Carl Bearden speaks at Americans for Prosperity rally

Missouri Americans for Prosperity director Carl Bearden speaks at a rally at the O'Laughlin concrete plan in Macon on Tuesday. The group called the rally to protest Wednesday's visit to the area by President Barack Obama.

State Senator speaks at Macon rally

At an Americans for Prosperity rally at the O'Laughlin concrete plant in Macon on Tuesday, Republican State Senator John Loudon holds up a sign that a rally attendant brought.

MU track and field athlete Lana Mims

Lana Mims, a sprinter and long jumper for the Missouri track and field team, is the daughter of three-time Olympian runner Madeline Manning Mims, who now serves as an Olympic chaplain.

Informing the public

Park ranger Rosanna Arens answers her cell phone at the Garth Nature Area after informing a park-user about the parks department's leashed dogs policy. She often visits the area to ensure visitors keep their unleashed dogs inside the dog park, which is a leash-free zone.

Park ranger Rosanna Arens

Park ranger Rosanna Arens closes a roadway gate that was left open at the Thomas E. "Country" Atkins Jr. Memorial Park. In addition to law enforcement, Arens said she also maintains the parks' appearances and helps with maintenance.

Denisha Midgyett

Denisha Shavon Renee Midgyett graduated from Hickman High School, despite poor health causing her to stay in school an extra year. She received her diploma and died 14 days later.

Alioto chases down ball

Rock Bridge sophomore Anna Alioto chases down the ball after fighting off Troy Buchanan's Tiffany Hazelwonder.

Boessen take shot on goal

Rock Bridge sophomore Carmen Boessen takes a shot on goal during the first half of Monday's game against Troy Buchanan.

Hindman garden What did Daniels See?

Francis Potter Daniels, University of Missouri botany professor circa 1907, inventoried native plant communities in Boone County and his work, today, provides a vivid reminder of the impact contemporary society has had on our local landscape. This garden will seek to recreate aspects of Columbia's pre-European native plant community.

Hindman garden Eye for Improvement Living Wall

This garden exhibit will demonstrate the value and purpose of plant selection and hybridizing. It's focus will be on significant contributions in hybridization that have had a major impact on how humanity grows and develop plants.

Hindman garden Council Ring

Based on designs by early-20th-century landscape architect Jens Jensen, the council ring was inspired by American Indian council rings and embraces the idea that all people come together as equals. It is a place where groups could gather for discussion or as a place for solitary reflection.

Boone Life: Welcome Home Inc.

Anesia Mattox, executive director of Welcome Home Incorporated, speaks with the veterans living in the shelter, during a weekly group meeting. The shelter is currently housing 11 veterans in a space intended for 10.
There are currently 90-100 veterans enrolled with the Harry S. Truman Veterans' Memorial Hospital homeless programs. Katie Burnham, the Homeless Program Coordinator at the Hospital, admits that the numbers underrepresent the real population of homeless veterans in the area.

Mary Still

Catcher returns to starting lineup

Missouri junior catcher Ryan Ampleman heads toward the Missouri dugout Sunday after an inning of play against Kansas State.

James Harris

James Harris is executive director of ShowMe Better Courts.

Water at MKT floods soccer fields

Water creeps up on an abandon trailer and unsuspecting tree as rain continues to pour Sunday in Columbia. The soccer fields and entrance to the MKT Trail off Scott Blvd are completely under water.

High waters on the MKT

Rain soaks the MKT Trail off Scott Blvd on Sunday. According to Weather Underground, Columbia received a record amount of 2.84 inches of rain yesterday, beating out 2.5 inches set in 1950.

Prince of Wales horse show 2010

Elizabeth Vieira side steps with her horse during the Prince of Wales charity horse show at Stephens College Equestrian Center on Saturday. The Prince of Wales horse show is a fundraiser for Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center which helps people with physical, social or mental disabilities heal.

Prince of Wales horse show draws crowd

Rachel Keefe rides past the crowd during the Prince of Wales charity horse show at Stephens College Equestrian Center on Saturday.

Neil S. Brown

Neil S. Brown is the editor of the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.