Playing around

Grant Watkins and Alexander Milner rehearse a scene for the production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." The production will run Oct. 7 to 12 at the Rhynsburger Theatre.

MU spirit rally attendees show off their autographs

From left, Laurie Spaunhorst, Kathleen Heermann and Lexy Martin show off their autographs from Rucker during a spirit rally at MU on Oct. 2, 2008.

A business tip

Zach Ruesler and the rest of the cast rehearse a song for the production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" at the Rhynsburger Theatre on Thursday. Ruesler plays Bud Frump in the musical which is directed by James M. Miller.

Martin Rucker signs autographs at the MU spirit rally

Martin Rucker, right, a former MU All-American tight end now with the Cleveland Browns, signs an autograph on the arm of Kathleen Heermann during a spirit rally held for the MU-Nebraska game at Carnahan Quadrangle on October 2, 2008.

'Read for the Record' event reads Corduroy

Jumpstart, affiliated with MU, hosted "Read for the Record" at the University Bookstore on Thursday afternoon, where the book Corduroy was read to preschool age children by community members.

Jumpstart promotes reading

Tagalong the Clown, Martina Hoyt, with Jumpstart, reads Corduroy to children during Jumpstart's "Read for the Record" event at the University Bookstore on Thursday afternoon. The event was part of a national effort aiming to set a world record of the most preschoolers reading the same book at the same time.

Roots 'N' Blues preparations underway

Sound engineer Ben Monroe performs a sound check on Thursday afternoon for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Groundbreaking bluegrass player to play Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ

Known for his solo albums as well as his role in Alison Kraus and Union Station, Jerry Douglas will close out the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ festival Saturday night.

Mustard Seed to offer Fair Trade goods

Jaylyn Salmons, an art minor at Mizzou, helps set up a window display Wednesday morning at the new Fair Trade store opening in downtown Columbia. The non-profit store, Mustard Seed, is associated with the ministry of Karis Community Church and opened in October.

River road scenic and unsafe

Easley River Road is dangerous for cars because of its single lane for traffic and its proximity to the unstable river bank.

One man, one church, 22 years

Frost takes fishing trips almost every week with fellow churchgoers from Broadway Christian Church.

One man, one church, 22 years

Rick Frost, a recently retired pastor of the Broadway Christian Church, reads over his sermon before officiating the wedding of a friend in September. Frost says he officially retired Sept. 1, but had made special arrangements to perform the ceremony. He has known the bride since she was an infant. In retirement, he plans to pursue photography, fishing and travel to national parks.

Neal Boyd the winner of "America's Got Talent"

Neal Boyd, center, is congratulated by judges Piers Morgan and Sharon Osbourne, host Jerry Springer and judge David Hasselhoff after winning the NBC talent competition, "America's Got Talent," in Studio City, Calif., on Wednesday.

Neil Boyd on 'America's Got Talent'

Neal Boyd performs on an episode of "America's Got Talent" in Studio City, Calif. Boyd won the competition Wednesday.

Hanging on to Hurricane Allie

Margaret Hultsch holds on tight to her dog Hurricane Allie during a blessing. Hultsch said her wild nature was the reason for Hurricane Allie's name.

Seeing how it's done

Sassy watches the Rev. Paula Robinson give blessings.

Back for another

Bill Berry carries the family dog, Lillie, into the courtyard of the Calvary Episcopal Church to be blessed. "She's just so friendly and likes to be in my lap and cuddle up," said Mrs. Berry of Lillie. "We like her 'cause she's just so little!" This is Lillie's second blessing.

It's Sassy's turn

Arnold McNeary holds his dog Sassy, 7 years old going on 8, while she is blessed by the Rev. Paula Robinson.

Waiting for her moment with the minister

Emma stands between her owners, waiting with the other dogs, a cat and a snail to be blessed.

A blessing for Gertie

The Rev. Paula Robinson blesses Gertie Littleton during St. Francis of Assisi Day at Calvary Episcopal Church, where members of the congregation brought their pets to receive blessings. Gertie was brought to the blessing by her owner's aunt, Connie Schenk.