PHOTO GALLERY: Promise of snow day an excuse for students to socialize

After a heavy snowfall Thursday, students took advantage the snow day to gather at Campus Bar & Grill at Ninth and Elm streets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow blankets Columbia

A winter storm brought more than 9 inches of snow to Columbia on Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Midwest gets smacked with snow

Kansas was the epicenter of the winter storm, which stretched from eastern Colorado through Illinois.

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow hits Columbia

Snow began falling around 8 a.m. Thursday in Columbia. Many area schools have been canceled for the day, and city buses planned to switch to an emergency schedule at 10 a.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College men's basketball defeats Harris-Stowe 85-64

Columbia College men's basketball defeats Harris-Stowe 85-64 on Wednesday night at The Arena at Southwell Complex.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kansas City fire under investigation

After a massive gas explosion leveled Kansas City's JJ's Restaurant, search crews at the site recovered one body Wednesday. Mayor Sly James declined to say whether the body belonged to a man or a woman, though authorities have been looking for a woman who worked at the restaurant and was seen there before the Tuesday evening blast and reported missing afterward.

PHOTO GALLERY: Figure skater Gracie Gold studies through MU High School

Gracie Gold, a nationally ranked figure skater, is a student at MU High School, an online diploma program that gives her the flexibility in her schedule she needs to train.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball upsets Florida

The Missouri men's basketball team came back to beat No. 5 Florida on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge boy's basketball defeats Gateway

Rock Bridge defeated Gateway 90-57 Tuesday night at Rock Bridge High School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire crews battle four-alarm blaze in Kansas City

Firefighters battled a massive blaze Tuesday caused by a gas explosion near Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri wrestling advances to final round of Cliff Keen National Duals

The Missouri wrestling team won 27-13against Maryland on Sunday during the Cliff Keen National Duals at Hearnes Center. The team also won against Purdue and advances to the final round of the tournament next weekend at the University of Minnesota.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri loses to Arkansas in final minute

Despite holding a 4-point lead in the final minute, Missouri came up short Saturday against Arkansas, losing 73-71.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents participate in Polar Plunge

On Saturday, residents plunged into Stephens Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. The Polar Plunge is an annual event held around country to raise money for the Special Olympics. Many people and teams dressed up and brought their animals.

PHOTO GALLERY: James Franklin leads students in "Mizzou Harlem Shake" dance

About 200 students danced for the filming of the "Mizzou Harlem Shake" video led by Missouri quarterback James Franklin on Saturday afternoon on the Francis Quadrangle.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri senior Nathan McCormick wrestles at practice

Missouri wrestler Nathan McCormick, brother of two former Missouri wrestlers, has high hopes entering tournament season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman girls basketball loses to St. Joseph's Academy

Hickman lost 54-37 on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge beats Rockhurst

The Rock Bridge boys basketball beat Rockhurst 79-47 on Friday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds injured after meteorite falls in Russia

A meteorite streaked across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing a sharp explosion and injuring about 100 people, many of whom were hurt by broken glass.

PHOTO GALLERY: Could a Missouri native be the next pope?

Pope Benedict XVI resigned after announcing declining health, and eyes have turned to Timothy Dolan as a possibility for the first American pope.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri sophomore diver battles through injuries

Missouri diver Loren Figueroa is battling knee, shoulder and foot injuries on her way to the SEC Championships.