Shovelnose sturgeon from Missouri River

Ecologist Aaron DeLonay, with the U.S. Geological Survey, holds a shovelnose sturgeon netted just east of Jefferson City on the Missouri River that he estimates to be 3 or 4 years old Oct. 29. DeLonay and a small team of scientists go out on the river frequently to check on the reproductive condition of a more rare fish, the pallid sturgeon, to see, and in some cases ensure, successful reproduction. Whenever DeLonay and his team catch a pallid sturgeon that they have not caught before, they implant a tracking device that, other than tracking water depth and temperature, can be used to determine if the fish mated.

MU basketball player Shakara Jones

Missouri senior forward is starting to gain more confidence in new coach Robin Pingeton's system.

Christensen guides Wyoming

Quarterback Dax Crum gets instructions from Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen near the end of their game against Utah on Oct. 16 in Laramie, Wyo. Crum was the backup to starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels.

Walking through her favorite room at the Guitar Mansion

Elena Vega, new owner of the Guitar Mansion, walks through the music room of the house on Thursday. Vega said the music room is one of her favorite rooms in the house.

An unexpected purchase of the Guitar Mansion to become home

Elena Vega stands by the front window on the second floor of the Guitar Mansion on Thursday. After she bought the house in the October auction, Vega said her plans are to renovate the house and live in it one day. "It's historic and it's beautiful," she said.

Josh Stearns

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Rock Bridge girls' basketball coach rallies players

Rock Bridge Coach Jill Nagel, right, rallies her players — from left, senior forward Emily Holt, sophomore forward Hannah Dressler*, freshman guard Chayla Cheadle, senior guard Taylor Payne and junior guard Lindsey Cunningham — during the second half of the Rock Bridge vs. Blue Springs game on Sunday. Rock Bridge fell 48-34.

Gary Pinkel discusses 2010 Insight Bowl bid

MU head football coach Gary Pinkel, right, discusses the Insight Bowl bid acceptance with senior associate athletics director for administration Mark Alnutt, left, on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers will play against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz.

Rock Bridge freshman tries escaping Blue Springs guard

Trying to pass the ball, Rock Bridge freshman Chayla Cheadle attempts to escape sophomore Blue Springs guard Lizzy Wendell. Rock Bridge lost to Blue Springs 48-34.

Bri Porter dribbles past Blue Springs center

Dribbling past Blue Springs junior center Azia Washington, left, Rock Bridge freshman guard and forward Bri Porter tries to gain two points for the Bruins. Rock Bridge fell to Blue Springs 48-34.

Getting back into the game

From left, head athletic trainer Greg Nagel and Coach Jill Nagel prepare Rock Bridge junior guard Carmen Boessen to go back into the game against the Blue Springs Wildcats after her fall during the Norm Stewart Classic on Dec. 5. Rock Bridge lost the game 48-34.

Waters' perfect start continues

Missouri freshman Alan Waters underhooks Kent State junior Nic Bedelyon during a dual meet on Sunday at Hearnes Center. Waters won the match 3-1.

Aeromedical team helps wounded Marine

A U.S. Marine, left, Flight Medic Staff Sgt. Richard Jarrett, second from right, and Crew Chief Spc. Bryan Channon, of Okla., help U.S. Marine Pfc. Justin Turner, center, of Flower Mound, Texas, who was wounded in an IED attack, aboard a U.S. Army Task Force Shadow medevac helicopter, west of Lashkar Gah, in southern Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. Aeromedical teams with the 101st Airborne's Task Force Destiny provide the fast medical evacuation of those wounded throughout southern Afghanistan.

An Army medical team performs CPR

In this Sept. 3, 2010, photo, a U.S. Army medical professional performs CPR, trying to revive Marine Lance Cpl. Ross S. Carver of Rocky Point, N.C., as he is wheeled into a field hospital following a helicopter rescue mission away from an active battlefield in southern Afghanistan. Despite the efforts of medics on the ground and in the air, Carverís wounds were too severe to survive, and he was pronounced dead by doctors shortly after arrival at the advanced Role 3 U.S. Army field hospital located minutes by helicopter from the battlefield.

Rock Bridge basketball player Travis Jorgenson vs. Nixa

Rock Bridge point guard Travis Jorgenson drives down court with the ball Saturday against Nixa. Jorgenson scored 24 points and made a key 3-pointer for the Bruins.

Oklahoma beats Nebraska in Big 12 championship

Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles, right, is unable to reach the end zone after reeling in a long pass as Nebraska' Eric Hagg gives chase in the second half of the Big 12 championship on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma won 23-20 over the Cornhuskers, who played their last game as a member of the Big 12.

Cougars win in first day of Norm stewart Classic

Columbia College's Keenan Gaskin, center, shoots inside against Joe Thompson, left, and Duelle Gore of Haskell Indian Nations University on Saturday. The Cougars won 72-61.

Columbia College mens basketball struggles in win

Wendell Crowder makes a leaping save out-of-bounds in the first half of the Columbia College's win over Haskell Indian Nations University game on Saturday.

Columbia College defeats Haskell Indian Nations University

Columbia College's Henrique Medeiros drives past Haskell Indian Nations University's Trey Osborne during the first half of its game on Saturday. Medeiros had a game-high 24 points.

Carolers at Maplewood House

From left, Charles Dreyer and his cousin, Susie Layton, listen to Mary Shaw, Dana Naylor and Bill Crawford sing in the music room as carolers at the Maplewood House on Saturday.