The acquittal of the king

Michael Jackson, pictured in 2005, leaves the Santa Maria, Calif., courthouse, where he was acquitted of child molestation charges.

Jackson's reign as 'king of pop' begins

Michael Jackson wasn't yet known as the king of pop when he collected eight Grammy awards for the "Thriller" album.

Michael Jackson at the 1993 Super Bowl

Michael Jackson performs at the 1993 Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Michael Jackson through the ages

Michael Jackson is seen in file pictures. From top left: 1971, 1977 and 1979. From bottom left: 1983, 1987 and 1990.

Jackson's Super Bowl halftime show

Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 31, 1993.

Michael Jackson performing with James Brown

Michael Jackson, left, performs with James Brown during the BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 24, 2003. Jackson later presented Brown with a lifetime achievement award.

Jackson 5 Walk of Fame star

Fans hoping to pay tribute to pop star Michael Jackson couldn't get access to his Walk of Fame star in Los Angeles because it is covered up for the premiere of the movie 'Bruno.' Here, the star for the Jackson 5 is seen on Vine Street in Hollywood. Jackson died Thursday. He was 50.

Fans mourn Michael Jackson's death outside Apollo Theater

Eleanor Lewis holds on to her boom box as she dances to a Michael Jackson song with Ralph Evans in front of the Apollo Theater on Thursday in the Harlem section of New York.

Tapping in time

From left, Gena Burchett, Ricardo Rique-Sanchez, Kaitlin Niewoehner, Kelsea DeShazo, Jessica Ray, Victoria Hogan, Sarah Gipson, Michaela Sherman and Clay Schrenger rehearse a tap dance routine for a performance to be shown Friday and Saturday as members of the Stephens Summer Dance group.

Hidden talents

Chrisena Ricci, center, sings accompanied by, from left, Jaimie Keith, Denise Saylor, Sarah G. Vincent and Sydney Turner during rehearsal Thursday for the Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute musical revue.

Communicating through dance

Ballet dancers stand on tip-toe in a rehearsal at Macklanburg Playhouse at Stephens College. The dancers are part of the Stephens Summer Dance group.

Musical fun

Jeremy Stanfield leaps in the air at a rehearsal at the Macklanburg Playhouse at Stephens College. The dance group has its concert Friday and Saturday.

A touching moment

Julia Rodriguez, Joseph Snow's youngest daughter, touches her father's hand in the living room of his Sturgeon home on April 18.

Blue Thunder Track Club

Mikayla Logan, 12, chats with friends on the sidelines of the Hickman High School track. She was there Wednesday evening to run with the Blue Thunder Track Club.

Blue Thunder Track Club

Mikayla Logan, 12, third from left, practices with the Blue Thunder Track Club at Hickman High School on Wednesday.

Blue Thunder Track Club

Mikayla Logan, 12, rests while her coaches, Camren Cross,center, and Karen Funkenbusch, right, talk about training exercises. The Blue Thunder Track Club practiced at Hickman High School on Wednesday.

Blue Thunder Track Club

Karen Funkenbusch, left, Mikayla Logan, 12, back, Kayla Cheadle, 13, and Chayla Cheadle, 13, walk the track at Hickman High School Wednesday evening during the Blue Thunder Track Club practice.

Honoring the King of Pop

Justin Schuenemeyer, Charles Ludeke, Rosa Sow and Jessi Stafford dance to a mix of Michael Jackson's pop music hits outside of the MU School of Journalism on Eighth Street in Columbia on Thursday. The dancers were playing the music from Ludeke's car stereo. Jackson, also known as the King of Pop, died at age 50 Thursday afternoon.

Bridge 12 to be replaced

Bridge 12 on the MKT Trail is one of the bridges set to be replaced by the Parks and Recreation Department. Columbia resident Jan Fukasawa said she hopes the old railroad parts will remain.

Michael Jackson at age 50

Michael Jackson announces March 5 that he is set to play 10 live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July.