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.

MU linebacker Sean Weatherspoon haircut

Sean Weatherspoon gets his hair cut by teammate Steve Redmond. "He always does something real good for me,” Weatherspoon says of Redmond.

Healthy Breakfast for Healthy Kids

From left, Lupita Magdaleno, Faith Elsbury and Rosemary Munger enjoy muffins, apples and blueberry smoothies for breakfast at the YouZeum as part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative to combat childhood obesity. The PedNet Coalition, which hosted the event, was recently given a $400,000 grant to promote physical activity and healthy eating in the city.

MU women's basketball player Christine Flores against Toledo

Christine Flores, right, reaches in for the steal against Toledo's Jessica Williams on Dec. 3 at Mizzou Arena. Tigers coach Cindy Stein complimented her defense, which forced 25 turnovers and recorded 17 steals and seven blocks.

Missouri forward Shakara Jones against Toledo

Missouri forward Shakara Jones goes up for a shot over Melissa Goodall of Toledo on Dec. 3 at Mizzou Arena.

Texas football fan cheers for Longhorns

Texas freshman Tim Liu cheers on the Longhorns against Texas A&M while wearing a sign showing the score of Texas' win over Oklahoma.

Beyond the partition

Construction worker Neil James move a waste bin inside of the particle board partition that separates the construction area from the lobby of Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday. Construction has caused some courthouse employees to move to temporary workspace while renovations are being completed.

Boxed in

Unit manager Lana Brooks works in her office in Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday surrounded by boxes that are ready to be moved to her temporary workspace; her permanent workspace is being completed. "It has been inconvenient, but it's nothing we can't overcome," Brooks said.

Kansas receiver Kerry Meier scores on Missouri

Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier pulls in a 26-yard touchdown reception over Missouri safety Justin Garrett on Saturday in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' loss to the Jayhawks at Arrowhead Stadium.

Self-employed farmers struggle for insurance coverage

Richard Williams, a Tipton farmer, feeds his cattle. Because Williams is a self-employed farmer, he and his family struggle to receive health-insurance coverage.

Hours spent online

Student John Rowe practices his electronic music DJ skills as he spends hours in his room broadcasting music online for his friends in La Canada Flintridge, Calif. Rowe, a 19-year-old student, spends six to 12 hours online each day. Researchers are raising the idea that young people who've spent too much time using the Internet and playing video games have wired their brains for technology rather than social skills.

Wired for technology

University of California-Los Angeles Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Gary Small holds a human brain model at his office at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in Westwood, Calif. He suggests young people who have spent too much time using the Internet and playing video games have wired their brains for technology rather than social skills.

Katy Steinmetz school photo

Katy Steinmetz, shown here when she was in elementary school, battled obesity when she was a child.

William Randle testifies at Steven Rios re-trial

William Randle, criminalist supervisor at the Missouri State Highway Patrol, explains to the jury that the flap on a box of evidence was opened when he received that box, which contained hairs from murder victim Jesse Valencia.

Practice, practice

Choreographer Kira Josephson looks on as, from left, Sarah Marshall, Emily Shackelford, Izzie Baldwin, Sydney Turner and Charles Evans rehearse.

Stephens coach Crystal Dominguez at practice

“Bug” Dominguez is using her athletic scholarship at Stephens to fill the role of student assistant coach.