Leis dribbles down court

Stephens senior Cara Leis played her first game since Jan. 15. She had been out with a broken left wrist.

Hickman guards Washington

Hickman's Crandon Cook defends Washington's Jared Walde. The Kewpies defensive pressure held the Blue Jays to 50 points.

Hickman leaps past Washington

Hickman's Ernest "L" Dorema out jumps Washington's Nathan Monzyk to win the opening tip of Monday's game in Jefferson City. Dorema, a forward, stayed out of foul trouble and scored 18 points.

Pictures of the Year International judging

From left, Drea Cooper, Meg Theno, Mike Zerby and Kim Grinfeder judge the Newspaper Editing Portfolio category during the 68th Pictures of the Year International competition on Monday. The judging takes place at MU's Reynolds Journalism Institute and draws different photojournalists and filmmakers from around the world to judge tens of thousands of images over several days.

Royals young prospects

Rain didn't impede Kansas City Royals pitchers Robinson Tejeda, left, and John Lamb from throwing at spring training practice Saturday in Surprise, Ariz. Lamb is a left-handed starter who is tabbed as a future impact player.

Upbeat Royals

With a minor league system full of highly-touted prospects, the Kansas City Royals are upbeat this spring and hope a new day has dawned for the team.

William Taft

William Taft, taken May 31, 1987.

William Taft at the Missouri School of Journalism

William Taft, professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism, taken Feb. 22, 1975.

Elk graze on snowy Kentucky hillside

Two bulls and a cow tagged with a radio collar graze on the terraced hillside of a reclaimed surface mine on Jan. 21 in Bell County, Ky. A bill in the Missouri House would make the Missouri Department of Conservation financially responsible for property damage and accidents caused by elk as a result of the department's elk relocation program.

Polar Plunge 2011

Participants rush into the cold water of Stephens Lake Saturday in the 2011 Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

Jane Whitesides

Jane Whitesides is the state director of the Missouri Civic Engagement Table, a nonpartisan coalition of organizations who seek to work collectively around a common-issue agenda.

Missouri Grand Prix medley

Trojan Swim Club swimmer Markus Rogan comes up for air during the men's 200 Meter Individual Medley at the Missouri Grand Prix on Sunday. Rogan placed first in the heat.

Missouri Grand Prix back stroke

Brennan Balogh competes in the men's 200-meter backstroke at the Missouri Grand Prix Sunday.

Missouri Grand Prix reach

Kylie Stewart competes in the women's 400-meter medley relay at the Missouri Grand Prix on Sunday.

Missouri Grand Prix dive

Tobias Oriwol dives at the start of the men's 400-meter medley relay at the Missouri Grand Prix on Sunday.

China Night over Skype

People in China wish the audience a happy Chinese Lunar New Year via Skype during MU's China Night at Jesse Auditorium on Sunday.

China night performers

Children perform a dance to "Wake Up In A Spring Morning" choreographed by Li Yang, during China Night at Jesse Auditorium on Sunday. China Night is put on annually by the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.

China night audience

Yunhui Lu, left, and Iris Lu peruse the program at China Night Sunday. Yunhui's favorite part of the night was the traditional dances.

China night dancers

A group of traditional Chinese dancers perform "The Song of Yue Ethnic" at China Night on Sunday. The night featured both traditional and popular dances and music.

Boys and Girls Club Host Chili Cookoff

The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia hosted the Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff at Holiday Inn on Saturday. Columbia businesses and organizations came out to show their support for Columbia’s children by raising money for the club – and cookin’ up a mean pot of chili.