Mary (Painter) Cooper, extended family photo

Mary (Painter) Cooper's family in 1958. The family was featured in Life magazine. To read more about Cooper, go to

Mary (Painter) Cooper family photo No. 1

Some of Mary (Painter) Cooper's family. To read more about Cooper, go to

Mary (Painter) and Jack Cooper with Life magazine

Mary (Painter) and Jack Cooper with the edition of Life magazine in which Mary Cooper's family was featured. To read more about Cooper, go to

Injured firefighter

Columbia Fire Lt. Doug Thoma suffered burns to his right hand while fighting a fire Tuesday morning. He is reported to be doing well after minor grafting procedures Tuesday afternoon at the George Peak Memorial Burn Center, according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department. Thoma was expected to be released from the burn center Wednesday.

MU men's basketball player Steve Moore

Freshmen center Steve Moore, left, says he has benefited from practicing against Zaire Taylor and his MU teammates.

MU women's soccer awaits tournament seeding

Members of the Big XII champion MU women's soccer team await the announcement of their NCAA tournament seeding Monday night at D. Rowe's Restaurant in Columbia. From left, sophomore Brittany Hopkins, junior Tasha Dittamore, senior Kat Tarr and senior Lindsay McCoy.

Tigers QB Chase Daniel braces for hit

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, left, is hit by Kansas State defensive end Eric Childs in Saturday's victory over the Wildcats.

MU's Shakara Jones

Shakara Jones, a sophomore on the MU women's basketball team, goes for a basket while Cortney Shewmaker tries to defend. The Tigers won the game, 80-50, against the Bearcats in Columbia on Friday.

Parents protest officer's return

Mary Hussmann, left, and Nathan Stephens stand outside of the Columbia Police Department on Monday to protest Officer Mark Brotemarkle's return to Hickman High School after his involvement in breaking up a fight between students in October. Hussmann has no children in the school system, but said she believes police policy needs to be changed. Stephens said Brotemarkle perpetuates "unnecessary roughness."

Donnie Hoffmann at work in the kitchen of the Veterans' Hospital

Donnie Hoffmann works in the main kitchen of Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital on Nov. 6, 2008. Hoffmann is a veteran of the current Iraq war.

Community members protest at Police Department

Arnita Jordan, center, looks on while Rev. Ray Warren, right, of Mt. Celestial Baptist Church prays during a protest Monday outside the Columbia Police Department. Around 10 protesters gathered in response to Officer Mark Brotemarkle's return to Hickman High School after his involvement in breaking up a fight between several students October 15. Columbia Police Department policy allows officers to remain in their positions unless there is a serious incident, such as an officer shooting.

Presentation of the Colors at New Haven Elementary for Veteran's Day

David Davenport, front, and Martin Fritz, members of the Boone County Fire Protection District color guard, lead the Presentation of the Colors at New Haven Elementary School on Friday afternoon as part of the school's 13th annual Veteran's Day Celebration.

Veteran Matt Aragon works at Midway USA

Veteran Matt Aragon works putting products in packages on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at Midway USA.

Michael Fiscella during his 2004 tour of duty

Michael Fiscella poses with an Iraq resident in the early summer of his 2004 tour of duty.

Michael Fiscella at home in Columbia

Michael Fiscella poses for a portrait on his couch on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, in his Columbia apartment. He is working on a biology degree at MU. His three tours of duty happened during the years 2003 to 2006.

Missouri volleyball team beats Oklahoma

Weiwen Wang (No. 13) and Megan Wilson (No. 11) gather with teammates after a successful play at the end of the third set against Oklahoma on Sunday at Hearnes Center. The Tigers swept the Sooners 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.

Family ties: Oklahoma volleyball player Francie Ekwerekwu

Oklahoma volleyball player Francie Ekwerekwu prepares for the next play in Sunday’s game against Missouri at Hearnes Center. Her brother Brad Ekwerekwu was a receiver for the Missouri football team from 2003 to 2006. Missouri swept the volleyballl match.

Columbia College volleyball player Julie Teeple

Columbia College volleyball player Julie Teeple wants to play for the Cougars' women's basketball team when the volleyball season ends. If the volleyball team reaches the NAIA tournament, that won't happen until December, when the basketball team will have been practicing for longer than a month.

'Scarred and Scared'

Harvey Dent gets lost in his split personality in an excerpt from “Scarred and Scared” written by Brad Desnoyer and illustrated by Riccardo Burchielli. The story is a mix of classic Batman characters and Halloween folklore.

MU law student by day comic book creator by night

Brad Desnoyer sits in his office in Hulston Hall on Sept. 19 with some of his comic books. Desnoyer, a third-year MU law student, recently had a comic published by DC Comics.