Singing 'Free Bird'

Kayla Crites performs "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd at a benefit to raise money for Sydney Timmons' funeral. The drag show benefit was held at Peppers Night Club in Columbia.

Tigers drop 2 of 3 against Cowboys

Oklahoma State's Chance Deason pitches while MU's Ryan Gebhart (left) anticipates whether he can make it to second base. The Tigers lost 4-3 against OSU in the third game of the weekend.

Tigers fall short against Oklahoma State

Ryan Gebhart taps into second base during the third game against Oklahoma State on Sunday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers lost 4-3.

MU softball vs. Texas Tech

Missouri junior Rhea Taylor slides into second as Texas Tech senior Leah Legler tries unsuccessfully to tag her out in the game on Sunday at University Field.

Missouri junior celebrates run

Missouri junior Marla Schweisberger celebrates as she watches her teammate, Nicole Hudson, come home to score a run for the Tigers. Missouri won against Texas Tech 5-2.

Tigers look sharp against Red Raiders

Missouri junior Catherine Lee keeps her eye on the ball during an at bat in the game vs Texas Tech on Sunday at University Field.

Margaret Sullivan

Margaret Sullivan is the editor of The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.

Mark Twain profile

Mark Twain died in 1910, and for the 100th anniversary of his death, his life is being remembered and honored by a number of organizations in Columbia.

Mark Twain and his family

In this undated portrait released by The Mark Twain House & Museum, author Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens is shown with his family at Hartford House in Hartford, Conn.

Tom Dresner paramotors into sunset

Columbia Deputy Police Chief Tom Dresner flies west toward the Missouri River on Saturday. As the summer days get longer, he will have more time to travel the evening skies.

Checking the wind before flying

An electronic wind meter displays current, maximum and average wind readings for Tom Dresner while he gets ready for takeoff. As the evening temperature goes down, the wind becomes less choppy and more flyable.

Unfolding the parafoil

Tom Dresner unfolds his parafoil before takeoff, on Saturday in the Missouri River Valley. The parafoil, often confused with a parachute, easily lifts Dresner and the 80-pound motor that propels him.

Preparing for flight

Tom Dresner uses the riser lines to practice controlling his parafoil before takeoff. When flying, Dresner looks for large, open fields where wind tends to be less choppy.

Former MU wide receiver Danario Alexander rehabs his knee

Former Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander works out his left knee at the Missouri Athletic Training Complex. Missouri head athletic trainer Rex Sharp says Alexander, who is rehabbing from his fourth injury to the knee in the past three years, knows more about his own body than any athlete Sharp has dealt with.

MU softball's Schweisberger

Junior Marla Schweisberger attempts to hit a pitch in front of a packed crowd against Texas Tech on Saturday at University Field.

MU softball's Schneider

Missouri senior Gina Schneider tags out Texas Tech sophomore Ashley Hamada during a play at second base.

MU softball's Hainey

Senior Jana Hainey fires a pitch across the plate in Saturday's game. Hainey pitched more than five innings while allowing just one run in her best performance this season.

MU softball's Marston

Freshman Jenna Marston connects with the ball during Saturday's game.

MU football's Kip Edwards

MU defensive back Kip Edwards runs the ball during the Black and Gold spring game on Saturday at Faurot Field.

MU football alumni return to Columbia

Former MU quarterback Chase Daniel speaks with Hayden Ekern and Kellen Ekern during the halftime show of the Black and Gold game Saturday.