PHOTO GALLERY: Summer Film Series offers free outdoor movies at MU

The Missouri Students Association, Graduate Professional Council and the Department of Student Life puts on the Summer Film Series during the summer for students. This is the second year they have shown movies during the summer. Wrath of the Titans played Wednesday at MU's Lowry Mall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Donation, changes announced for MU athletics department

MU Athletics Director Mike Alden announced a $30 million donation from the Kansas City Sports Trust to help fund the athletics department's master plan. The donation would be the second largest single donation to MU, exceeded only by a $31 million donation by the Reynolds Foundation to the School of Journalism.

PHOTO GALLERY: Around Columbia during the warm weather

Looking around Columbia to see how heat has affected the wildlife. Sunday temperatures at Columbia Regional Airport reached 100 degrees, the hottest day of the year so far. Forecasts for Thursday predict a high of 103 degrees.

PHOTO GALLERY: Final beam is lifted at 4 World Trade Center

In the southeast corner facing the 9/11 memorial, the 72-story tower that was topped off Monday is to open for business in the fall of 2013 — the first occupied high-rise at the new trade center site since the Sept. 11 attacks.

PHOTO GALLERY: Major League Eating competitors consume boneless Buffalo wings

Competitors in the Major League Eating Boneless Buffalo Wings Eating Contest scarfed down nearly 100 pounds of boneless chicken Saturday before a winner was declared.

PHOTO GALLERY: Radio-controlled aviation offers cheaper, alternative ways to enjoy a hobby

Members from the Mid-Missouri Radio Control Association take their hobby to the skies as they enjoy a cheaper, alternative way to experience aviation through radio-controlled planes and helicopters.

PHOTO GALLERY: Competitors race radio-controlled trucks at Missouri Rock Crawlers State Championship

A group of 19 men competed for the Missouri Rock Crawlers State Championship in Capen Park on Saturday. The competitors raced the clock as they navigated their handmade radio-controlled trucks over rocky terrain.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students graduate Summer Expeditions

Summer Expeditions, a program which encourages the pursuit of higher education in "high-risk" students, celebrated the graduation of its summer program Friday afternoon at Columbia College's Atkins-Holman Student Commons. Approximately 20 students graduated from the program.

PHOTO GALLERY: Refugees lay down roots in local garden

The Columbia Refugee Garden at Broadway Christian Church has between 40 and 50 plots for refugees to grow food.

PHOTO GALLERY: Firework sales begin in Missouri despite drought conditions

Friday marked the beginning of Missouri's period for selling fireworks. Vendors' permits will expire July 10.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chronic wasting disease impacts hunters in Macon County

Chronic wasting disease has been discovered in the wild deer population in Macon County, and residents are concerned about how it will affect the hunting industry in the region.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park

Families enjoyed entertainment and activities and interacted with animals Wednesday at the Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: A heated summer solstice

The summer solstice — the official beginning of summer — arrived at 6:09 p.m. in Columbia and Wednesday is the longest day of the year. Across the country, temperatures rose to near-record highs.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU hosts largest ever Summer Welcome

Summer Welcome, MU's orientation for incoming freshmen and transfer students, has been running each summer since 1969. This year's Summer Welcome includes the largest group of students in the program's history.

PHOTO GALLERY: Steer loose in east Columbia

An Angus steer that escaped from a pen ran loose through east Columbia and across campus Tuesday morning before it was killed. The animal injured one man.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dad, sons play golf in Father's Day event

Bennet Fallis plays golf Sunday with his sons Joseph, 10, and Andrew, 7, on Sunday during a Father's Day event at the Country Club of Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Barbershops' basketball tournament in Douglass Park

Six barbershops fielded teams in the Battle of the Barbershops Basketball Tournament. The Father's Day event was held Sunday in Douglass Park in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fantasy Fair in Kingdom City

Adam Boster hopes events such as Sunday's Fantasy Fair will make the 40-acre property he owns in Kingdom City a year-round family-friendly entertainment destination.

PHOTO GALLERY: Youth participate in Missouri High School Rodeo Finals

Students participated in the Missouri High School Rodeo Finals on Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

PHOTO GALLERY: Juneteenth event brings people together

The annual Juneteenth celebration was held at Douglass Park on Saturday afternoon. The event continues Sunday.