wild onions [Photo]

Pressed specimens of wild onions native to Missouri are cataloged in the herbarium at the University of Missouri's Museum Support Center. Wheeler is working with similar specimens from all over the continent in her effort to classify the wild onions of North America.

Erica Wheeler [Photo]

Erica Wheeler, a biological sciences doctoral student stands in the herbarium at University of Missouri's Museum Support Center. The herbarium contains preserved samples of the wild onions that Wheeler is working to classify through DNA analysis.

"How to Succeed..." characters [Photo]

Alexandra Milner and Grant Watkins rehearse a scene for the production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." The play tells the tale of J. Pierrepont, a window cleaner with dreams of success in the business world and a book that will show him how.

"How to Succeed.." stage [Photo]

Grant Watkins and Stephen Kruse rehearse a scene for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Rhynsburger Theatre. The musical is directed by James M. Miller and will take place Oct. 7-12.

'Gumbo Bottoms' float [Slideshow]

In efforts to stir up interest in next month’s “Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical” paddlers floated down the Missouri River on Sunday from Rocheport to Huntsdale. Writer Meredith Ludwig introduced lifetime river local Fred Oerly who told stories about growing up near the “Mighty Missouri,” and gave background to the slimy river muck he calls “gumbo.”
River regulars Brett Dufur of Mighty Mo Canoe Rental and Steve Johnson of the Missouri River Communities Network both lent their expertise to Sunday’s event that began just after noon and concluded around 6 p.m.
“Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical” begins Nov. 21 at Boonville’s Thespian Hall.

Drawing of proposed garage [Photo]

Artist rendering of what the potential parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets will look like. The issue was discussed at the City Council meeting Monday night.

Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant [Photo]

Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant Bryant, top, has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA because the All-America receiver lied about details of a meeting with former NFL player Deion Sanders.

Hickman volleyball's Madelyn and Emily Tegerdine [Photo]

Emily, left, and sister Madelyn Tegerdine say they didn't always take playing volleyball at Hickman as seriously as they do now.

Paquin Tower bus driver goes above and beyond [Photo]

Mike Bishop, left, gets help from Columbia Parks and Recreation bus driver Jim Umstattd onto the handicap-friendly bus to Aldi on Thursday outside of Paquin Tower.

Serving the apple butter [Photo]

Margie Sieckmann, in yellow, and other friends of the Alexander family fill their plates with homemade dishes such as Illeen's fried chicken, a common favorite.

Brewing the apple butter [Photo]

Matthew Voss stirs the apple butter in a copper kettle early Saturday morning. The family begins cooking the apple butter at 3:30 a.m. and finishes in the early afternoon.

Mixing in the spices [Photo]

Vernetta Wehmeyer mixes in spices to the apple butter brew. Family members deem Wehmeyer an apple butter expert. She is in charge of the annual cooking held each year on the first Saturday of October.

Pouring the apple butter [Photo]

Freda Ferguson is a "dipper" during the annual jarring of the Alexander homemade apple butter. Hot materials and a fast-moving assembly line of family members complicates the jarring process.

Making apple butter a family affair [Photo]

David Alexander, and his daughter, Maggie, stir the apple butter together on Saturday. The brew must be stirred continuously so that it does not burn.

Taye Diggs [Photo]

Taye Diggs, who was in the original Broadway cast of "Rent" and is currently on ABC's "Private Practice," came to MU on Saturday to speak in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He appeared with his wife, Idina Menzel, and Aisha Tyler.

Roots 'N' blues 'N' ice cream, too! [Photo]

Jenny Turner pays for Devin Turner's vanilla Dippin' Dots at the ice cream stand operated by Ed and Pam Palmquist on Friday Night at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival in Columbia.

Missouri now No. 3 in polls [Photo]

The Tigers celebrate their 52-17 win over Nebraska at Lincoln Memorial Stadium.

Missouri moves up to No. 3 [Photo]

Jared Perry is blocked during the second quarter by Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse, above, and defensive end Zach Potter, below.

Daniel passes [Photo]

MU quarterback Chase Daniel passes in the Tigers' game Saturday at Nebraska. Daniel said a Nebraska player spit on him before pregame. "That's just blatant disrespect," Daniel said.

Paddlers raise awareness for new musical [Photo]

Participants paddle down Moniteau Creek and into the Missouri River in Rocheport during Sunday's Gumbo Bottoms River Float. The float was a promotional event for "Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical," which is set to open Nov. 21.