Megan Sheffield, a Stephens freshman, handles the ball against St. Mary’s Samantha Ciani.


Hickman’s John Hilley, bottom, tries to get out of the grasp of Kirskville’s Jared Fox on Tuesday at Hickman. Fox won the match on a pin.

Jennifer Perlow of Perlow-Stevens Gallery on Nov. 28

Jennifer Perlow of Perlow-Stevens Gallery has noticed a decline in art sales with the recent economic downturn. "If people have the means, they need to make sure they are spending their money locally," Perlow said. Behind her is the painting "Red Garden" by Nina Weiss.

Jesse Valencia

Jesse James Valencia

Rios retrial begins

Former Columbia police Officer Steven Rios, right, confers with his attorney, Gillis Leonard, on Tuesday as the prosecution gives opening statements during Rios' murder trial. Rios is accused in the death of MU student Jesse Valencia.

Dad juggles basketballs, family roles

Annelle Whitt and her sons Jimmy Whitt, left, and Marcus Whitt see how many basketballs can fit into dad James Whitt's arms at the Midwest Sports Academy.

The Burnams: Living 'Everybody Loves Raymond'

The Burnam family, from left to right — Ashley, Logan, Lexi and Weyen — enjoy a family dinner on Nov. 6. The family ate nachos and talked about the kids' adventures at the skate park.

Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen heads to Wyoming

Several sources confirmed on Monday that Missouri offensive coordinator Dave Christensen is set to become the new head football coach at Wyoming.

Roland Meinert mug

Roland Meinert is a Columbia resident.

Tracy Barnes mug

Tracy Barnes is a columnist for the Missourian.

Remembering AIDS victims

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network Executive Director Cale Mitchell is enveloped in red balloons, which attendees of RAIN's annual World AIDS Day tribute carried with them on a walk down College Avenue to the Bond Life Sciences Center on Monday evening. The event was held in remembrance of the 235 AIDS victims in North Central Missouri in the past 27 years.

Alternative treatments for HIV/AIDS

William Folk gives a presentation on alternative medicines and drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS on Monday evening. Folk is the principal investigator and co-director of an international research center that studies indigenous phytotherapies used for the treatment of AIDS. The quilt behind him is one of four that were put together to honor those who have recently died of AIDS, and it will be on display at the Bond Life Sciences Center.

A closer look

Johann Faulstich is part of a team making parking brakes at Otscon Inc. on Monday.

Working as a team

John Kessler, Matt Harlow, Christina Turner and Johann Faulstich work as a team to make parking brakes for Honda Civics at Otscon on Monday. Kessler oversees the process and inspects the finished product before packaging.

Checking the brakes

John Kessler inspects parking brakes for Honda Civics at Otscon Inc. on Monday. Kessler has been working at Otscon, an auto part manufacturer, for two and a half years. He oversees the eight people who make parking brakes.

stored salt

Columbia public workers unload their trucks Monday afternoon at the salt dome on Big Bear Road. The salt dome holds 5,000 tons of salt, but only about 2,000 tons were used during the 2007 winter. Workers expect to have another early morning to handle the suspected snow showers on Wednesday.

Snow trouble

Doug O'Connor steers the Ford Escape up the hill as it's towed on Monday morning on U.S. 63, just north of the Grindstone Parkway intersection. The vehicle, owned by John Black, 78, was rear-ended before sliding off the highway. Black's vehicle came to a halt at the bottom of the hill, more than 40 feet from the road.

Obama announces security team

President-elect Barack Obama takes questions from reporters after announcing his new national security team at a news conference in Chicago, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. From left to right are: Attorney General-designate Eric Holder; Homeland Security Secretary-designate Janet Napolitano; Defense Secretary Robert Gates; Vice President-elect Joe Biden; Obama; Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.; National Security Adviser-designate Ret. Marine Gen. James Jones; and United Nations Ambassador-designate Susan Rice.

Fire at 1302 Elleta Blvd. Sunday night

A firefighter works to extinguish a fire at 1302 Elleta Blvd. on Sunday night.

Fire at 1302 Elleta Blvd.

Crew members from the Columbia Fire Department work to extinguish a fire at 1302 Elleta Blvd. on Sunday night.