June 12, 2008
William Kimpton, left, and Ben Walker wade through floodwaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday afternoon. Three-thousand-nine-hundred homes were evacuated from Cedar Rapids, where rescuers removed people with boats. Officials estimated 100 blocks were underwater, and a railroad bridge over the flooded Cedar River collapsed.
A view of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shows widespread flooding from the raging Cedar River on Thursday. Heavy rains continue to pound large portions of Iowa and as flooding continues. Officials are scrambling as rivers are expected to crest at record levels in many portions of the state.
June 11, 2008
Columbia Regional Hospital unveiled its new da Vinci Surgical System Wednesday. The $1.3 million robotic system will help doctors conduct surgical procedures by providing a better range of motion and increased dexterity. Doctors say the system will be used for prostate, kidney and bladder surgery.
Columbia firefighters responded to a fire inside the MU Power Plant Wednesday evening. The Columbia Fire Department reported that welding sparks ignited the fire, which caused about $5,000 in damage before being extinguished.
Summer Welcome leaders teach the MU fight song to a group of incoming freshmen at the Summer Welcome Spirit Rally on Tuesday.
Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the MU Summer Welcome on Tuesday. Freshmen were divided into smaller groups, and Moini's group was called "Nina Nina's Ballerinas."
Ellie Schamel, left, and her mom Gail Schamel enjoy ice cream at the ice cream social held Tuesday. The social was part of summer welcome at MU.
Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The idea is to turn up the topsoil and expose the layers of dirt below which allow the field to dry faster.
Taylor Drennan drags the Rainbow baseball fields in Cosmo Park on Tuesday. The idea is to turn up the topsoil and expose the layers of dirt below which allowsthe field to dry faster. Drennan had previously attempted to plow another field until he got stuck and couldn't get towed out. “If the four wheelers are getting stuck like this, it’s too wet to let anyone play on the field,” he said.
Allen McCarter pins up papers with participants' reflections during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offender face in their communities.
During a simulation exercise at Smithton Middle School on Friday, Mia Ferrell discusses her lack of options as an ex-offender with Danny O'Farrell, who is acting as a prison worker. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships that ex-offenders face when they return to their communities after prison.
Scott Searles examines his resource cards during the ex-offender simulation at Smithton Middle School on Friday. Participants traded the cards for simulated services. The program was designed to give participants a first-hand experience of the hardships ex-offender face in their communities.
Police say three people entered this duplex on Pimlico Drive early Tuesday and robbed and killed Nathaniel Bentley.
From left, members of CARE Gallery Kiana Nason, Stellan Harris and Lauren Sapp plan activities for Lunch in the Park, where they will be painting faces, assembling pinwheels, and making buttons with younger kids. CARE employs people ages 14 to 18 for the summer. "I like it," Oz Terrell said. "I'm only 15, so it's hard to get a job anywhere else."
Members of CARE Gallery Kathleen "Kitty" Wininger and Stellan Harris practice face painting for their upcoming participation with Lunch in the Park, where they will be painting faces, assembling pinwheels and making buttons with younger kids
Scott Troxel, urologist, left, and Jonathan Thomas, obstetrics and gynecology surgeon, with the da Vinci surgical robot. The robot lessens recovery time for minimally invasive surgery patients.