Teammates greet Missouri's Steve Gray after home run

Missouri's Steve Gray, center, gets high-fives from his teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Big 12 tournament opener against Texas A&M.

Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson thows at 2009 Big 12 tournament

Missouri's Kyle Gibson pitches against Texas A&M on Wednesday in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

Putting it together

A lot of parts go together to make up a stage.

The stage comes together

Crews for Willie Nelson and The Blue Note worked throughout the day to put the stage together. The concert area is on North Ninth Street from Broadway to Walnut. Gates will open at 6 p.m. As of noon, tickets were still on sale.

All part of the show

Sound equipment is a crucial part of the setup.

Getting the stage ready for Willie

Cables, cables and more cables are necessary for the show to go on.

Memorial bell

During an April 16 memorial run, members of the Columbia running community hung a bell with a poem at the Forum Blvd. entrance to the MKT Trail to honor fellow runner Mark "Kona" Volek, who died April 4.

Phil Schaefer, the head pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, is an avid runner

Phil Schaefer, the head pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, stretches after a run with a group that gathers every Tuesday and Thursday morning for outings on the MKT Trail. Members of the group say they have come to know Schaefer and his beliefs better through the activity.

'He doesn't deserve to die'

Albert Tolbert and Paul Searles were part of the protest Tuesday outside the Boone County Courthouse against the execution of Dennis Skillicorn. “Dennis has done everything in the world to better himself,” Tolbert said. “He doesn’t deserve to die.” Tolbert met Skillicorn in prison in 2005.

Protesting the execution

The Rev. Amy Cortright and her 1-year-old son, Day Chambers, protest the execution of Dennis Skillicorn outside the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. “I came out to stand in solidarity with others that believe that killing each other is wrong,” Cortright said. “It demeans human life.”

Out with the old

A pile of rubble from the old video board sits under what's left of the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium.

Out with the old

Jason Brand, left, and Dave Thompson, both of Cedar Hill, work on taking apart the video board at Memorial Stadium. The board was erected in 1997.

Out with the old

An LED formerly used in the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium lies on the ground during the deconstruction of the video board on Tuesday. According to MU athletic department spokesman Chad Moller, the lights could potentially be reused in another scoreboard.

Out with the old

Construction crews remove a piece of the video board at Memorial Stadium. It will be replaced with a board roughly three times larger than the old scoreboard at a cost of $3.5 million. It will be in place for the football home opener. Taylor Stadium and Walton Track/Soccer Stadium will also receive new video boards for the 2009-2010 season.

Dennis Skillicorn

Dennis Skillicorn, 49, was one of three men convicted of killing Richard Drummond, an Excelsior Springs businessman, in 1994. Drummond had stopped to help the three men after their car broke down on Interstate 70.

Stephen Webber

Missouri Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia

Honey at The Horse Farm

Teresa O'Loughlin of Moberly gets Honey ready to ride for an afternoon lesson at The Horse Farm, which specializes in teaching horsemanship skills to people of all ages.

James Coyne works in office

James Coyne works in his office at Coyne Agency Inc. on May 11. He works in health and medical insurance in Columbia. Coyne is one of the staunch supporters of the "fair tax" proposal and has been to Jefferson City to testify on behalf of the bill. He thinks that the new tax plan can make many small businesses, such as his, more profitable and transparent.

Discussing a point on consumption tax

Bob Holliger, wearing a "fair tax" shirt and tie button, discusses a point with one of the members from the audience after presenting his ideas on the consumption tax to a gathering of Democrats at the Upper Crust Boardroom on May 8.

Four advocates present ideas on 'fair tax'

From left, Bob Holliger, Ray Walker, Colin Malaker and Dale Chaffee present their ideas on "fair tax" to a gathering of Democrats at the Upper Crust Boardroom on May 8. The fair tax plan is a comprehensive proposal to replace all federal income and payroll-based taxes, and Democrats have been more hostile than Republicans toward the grass-roots alternative tax scheme.