Reaching for the sky

Jessica Coner, 4, glances at the mirror while doing an arabesque with Barney the Bear, alongside her instructor Hallie Rainwater. Jessica, who has been dancing for a year, is a student in the Creative Movement class for three and four year olds at Dancearts of Columbia.

Delayed retirement

Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton swears in a witness during the trial in November 2009 at the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia. He was delayed his retirement until September.

Joins leadership council

Karl Skala, Third Ward councilman, has been named to a national leadership training council.

Teeth-lifting man trains four days a week

Steve Schmidt trains four days a week in a shed behind his home in Leslie, MO, but alternates the muscle groups as to not cause injury. Schmidt has never hurt his jaw or chipped a tooth while performing teeth lifting.

J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, author of "The Catcher in the Rye," "Nine Stories" and "Franny and Zooey," is shown in this 1951 file photo.

After the speech

President Barack Obama talks with members of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington after delivering his State of the Union address. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland is at left and House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina is second from left.

A warm welcome

President Barack Obama is greeted in the House chambers as he prepares to delivers his State of the Union address.

A full House

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington in front of both the House and Senate and other guests in the gallery.

Keeping the pace

President Barack Obama gestures as he delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington.

President addresses the nation

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Vice President Joe Biden is behind the president.

Pink shoelaces

The Rock Bridge girls basketball team laces up in pink to support breast cancer awareness.

Kewpies' Shaunee Ballenger

Hickman senior Shaunee Ballenger goes to the net while Rock Bridge senior Orreshia Chatman defends.

Bruins' Amaya Williams

Rock Bridge senior Amaya Williams drives toward the basket against Hickman sophomore Arianna Prince during Wednesday's game. Williams scored 13 points in the Bruins' 52-43 win over the Kewpies.

Speaker addresses minorities, academic achievement gap

Patricia Williams speaks on Wednesday in Stotler Lounge in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an MU event sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, Missouri School of Law and the Peace Studies Program. Williams not only addressed the academic achievement gap in the U.S. but also focused on how the media's portrayal of minorities can have a lasting and destructive influence on its viewers.

Hickman's three-guard attack

Hickman sophomore Jordan Stevens, left, and junior Marcus Whitt share a laugh after practice Wednesday. Stevens and Whitt are part of Hickman's new three-guard lineup that coach John Burns refers to as "the three-headed monster."

Columbia residents have variety of expectations for State of the Union

Clockwise from top left: Lee Sensintaffar, Karen Atkinson, Jeneca Luckey, Don Strada and Bill Hastings

Shoveling recyclables

Brandon Hergins and Rob Hulett shovel recyclables onto a conveyor belt on Tuesday at the Material Recovery Center located at the Columbia Sanitary Landfill. The Material Recovery Center receives an average of five to six truckloads of recycled goods that are collected curbside in Columbia every day.

Sorting plastics

Denise Tucker and Teresa Craig sort through plastic bottles and other recyclables that travel up a conveyor belt onto the container sort line on Tuesday at the Material Recovery Facility at the Columbia Sanitary Landfill. Plastics that are not graded No. 1 or No. 2 must be removed along with any trash prior to final sorting.

Bales of paper

Bales of recyclable paper sit at the Material Recovery Facility at the Columbia Sanitary landfill on Tuesday. The bales will be sold and remanufactured into new products.

No. 1 plastics

No. 1 plastics can be found in soft drink and water bottles, food trays and disposable cups.