A tedious task

Tony Watson inserts pieces of metal into wire wraps to be used inside computer products for the manufacturing company 3M at the Central Missouri Subontracting Enterprises on Friday.

Partners on the job

Andrea Wemhoff hugs Justin Wright, an employee supervisor at the Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, after the two worked together on disassembling pieces of electronics on Friday. Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises is a manufacturing and assembly plant that provides labor-intensive work to people with disabilities.

Years in the workforce

Robin Cooper assembles covers for a 3M electronic product Friday at the Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises. Cooper said she has been working for several years at the workshop that offers a low-cost alternative to labor-intensive projects for companies.

A chance to work

At Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, Doug Siwak places a bolt in a plastic bag for individual parts packaging to be sent to a manufacturing plant. The assembly warehouse employs more than a hundred workers, most of which have severe disabilities, but it also provides them with the chance to work and maintain a normal and satisfying quality of life.

Working together

Employees at Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises work in assembly line style to place bolts and screws in individual packages for a manufacturing company.

Atomic physicist Joshua Silver

Atomic physicist Joshua Silver's low-cost glasses adjust correction by pumping liquid into a thin sac in the plastic lenses. The eyewear has been distributed to thousands in the developing world where costs put conventional glasses beyond the reach of many.

MU coach Gary Pinkel embraces Jeremy Maclin

MU football head coach Gary Pinkel hugs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during a press conference Friday. "It's a big help for us in terms of it's a great opportunity here," Pinkel said of the receiver's time at MU.

Maclin cries as he makes announcement

MU wide receiver Jeremy Maclin breaks into tears shortly after the start of a press conference where he said he was leaving Missouri for the NFL. "It's been a long time coming," he said.

Missouri's Jeremy Maclin declares for NFL Draft

MU wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tears up after announcing on Friday that he will enter the 2009 NFL draft.

Frederick vom Saal portrait

Professor of biological sciences Frederick vom Saal uses this laboratory in LeFevre Hall on the MU campus to study BPA. For more than a decade, vom Saal has denounced BPA as a toxin and threat to public health.

MU women's basketball player Alyssa Hollins

MU guard Alyssa Hollins says the Tigers will redeem themselves this season. "Last year we were in a lot of games, but we just couldn’t finish them."

MU men's basketbal player DeMarre Carroll

Tigers senior DeMarre Carroll says coach Mike Anderson has told him that while someone can lead by example, a true leader is verbal.

Example of artist Ben Chlapek's work

A poster designed by Columbia artist Ben Chlapek.

Chlapek prepares prints for a showing at the Ragtag Cinema

Chlapek moved to Columbia to work after quitting his full-time graphic design job in the Kansas City area. “It’s cheaper to live here, and your can walk everywhere," he said.

Artist Ben Chlapek washes off print materials

Chlapek washes paint off his print materials in the shower of his apartment/studio on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008.

Ben Chlapek prepares his screenprints for a showing

Ben Chlapek, a Columbia screenprint artist, prepares prints for a showing of his work at the Ragtag Cinema on Nov. 11, 2008.

Another option: Paint the curb

At the intersection of Northampton Drive and Bearfield Road the street signs have been take. Due to constant theft of street signs in the Bearfield neighborhood, street names have been painted at intersections.

More of the missing

The street signs on top of the pole at the corner of Pimlico Court and Bearfield Road are missing.

Missing signs

The pole at the corner of Bearfield Road and Northampton Drive is missing its street signs.

One solution: Put 'em higher

Due to the high theft of the Rolling Rock Drive sign, the city of Columbia has placed it and Rock Quarry Road signs around 20 feet above the road to deter theft of the signs.