Matt Pearce

Matt Pearce is a graduate student in the Missouri School of Journalism from Cleveland, Mo.

Berlin Wall

A small portion of the Berlin wall still standing in Berlin.

Edwards hits wall

Jeff Gordon (24) skids while trying to avoid cars after Juan Pablo Montoya (42) tapped Carl Edwards (99), sending Edwards against the wall, during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.

Marissa Scott drives toward the basket

Missouri senior forward Marissa Scott drives toward the basket during an exhibition game against Central Missouri on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Amanda Hanneman looks to pass

Missouri forward Amanda Hanneman looks to pass during an exhibition game against Central Missouri on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. Hanneman hopes to have a breakout season after returning from several injuries.

Raeshara Brown shoots over Central Missouri forward Kara Flemming

Missouri guard Raeshara Brown shoots over Central Missouri forward Kara Flemming during an exhibition game Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Volunteer helps student pick out new clothes

Elaine James, a volunteer for Operation School Bell, explains to a Parkade Elementary student the process through which she gets to pick out some brand new clothes on Wednesday at the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri. The program offers new clothes to disadvantaged school children from Columbia-area schools.

Missouri sports fan MU senior Eric Hobbs

MU senior Eric Hobbs showed barely any emotion during the Missouri volleyball team's 3-0 loss to Texas on Saturday evening at Hearnes Center. Hobbs had also seen the Tigers football team lose to Baylor on Saturday afternoon.

Congratulated for car decorating win

Pastor Tim Carson gives a hug of congratulations to Hannah Overfelt, 16, for her family's first-place finish in the car decoration contest at the Broadway Christian Church's trick or treat event on Saturday, Oct. 31. Hannah and her parents, Jeff and Terry, decked their vehicle out as a pirate ship and dressed in costumes for the event. Judy Salinger, decked out in a witch's hat, helped give out the awards.

Chatting with a rocker skeleton

Pastor Tim Carson chats with 5-year-old Cameryn Jackman during a Halloween trick or treating event at Broadway Christian Church on Saturday, Oct. 31. Church members decorated their cars and handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters. Jackman came as not just a skeleton, but a "Rocker Skeleton."

Prayer on Reformation Day

Redeemer Presbyterian Church members celebrate Reformation Day on Oct. 31. Pastor Joe Rolison, front, leads a prayer.

Missouri women's basketball player Toy Richbow

Senior Toy Richbow started 28 games for the Missouri women's basketball team as a sophomore.

Hickman freshman runner Nicole Mello

Hickman freshman runner Nicole Melo, left, competes in Saturday's Class 4 state cross-country championships. In her first state competition, Melo claimed an impressive 19th place finish.

Rock Bridge boys cross-country team

The Rock Bridge boys cross country team lines up for the start of the 2009 Class 4 state championship Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City. Rock Bridge sophomore Caleb Wilfong, No. 1287, led the team with a 15th place finish in 16:54.

Alzheimer's lecture

Dr. Alison Goate, a professor of genetics in psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine, speaks at the Second Annual Research Forum of the Alzheimer's Association Mid-Missouri Chapter on Friday. A molecular geneticist, Goate led a team in England in 1991 that identified the first early-onset Alzheimer's mutation in the APP gene. Subsequent research has discovered two more mutations that contribute to the development of Alzheimer's.

Audience listens to Alzheimer's lecture

From left: Gilbert Pritzel, Judi Hasler, Kay Niemeier and Art and Pat Geren listen as Dr. Alison Goate lectures on the genetic factors that contribute to the development of Alzheimer's at the Lenoir Woods Community Center on Friday. Pritzel's wife, the mother of Hasler and Neimeier, passed away as an Alzheimer's patient. The three drove to the forum from Jefferson City to further their understanding of the disease. They all credit the support they received from the Mid-Missouri Alzheimer's Association as something that helped them to deal with the disease. The Gerens have been residents of Lenoir for over 20 years and wanted more information on the disease, which Pat was diagnosed with over 4 years ago.

Preparing for store's grand opening

Hy-Vee employees place price tags on a shelf of specialty cheeses Friday afternoon in preparation for the Tuesday grand opening of the supermarket on Nifong Boulevard.

Getting employees ready

The exterior of Hy-Vee as employees leave a training session Friday afternoon in preparation of the store's Tuesday grand opening.

Putting everything in its place

Hy-Vee employees Ryan Peterson, left, and Jason Pryor move produce displays into place at the front of the store in preparation for the Tuesday grand opening of the supermarket on Nifong Boulevard.

Jackson reacts to dropped interception

Kenji Jackson, center, cries out in frustration after a dropped interception at Memorial Stadium in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Baylor.