Michael Byrne

After 3 1⁄2 years at the Boone County public defender's office, Michael Byrne is leaving. “I’ve got to follow my heart. I’ve got another mountain to climb, and that’s private practice,” he said.

Work piles up

District Defender Kevin O’Brien works to diminish the amount of paperwork covering his desk at the Columbia public defender’s office in 2008. Everything on his desk represents only five business days' worth of files.

Pushing through paperwork

District Defender Kevin O’Brien works to diminish the amount of paperwork covering his desk at the Columbia public defender’s office in 2008. The piles of case work represent only five business days' worth of files.

Preparing for words with a German origin

Dylan's mom, Lori Valleroy, reads aloud to Dylan from the German words list. The list includes words with a German origin that are now part of the English language.

Studying spelling

Dylan Valleroy runs through columns of practice words with mom Lori Valleroy in preparation for the upcoming Columbia Regional Spelling Bee. Valleroy is a fourth-grade student at Parkade Elementary School and the school representative for the spelling bee.

Candidate Hal Williamson

Willie Smith

Former MU Hall of Fame basketball player Willie Smith said he and his nephew were cleaning Bella Salon on John Gary Drive on Monday morning when the alarm next door at Smokin' Chicks BBQ went off. After police arrived, Smith said, he was sprayed with Mace and received a nose contusion when a police officer threw him against a car. Now he plans to file a complaint against the officers.

ABC Labs, Show-Me JOBS success story

Scientists Conrad King, left, and Nathaniel Barbe discuss an experiment as they test pharmaceuticals at ABC Labs on March 11, 2009. As a capital-intensive business, ABC Labs has applied for several tax incentives to assist with the cost of equipment and personnel.

Easy does it

A worker from Mediacom lifts a wire so the shotgun house can fit under it.

Precious cargo

Workers from the moving company direct the driver so the shotgun house is not damaged as it is moved to its new location.

Moving a house to its new home

A police officer blocks the road so the historic shotgun house can be moved out to its new location, the Boone Junction History Village.

Fire believed to be caused by cutting torch

Firemen climb onto the roof of MU's Lafferre Hall after reports of a fire there. The fire was believed to be sparked by a cutting torch that was used in roof construction there.

Firefighters respond to reports of structure fire

Firemen respond to reports of a structure fire on MU's campus on Sixth Street next to Lafferre Hall. The fire was on the third floor of a building that is currently under construction.

Moving a historic house

The historic shotgun house at the corner of Garth Avenue and Worley Street is prepared to be relocated to the Boone Junction History Village.

Safford makes his move

MU forward Justin Safford drives to the basket against SIU-Edwardsville guard John Edmison on Dec. 27.

Rock Bridge basketball commentary

During a time out, Rock Bridge High School players huddle during the quarterfinal match against Branson High School. Time outs became an essential strategy to calm players down and reset the focus on their objectives.

Rod Robison

Kalyan Pasupathy

Kalyan Pasupathy

Final preparations

Mike Anderson talks to Leo Lyons during practice in Oklahoma City. The Tigers get a bye Wednesday in the Big 12 tournament.

Throwing heat

Chelsea Thomas, who started her MU career with a one-hit shutout of Virginia Tech, has struck out 55 batters in 63 1/3 innings.