Posing with Curious George

Lynn Lindbloom and her daughters, Mia, 18 months, and Kerra, 2, pose on Thursday as Rosemary Olas, KMOS education and outreach manager, takes their photograph with a person dressed as Curious George at the YouZeum.

Explaining streetlight repairs

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson explains some of the common malfunctions that may require repair in a 250-watt high-pressure sodium luminaire streetlight.

Two types of streetlight bulbs

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson holds two of the high-pressure sodium bulbs used by the city of Columbia. The city is considering a proposal to replace some 250-watt bulbs with 100-watt bulbs as a cost-cutting measure.

Checking the streetlights

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin prepares to examine a streetlight on 7th Street in Columbia.
On average, 12 lights are repaired per week during both day and night shifts, said Dan Stokes, Water and Light electric distribution manager.

Fixing the streetlights

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin replaces the cover of a 250-watt streetlight in Columbia after repairing it.

Mike French owns Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia

Mike French operates Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia, which specializes in lower priced sports memorabilia.

Accepting sexuality in the church

Doug Stone, left, and partner Tim Root have both been active members of the Missouri United Methodist Church for over a year. "It's one thing being kind of accepted by your family and community," said Root. "It's another thing to be accepted in our church."

A full docket at the courthouse

The number of cases on Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton's docket filled nearly 13 pages outside his courtroom at the Boone County Courthouse on July 6.

Nancy Jones outside her home

Nancy Jones stands outside her house in the Clearview subdivision of north Columbia where she has lived since it was constructed in 1971. A credit card company threatened to take her house after Jones fell behind on her payments. Jones went to court three times against the company until it was dismissed Thursday. "I might not have fought so hard if they hadn't threatened my home — this is all I have," Jones said.

A shelf of files at the Boone County Courthouse

Civil court clerk Sheri Vanderhoof retrieves a file for court in the circuit court office of the Boone County Courthouse on Monday. Shown in this photograph are files for civil court cases that are currently pending.

MU Health Care vehicles given new certification

Dan Lund, left, ambulance supervisor for MU Health Care, displays a pediatric immobilization board as he and Eric Mills, assistant manager of ambulance services at University Hospital, discuss the service's recent state certification for pediatric care. "We've always had this equipment, but the certification is new. It keeps the ambulances up to speed," Lund said.

Missouri task force leader unloads equipment

Doug Westhoff, Missouri Task Force One leader, unloads equipment after returning from Louisiana in 2008. Westhoff is one of 80 members from the Missouri Task Force One, a division of the Boone County Fire Protection District that went to help with Hurricane Ike destruction.

Technical search, rescue specialists return from deployment

Technical search specialist John Sweet, back center, and rescue specialist John Rieth, right, both of Missouri Task Force One, unload a bus in September 2006 after returning from recent deployment. Task Force One participated in relief efforts for Sept. 11, 2001, and during Hurricane Katrina.

Task force checks houses after Katrina

Members of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Missouri Task Force check houses impacted by Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 31, 2005, in New Orleans. The members are taking off vents and cutting holes in the roof to search for people stuck in their attics.

Columbians work on rebar in Honduras

From left, Dennis Murphy, two children from El Pital, Ellen Thomas and Emily Thomas work on a rebar frome to cover the foundation of one of the service group's latrine projects in Honduras.

El Pital workers focus on latrine project

Construction foreman Cito Bertin, left, and another worker, both of El Pital, work on a latrine project at an El Pital house during the Columbia Unitarian Universalist Church's service trip to Honduras.

Electrical short causes fire in mobile home

A fire that began with an electrical short in a clothes dryer destroyed a Columbia mobile home Wednesday. The owner of the home, Marie Crews, was able to escape safely — along with her daughter, son-in-law and dog, Piper — after being awakened by a smoke alarm.

Lightning struck home in June

Damage caused by a fire that began with an electrical short in a clothes dryer can been seen from the outside of a Columbia mobile home Wednesday. The owner's daughter, Marsha Harrison, says that the dryer was damaged in June when lightning struck the home.

Taking photos of the damage

Marsha Harrison takes photographs Wednesday of the damage caused to her mother's mobile home in Columbia after an electrical short in the clothes dryer caused a fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.

Car drives through kitchen, living room off Nifong

The property manager and staff assess the damage done to a house on West Oak Drive by Nifong Boulevard on Wednesday morning. The car ran off Nifong, passing through a field, a partition of trees and the Dennison's backyard before ending up in the family's kitchen and living room. No one was home at the time of the incident.