Hindman talks status of crime in Columbia

Mayor Darwin Hindman stands with Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser and addresses the press about crime in Columbia. The mayor introduced an Internet-based program that residents can use to review crimes committed in their neighborhoods.

Truck crashes into electric pole

A PAR Electrical Contractors Inc. truck hoists three linemen above a totaled black Chevy S-10. The Chevy's driver was reported to have been driving eastbound on Business Loop 70 when he veered right and crashed into an electric transmission pole, splintering it in two.

Saturn of Columbia

Saturn of Columbia, part of Lou Fusz Auto Group, was open for business as usual on Monday. Saturn, which is owned by General Motors, filed for bankruptcy Monday.

GM files for bankruptcy

The sign for Sullivan Buick Pontiac and GMC is reflected in a car on the lot on Monday in Arlington Heights, Ill. General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday as part of the Obama administration's plan to restructure the company and give majority ownership to the federal government.

Hairspray rehearsal

From left, actors Daryl Vaughan, David Hemsley Caldwell and Annie Funke practice a scene from "Hairspray," the opening play of the 49th season at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Vaughan, who will perform in drag as Edna Turnblad, is a regular face in Lyceum shows. Lead actress Funke, playing Tracy Turnblad, previously worked as an understudy for the role in the Broadway production.

You can't stop the beat

Cast members of "Hairspray" dance around Stephen Lukas, center left, and Annie Funke during a rehearsal Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Community Center in Arrow Rock. Lukas portrays teen idol Link Larkin in the show.

Joint collaboration at MU

James "Jimi" Cook, left, of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Sonny Bal, orthopedic surgeon at the MU School of Medicine, have been collaborating for more than seven years on research to create biological joints for hip and knee replacements — as opposed to the standard metal and plastic parts. The process is currently being used in dogs, but, Bal said, it is likely to take "about five years" before it can be perfected enough for human use.

Speaking on the need to slow traffic

Fergus Moore speaks about the need to slow traffic on Alexander Avenue at a City Council meeting, while his daughter Olivia, 6, listens. "We've created a neighborhood," he said of the street that he lives on. "For the solutions that require funding, we ask for your help. For those that do not, we ask for your support."

Alexander Avenue residents listen to City Council discussion

Residents of Alexander Avenue listen while their neighbors address the City Council on the issue of fast-moving traffic on the street. The street already has two speed bumps, but residents say that they are not sufficient to control drivers' speed.

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Roger Gadbois is a guest columnist for the Missourian.

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Jennifer Russell is a night news editor at the Missourian.

Calming traffic at Alexander Avenue

Speeding cars and lack of sidewalks on Alexander Avenue prompted residents to ask the City Council for help with the problem. Residents will speak at 7 p.m. Monday during the City Council meeting.

Brian Jarvis

Brian Jarvis is a journalism graduate student at MU and a columnist for the Missourian.

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Belcher Q & A

Newly elected Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions about his plans for the school district on Tuesday. "The thing that excited me about Columbia is that I want to close the achievement gap," said Belcher who starts his job on Wednesday.

MU eliminated from NCAA baseball tournament

Western Kentucky's Chad Cregar, right, steps on home plate in front of Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman, left, after hitting a three-run home run.

Millvina Dean, Titantic's last survivor, dies

Millvina Dean, shown here in a 2003 file photo, was the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster. She died in her sleep on Sunday. She was 97. Her family had been on the Titanic with plans to resettle in the U.S. — specifically in Kansas City, where Dean's mother had relatives.

Anchor driving a family affair

Matt and Caleb Bryson, sons of Circuit Judge Larry Bryson, compete in the team division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. The pair drove a 38-inch land anchor into the ground but lost to the father-and-son pairing of Larry and Luke Bryson.

Young anchor driver

Abbigale Cloven, age 3, was the youngest competitor in the Anchor Driving Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Centralia Rotary.

Cheering for family at Anchor Fest

The Hargis family watches family member Ethan compete in the Boys 8-and-under division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. Halia Hargis, cheering her brother, also competed in the competition.