No show for Grand Prix

Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps won't be competing in the Grand Prix competition in Columbia. He and other team members are stuck in the Washington, D.C., area, thanks to heavy snowfall there.

Olympics open

American speed skater Shani Davis trains Thursday at the Richmond Olympic Oval at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. The opening ceremony will take place Friday inside the inside the domed 60,600-seat BC Place, the first time a host nation has put a roof over the extravagant spectacle. More than 2,500 athletes are expected at these Olympics.

MU baseball ace

MU baseball pitcher Nick Tepesch warms up during a practice Wednesday in Devine Pavillion.

MU basketball's Steve Moore

MU center Steve Moore defends MU guard Zaire Taylor at a 2008 practice at Mizzou Arena.

MU gymnast Boehmer

MU gymnast Brooke Boehmer performs on the balance beam during Mizzou's Pink Out meet against Iowa on Jan. 22.

No. 10-ranked wrestler

MU redshirt freshman wrestler Brent Haynes works for control over Oklahoma State sophomore Alan Gelogaev during the last home match of the season Feb. 7 at Hearnes Center.

Stephens basketball loss

Stephens College senior Alexis Wood walks off the basketball court after the Stars' 89-81 overtime loss to Williams Baptist on Thursday.

Stephens basketball

Stephens College freshman Jessica McConnell drives the ball down the court during the Stars' game against Williams Baptist on Thursday.

Michael Kasten

Michael Kasten, 23, poses for a portrait at the Salvation Army Family Services Center on Thursday. Kasten, a Senior Soldier with the Salvation Army, is among 10 members of the organization who will be traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to volunteer during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Box after box

Marci Bentlage, an employee at the UM Conference Center, takes a delivery of meals for employees during the Big Wheels fundraiser Thursday.

Local businesses pitch in

During the fundraiser, local businesses can order meals for their staff for $10 per meal. Half of the $10 is donated to the Meals on Wheels organization.

Fifteen years of fundraising

Marcia Walker, the executive director of Meals on Wheels in Columbia, said the Big Wheels fundraiser has been happening for the last 15 years.

Preparing meals for delivery

Meals on Wheels executive director Marcia Walker prepares meals for delivery Thursday morning during the organization's yearly Big Wheels fundraiser.

Meals on Wheels Big Wheels fundraiser

Meals on Wheels volunteer Jackie Verdun, left, and executive director Marcia Walker work on getting meals ready for delivery during the Meals on Wheels Big Wheels fundraiser Thursday.

Out of the running

Lindsay Eanet poses with Alex Trebek, the host of "Jeopardy!," during her recent competition in the College Championships.

Artist sought

The MU College of Arts and Science is seeking a new artist to commission its next donor portrait. Portrait of Kenneth Lay, a 1965 MU graduate of economics, who was the first million-dollar donor to the college, is displayed on the first floor of Lowry Hall.

Spraying graffiti with primer

The tag "AGNO" could be found in several locations in the Strickland Hall stairwells. Maintenance crews sprayed the area with primer in preparation of re-painting the area.

Sean O'Day campaign rally

Mayoral candidate Sean O'Day speaks with some of his supporters after giving remarks at a campaign rally held at The Blue Fugue on Wednesday night.

Graffiti in Strickland Hall

Ray Smith applies primer to graffiti in Strickland Hall on Thursday.

Fair trade in chocolate

Equal Exchange is one of the brands of fair trade chocolate available at Mustard Seed in downtown Columbia. The Mustard Seed is a fair trade store located on Ninth Street.