MU journalism student Amy Davis plans to vote for the first time Nov. 4 [Photo]

MU freshman journalism student Amy Davis, 18, will vote for the first time in the presidential election on Nov. 4. “I just think that it actually does truly matter, and that one person's vote really can make a difference,” she said.

Miguel Lopez says the U.S. needs a president who can make good decisions [Photo]

Undecided voter Miguel Lopez says the U.S. needs a president who can make good decisions.
“I need change, I want change, you know,” he said. “I don’t want more Bush.”

Keith Clark doesn't know whom he wants to be the next American president [Photo]

Clark is undecided on who he wants as America's next president. He believes both Republican presidential nominee McCain and Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama have good points but also come across as liars. "Right now, I'd rather vote for a monkey, because at least I know we'd be getting bananas," Clark said.

Keith Clark, an undecided voter, with his children at home [Photo]

Keith Clark poses for a portrait with his children (left) Daunte, 3, and Kumani, 6 months, on Sept. 30 at his house in Columbia. Clark is undecided as to whom he will vote for in this year's presidential election. His two main concerns are his children and the economy. He wants to know what each candidate can guarantee for his children's future.

Timeline of U.S. market meltdown [Graphic]

Mixed martial arts promoter coach Robert Hulett [Photo]

Mixed martial arts promoter and coach Robert Hulett instructs two of his pupils during a recent training session. Hulett has helped increase the popularity of the sport throughout the Midwest. He recently promoted fights as part of the Roctoberfest biker rally.

A look at Mali [Graphic]

MU soccer beats Iowa [Slideshow]

Michelle Collins scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute for her second goal this season, and the MU soccer team secured its fourth straight win Friday night by outscoring Big 10 contender Iowa 2-1 at Walton Stadium.

Rock Bridge runners Jordan Crook and Caleb Wilfong [Photo]

Jordan Crook and Caleb Wilfong run with a pack of Rock Bridge runners during practice Sept. 25 on Bethel Road in Columbia.

Bonnie Rose [Photo]

Nixon's son keeps shoe collection [Photo]

Jer Nixon keeps a shoe collection that highlights the latest trends; among these pairs, Jer has a pair of retro, re-released Reebok pumps.

Jer Nixon helps with dad's campaign [Photo]

Jeremiah "Jer" Nixon has been helping out with his father's gubernatorial campaign. The MU sophomore is also a parody rapper and has an impressive athletic shoe collection. His dad, Jay Nixon, is the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Missouri.

Order up [Photo]

Mississippi Fish Shack owner Kim Perry places an order of friend okra under the heat lamps at the restaurant in Columbia. "I'm just a plain Jane," Perry said. "I really love the people and cooking the food."

Food waits under heat lamp [Photo]

A dish of fried okra and red beans and rice bask under the heat lamps before being served at The Mississippi Fish Shack in Columbia.

The Heibel-March building [Photo]

The Heibel-March building, also known as "The Corner," on Rangeline Street on Tuesday. Central Missouri Community Action tried for eight years to renovate the building and turn it into a community center, but the group wasn't able to raise enough money.

Vandalism at 'The Corner' [Photo]

Darin Preis, executive director of Central Missouri Community Action, struggles to open the front door of the Heibel-March building on Rangeline Street on Tuesday. About a month ago, the glass front door was shot in by a vandal, Preis said. There is still glass on the floor inside.

Failed renovations [Photo]

The inside of the Heibel-March building on Rangeline Street remains in decay Tuesday. The names on the wall include those who have painted the building and have tried to turn the building into a community center, but Central Missouri Community Action has not been able raise enough money over the past eight years to renovate the building and recently had to return it to the city.

Slideshow: Pagan Pride Day [Slideshow]

The sixth annual Pagan Pride Day was held at Peace Park on Sunday. The event, which started with an opening ceremony, featured live entertainment, vendors and educational booths. Admission was free but attendees were encouraged to bring food or clothing to be donated to Loaves & Fishes or pet food to be donated to the Second Chance No-Kill Animal Shelter. The purpose of the day was to educate the public about Paganism, promote religious tolerance and allow Pagans to network with one another.

Cheerleaders perform at Providence Bowl game [Photo]

Rock Bridge cheerleaders perform on the sidelines of Faurot Field during the match off football game between Hickman and Rock Bridge on Friday, Sept. 26.

Fans cheer teams on at Providence Bowl [Photo]

Drew Crumbo, 8, gets a high five from the Hickman High School mascot during the rivalry football game between Hickman and Rock Bridge at Faurot Field on Friday, Sept. 26.