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Wealth gap widens between the rich and the poor

In this photo taken Wednesday, John Morgan, center, a financial advisor, boards a train bound for New York in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

Teacher educates students on sex education

In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2010, sex education teacher Shayna Knowles gestures during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence.

Students learn sex education

In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2010, sex education teacher Shayna Knowles, center, talks to students during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence.

Roots 'N' Blues barbecue

Up in Smoke barbecue team member William Bryan slices sausage at the team's station before last year's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival judging, which took place on Sept. 26, 2009. The team, which is from Marshall, has been barbecuing together for about 15 years.

Wieman conducts train at Wabash Station 100th anniversary

Richard Wieman leads a train he built out of recycled plastic barrels during the Wabash Station Centennial Celebration on July 16. His other sculptures include a cowboy, a birthday cake and even a metal Elvis.

Tim Reinbott holds prawns

Tim Reinbott holds prawn that were raised at the Bradford Research and Extension Center, which is one of the Agricultural Experiment Stations owned by MU. The majority of the prawn, which have been growing since June, were harvested this week and sent to Campus Dining Services at the university.

Kevin Rafferty participates in a simulated traffic stop

Kevin Rafferty participates in a simulated traffic stop as part of the last evening of classes at the Citizens Police Academy on Thursday.

Sgt. Michael Hestir runs a gun simulation

Sgt. Michael Hestir of the Columbia Police Department runs a gun simulation at the Columbia Police training facility Thursday. Participants had to determine when the use of deadly force is necessary and act or not using a pistol that fires a laser at a video screen.

Derek Roe of the public defender's office

Derek Roe, assistant public defender in the Columbia public defender's office, looks through files in his office on East Walnut Street on Thursday. Roe said the cleanliness of his desk space is always one of the first things to be sacrificed when he gets busy.

Roots 'N' Blues' grand champion trophy detail

The headstock of a guitar decorated as the trophy for the grand champion of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ barbecue contest sits in the Thumper Entertainment office on Thursday.

Roots 'N' Blues' trophies for pork and brisket

First-place trophies for five barbecue categories sit in the Thumper Entertainment office on Thursday. The trophies were designed and constructed by artist Lisa Bartlett.

Rock Bridge volleyball player Niki Collier vs. Helias

Rock Bridge senior Niki Collier hits the ball out of bounds against Helias Catholic on Thursday night at Rock Bridge.

Roots 'N' Blues' grand champion barbecue trophy

The trophies for the reserve grand champion and grand champion are held up by barbecue contest coordinator Millie Rambis and assistant Branna Still outside of Thumper Entertainment on Thursday.

Lisa Bartlett holds a model of the Roots 'N' Blue trophy

Lisa Bartlett, designer of the trophies for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ competition, holds a model similar to one of the trophies outside of Artlandish Gallery on Thursday. Bartlett has designed prizes for other Columbia events, including the True/False Film Festival. "We're kind of the trophy people now," Bartlett said.

Rock Bridge volleyball player Nici Thaler vs. Helias

Rock Bridge junior Nici Thaler reaches for a dig against Helias Catholic on Thursday at Rock Bridge. Thaler said she knew many of the Crusaders players, who were her past teammates on a club volleyball team in Jefferson City.

Locally harvested prawns part of campus menu

Tim Reinbott holds prawn that were raised at the Bradford Research and Extension Center, one of the Agricultural Experiment Stations owned by the University of Missouri. The majority of the prawn, which have been growing since June, were harvested this week and sent to Campus Dining Services.

Columbia College volleyball player Ola Shawky vs. William Woods

Columbia College senior Ola Shawky attempts a kill against William Woods defenders Nicole Mannino, center, and Lauren Fleming in Thursday's Cougars victory.

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington talks to her team during a break in the second game of Thursday night's sweep of William Woods. The Cougars swept the Owls, but Wrye-Washington said her team could have played better in the match.

Today Show couple cuts cake

Melissa McMillin, 21, and Jeremy Gebhardt, 22, share cake after exchanging vows on the Today Show.

Today Show couple dancing

The couple, who found out in August that they won a contest to have their wedding planned by Today Show viewers, married Thursday.
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