Swimming in time [Photo]

Jan Bleakley, left, and Paula Donoho practice their routine for the Show-Me State games' 50-plus division of synchronized swimming. Donoho and Bleakley, along with several other friends that will compete, were part of the MO Maids, an intramural synchronized swim team, that trained at MU in the 1970's.

Cheering for the team [Photo]

Taryn Johnson from Columbia's Southwest Swim Club cheers on as teammate Ellen Terry touches for a first-place finish during the 9 to 10-year-old girls relay at the Summer League's Youth Swim Championships on Saturday at Fulton Municipal Pool.

Science over softball [Graphic]

Robnett-Spence Hall at Columbia College [Photo]

The Robnett-Spence Hall at Columbia College houses the lab science program that has expanded greatly in the past six years. The program now includes forensic science, chemistry, natural science and biology. Along with Robnett-Spence Hall, the lab department only has a double-wide trailer for additional space.

Cramped lab space at Columbia College [Photo]

A typical science lab at Columbia College has become cramped and filled with supplies. The developers at the college are coordinating funds and creating plans for a new science lab to be built on the spare softball field.

Dish prepared by Rock Bridge graduate [Photo]

Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, prepared a hand-fried chicken cutlet with rice pilaf, sauteed green beans, glazed carrots with a lemon demi-glace for his first entree at the SkillsUSA national culinary arts competition in Kansas City last week.

Rock Bridge graduate places 4th out of 40 in national cooking competition [Photo]

Margaret Hughes, Rock Bridge High School graduate, competed in the commercial baking competition on June 25 at the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City. She was required to bake a variety of pastries, including pan and braided bread, a pineapple pie, cinnamon rolls and an iced and decorated cake. Hughes placed fourth out of 40 in her competition.

Rock Bridge graduate competes in SkillsUSA [Photo]

Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, slices potatoes to prepare his second entree, a poached salmon with parsley potatoes and stewed zucchini with an herbed beurre blanc. Truesdell competed June 25 in the culinary arts competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. Contestants were required to prepare a green salad, a chicken and vegetable soup and two entrees. Truesdell placed fourth out of 42 contestants.

Agreement between city and Thumper [Document]

Click here to download a copy of the agreement between the city of Columbia and Thumper Entertainment.

Luke Adrian, meet Curious George [Photo]

Luke Adrian is comforted by his nanny, Teryn Bowman, during a meeting Thursday with a lifesize Curious George at the YouZeum. After a while, Luke was no longer crying, and he posed for a photograph with the representation of the popular children's book character.

Visitors arrive to YouZeum for Curious George event [Photo]

Parents and children arrive Thursday at the YouZeum for activities and a visit from a person dressed as Curious George. The event was presented in partnership with KMOS and MU Children's Hospital.

Posing with Curious George [Photo]

Lynn Lindbloom and her daughters, Mia, 18 months, and Kerra, 2, pose on Thursday as Rosemary Olas, KMOS education and outreach manager, takes their photograph with a person dressed as Curious George at the YouZeum.

When the Lights Go Down in the City [Graphic]

GRAPHIC | Columbia Water and Light has proposed replacing a large number of mercury vapor lamps with high-pressure sodium bulbs because they have been shown to be more efficient.

Explaining streetlight repairs [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson explains some of the common malfunctions that may require repair in a 250-watt high-pressure sodium luminaire streetlight.

Two types of streetlight bulbs [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson holds two of the high-pressure sodium bulbs used by the city of Columbia. The city is considering a proposal to replace some 250-watt bulbs with 100-watt bulbs as a cost-cutting measure.

Checking the streetlights [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin prepares to examine a streetlight on 7th Street in Columbia.
On average, 12 lights are repaired per week during both day and night shifts, said Dan Stokes, Water and Light electric distribution manager.

Fixing the streetlights [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin replaces the cover of a 250-watt streetlight in Columbia after repairing it.

Baseball Card History [Graphic]

A history of baseball card collecting and manufacturing.

Mike French owns Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia [Photo]

Mike French operates Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia, which specializes in lower priced sports memorabilia.

Accepting sexuality in the church [Photo]

Doug Stone, left, and partner Tim Root have both been active members of the Missouri United Methodist Church for over a year. "It's one thing being kind of accepted by your family and community," said Root. "It's another thing to be accepted in our church."