Rock Bridge High School Tuesday Oct. 28. Aside from choosing candidates for president and governor, the students were asked their opinions on political issues such as the Iraq War and the energy crisis.

Atlante [Photo]

Sara Shahriari, one of the producers for “Radio Adelante” and a former Missourian reporter, edits the show at KOPN/89.5 FM.

Students hold political convention [Photo]

Melissa Beutenmiller and Stuart Spradling, honors students at Oakland Junior High, researched candidates for class projects.

Tigers start season with Black & Gold game [Photo]

Matt Lawrence dribbles past JT TIller during the first half of the Missouri men's basketball team's Black and Gold game Oct. 29 at Mizzou Arena.

Ragtime with the orchestra [Photo]

The Columbia Civic Orchestra, conducted by Stefan Freund, rehearses Tuesday evening at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for an upcoming concert on Nov. 2. Ethan Uslan, renowned Ragtime music pianist, is the featured pianist for the concert's celebration of Missouri's pastime with ragtime music.

Black & Gold Game begins new men's basketball season [Photo]

Junior guard Zaire Taylor defends against freshman guard Miguel Paul during the second half of the 2008 Black and Gold game on Oct. 29 at Mizzou Arena.

Haunting legend [Photo]

The "ghost" of Sarah, from the infamous Stephens College Senior Hall legend, rests in a mausoleum within an elaborate Halloween display in the front yards of Ron Graves and Dennis Hill. Neighbors Graves and Hill put up the festive display for the second year in a row.

Economic issues in '08 [Graphic]

Phil Laposa mug [Photo]

Oakland Junior High political convention [Audio]

The media center at Oakland Junior High School was a wash of red, white and blue on Wednesday for the political convention hosted by the ninth-grade honors block. Booths for each campaign were set up, and students took turns at the podium speaking about what they learned. Candidates from national, state and local campaigns were represented, and politicians, parents, community members and fellow students were invited to attend. Event organizer Josh Johnson describes the convention, along with parent Julia Young. Students Ian McCann, JT Smith, Paige McCumber and Katy Ledbetter talk about their time campaigning and learning about candidates.

Roads will be closed around Obama rally [Graphic]

A Day on the Betty D [Slideshow]

Art Robins, 87, takes his boat out every weekend with family and friends on the Missouri River near Cooper’s Landing outside Columbia. His boat, “The Betty D,” is named after his late wife, who died in 2005 of chronic destructive pulmonary disease. Art’s son, Mike, 50, navigates the boat along the Missouri River, and Mike’s daughter, Mila, also comes along for the ride. Art Robins’ wife died one month after he bought the boat. She never got a chance to ride on “The Betty D.”

Crews set up for Obama visit [Photo]

Crews worked on Wednesday to set up the stage for Barack Obama's visit to Columbia on Thursday. The event will take place on the south side of Carnahan Quadrangle at MU near Rollins Street. The event will open at 7:30 p.m. and the rally is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Harmony for Humanity [Slideshow]

In an effort to elevate values of peace, tolerance and relationships, MU’s Jewish Student Organization sponsored “Harmony for Humanity,” a concert series highlighting the life of Daniel Pearl. The event took place Tuesday night at Mojo’s where crowds gathered to listen to a variety of bands, such as Kinetix, the Northwoods and Save Praise Dance Ministry of Columbia. Pearl, a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002. His career and his appreciation for music were the inspiration the organization wanted to promote in order to create commonalities among people of different backgrounds and values.

Susan Montee mug [Graphic]

Susan Montee is the Missouri state auditor

VIDEO: Hulshof speaks at a news conference [Video]

VIDEO: Kenny Hulshof speaks at a news conference.