Hospital hopes for faster connections

Modenia Burk, an information system team supervisor at Boone Hospital, explains how the hospital’s computer records are stored in the data room of the building’s basement. The equipment behind her allows medical professionals to access records from remote locations. Burk said some of the hospital's files are massive and it could use a faster Internet connection. Hospital officials are hoping Columbia is selected to test Google Fiber.

Connected servers

Networking cables connect Boone Hospital’s servers, which contain patient records, to a command center computer in the hospital. The hospital’s data rooms must be kept at or below 77 degrees to protect the computer system.

A close shave

Alyssa Vachon shaves Steven Devore in the parking lot in front of I B Nuts & Fruits Too and Upscale Resale on Wednesday. People across the country are participating in Gillette's bus tour, which has visited the hometowns of NASCAR drivers. Carl Edwards canceled his appearance in Columbia, where three people attended the event.

Stephens basketball player Tia LaFavor shoots a free throw

A free throw with only 27.8 seconds left in Stephens' final game of the season gave Tia LaFavor exactly 1,000 points for her career with the Stars.

Frustrated coach Anderson

Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson reacts to a bad play Wednesday near the end of the Missouri's game against Nebraska in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Dixon fouls out

Missouri freshman guard Michael Dixon Jr. watches from the bench after fouling out with eight minutes left in the game Wednesday against Nebraska in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament. Dixon helped spark the Tigers but picked up three of five fouls in 48 seconds to foul out of the game.

Missouri blocked by Nebraska

Missouri guard Miguel Paul attempts to shoot the ball but is blocked by Nebraska guard Brandon Richardson during the second half of Wednesday's first-round game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City.

Stephens basketball player Tia LaFavor

Tia LaFavor, center, talks to teammates on the bench during a Stephens game against Williams Baptist in February. LaFavor is legally deaf, but talking to her is no different than talking to a person who has perfect hearing. She enunciates well and can understand everything someone is saying as long as she can see their lips.

MU softball player Nicole Hudson vs. Northern Iowa

In high school, Missouri freshman Nicole Hudson played outfield and pitcher, but for the Tigers she is learning to play third base.

Globe Trotter Visits Hospital

Wun "The Shot" Versher from the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team takes photos with Kelsey Perez after his ball-handling performance.

Hoyle performs 'Pow Wow'

Rosa Hoyle, 15, performs her second poem, "The Pow Wow at the End of the World" by Sherman Alexie, at the Poetry Out Loud contest on March 3 at the Etta & Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City. Hoyle won the Central Regional competition Feb. 23.

Missouri Poet Laureate speaks

David Clewell addresses the audience at the Poetry Out Loud contest. Clewell's position as the 2010 Missouri Poet Laureate was announced at the competition in Jefferson City.

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.