Sanders picks up baseball

Jon Sanders, Hickman's shortstop, picks up the baseball and looks to recover after missing a fly ball that allowed a runner to advance in Wednesday's game.

A detox day could keep doctors away

Natural food retailers sell a variety of products to help dieters shed those extra pounds. Some such supplements can be found at stores like Clovers Natural Market.

A more cleansing natural option

Some detox dieters choose a cleansing mixture with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Both natural and supplement-based cleansing options are available at Clovers Natural Market, which has two locations in Columbia.

Hickman baseball player Grant Harper

Hickman second baseman Grant Harper rises from the turf after an infield play in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game.

Posing in the driver's seat

Hayden Stidham, 3, poses for his mom in a truck Wednesday while Abe Anderson stands by at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Tons of Trucks event. Stidham's favorite truck was the tow truck.

Hanging out in the scoop of a backhoe

Jasson Furrer places Ellery, 20 months, and Caleb, 4, in the scoop of a backhoe on Wednesday at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Tons of Trucks event.

Steering a crane at the Tons of Trucks event

Owen Eyink, 2, tries to steer a crane on Wednesday at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Tons of Trucks event.

Behind the wheel of a miniature car

Gavin Raynolds, 13 months, stands in a miniature car on Wednesday at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Tons of Trucks event. The smaller car gave the smaller children a place to play.

Kid behind the controls of a Bobcat

Mason Armstrong, 2, sits inside a Bobcat on Wednesday at the Columbia Parks and Recreation Tons of Trucks event. Armstrong wore a hat with a tow truck on it from the Disney movie "Cars" to show his love of cars and trucks.

Senators willing to negotiate on extended unemployment benefits

Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, speaks during a press conference Wednesday, in the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. Several Missouri state senators who have been blocking a vote on extending federally-funded jobless benefits say they will only relent if the governor agrees to the elimination of $300 million in federal stimulus spending. In the background, from left, are Sens. Jim Lembke, R-St. Louis County, and Robert Mayer, R-Dexter.

Old Highway 63 barn fire causes little damage

Lieutenant Martina Pounds of the Boone County Fire Protection District walks away from a structure fire Wednesday on Old Highway 63. The barn on the property caught fire while the property owner was burning trash. Pounds said the fire caused little damage and the property owner will only have to replace the barn door, but with the current weather conditions there is a Red Flag warning for the area.

Rock Bridge Dance Tryouts

Abby Spaedy, an incoming junior, laughs as the current senior dance team demonstrates a move to the Rock Bridge High School girls who are taking part in open practice preparation for the dance team tryouts on Tuesday. The official tryouts will be on Thursday, and the girls will know who is on the team by Friday afternoon.

Rock Bridge High School students try out for dance team

Aubrey Maggard and Callie Hines, both incoming freshmen, and Abby Spaedy, an incoming junior, strike a pose as part of a tryout dance for the Rock Bridge High School dance team on Tuesday in the high school's gymnasium. The 2011-12 dance team will be made up of about 20 girls after tryouts finish on Thursday.

Rock Bridge High School prepares for dance tryouts

Senior Lexie Hollinger leads stretches for Rock Bridge High School students who will be trying out for the 2011-12 dance team in the high school's gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon. About 35 girls have been part of open practices in preparation for the team tryouts that will be on Thursday.

Regina Wang

Regina Wang is a copy editor at the Missourian.

Government shutdown looms over Congress

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, leaves a news conference after touting his 2012 federal budget on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. The pace of budget negotiations in Congress is quickening as a deadline for a government shutdown looms at the end of the week.

Bill Mees

Bill Mees is a guest columnist. He is a Columbia resident and an outdoors enthusiast.

Helen Anthony declares victory

Helen Anthony cries during her victory speech to close friends and family at Sophia's restaurant on Tuesday. Anthony beat Glen Ehrhardt in the race for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. "I would not be here without all of you," she said. "You have all been the wind under my wings. It was quite a fight, but you encouraged me."

Fred Schmidt celebrates his win

Fred Schmidt, center, celebrates Tuesday evening with John Clark, left, and Cathy Rosenholtz after learning he won his First Ward race for Columbia City Council.

MU men's basketball player Phil Pressey vs. Presbyterian

Missouri freshman Phil Pressey dribbles the ball against Presbyterian junior Pierre Miller and freshman Joshua Clyburn at Mizzou Arena on Saturday, December 11, 2010.