Zach Stone before West Junior High School performance

Zach Stone shows his confidence as fellow West Junior High School classmates fix his hair before the Friday night performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner."

Emily Gibbs, Kristen Tarr, Sara Barfknecht and Lisa Simms before West Junior High School performance

Clockwise from left: Emily Gibbs, Kristen Tarr and Sara Barfknecht curl Lisa Simms's hair before the West Junior High School performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" on Friday.

Callaway Nuclear Plant releases water waste

The cooling tower and Callaway Nuclear Plant, located near Fulton, releases pressurized water waste on Friday. The tower at Callaway is 553 feet tall. Governor Jay Nixon and state-wide utilities are pushing for legislation that would help cover the costs of an early site permit for a possible new plant.

Mexico Gravel Road opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony

City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, to celebrate the opening of Mexico Gravel Road in northeast Columbia. The project, which began last spring, cost $4.4 million and included building new sidewalks and bike lanes as well as improving the existing road. The funding came from a 1/4-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2005.

Coach walks by Miss Lous' entrance

Associate MU men’s basketball coach Melvin Watkins walks by the front entrance to former MU basketball player Willie Smith’s restaurant, Miss Lous', on its first day of business Friday. Smith runs the restaurant with his wife and daughter, and several current and former associates of the MU basketball program dropped by the restaurant to support Smith.

Willie Smith, coach share a laugh

Former MU men’s basketball coach Norm Stewart laughs with his former player Willie Smith at Smith’s restaurant, Miss Lous', on its first day of business Friday. Smith runs the restaurant with his wife and daughter, serving comfort foods like fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and he had several current and former associates of the MU basketball program visit it on its first day.

Eating peach cobbler at Miss Lous'

Former MU basketball player Derrick Chievous feeds his son Aven peach cobbler Friday at Miss Lous', a restaurant owned and operated by the family of former MU basketball player Willie Smith. While Chievous and Smith never played at MU at the same time, the two are close friends. "Family, friends; that's what makes you whole," said Smith regarding the family friends that came to support him on the restaurant's first day of business.

Missouri footbal team's offensive line

Missouri co-offensive line coach Josh Henson says playing without sleeves is "just the way it works" on the offensive line.

Iowa State's Austen Arnaud sacked by Colorado

Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud fumbles while being sacked in last Saturday's loss at Colorado. The play resulted in a season-ending knee injury for Arnaud.

Missouri running back De’Vion Moore

Missouri running backs coach Brian Jones said De'Vion Moore not only helps the younger players with drills and techniques, he also mentors them academically. "I look up to him a lot, on the field and off the field," freshman running back Henry Josey said. "It’s like he knows everything. He’s real smart, not just with his books, but with life.”

Rock Bridge girls basketball player Lindsey Cunningham

While playing defense Rock Bridge junior guard Lindsey Cunningham uses her long limbs to get to balls.

'Harry Potter' draws a crowd

Colbey Ricklefs, an MU junior, dresses as Professor Quirrell on the night of the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" at Hollywood Theatres.

MU men's basketball player Phil Pressey vs. Western Illinois

Missouri's Phil Pressey defends against Western Illinois' Kaimarr Price on Thursday at the Mizzou Arena.

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford vs. Western Illinois

Missouri's Justin Safford drives against Western Illinois forward Jack Houpt on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

MU men's basketball player Steve Moore vs. Western Illinois

Missouri's Steve Moore goes up for a shot against Western Illinois forward Kaimarr Price Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Moore scored a career-high nine points in the game including the first 3-pointer of his college career.

Rock Bridge soccer coach Kyle Austin welcomes first child

Rock Bridge soccer coach Kyle Austin said there was soccer on the TV at the hospital when his first child, daughter Addison Renee Austin, was born Wednesday morning. The Bruins are set to play in the state quarterfinals on Friday.

Beulah Ralph

Beulah Ralph

Beluah Ralph remembers segregation at Missouri Theatre

As a child in the days of segregation, Beulah Ralph entered the Missouri Theatre through these doors, located in the Locust Street side of the building. July 27, 1986, she says the insult she felt when climbing the stairs to the back of the balcony stayed with her.

Beulah Ralph gives her opinion on race

At Douglas High School, April 8, 1984.
"I have the same concerns for the white race that I do for blacks. I believe as a race of people we cannot stand alone, and I think I work equally well with whites."

Spinning against coal

Paul Rolfe, president of Coal Free Mizzou, adjusts student-made pinwheels on MU’s Carnahan Quad as part of a national movement calling for clean energy on Thursday. Coal Free Mizzou is a campus organization that promotes new forms of renewable energies.