Mary Burch Nirmaier

Mary Burch Nirmaier is to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

Kespohl passionate about family, baseball

Gary Kespohl is running for the Third Ward seat in the Columbia City Council.

Students get opportunity to question candidates

MU students listen to school board candidate Philip Peters as he answers questions at an open forum with all five school board candidates Tuesday at MU's Townsend Hall. The College of Education hosted the event to allow students the opportunity to learn more about the Columbia Public School District.

James Whitt talks to students

James Whitt, one of the candidates for the upcoming school board election, talks with a group of MU students at an open forum hosted by the College of Education on Tuesday. More than 70 students attended the event to share their concerns about both local and national education-related issues with all five candidates.

Practice makes perfect poetry

Home-schooler Rosa Hoyle, 15, practices reciting poetry with her mother, Heather Hoyle, at their home in Jefferson City on Feb. 23. A few of the things she practices are the sound and pace of the poem, hand movements, pronunciation and expression, which are all taken into account in the Poetry Out Loud contest that she competed in.

MU baseball player Michael Liberto

Through the Tigers' first nine games, Missouri shortstop Michael Liberto is hitting .471. Last season, Liberto hit .243.

MU baseball team set for home opener

Missouri baseball players roll back the tarp at Taylor Stadium before their practice Tuesday afternoon.

Ramsey putting in extra minutes

With Justin Safford out with an injury, Missouri's Keith Ramsey has played an average of 38 minutes in the past three games. He says the morning after those games has been a painful experience.

College Avenue collision

After a collision at the intersection of College Avenue and Paquin Street, the driver of the first vehicle was transported to University Hospital. He was driving south on College Ave when he was struck by the second vehicle when it turned across College Avenue to turn on to Paquin Street.

College Avenue crash

Officials begin to clear the scene after two cars collide at the corner of College Avenue and Paquin Street. The driver of the first vehicle was transported to the hospital. The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries. The first vehicle, pictured above, was heading south on College Ave and was struck by the second vehicle, which was crossing College turning on to Paquin Street.

Playing the bass

Rufus Reid plays his upright bass for students after teaching them some of the finer points of Jazz theory.

Boone Life: A loving embrace

Elizabeth Mendez holds her 2-year-old son, Erik Uribe-Mendez, in the living room of their home Saturday. Elizabeth, who is originally from Toluca, Mexico, has lived in Columbia for almost eight years, and is unable to speak English.

Sid Sullivan answers questions from mid-Missouri Labor Club members

Local union members listen to mayor candidate Sid Sullivan answer questions at the mid-Missouri Labor Club's forum held at their monthly meeting on Monday.

Using a clicker in a classroom

A student uses a clicker to answer a question in the physics class of Professor Michael Dubson at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Feb. 26.

Speaking with the candidates

Mayor candidate Jerry Wade answers questions from members of the mid-Missouri Labor Club at their monthly meeting on Monday evening. The forum provided a chance for the local labor union members to speak with the candidates about campaign concerns and issues one at a time.

Karl Skala

Overtime and hourly wages

Local 773 member Stan Turner asks Jerry Wade a question relating to Wade's council vote on an overtime and hourly wages issue at the Mid-Mo Labor Club's monthly meeting on Monday evening. The club opened the floor up to each candidate individually for approximately 25-30 minutes to answer member questions.

Johnny Wright

Undated mug shot of Johnny Wright, charged in the the 1976 death of 23-year-old Rebecca A. Doisy in Columbia. He was arrested after he requested a background check from Lawrenceville Police in Gwinnett County, Ga. for a job application.

MU men's basketball player Steve Moore changes eyewear

Missouri center Steve Moore, left, has been wearing goggles to replace his contacts, which were often knocked out while playing, causing annoying delays.

Fued between drivers

LEFT: Carl Edwards goes airborne after colliding with Brad Keselowski on the final lap of a race at Talladega Superspeedway last year. RIGHT: Edwards was 156 laps off the lead Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he apparently decided it was time to settle a score with Keselowski, who went airborne after Edwards made contact with him.