Pedestrians argue with ground zero mosque supporters

In this Aug. 19, 2010, file photo, pedestrians stop to argue with Abu Rahman, right, Matt Sky, second from right, and Julia Lundy, third from right, as they stand in front of the site of a proposed mosque near ground zero in New York. As rancor swirls around the issue of whether a mosque and Islamic cultural center should be built two blocks from the New York site where the destroyed Twin Towers stood, Americans are being forced to examine just how tolerant they are — or are not.

Getting the kinks out

Tom Brinker, right, helps Daniel Leeman assess what problems his bike was having and how to fix them before Leeman began his bike ride on Saturday at Shiloh Bar & Grill, the starting point for The Boone Dawdle. The bike ride from Shiloh's in Columbia to Les Bourgeois winery in Rocheport was part of the first annual Boone Dawdle, a ride sponsored by True/False and Off the Track Events as a fundraiser for the True/False Film Festival.

Interstate 70 accident

Furnishings from an RV litter the side of Interstate 70 after a multi-vehicle pileup on Aug. 20.

Family reacts to Interstate 70 pileup

Joan Baer holds her children, Charlotte and Will, after being involved in the multiple car pileup on Interstate 70 Friday evening.

The big M picture

MU students form a line to pass rocks from a truck in order to fill in empty spaces in the M before it is painted on Aug. 20 at Faurot Field.

Line of rocks

Austin Nichols hands a rock across a fence to Amber Honig on Aug. 20. Students formed long lines to pass rocks to strategic places in the M where rocks were missing or had been weathered.

Kissing the 50 yard line

A pair of MU freshmen pose for a picture as they lie on the ground and kiss the fifty yard line of Faurot Field, one of the seven MU traditions, on Aug. 20.

Repainting the tunnel

MU students repaint the tunnel under Stadium Boulevard leading to Faurot field on Aug. 20.

Whitewashing the M

Margaret Bedwell slops paint out of a bucket while whitewashing the rocks that make up the M on Aug. 20 at Faurot Field.

Paddling the dragon boat

Christina Glauner paddles near the front of the dragon boat during a trial run on June 26 at Creve Coeur Lake in Creve Coeur, Mo. Glauner and a handful of other paddlers first came up with the idea to race the Missouri River 340 in a dragon boat during the safety meeting of the 2009 race.

First day at Lange

Avrian Moreno, left, and Jessica Gomez walk Gomez’ younger sister Rocio Gomez to Lange Middle School for the first day of school on Aug. Laurie Milburn, a sixth grade math teacher at Lange, greeted families and students as they arrived.

Walking to Derby Ridge

Samantha Baker forms a train as she holds hands with her son Joshua Fitzmorris, 5, and daughter McKenzie Baker Aug. 19 on their way to Derby Ridge Elementary School. Baker said her son, who is entering Kindergarten, was excited for his first day of school.

Missouri cornerback Carl Gettis at practice

The Tigers return their top five defensive backs from 2009, including Carl Gettis, who is entering his fourth season as a starter.

Welcome Back 2010 e-book cover

The cover of the e-book edition of the Welcome Back 2010 special section of the Missourian.

MU running backs Marcus Murphy and Henry Josey

Missouri freshmen running backs Marcus Murphy, left, and Henry Josey have formed a close friendship since they started playing for the Tigers.

FIve-year-old high-fives crossing guard

Skyler Roberts, 5, high-fives crossing guard Ralph Bowers as he crosses the street with Cassie Sapp and Zach Green at Russell Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. The first day of school began Bowers' 14th year as a crossing guard.

Waiting for the bus

On Thursday, West Boulevard Elementary School students, from left, kindergartener Anisia Hernandez, 5, fourth-grader Blessing Oliver, 9, preschooler Isaiah Oliver, 5, and first-grader Messiah Oliver, 6, watch as their bus pulls up on Worley Street on the first day of school.

First day of school

Lainey Reeves, 5, embraces her uncle Chip Miller after disembarking from the school bus on Thursday at Russell Boulevard Elementary. It was Lainey's first day of school.

Raising the flag

Evan Drane, 10, clips the flag to the flagpole before raising it while Cora Siewart, 5, and Catherine Siewart assist him and wait for photos at Russell Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. Many parents brought their students to school early to document their first day.

Getting off the bus

Assistant Principal Tami Ensor ushers kids off the school bus at Russell Boulevard Elementary on Thursday. School staff were on hand early to help guide students to classrooms on their first day.