Handmade signs show support

Paul Pepper and co-host James Mouser, of the KOMU/Channel 8 program "Pepper and Friends," are greeted with cheers, embraces and a handmade sign.

Paul Pepper greets protesters

Paul Pepper, host of the KOMU/Channel 8 program "Pepper and Friends," emerges from the station to receive a group of protesters. About 30 people met on Monday outside the KOMU/Channel 8 station to protest the station's decision to take the program off the air.

Robert McNamara dies

Robert S. McNamara died Monday. He was 93. McNamara served as U.S. secretary of defense and was vilified for his role in escalating the Vietnam War, a disastrous conflict he later denounced as "terribly wrong."

Awaiting his nightly meal

Ditto awaits his nightly meal from Kimberly Newberry on June 18. The small notch in his left ear indicates that he has been fixed by one of the veterinarians that work with Spay, Neuter And Protect, an extension of Columbia Second Chance that specializes in trapping and fixing feral cats.

Newberry calms trapped feral cat

Kimberly Newberry calms a trapped feral cat while waiting for a veterinarian on the morning of June 20. Newberry seeks to educate her children and her community about the importance of responsible pet care.

Mother, child watch over cat

Bailey Newberry, 10, left, and her mother, Kimberly, watch over a trapped feral cat on the night of June 19. Younger cats might go into a trap repeatedly, while older cats learn to stay away.

Sedalia snake lady

Connie Koch of Sedalia, fondly known as the Snake Lady by children and adults around Pettis County, shows off one of her 10 snakes in her snake room at her Sedalia residence. The snake is a ball python she named J.J. Buddy and has had for eight years.

'Snake Lady' known all over Sedalia

Connie Koch of Sedalia calls her bull snake, Maxine, a drama queen because it tends to hiss when annoyed. Lots of children — some now adults — have met Koch as she hosted educational programs over the years. Many don't remember her name, but they remember who she is: the Snake Lady.

Last lap crash

Kyle Busch (18) crashes with Tony Stewart (14) heading to the finish line in Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Busch hit the wall and Stewart was able to win the race.

Stem cell researcher studies cell culture

Toshihiko Ezashi — lead investigator on the stem cell research team of R. Michael Roberts, MU curator's professor of molecular biochemistry in the animal sciences division — examines a cell culture inside the biological safety cabinet. Ezashi said that the team can spend up to 12 hours at a time in their lab.

A-blazing sky

Spectators at the 58th annual "Fire in the Sky" celebration watch fireworks over the parking lot at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Caught in the rain

Chicago residents Otto and Kelly Kudrna, center, huddle under their umbrella, along with other couples and families waiting out the rain before the "Fire in the Sky" fireworks display in Columbia on Saturday.

Caught in a jump rope

Before the fireworks, a group of girls worked on their jump rope techniques. From left are Terriona Starks, Samantha Lester, Tanett Hopson and Tammie Jackson.

Ashland man plans on climbing another of the Seven Summits

Bill Powell, who lives in Ashland, stands at the top of Mt. Elbrus in Russia in 2003. The mountain is part of the seven summits, which are the highest mountains on each continent, and is the second one Powell has climbed. Powell plans to climb his third, Mt. Kilimanjaro, on Aug. 2 and says he will try to climb as many of the seven as he can.

Unwinding the cable for 'Fire in the Sky'

Kayla Roberts, left, unwinds a firing cable away from Premier Pyrotechnic Inc.'s fireworks display for "FIre in the Sky," while Bill Davis prepares another cable on Saturday.

Fireworks computer demonstrated

Mark Bookout demonstrates Saturday the computer responsible for launching the fireworks inside Memorial Stadium.

Pam Huddleston hugs her mother-in-law

Pam Huddleston, left, hugs her mother-in-law Dorothy Huddleston during a birthday gathering for Dorothy Huddleston on Saturday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. "Today, the birthday girl can get anything," joked the birthday girl, whose family calls her Grandma Huddy.

Dorothy Huddleston at a party for her 84th birthday

Dorothy Huddleston, right, adjusts a chair at a celebration for her 84th birthday on Saturday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Four generations of the Huddleston family attended the celebration.

B.J. Powers cooks burgers on the Fourth

B.J. Powers cooks burgers at a celebration for Dorothy Huddleston's birthday on Saturday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

Zach Huddleston blows out birthday candles

Zach Huddleston blows out the candles on his grandmother Dorothy Huddleston's birthday cake on Saturday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Each year, the family gathers to celebrate her birthday as well as Independence Day.