PHOTO GALLERY: Community weighs in on future of Douglass Park

Community members at a drop-in meeting observed and offered opinions about two plans for renovation of Douglass Park. Matt Boehner, senior planner for the Parks and Recreation Department, said about two-thirds of the attendees on Thursday preferred Plan A, which has a different parking design.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball powers past Southwest Baptist

Missouri women's basketball got off to a slow start before moving to a commanding 79-53 win over visiting Southwest Baptist University in Tuesday's exhibition.

GRAPHIC GALLERY: Comparing crime rates

Crime rates in Boone County have increased, decreased or stayed the same over the past five years, depending on the type of crime.

The criminal homicide rate for the year to date is 2.9 homicides for every 100,000 residents, based on a countywide population of 170,071. This year’s rate so far is higher than any of the previous four years but lower than the 2008 rate, 3.2 homicides for every 100,000 residents.

Boone County’s rates of aggravated assault and robbery are both at five-year lows for the year to date.

Per capita crime rates are calculated by dividing the number of crimes reported by the number of residents during a given time period. These rates are based on the number of crimes reported from January through September for a given year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Vigil for Brandon Coleman centers on issue of justice

A vigil and rally for Brandon Coleman was held Monday at St. Luke Methodist Church. Ministers, family members and supporters expressed a call for justice in Coleman's death and a review of issues pertaining to race in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ronald McDonald House charity readies for big move

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri is preparing to move from East Stadium Drive to East Lansing Avenue. The new facility will offer more space and an elevator, which the current house lacks.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dairy farmer Tim Lavy specializes in raw milk

Tim Lavy started learning about the workings of the dairy industry when he was 10. After years of selling milk from his farm in Silex, Mo., to manufacturers, he revamped his farming methods to produce the best raw milk for his customers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia resident pays it forward

Columbia resident Michele Spry practices the pay-it-forward philosophy with regular acts of kindness such as paying for others' drinks at Starbucks. Her commitment to bringing positivity to others began when her friend Tom Trabue was diagnosed with Stage 3A Hodgkin's lymphoma and she wanted to help.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri vs. South Carolina

Missouri football plays South Carolina in Saturday's Homecoming game at Memorial Stadium.

PHOTO GALLERY: Black and Gold Alumni match held for MU homecoming

The Black and Gold Alumni match pitted current wrestlers against former MU wrestlers Saturday at Hearnes Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tiger pride fills October skies before South Carolina game

Missouri football fans gather at various tailgating sites and anticipate Saturday's game against South Carolina. "It's time to win," MU graduate Jimmy Mello said. "I'm excited."

PHOTO GALLERY: Fans, students, alumni kick off MU Homecoming with parade

Saturday's MU Homecoming Parade in downtown Columbia featured the marching band, floats, clowns, Homecoming royalty and more.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman suffers homecoming loss to Rockhurst

Hickman lost 21-6 to Rockhurst on Friday night. Coach Arnel Monroe said the players need to put it behind them and focus on the playoffs.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball tops Oklahoma City in "Return to Hearnes"

The Missouri men's basketball program and its fans welcomed back former head coach Norm Stewart and the rest of the 1993-1994 undefeated Big Eight Championship team in the "Return to Hearnes" scrimmage against Oklahoma City on Friday. The Tigers won 73-48.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge loses Homecoming game against Jefferson City High

Rock Bridge lost their 2013 Homecoming game against Jefferson City 31-21.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU Greek houses build decorations for 2013 Homecoming

Members of each Greek house at MU work together Friday to create decorations for MU's 2013 Homecoming celebrations. The theme is major cities around the U.S., and each house or team of houses built decorations to represent a different city, including Memphis and Washington, D.C.

PHOTO GALLERY: Photojournalist Carol Guzy captures images around the world

Carol Guzy, a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist for The Washington Post, shot these five images in Albania, Germany, West Africa, New York and New Orleans. In an accompanying article (see below), Guzy discusses these photographs and her experiences in detail.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge volleyball wins both sets against Hickman

Rock Bridge swept Thursday night's volleyball matchup against Hickman 25-13, 25-22. Both teams will enter postseason play, Rock Bridge seeded second in its first tournament and Hickman seeded sixth in a different tournament.

PHOTO GALLERY: A love born on the dance floor

English Country Dance instructors Bridget Whitehead and Kyle Hardman met each other at an English Country Dance camp. After getting married, they have been teaching this style of dance at Unity of Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College volleyball team jubilant after win

The Columbia College women's volleyball team celebrated their second victory against William Woods on Wednesday. The Columbia Cougars are now 9-1 at home.

PHOTO GALLERY: Brandon Coleman's supporters call for justice

Supporters of Brandon Coleman organized a protest Wednesday at the corner of Broadway and Providence Road. The protest followed a decision by Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Knight not to press charges against the man who shot Coleman.