Bird mask by Dennis Murphy

Bird masks like this one by Dennis Murphy, donated by various Columbia artists, are set up for display with artist Susan Taylor Glasgow's exhibit at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery at MU. The masks are being auctioned off at a reception Thursday, Sept. 17th., and the proceeds will benefit the McCambridge Center.

Mixing yellow

Byron Smith mixes a yellow tint onto his pallet at Orr Street Studios. Smith worked with oils on Saturday, but his passion lately has been watercolor. “It’s translucent and hard to control, that’s what I like about it. I let it do what it does, and I don’t try to control it, I work with it,” Smith said.

House painting

Byron Smith paints a house he started working on with his friend Frank Stack at Orr Street Studios. Stack has an almost identical painting of the house on the wall of the studio they share.

Rock Bridge center Skyler Hinton

Rock Bridge senior Skyler Hinton prepares to hike the ball during practice Tuesday. Hinton spent last year sidelined after he broke his leg at the September 12, 2008, game against McCluer North of Florissant. Hinton has defied doctor's projections and expects to help the Bruins better last season's 1-9 record.

Missouri's Will Ebner

Will Ebner (32) and Sean Weatherspoon (12) following a play in the first half of the Illinois game.
*This photo previously displayed the wrong player.

MU soccer's Meghan Pfeiffer

MU soccer midfielder Meghan Pfeiffer runs drills during practice Wednesday at Walton Stadium. The Tigers, coming off a 4-1 loss Sunday against Long Beach State, will compete in the Auburn tournament this weekend in Auburn, Ala.

MU soccer drills

MU soccer midfielder Meghan Pfeiffer runs drills during practice Wednesday at Walton Stadium.

Missouri's Jasper Simmons

Tigers’ new kick returner Jasper Simmons returns a kick Saturday against Illinois in St. Louis.

Columbia Entertainment Company rehearses 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'

The cast of the "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" takes the stage for dress rehearsal at Columbia Entertainment Company on Friday. The cast, from left to right, is Mary Shaw, Eric Seeley, Stephanie Flakne, Tony Killian (front), Casey Palmasino, Emma Plott Olson, and Craig Cooper. The play will be running for three weekends during the month of September.

Monitoring Hinkson Creek

Jason Hubbart, MU researcher, opens the hatch of one of his water quality monitoring stations on the Hinkson Creek. Hubbart is working on a large scale, long term study of the Hinkson watershed. Stations measure data including erosion, nutrients, water temperature and depth. Hubbart hopes that the collection of data will help with preservation of the creek and a better understanding of water contamination in general.

Hinkson Creek Flood

Eledia Stone holds up her mother's childhood bank and a box of Mark McGwire homerun baseballs from a wheelbarrow of items salvaged from her shed. Behind the barbed wire fence, debris from the flood can still be seen. Her property on Hinkson Creek Road flooded on April 30.

Hinkson Creek Flood Line

Eledia Stone stands beside a shed on her property where the floodwaters rose. Since the flood, Stone has cleaned up much of her property. A few plants have emerged from her garden that was washed away and covered by debris.

Hinkson Creek Data Collectors

Hubbart's water quality monitoring stations are run by solar power and have equipment to measure weather and environmental conditions.

Hickman's Taylor Cox

Hickman forward Taylor Cox dribbles the ball in a game against Jefferson City on Tuesday at the Soccer Park in Jefferson City. Cox, who is the captain of the varsity boys soccer team, also tied for first place at the Class 4 state boys golf tournament.

Receiver Wes Kemp

Sophomore wide receiver Wes Kemp runs toward the endzone after catching a pass against Illinois last Saturday in St. Louis.

Touchdown celebration

Sophomore wide receivers Wes Kemp and Jerrell Jackson celebrate after Kemp caught his first touchdown of his collegiate career against Illinois last Saturday in St. Louis. Jackson also scored his first collegiate touchdown during the game.

Obama delivers health care speech

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on health care to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Obama addresses Congress

President Barack Obama delivers a speech on health care to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sit behind the president.

Obama waves to Congress

President Barack Obama waves before an address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday. He spoke in detail about his proposed health care plan.

Luchadores from movie made in Columbia

Mexican luchadores Blue Demon, Jr., Mil Mascaras, Neutron and Dos Caras pose in a production still for the movie Mil Mascaras Vs. the Aztec Mummy which was filmed in Columbia in 2005. The Columbia premiere will be held at Jesse Hall on Thursday.