September 9, 2010
Jim Ross, a former MU professor of animal sciences, walks around the tomato field at the MU Bradford Research Extension Center before the sixth annual Tomato Festival on Thursday. Ross, who specialized in beef cattle production during his 37 years at MU, has been retired for 25 years and still lives in Columbia.
Chocolate habanero peppers lay beside a salsa made from the chili pepper at the sixth annual Tomato Festival at the MU Bradford Research Extension Center.
Salsa creator Steven Kirk of Lincoln University Extension Center speaks to visitors at the sixth annual Tomato Festival at the MU Bradford Research Extension Center. Kirk made 10 salsas for the festival, ranging from the sweet to the very hot. The hottest pepper, the Bhut Jolokia, was recently named the hottest in the world. The salsa Kirk made from the the Bhut Jolokia had three times fewer peppers than the other salsas and was still ranked the hottest. Kirk's shirt reflected the day's event.
A hot pepper incorrectly placed on the "mild" table draws complaints from unsuspecting visitors at the sixth annual Tomato Festival at the MU Bradford Research Extension Center. Organizers had dozens of various peppers and tomatoes set out for visitors to sample.
Visitors to the sixth annual Tomato Festival sample various chilies grown at MU Bradford Research Extension Center on Thursday. Samples of locally grown tomatoes as well as peppers ranging from sweet to hot were available.
The new MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital features an interactive area in the lobby of the children’s section where children can play during their visit. “This will take their mind off the care they’re receiving,” Matthew Splett, media relations coordinator, said.
The private inpatient rooms in the Women and Children’s Hospital average 244 square feet and include a bathroom and sleeper sofa. The rooms, decorated in bright, inviting colors, also feature free wireless Internet access and a Wii gaming system.
People gather to celebrate the official opening of MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Thursday. The hospital is the first in Missouri that is dedicated to caring for women and children.
Bill Crawford, 92, shows off a drawing made by J.N. Ding Darling, an editorial cartoonist, on a tablecloth during the first meeting of the Conservation Federation of Missouri in 1935 at his home in Columbia on Thursday. Crawford is the only living attendee from the first meeting and will be a speaker at the 75th anniversary dinner on Friday.
Economy Tow Truck drivers Adam Algiere, left, and Randy Crosby strap down the Isuzu Rodeo involved in an injury accident at I-70 and Stadium Boulevard on Thursday. The Ford Tempo in the background was traveling south on Stadium while the Rodeo was turning left onto westbound I-70. The Rodeo rolled, and one person was taken to the hospital with what paramedics said looked like a broken collar bone.
Lori Pratt, one of the "Free Billy" supporters, pets one of the two donkeys that were also sold to the group during the auction Thursday. The donkeys will live with Billy the goat on Bobette and Warren Wilson's farm. Pratt suggested that the two donkeys be named "Eddie" and "Murphy" since they resemble Eddie Murphy's character "Donkey" in the movie Shrek.
Billy the goat waits at the Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards to be taken to his new home at Bobette and Warren Wilson's farm on Thursday. The "Free Billy" support group won Billy for $2,500 and are planning to have him be an unofficial goodwill ambassador for the town of Mexico.
Bobette Wilson follows Charles Heller at the Midwest Exchange Regional Stockyards as they load up Billy the goat into the trailer that will take him back to Wilson's farm on Thursday. Heller called the "Free Billy" support group to see if they needed any help and ended up bidding during the auction for the group because he had previous experience with bidding on livestock. "I've been coming to this sale barn since I was a kid," he said.
Columbia Police Officer Brandon Crites chats with Melissa Dinwiddie in between calls. Crites patrols Dinwiddie's neighborhood on a regular basis and enjoys visiting with her children and giving them stickers during lulls of activity.
Columbia Police Officers Brandon Crites and Kevin Kasper run at Stephens Lake Park on Tuesday. Crites ended his basketball career early to join the Columbia Police Department in January 2009. "It's always been my goal to become a police officer, but I decided to do this sooner than expected because of the benefits," he said. "If the 20-year retirement plan changes, I will regret this decision."
Fire Captain Jan McCrary leans against an engine for a portrait on Aug. 30 at Columbia Fire Station No. 2 on West Worley Street. McCrary is just one of many who will be affected by lower pensions. "It's not just a fire issue; it's a whole city employee issue," he said. McCrary also serves on the board overseeing the firefighters' pension plan.
Columbia Police Officer Anthony Ash talks with a woman involved in a rollover accident at the intersection of East Nifong Boulevard and Hyde Park Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. One person to was taken to University Hospital for treatment, and Nifong remained open to traffic.