Making his own improvements

Every Wednesday evening, Kent Finlay, discipline head for the National Rifle Association conventional pistol group Bullseye, practices his shooting. "I really enjoy doing it," Finlay said. "(It's) something to grade myself as I go along and try to make my own improvements."

Changing targets

Kent Finlay, discipline head for the NRA conventional pistol group Bullseye, changes his targets on Nov. 5 at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club shooting range. Finlay of Centralia has been with the club since 1975.

Shooting range target

Kent Finlay, discipline head for the shooting group Bullseye, tries to improve on his shooting every time he goes out to the range.

Finlay takes aim

Kent Finlay, discipline head for the National Rifle Association conventional pistol group Bullseye, looks through his spotting scope to see where his shots are landing at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club shooting range on Nov. 5.

Claire Garden mug

Claire Garden is a guest columnist.

MU celebrates touchdown against Iowa State

Missouri offensive tackle Colin Brown congratulates teammate Jeremy Maclin after Maclin's third quarter touchdown against Iowa State.

MU's Earl Goldsmith against Iowa State

Missouri's Earl Goldsmith keeps to the outside on a kickoff return against Iowa State.

MU's Jared Perry against Iowa State

Missouri receiver Jared Perry pulls in a pass in front of Iowa State defender Chris Brown.

MU's Jeremy Maclin against Iowa State

Missouri's Jeremy Maclin scored one touchdown on 103 yards receiving Saturday against Iowa State.

MU running back Derrick Washington against Iowa State

Missouri running back Derrick Washington scored two touchdowns on 128 yards of rushing Saturday in the Tigers' victory against host Iowa State.

MU's Leo Lyons vs. against Prairie View A&M

Leo Lyons, right, scored a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the first half, Saturday against Prairie View A&M.

Dream job comes to an end

Dan Claxton, a long-time voice in Columbia radio, recently lost his job as KFRU news director. "It became my dream to become news director for KFRU," he said. "That's all I ever wanted to do, and I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to do that for seven years — great job."

Relaxing with colleagues

Dan Claxton enjoys a drink with colleagues at McNally's on Tuesday evening.

Cougars victory

The Cougars won the American Midwest Conference tournament Saturday with a 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 win over Missouri Baptist University. Columbia College swept the tournament, winning all nine games in three matches. With the win, the No. 5-ranked Cougars earn an automatic bid into the national tournament.
Cougars, Flavia Lino, 8, and Nicole Murphy, 11 block the ball from MBU player, Lindsay Vlassos, 12.

MU quarterback Chase Daniel against Iowa State

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's victory over Iowa State.

Love is never wrong

The proposition banning same-sex marriage passed in California in the Nov. 4 election with 52 percent of the vote. It had been introduced to reinstate a ban on same-sex marriage that was overturned by the California Supreme Court earlier this year.

MU soccer player Alysha Bonnick

Missouri’s Alysha Bonnick, left, collides with Evansville’s Katelyn Smith in the Tigers' win Friday in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament.

Retired minister speaks at rally

Dick Blount speaks about his experiences supporting gay rights while involved as a retired United Methodist minister. Blount said he hopes they can make the issue personal, rather than political. "These are our children; these are our family; these are our fellow citizens," he said. "We need to know them as people with a face."

Linda Hayes protests

From left, Linda Hayes, Clayton Hayes and Claire Garden hold signs and listen to speakers at the protest of the passage of Proposition 8 in California on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Boone County Courthouse. "I believe everyone should be treated fairly and equally," Hayes said, "and that includes my straight daughter and my gay son," Linda Hayes said.

Mark Buhrmester speaks at rally for equality

Mark Buhrmester speaks to an audience on Saturday, Nov. 15, at a protest of California's passage of Proposition 8 at Boone County Courthouse. Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, and the protest was a part of a series of coordinated protests across the nation.