PHOTO GALLERY: Ferguson residents' daily lives changed by protests

Life in Ferguson, a working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments, hasn't been the same since Angelia Dickens' son tearfully told her, "The police shot a boy." Since that news two weeks ago, she has been afraid to leave her apartment at night as protesters clash with police in sometimes violent confrontations. For the rest of the nation, this is the setting for seeing the angry tensions between young African-Americans and white police officers in predominantly black neighborhoods. Protesters and reporters have flocked here from around the nation.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students volunteer service for Step Forward Day

Step Forward Day, an MU tradition, offers freshmen and transfer students an opportunity to do community service. This year, 409 volunteers were assigned to 16 groups to serve 14 agencies, including the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, D&D Animal Sanctuary and the UCP Heartland Child Development Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: 38th Cattlemen Days Rodeo kicks off in Ashland

Cowboy hats, frenzied cattle and a big crowd could be seen at the Ashland rodeo Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton defeats Harrisburg 63-0

Tolton defeated Harrisburg 63-0 in Friday's season opener.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge loses season opener to Rockhurst

Rock Bridge lost its season opener to Rockhurst 49-14 on Friday. Rockhurst was able to slow the senior duo of quarterback Logan Twehous and receiver Alex Ofodile, who only combined for one touchdown.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students shop for posters at Lowry Mall

Students gathered under a tent at Lowry Mall to look for posters for their new rooms.

PHOTO GALLERY: Painting the M tradition continues

The incoming freshmen joined the tradition of painting the M at Memorial Stadium on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: ALS ice bucket challenge has charities rethinking approaches to fundraising

The phenomenal success of the ALS ice bucket challenge fundraising craze is making charitable organizations rethink how they connect with a younger generation of potential donors, specifically through social media.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman Kewpies prepare for football game against Christian Brothers College

The Hickman Kewpies practiced Monday at Alumni Stadium for their game against Christian Brothers College at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Louis. The Kewpies have only 14 returning seniors, a new starting quarterback and only one running back who saw playing time last season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Humane Society of Missouri rescues dogs

The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force saved dogs from poor living conditions during a rescue operation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia community members support Michael Brown at rally

Members of the Columbia community gathered Thursday to show support for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed Aug. 9 in St. Louis. The rally took place outside the Boone County Courthouse.

PHOTO GALLERY: Affordable housing program

The Columbia City Council approved the purchase of three vacant houses early Tuesday morning. All three have been deemed unlivable and will be rebuilt under the city's affordable housing program. Vacant houses are bought and rebuilt under the program.

PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from MU's annual Midnight BBQ

Thousands of students danced, chatted and enjoyed treats Wednesday night at MU's annual Midnight BBQ.

PHOTO GALLERY: International theme abounds at Family Fun Fest

The theme "Around the World" set the stage for an international focus at Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU Tigers Black & Gold volleyball scrimmage

Wednesday night’s annual Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage provided MU fans a glimpse of the Tiger volleyball team.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chancellor takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS and had a bucket dumped on him at the MU practice fields on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Looking back on Cotton Bowl win

Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 41-31 to win the 2014 Cotton Bowl.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football players attend fall camp

Missouri's football team ran drills Tuesday at its fall camp at Faurot Field.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jimmy Whitt commits to Arkansas

Hickman basketball player Jimmy Whitt announced that he will play for Arkansas during a news conference Tuesday at Hickman High School. He said his final decision came down to Missouri and Arkansas, but conversations with now-Arkansas coach Mike Anderson helped sway him toward Arkansas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Elementary school students attend open house to prep for school

Students at Derby Ridge Elementary in northeast Columbia prepared for the first day of school at "Meet the Teacher Night" on Monday. Students toured the school with their parents, met their teachers and made sure everything was in order for their first day of school.