Stephens College's Cara Leis

Stephens forward Cara Leis, right, dribbles the ball closer to the basket before passing to a teammate as Manhattan Christian College players Whitney Stotts and Kristy Reigle fail to stop her during the first half on Friday at Stephens College. The Stars won 77-54.

Stoops, Pinkel talk about Big 12 title tilt

Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel, left, and Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops pose for a photo during The Big 12 press conference on Friday in Kansas City.

Columbia College student takes online courses

Jutsin Lawzano, a Columbia resident and Columbia College student, takes online courses because he is stationed at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo as a military police officer in traffic accident investigations.

Daniel Sanders indicted for second-degree murder

Daniel Sanders, 19, was indicted Friday for second-degree murder in the death of his mother, Helen Sanders, who was found dead in the trunk of a car he was driving.

Reading from Barakat's book

Columbia author Ibtisam Barakat gave a lecture and read from her new book "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood" at MU on Oct. 2. The book describes Barakat's childhood memories from Palestine and her family's struggles during the Six-Day War.

Barakat's lecture

Ibtisam Barakat gave a lecture and book reading at MU Oct. 2. Her book "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood" is about the Columbia author's childhood in Palestine and her family's struggles during the Six-Day War.

Tasting the Sky

"Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood," a book by Ibtisam Barakat, was released last year.

Listening to Barakat

Mohammed Khalilia rests his head on the shoulder of Keila E. Pena-Hernandez during a reading by Ibtisam Barakat. Barakat gave a lecture and read from her new book, "Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood" at MU on Oct. 2.

A neighborhood divided

Houses on Kipling Way in Columbia stand on a dividing line between jurisdictions of the city fire department and the county fire district. Houses on the left of the photo are under the county's protection while houses on the right are under the city's protection.

Rios trial goes into jury deliberations

Special prosecutor Morley Swingle demonstrates how he says Steven Rios grabbed Jesse Valencia, which left Rios' arm hairs on Valencia's chest when he was murdered.

Kisses for mom

Chris Willow-Schomaker plays with her youngest son, Silas, 3.

"Nessie Von Kelpie"

"Nessie Von Kelpie" is photographed at Chris Willow-Schomaker's home. According to Willow-Schomaker's Web site, she was inspired to make the toy because her son was fascinated by the "Nessie and the Water Horse" story.

"Three blind mice"

Chris Willow-Schomaker shows her "Three Blind Mice" at her Columbia home. Willow-Schomaker created mamaroots, a company she made that sells her homemade, all-natural toys.

Mom creates all-natural toys

Chris Willow-Schomaker watches her sons play at her Columbia home.

Helping the hellbender

The Ozark Hellbender, pictured here, is a fully aquatic animal, meaning they cannot live on land. Hellbenders mainly eat crayfish, and unlike most salamanders, perform external fertilization.

Hellbender close up

Rich Collister, curator of life sciences at the Wonders of Wildlife Museum in Springfield, said hellbenders have high sensitivity to changes in their habitat. Their declining numbers serves as an environmental indicator, telling us what is happening in the environment.

Columbia police Officer Tim Giger testifies during third day of Rios trial

Columbia police Officer Tim Giger indicates the amount of time it took him to drive from the Columbia Police Department to Jesse Valencia's apartment. Defense attorney Gillis Leonard objected to the time chart, saying Giger had no way of knowing what route, if any, Rios took to Valencia's apartment.

The Sooners' Allen Patrick leaves MU's Alonzo Dotson behind

Sooners running back Allen Patrick leaves defensive lineman Charles Gaines in the dust during the third quarter of the Big 12 championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 1, 2007.

Karen Momper wraps a EuroGlory poinsettia

Karen Momper wraps a EuroGlory poinsettia in gold paper for a customer in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Center on Dec. 4, 2008. Momper is a member of the Mizzou Horticulture Club, which grows and sells poinsettias every year.

MU club has grown about 10 poinsettia varieties

The Mizzou Horticulture Club has been growing about 160 poinsettias of about 10 varieties this semester.