KaDarrius Anderson

Age: 14
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Education chair
Interests: Basketball, piano

Gary Smith

Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: Second vice president
Interests: Football, track
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

Stephany Cox

Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: President
Interests: 2008 Homecoming queen, cheerleading
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

Myah McCrary

Age: 15
Grade: 9th grade at West Junior High School
Position: Secretary
Interests: Cheerleading, dancing, Tae Kwon Do
Other organizations: MAC Scholars, National Junior Honor Society

A warm embrace

Actors Richard Hinschberger, left, and Bill Farfan, share a tender moment as lead characters Albin and Georges in the Columbia Entertainment Company presentation of Jean Poiret's "La Cage aux Folles." The tale of passion, hardship and acceptance will premier at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at CEC.

Directing a scene change

Judy Olson, director of the Columbia Entertainment Company's presentation of "La Cage aux Folles," watches the cast rehearse from the covert darkness of the theater's back control booth. At the end of one particularly serious scene, Judy shouted for the orchestra to stop playing when the next scene's score began before the stage had been cleared. "I don't want that peppy music playing at such a sad moment," Judy explained when asked when the upbeat tunes should come in. "Wait until he's completely offstage."

Rehearsing for 'La Cage aux Folles'

Aric Jarvis plays Mercedes, a saucy member of La Cage night club's female impersonating performers, Les Cagelles. Kathy Peters accompanies the orchestra on piano. The Columbia Entertainment Co.'s presentation of "La Cage aux Folles" premieres at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Law student, professor prepare

Carly Duvall, left, and Rigel Oliveri, associate professor of law at MU, get ready for a mock trial in Hulston Hall on Feb. 11. MU law students, along with high school students and members of the community, presented this mock trial for the notorious St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Waiting to be called

Haley Atkins, left, and Michelle Heck, witnesses at the Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial, watch the proceedings of the courtroom on a TV screen while waiting to be called in.

Massacre mock trial

From left, Carly Duvall, Rigel Oliveri and Caleb Jones listen to the prosecutor during the Al Capone Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial on Feb. 11.

Hindman as foreman

Mayor Darwin Hindman laughs after the witness makes a joke. Hindman played the jury foreman at the Al Capone mock trial.

Prosection query

Michael Byrne, acting as the prosecutor of Al Capone, asks a question to the witness at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial.

Woman's costume

A woman's costume lies on a table at the Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial on Feb. 11. MU law students dressed up and reenacted the trial in Hulston Hall.

Al Capone mock trial

Al Capone's Valentine's Day Massacre mock trial was put on by MU law students in Hulston Hall on Feb. 11. Other members from the community attended and participated as well.

Charles Gehrke, researcher and businessman, dies at 91

Charles Gehrke, left, and graduate student Robert Zumwalt examine a sample of lunar rock at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, Calif. in the late '60s or early 70s. The moon rocks were brought home by one of the Apollo missions.

Mary Ratliff

Mary Ratliff has been president of the Missouri State Conference NAACP since 1991. "It's very exciting for me to know that this organization has lasted 100 years through tough times, trials and tribulations," Ratliff said.

CASA space simulation educates students

Nadia Vizitei points to a problem area on-board of the CASA space simulation at Hickman High School. CASA is a student-run mission where students learn how to handle computer programming and mock emergencies. Vizitei says that the battery has turned off, but the cause is still unknown.

Damage at the scene of an accident on Rangeline Street

The owner of an overturned Chevy S-10 pickup truck surveys damage at the scene of a three-car accident at the at the cross-section of Range Line Street beneath Interstate 70.

Sussex spaniel Stump wins Best in Show at Westminster

Sussex spaniel Stump won Best in Show at the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday.

All-weather runners

From left, Bob Martin, Dan Heaviland and Kris Hagglund stretch after an early morning run. The three men are part of a large group of all-weather runners who begin running at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "This is the definition of nuts," Martin said, referring to running in 20-degree weather. When asked about his reason for running so early in such cold weather, Martin said, "Partly for getting a run in before work but mostly because the people are so cool." The group meets at an access point to the MKT Nature Trail on Forum Boulevard.