Presenting the petition

Katherine Murrie, left, Mary Hussmann, right, and other members of the group People for a Taser-Free Columbia present a petition to ban all "conducted energy devices," including Tasers, to City Clerk Sheela Amin on Wednesday. If the petition is found to contain more than 3,667 signatures, it will be presented to the Colubia City Council. "This allows citizens, who have been voiceless in the whole process, to get their day in democracy," Murrie said.

Foundation grants awarded

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation president, Patti Coffelt, at podium, speaks about recipients awarded grant money at a ribbon cutting on Wednesday at the Columbia Public Schools District office. Among the recipients was the Minority Achievement Committee. Some of its members are shown at left.

Protesting Israelis' actions in Gaza

Members of the Islamic Center rally Wednesday against Israeli killings of Gaza humanitarian flotilla participants earlier this week. From left are Mohammed Hamed, 18; Mohammed Muraywid, 25; and Kamau Bilal, 26. Bilal said he hopes to raise awareness and added, "It'd be good to hear Obama say something against the injustice."

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is an attorney with The Hines Law Firm in Columbia.

Home-schooled basketball player Hannah McGennis

Hannah McGennis puts up a shot in the title game of the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships in March. Her team, the Central Missouri Saints, which is made up of home-schooled students, has been playing since 2002.

Protests in Washington, D.C., of raid in Gaza

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania Edward Peck, center, speaks in front of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 1, 2010, during a protest against Israel's raid against a flotilla of aid ships heading for the Gaza Strip. Peck was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza.

All smiles at softball sendoff

Jenna Marston, left, jumps into a picture with Nellie Dodd, center and Megan Christopher, right, before the University of Missouri softball team sendoff on June 1. The team will compete in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.

Softball sendoff celebration

Avery Hazelrigg, 2, waits with her family to cheer for the University of Missouri softball team at the official sendoff on June 1. The team will be competing in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.

Loading up the bus

Driver Jerry McGuire helps Ashlie Ortega put her bags underneath the bus before the official sendoff for the University of Missouri softball team on June 1. The team will compete in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.

Rental problems in Dubuque

An apartment sits vacant at 1273 Bluff Street on May 27 in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. IBM opened a service center in Dubuque in January 2009 and sparked a rental market housing crisis in the city.

Dubuque's hot dog vendor

Milton Vega, right, purchased a hot dog from street vendor Doug Neilson in the park across the street from the new IBM service center on May 28 in Dubuque, Iowa. Vega, an IBM employee, moved from Florida to Dubuque in January.

Dubuque's IBM lights

IBM opened a service center in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, in January 2009 and currently occupies floors 5-9 in the Roshek Building, once a department store, as seen on May 26. While many of the employees work standard business hours, the call center is staffed 24 hours a day.

Town Clock Plaza

IBM workers and other local employees eat lunch and enjoy the sunny weather in the Town Clock plaza on May 26 in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. The plaza lies just outside of the Roshek building where IBM opened a service center in January 2009.

Softball send off

Juniors Catherine Lee, center, and Shana White, right, walk to the tour bus through a crowd that gathered on June 1 to send them off to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Tigers play their first game against Hawaii on Thursday at noon.

Unidentified man pulled from Stephens Lake

An unidentified man was pulled out of Stephens Lake today around 7:15 p.m. Emergency personnel attempted to revive the man, who appeared to be in his 40s, before he was taken in an ambulance to a hospital.

Memorial Day BBQ

Eric Curtis, 5, left, enjoys corn on the cob while his sister, Lele Curtis, plays with their grandmother, Teresa Curtis, as Duke Windsor watches. The family barbecued near W. Worley St. and McBaine Ave. on Sunday to celebrate Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day rock climbing

Molly Winkelmeyer belays while Bethany Lindeman climbs a rock face at Capen Park on Monday. This was their first time climbing this season, and they shared their time with friends from their church, the Evangelical Free Church Of Columbia. The warm Memorial Day air was a boon to fans of outdoor activities, and people across Columbia spent their day exercising and playing.

Fingar funeral procession

Funeral services for Specialist Jason Fingar were held on Memorial Day in Memorial Park Cemetery after a church service at the Salvation Army Columbia Corps and Worship Center. Fingar died in Afghanistan after his armored vehicle was struck with a bomb on May 22.

Fingar funeral mother

Specialist Jason Fingar's mother Rhonda Fingar is presented with the American flag that covered her son's, casket as hundreds of people pay their respects to the fallen soldier.

Fingar funeral casket

Family and friends of Specialist Jason Fingar placed roses and American flags on his casket to show their respect for the sacrifice Fingar made to his country.