William Markgraf announces retirement

Columbia Fire Chief William Markgraf told City Manager Bill Watkins Monday morning that he plans to retire from the Columbia Fire Department on Jan. 5, 2011. Markgraf has served as the department chief for the past 22 years.

Kobe beef in the vineyard

One of the American Wagyu cows stands near the vineyard at Terry Neuner's farm on the morning of Sept. 12 in Westphalia. Neuner provides local restaurants such as Broadway Brewery with his Kobe beef.

Protesting Liu's imprisonment

Pro-democracy protesters display a poster featuring a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and the words "Release Liu Xiaobo" as they march to China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong on Sunday. The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned Liu sparked praise from Western governments, brought condemnation from Beijing and exposed the difficulties fitting a powerful, authoritarian China into the international order.

Leading through doing

Seventh-grade students Roger White, left, and Julian Jensen maintain a garden they installed at Lange Middle School as part of the Lange Leadership Academy for Young Men. One of the founders of the program, Arnulfo Peat, right, says the program is designed to prepare students who may not be motivated yet for high school and college.

Learning to be leaders

Lange Leadership Academy for Young Men members Julian Jensen, left, and Roger White, right, stand with their mentor, Arnulfo Peat at Lange Middle School in early October. Students of the academy learn to tie a tie, give a firm handshake and do community service. "I work with some of the best group of guys," Peat said.

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Edwards makes a run

Kip Edwards, No. 1, runs down field with Jarrell Harrison, No. 11, in the second half of Saturday's game against Colorado.

Pushing through defense

James Franklin, No. 1, pushes through Colorado's defense on Saturday.

Deserted tent

Tailgaters abandon their tent before kickoff of the MU vs. Colorado game on Saturday.

Lawrence runs down the field

Kendial Lawrence, No. 4, carries the ball down the field on Saturday, avoiding a tackle by Colorado's Nick Kasa, No. 44.

Moore avoids tackle

De'Vion Moore, No. 26, evades a tackle in the second half of MU's game against Colorado on Saturday. MU left Colorado scoreless.

Greeting the fans

MU football players shake hands with fans after their 26-0 defeat of Colorado.

Leap and catch

Michael Egnew, No. 82, leaps and catches the final touchdown of MU's game against Colorado on Saturday. MU won 26-0.

Franklin rushes

Missouri quarterback James Franklin rushes during the fourth quarter of the Tigers' game last October against Colorado. Franklin played for the entire fourth quarter and completed a touchdown pass.

Blocking a field goal

Terrell Resonno, No. 93, blocks the field goal attempt of Colorado kicker Justin Castor, No. 40, on Saturday.

The quarterback throws a pass

Blaine Gabbert passes.

Stopping the pass

Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden swats away Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen's pass during the first half of Saturday's game.

Running onto Faurot Field

Blaine Gabbert and others run out onto the field at the beginning of the game against Colorado on Saturday. Gabbert passed for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns during the Tigers shutout.

Congratulations all around for Barrow

Teammates congratulate Missouri's Trey Barrow (97) after his 26-yard punt fake during the first half of Saturday's game against Colorado. The Tigers won 26-0.

MU football player Zaviar Gooden vs. Colorado

Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden swats away an attempted pass by Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen in the Tigers' shutout victory in October at Memorial Stadium.