Penny Komes [Photo]

Penny Komes is in her first year of Latin and said she has already seen the benefits. The sophomore at Rock Bridge High School said Latin has improved her English.

“It’s really fun and I find it really helpful for English as a whole through learning the Latin sentence forms and derivatives," she said. "It’s also interesting to know because everyone thinks it’s a dead language, but it makes me feel important to learn such an old language.”

Cardboard testimony [Photo]

Pastor John Battaglia stands in front of volunteers at Christian Chapel who shared their cardboard testimonies of spiritual struggles and recoveries. ¦ ROSE BRACK-KAISER

Guiding hands help with reading lessons [Photo]

Parkade teacher Jennifer Luna guides her student's hands around the "d" and then moves on to the "u" to get him to read the word "ducks." She teaches her students proper behavior for their age group. This can be difficult as many of her students have a mental age younger than their body suggests.

A reading lesson with Jennifer Luna [Photo]

Jennifer Luna uses her special pointer to point to the letter "B" during a reading lesson at Parkade Elementary School.

Learning through play [Photo]

Two boys play with Legos during their free time on Nov. 12 in Luna's classroom at Parkade Elementary School.

Jennifer Luna at work [Photo]

Jennifer Luna flips through flash cards while teaching her students how to read by associating pictures with words. Luna teaches special needs students proper behavior in addition to everyday schooling.

Jennifer Luna helps a student with reading [Graphic]

Jennifer Luna helps one of her students sound out the words in "The Farm" on Nov. 12 at Parkade Elementary School. Luna is a learning transition specialist at Parkade.

MU men's basketball player Keith Ramsey [Photo]

Keith Ramsey was a first team All-Panhandle Conference selection during each of his two years at Okaloosa-Walton (Fla.).

MU women's basketball player Bekah Mills [Photo]

Missouri's Bekah Mills suffered a season-ending knee injury before the start of last season and was seeing limited minutes at the start of this season. But she has started the past five games at point guard.

MU women's swimmer Lori Halvorson [Photo]

Senior Lori Halvorson, a captain on the Missouri women’s swimming team, holds three individual records for the Tigers. Coach Brian Hoffer calls her “one of the best” in school history.

Rock Bridge basketball player Matt Kelly [Photo]

Rock Bridge guard Matt Kelly drives down the court Dec. 18 against host Hickman.

Anderson is cross-examined [Photo]

Andy Anderson, coordinator for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, is cross-examined by defense attorney Tony Manansala on Thursday.

Tremaine waits for trial to begin [Photo]

Defendant Clarence Arthur Tremaine waits for his jury trial to begin Thursday. Tremaine is charged with possession and promotion of child pornography.

Andy Anderson testifies in trial [Photo]

Andy Anderson, coordinator of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, testifies during Clarence Arthur Tremaine's jury trial on Thursday. Tremaine is charged with possession and promotion of child pornography.

UM Healthcare budget cut impact [Document]

Other Fiscal Scenarios for other Curator Programs [Graphic]

UM System Budget Reduction Impact Statement [Graphic]

UM System budget reduction impact statement filed with the state Department of Higher Education on Thursday.

Director of Orr Street Studios [Photo]

Elaine Johnson is the new director of Orr Street Studios. She says she is not an artist but loves art.

Concerned MU faculty [Photo]

Victoria Johnson, associate professor of sociology, listens to Chancellor Brady Deaton speak at a general faculty meeting in Jesse Wrench Auditorium on Dec. 17. Deaton addressed faculty concerns stemming from the current state of the economy and from potential budget cuts of up to 25 percent.

Radio Ranger's show reflects times [Photo]

Steve Donorio, the "Radio Ranger" at KOPN/89.5 FM, checks his levels as he begins a tune during his Sunday radio show.