Smithton's sixth grade field trip

Aidin Rolley, 12, catches the kickball at Cosmo Park during Smithton's sixth grade field trip on June 3. Teacher Kari Schuster said, "I like that we can see the kids in a different light outside the classroom."

Attorney from State Public Defender's Office missing

Richard French is an attorney with the State Public Defender's Office in Jefferson City. He is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds. He drives a 2007 black Kia Sorento with Missouri license plates.

Sandra Neely

Sandra Neely wrote this guest column for the Columbia Missourian.

Police search for missing man Edward Acosta

Columbia Police are looking for Edward Acosta, who has disappeared after he was released from University Hospital on Friday night. Acosta told a friend he was spending the night at the VA Hospital, but he wasn't there the next morning when the friend went to pick him up.

IBM brings big business to Dubuque, Iowa

The gold-domed Dubuque County, Iowa, courthouse lies northwest of the Port of Dubuque, a recently revitalized area of the city along the banks of the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa. The port is home to offices, museums, a hotel, conference center and casino, providing new business opportunities and entertainment for the 60,000 residents.

Dubuque, Iowa, business owners notice upturn in business

Conoco gas and service station owner Dave Adams, left, tends the cash register for Robert Honzel, center, a regular customer, and IBM employees Mike Long, Shane Kemnitzer and Matthew Johnson on May 27, 2010. Located just two blocks from the new IBM service center in Dubuque, Iowa, Adams said he has seen a noticeable increase in business compared to last year with the economic downturn and tenants moving out of the Roshek Building.

Clarke College adds IT course

The entrance of Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, as seen on May 28, 2010. Clarke College has tailored a degree program in information technology, which the board hopes will allow students to gain employment at IBM.

Dubuque, Iowa, retirement community opens door to techies

The entrance to Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa, as seen on May 28, 2010. Oak Park Place, a retirement and assisted living community, opened its doors to employees hired by IBM to work at the service center in Dubuque, Iowa, who could not find traditional options for housing. The city underestimated the number of employees looking for rental properties instead of buying a home.

IBM brought service center to Dubuque, Iowa, in 2009

A photo illustration of the view from the Fenelon Place Elevator platform atop the bluff in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 27, 2010. The city is located along the Mississippi River in northeast Iowa. IBM opened a service center in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, in January 2009

Honoring Jean Mugabo-Kenda

From left, Michelle Munyantarama, Caritas Habimana, Sofia Nabigondo, Perusi Ndabazaniye and Mariane Bihomora sing during a memorial gathering to honor the life of Jean Marie Vianey Mugabo-Kenda at the family's home on Wednesday evening.

Missouri softball team celebrates super regional win

Missouri softball players join in the MIZ-ZOU cheer with their fans after super regional victory Sunday over Oregon. The victory sent the Tigers to their second straight Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. They open play there at noon today against Hawaii.

Making their case

Mary Hussmann, left, and members of the People for a Taser-Free Columbia explain their reasons for supporting a petition that would make illegal the use of any "conducted energy devices," which includes Tasers, at the Columbia City Hall on Wednesday. If the petition is found to contain more than 3,667 signatures it will be presented to the Columbia City Council for a vote.

Presenting the petition

Katherine Murrie, left, Mary Hussmann, right, and other members of the group People for a Taser-Free Columbia present a petition to ban all "conducted energy devices," including Tasers, to City Clerk Sheela Amin on Wednesday. If the petition is found to contain more than 3,667 signatures, it will be presented to the Colubia City Council. "This allows citizens, who have been voiceless in the whole process, to get their day in democracy," Murrie said.

Foundation grants awarded

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation president, Patti Coffelt, at podium, speaks about recipients awarded grant money at a ribbon cutting on Wednesday at the Columbia Public Schools District office. Among the recipients was the Minority Achievement Committee. Some of its members are shown at left.

Protesting Israelis' actions in Gaza

Members of the Islamic Center rally Wednesday against Israeli killings of Gaza humanitarian flotilla participants earlier this week. From left are Mohammed Hamed, 18; Mohammed Muraywid, 25; and Kamau Bilal, 26. Bilal said he hopes to raise awareness and added, "It'd be good to hear Obama say something against the injustice."

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is an attorney with The Hines Law Firm in Columbia.

Home-schooled basketball player Hannah McGennis

Hannah McGennis puts up a shot in the title game of the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships in March. Her team, the Central Missouri Saints, which is made up of home-schooled students, has been playing since 2002.

Protests in Washington, D.C., of raid in Gaza

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania Edward Peck, center, speaks in front of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 1, 2010, during a protest against Israel's raid against a flotilla of aid ships heading for the Gaza Strip. Peck was among activists in the flotilla trying to get humanitarian aid to Gaza.

All smiles at softball sendoff

Jenna Marston, left, jumps into a picture with Nellie Dodd, center and Megan Christopher, right, before the University of Missouri softball team sendoff on June 1. The team will compete in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.

Softball sendoff celebration

Avery Hazelrigg, 2, waits with her family to cheer for the University of Missouri softball team at the official sendoff on June 1. The team will be competing in the Women's College World Series June 3-9 in Oklahoma City.