PHOTO GALLERY: Bicyclists raise money for True/False Film Fest

Bikers gather for the Boone Dawdle cycling event on Saturday at Flat Branch Park. An estimated 425 bikers participated in the event, which raises money for the True/False Film Fest.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cal State East Bay implosion a study in earthquakes

Warren Hall is imploded Saturday on the campus of Cal State East Bay in Hayward, Calif. The U.S. Geological Survey scientists placed more than 600 seismographs in concentric circles within a mile of the building to pick up the vibrations. They hope the unique experiment will help map out where the ground might shake the most when the big one hits.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tori and Tyus Monroe work hard to accomplish goals

Tori and Tyus Monroe work hard so Tyus, 14, can fulfill her dreams of going to a good college and one day becoming a prosecutor. Tyus' mom, Tori, is studying to become a nurse.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High hosts Call to Battle

Friday's Call to Battle celebration at the new Battle High School features activities, entertainment, food and performances by some of the school's organizations.

PHOTO GALLERY: CIA acknowledges Area 51

The CIA is acknowledging in the clearest terms yet the existence of Area 51, the top-secret Cold War test site that has been the subject of conspiracy theories for decades.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football prepares for second SEC season

The Missouri football team practices Thursday afternoon.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Canvas on Broadway hosts painting class

The Canvas on Broadway hosts a painting class while serving wine Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Empire Artistic Team practices roller skating, show off national medals

The Empire Artistic Team took photographs on Wednesday to showcase the 16 medals they won at last month's national competition. One team member will be competing in the world championships in Taiwan.

PHOTO GALLERY: Drive-in theaters struggle in digital age

The latest threat to the existence of drive-in theaters is the film industry's conversion from 35 mm film to digital prints, and the expense involved in converting projectors to the digital age. The $70,000-plus investment required per screen is significant, especially for what is in most places a summertime business kept alive by mom-and-pop operators. Paying for the switch would suck up most owners' profits for years to come.

PHOTO GALLERY: Midnight BBQ kicks off fall semester

The annual party, Midnight BBQ, kicks off the fall semester on Rollins Street by the MU Student Center. Students ate food, danced and made wax molds of their hands.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kindergartners visit new teachers, elementary schools

Lee Elementary School and Rock Bridge Elementary School host open houses for new kindergartners and their parents Wednesday evening. Parents enrolled their children in classes, and new students talked to teachers, read books together and played on the swings.

PHOTO GALLERY: Competition cheerleaders practice routines at Battle High

Battle High School's competition cheerleading squad practices stunts and routines Tuesday. The Battle squad won first place at regionals last month, earning it a spot in the state competition Sept. 15. It will be at the Hearnes Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students move into Discovery Residence Hall

Audrey Smith moves into Discovery Residence Hall on Tuesday with the help of her family, and she shares pizza with her suitemates.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School abuzz ahead of opening

Battle High School buzzes with activity Monday as the school’s first day of classes approaches. Athletic teams have started tryouts and practices, teachers are preparing their classrooms and materials, and administrators are planning special events.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family visits Cosmo-Bethel Park after rain shower

Three generations of the Stowe family visited Cosmo-Bethel Park after a rain shower Monday evening.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children with autism often wander

The phenomenon of children with autism wandering away from home goes by various names — wandering, elopement, bolting — and about half of autistic children are prone to it, according to research published in 2012 in the journal Pediatrics. It has claimed the lives of more than 60 children in the past four years and can make daily life a harrowing, never-let-your-guard-down challenge for parents whose sons and daughters are at risk.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School part of school changes

Muriel Williams Battle High School is welcoming its initial students for the 2-13-14 school year. The opening of the school is one of several changes for the Columbia School District this year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Roosters compete in crowing contest at state fair

Barnyard Stud, a rooster owned by Mitchell Cunningham, of Cairo, Mo., is the the winner of this year's Missouri State Fair Rooster Crowing Contest, which was held Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Building needs greater than funding available

The needs of the buildings at MU are much greater than the funds available to make all of the repairs. In recent years, Campus Facilities has prioritized buildings with the greatest need and planned complete building renovations. Switzler Hall is one of three buildings to be renovated this year. Curtis Hall, Lafferre Hall and Strickland Hall are high on the list for renovations. Tate Hall and Switzler Hall were recently renovated with bond issues.

PHOTO GALLERY: Incoming freshmen move in to Jones Hall

Students move into Jones and Center Hall on Sunday at MU. Residents move in to the halls early to participate in panhellenic recruitment starting Monday morning. The fall semester at MU begins Aug. 19.