Cara Walker wins High Point Rider award

Cara Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada where she won this High Point Rider trophy.

Cara Walker trots with her quarter horse

Cara Walker takes her horse, Party, for a trot. Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada in July.

Cara Walker walks her quarter horse

Cara Walker takes her horse, Party, for a walk. Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada and won awards for High Point Rider, Horsemanship High Rider and Hunter Under Saddle.

Re-sodding the Quad

Jason Harris, left, Wes Mcallister, center, and Steve Botts, right, lay down fresh sod on the Francis Quadrangle on Wednesday morning. Their work should be finished by Friday. The soil had been removed during construction of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Jim Ritter addresses the media

Jim Ritter and Michelle Gadbois address the media at Wednesday morning's announcement. Ritter led the school district from 1998-2003 and has agreed to serve again as interim superintendent.

Jim Ritter and Michelle Gadbois

School Board President Michelle Gadbois announced Wednesday morning that Jim Ritter would serve as interim superintendent following the retirement of Phyllis Chase. The board voted him in unanimously.

Jim Ritter's announcement

Jim Ritter's selection as interim superintendent was announced Wednesday morning.

All-you-can-eat chicken wings

Customers line up for all-you-can-eat chicken wings at the Wing Ding chicken wing competition on Tuesday night.

Equipment lines the walls of Columbia Scuba Inc.

Equipment lines the walls at Columbia Scuba Inc. The shop provides classes and puts together trips for its customers.

Columbia Scuba Inc. finds niche among aspiring divers

After five years in Oregon, Kevin Kivlahan returned to Columbia Scuba Inc. "We're all kind of like family here," he said.

Jim Ritter

Jim Ritter served more than 30 years with Columbia Public Schools before he retired as superintendent in 2003.

Easter Seals Wing Ding crowd

Customers pack the Columbia Executive Center for the Wing Ding chicken wing competition Tuesday night.

Serving up some wings

John Savio, general manager for Truman's Bar and Grill, serves up some chicken wings.

Kerry Boyles at Wing Ding

Kerry Boyles, 7, enjoys some chicken wings at the Easter Seals Wing Ding competition Tuesday night at the Columbia Executive Center at the Holiday Inn Select.

De'Vion Moore runs the ball

De'Vion Moore (26), a red-shirt freshman from St. Louis, carries the ball up the field as senior Evander Hood (94) attempts to stop him during a practice scrimmage Tuesday morning on Faurot Field at MU.

Ready to roll

The Tigers gather before practice on Aug. 4.

Kate Basi

Kate Basi is a resident in the Vanderveen subdivision and upset about the trail that will be built in the area. Although the trail is not scheduled to go behind Basi's house at this time, it was previously planned to start 20 feet off of her property. "It wouldn't be so bad if we had known before we moved in so we could have chosen whether or not to buy," Basi said. She and her neighbors found out about the trail in mid-April when they received a notice on their doorknob.

Elli Eckhoff

Elli Eckhoff stands in her backyard in the Vanderveen Subdivision. Eckhoff opposes the building of a trail in the area. When Eckhoff and her family moved into their home, they were told that there would be no developing behind their house, but have since been informed that a shared-use trail will follow close to the edge of their property. “I feel strongly against it. This part of town has enough crime, and now we’re going to give them a wooded area to lurk in where our kids play,” Eckhoff said. “With all the green space Columbia has, why do they have to build a trail in people’s backyard?”

Factory Green

The owners of environmentally friendly Factory Green, entrepreneurs and MU pre-med seniors Jack Short, left, and Daniel Lyons.

New regulations would remove parts of Endangered Species Act

An adult male Florida panther growls as he leaves his shipping container to enter his new home at Big Cypress National Preserve, Fla. Parts of the Endangered Species Act may soon be extinct. The Bush administration wants federal agencies to decide for themselves whether construction projects such as highways, dams and mines might harm endangered animals and plants. The new regulations, which don't require the approval of Congress, would reduce the mandatory, independent reviews government scientists have been performing for 35 years, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.