Missouri baseball player Michael Liberto

Michael Liberto is the Missouri baseball team’s new shortstop. Liberto, a junior, transferred to MU from Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Fans at the Missouri Grand Prix

Brittany Wen, center, glances backwards as her friends from the Columbia Swim Club watch an awards ceremony at the Missouri Grand Prix swim meet. The girls said that Katie Hoff is their favorite swimmer.

Magic works wonders

From left to right, Guy McCormack, Ashley Ebert, Erica Lindner, Catie DeVaul, and Michelle Hibbard of MU's occupational therapy department learn how to do a magic trick from Kevin Spencer. The trick is intended to help improve functioning among patients in rehabilitation therapy.

Healing magic

Kevin Spencer shows occupational therapy students at MU how to make a magic wand “float” in the air. Spencer teaches magic as a kind of rehabilitation therapy. He came to MU to encourage students to “think outside of the box” when it comes to types of therapy.

New drug might help breast cancer recovery in certain women

Salman Hyder researches tumors with accelerated growth and a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy for treating breast cancer.

Bob Brookmeyer and Dan Morgenstern

Bob Brookmeyer, left, responds to questions posed by Dan Morgenstern, right, in Whitmore Recital Hall at MU on Tuesday. Brookmeyer, a composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, was very candid with his responses to Morgenstern's questions and drew laughs from the intimate crowd on several occasions. Brookmeyer and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will perform Wednesday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Artwork from Karen Dawn's book

The work of painter and illustrator Anthony Freda is used throughout Karen Dawn’s new book, “Thanking the Monkey,” in addition to artwork from other notable artists and illustrators. Dawn included artwork and comics to provide a bit of comic relief to the sometimes serious and graphic material discussed in her book.

Karen Dawn speaks at MU

Karen Dawn reads a passage from her book, “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals,” during a lecture at MU’s University Bookstore on Tuesday. If people change their behavior out of fear or embarrassment, the changes will only be temporary, she said. “The key is to get people to really think about the issue.”

Tom Wellman discusses a storm water drain

Tom Wellman, left, an engineering specialist, talks with storm water engineering aide Jim Thaxter about a storm drain located in a residence off of Ann Street in Columbia. Wellman said examining Columbia's storm drains early on can prevent disaster later when extreme weather hits and help keep replacement costs lower.

Storm drain on East Walnut

A storm drain at the corner of East Walnut and Ann Street shows corrosion, a condition caused by excess water, salt from winter streets and surrounding soil content. This drain is one of several being assessed by Columbia's Public Works Department, which routinely monitors the drains for signs of wear and tear.

Coaching moment

Lynn Allen has been the Douglass head coach for 12 years. Some years he’s had as few as seven players on the team.

Underdogs no more

A victory against Nebraksa on Saturday helped lift Missouri to No. 10 in the ESPN/USA Today poll and No. 11 in the AP poll. As a result, they won’t be looked at as underdogs as they have for much of the season.

Missing since Sunday

Chester, the barred owl, has been on the loose since Sunday. She is nearly blind. The staff at the Raptor Rehabilitation Project worry that if Chester is still wearing her straps, they may become entangled, and she will be caught hanging upside down.

Columbia College celebrates its win

Whitney Davis, center left, and Julie Teeple, center right, of the Columbia College celebrate their victory over the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Columbia College center Rachel Oswald drives to the basket

Rachel Oswald, center, of the Columbia College Lady Cougars drives past Susan Coryell, left, and Erin Glogovsky, right, of the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Columbia College senior Terrell Turner

Columbia College senior Terrell Turner() throws a pass over University of Illinois-Springfield senior Kelvin Johnson on Saturday.

Ous Mellouli at the Missouri Grand Prix

Ous Mellouli from USC, looks for his time after competing Friday in the Missouri Grand Prix.

Oklahoma's Blake Griffin

Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin goes to the basket against Texas Tech

Stephens basketball player Jessica Stanley

Jessica Stanley, left, stretches with teammate Vanessa Koonce before a Feb. 16 practice.

Now and then: Missouri men's basketball

LEFT: Melvin Booker shoots over the head of Erik Strickland with 16 seconds remaining on the clock during a 1994 game with Nebraska. Booker's shot would have put the Tigers up by 1, but he was called for charging. Moments later, Booker made the game-winning shot. RIGHT: Missouri forward Matt Lawrence celebrates after the buzzer at the end of the Feb. 9 game against Kansas. The Tigers won 62-60 on a shot made by Zaire Taylor with 1.3 seconds on the clock.