Stephens basketball player Cara Leis [Photo]

Stephens forward Cara Leis braves a Principia double-team while driving for a layup.

MU swimmer Jake Hoffmann [Photo]

Jake Hoffmann, a senior captain on the Missouri men's swimming team, works on his backstroke at practice Dec. 2. Hoffmann said he knew he could be part of something special the first year he was with the Tigers.

Welch practices for Columbia concert [Photo]

Bradley Welch practices the organ in the main sanctuary of the Missouri United Methodist Church on Wednesday in preparation for a concert. He says organ playing requires a lot of improvising,

Dallas organist to come to Columbia [Photo]

Organist Bradley Welch practices in the Missouri United Methodist Church for the Advent Organ Christmas Concert Friday, Dec. 12, which will be held in the church's main sanctuary. Welch, who began as a pianist, has played the organ since he was young and participates in nearly 20 concerts a year.

Working to make Columbia a hub for classical music [Photo]

Breaking during rehearsal on Tuesday, Jeanne Sinquefield converses with fellow double bass musicians in the Columbia Civic Orchestra. Sinquefield rehearses with the orchestra every Tuesday evening.

Patron works to make Columbia a hub for classical music [Photo]

Jeanne Sinquefield rehearses with the Columbia Civic Orchestra on Tuesday at the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts. Sinquefield is an avid supporter of music and composition; she hopes to see Columbia someday become a national hub for classical music composition.

NAACP news release [Document]

Click here to read the news release from Mary Ratliff of the Columbia NAACP in regard to a fight at Hickman High School that saw a police officer removed and returned to the school after a police investigation.

Bill Watkins Territorial Agreement talking points [Document]

City Manager Bill Watkins' territorial agreement talking points

69 businesses fail compliance check [Graphic]

Waiting for Midnight Breakfast [Photo]

Students line up for food in Stamper Commons at Stephens College. Faculty served about 200 students at the Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday.

Stephens' Midnight Breakfast [Photo]

Sarafina Coleman waits for her plate of breakfast during the Stephens College Midnight Breakfast on Tuesday. This was Coleman's first time to go to the semiannual study break because she is a first-year student.

1209Hoops1 [Photo]

Missouri’s Bekah Mills tries to drive past Bradley’s Skye Johnson on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Mills tied for the team high with 16 points.

1209Hoops2 [Photo]

Missouri’s Alyssa Hollins, left, only played seven minutes in the second half because of foul trouble. She finished with 14 points.

1209Hoops3 [Photo]

Missouri's RaeShara Brown recovers the ball from Bradley's Monica Rogers, left, and Raisa Taylor on Dec. 9 at Mizzou Arena.

A lawyer and a consultant [Photo]

Sarah Read goes over the status of First Christian Church with other members of the church planning committee.

Listening is part of the job [Photo]

Sarah Read listens as other members of the First Christian Church planning committee debate the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several planning committees across the city to try to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

Sarah Bowman talks on a cell phone at Rock Bridge [Photo]

Sarah Bowman, a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School, talks on her cell phone on Dec. 2. With her is Kyle Sherman. Students are allowed to use their cell phones any time in cell phone zones, which include the cafeteria, commons area and designated hallways.

Rock Bridge students in the school's cell phone zone [Photo]

From left, Josh Gaskins, Grant Hunter and Collin Morris play on their cell phones between lunch breaks at Rock Bridge High School on Dec. 2, 2008. Rock Bridge has designated cell phone zones in which students are allowed to use their cell phones.

Welch Lake dam public hearing 1997 [Graphic]

Retirement community residents treated to Christmas concert [Slideshow]

The MU Bassoon Ensemble, directed by professor Rodney Ackmann, performed an arrangement of 30 classic Christmas carols for the residents at Boone Landing Retirement Center late Monday afternoon. The audience sang along and found the concert to be an enjoyable experience. Students in the bassoon ensemble said that if invited again, they would be happy to play for residents next year as well.