August 21, 2008
An artist's rendering shows proposed improvements to William Street.
Nate Hutchings handles introductions on his first day of teaching at Paxton Keeley Elementary School.
An artist's rendering shows some of the planned improvements for William Street.
Abby Froman, 5 uses her backpack as an umbrella on the way to her first day of school at Mill Creek Elementary Thursday. Abby started her first day of kindergarten on Thursday.
Fourth grade students in Lora Lee Hensel's class at West Boulevard Elementary begin their first day of school.
Lisa Turner greets and guides students at West Boulevard Elementary on Thursday, the first day of the new school year for Columbia.
Annie Arnone, a first-time teacher in the Columbia Public School District, leads her class in stretching exercises that she learned working in theater. "Make yourself as big as you can," she told the Lee Elementary third graders on Thursday as they prepared for their first day of school.
David and Ching-Wen play Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata together for the first time.
August 20, 2008
Alicia Thater, left, an incoming MU sophomore, moves her belongings into an apartment at Campus View while fellow sophomore Arriell Calvin waits to go back to her car to finish moving. Because of an influx of incoming freshmen, Campus View and Campus Lodge opened their apartments for students who weren't able to get a room in the dorms on campus. "I don't think it'll be that much different," Thater said about safety at the apartments. "My car's a lot closer here than it was at Mizzou, so that's better for me."
The kitten — named "Striker #4" by its new owners — sits frightened in the back of a cage after being rescued out of a creek Wednesday.
From front, Alex Carranza and his children Emily, 8; Andy, 11; and Melissa, 6 work their way through tall weeds behind the Log Hill Run Apartments looking for a stray kitten that got caught in a storm drain Wednesday. The Carranzas were looking for a creek where the storm drain emptied into.
From left, Jack Rudelic, Paul Eschen and Greg Macarthur pry open a manhole cover along South Commercial Drive to help look for a stray kitten that wandered into the storm drain Wednesday.
Andy Carranza, 11, left, hands the rescued kitten to Paul Eschen as Carranza's sister, Melissa, 6 looks on. Eschen and his roommates adopted the kitten on the spot and plan to name him "Striker #4."
After finally catching the frightened kitten in a creek, Alex Carranza, left lets his son Andy, 11, hold the cat. Carranza and his son followed the meows of the kitten and grabbed a hold of it when it got caught in the tall grass.
Bill Clemons opens the blast valve, sending a propane-fueled fireball into his hot air balloon on August 24, 2007, at the Columbia Balloon Invitational at Corporate Lake. Clemons, who owns a ballooning business in Des Moines, Iowa, named this balloon "Color My World" after a Chicago song that he and his future wife danced to at his high school prom.
Adam McGee, Noel McGee (wearing the famous banana costume he dons every flight), and Liz McGee, from left to right, who own and fly several hot air balloons, pose for a portrait Monday morning in downtown Columbia. Adam McGee is preparing to make his first competitive flight as a pilot in the Columbia Balloon Invitational this weekend.
True freshman tight end Michael Egnew learned Monday he is likely to take a reserve role this season behind senior tight end Chase Coffman.
USA's Ben Askren, right, wrestles Cuba's Ivan Fundora in a 74 kilogram freestyle match at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Fundora won the match.
August 19, 2008
Jacob St. Omer, 11, waits on his mother and younger brother to finish talking to a teacher at Russell Boulevard Elementary School during Sneak Peek. St. Omer used to attend Russell but has since moved on to sixth grade.
Katie Stever, 5, pauses from coloring her bright green fish to listen to the warm welcome from her kindergarten teacher.