Police looking to question father in death of 2-year-old boy

Horace C. Johnson

MU students to launch rocket at competition in Utah

MU senior Casey Bohnert watches as fellow engineering student Brian Doerhoff works on a motor mount for the rocket that MU's chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will enter in a competition in Utah later in the week. It is the first time MU students have entered the rocket launch competition.

East Pointe residents form neighborhood association

The Easte Pointe subdivision has developed and grown up since its birth in 1988.


The sun beats down on dry pavement Tuesday afternoon at the East Pointe subdivision.


Panoramic view of the first houses built in the East Pointe neighborhood, taken in 1988.

Wheeling over sidewalk problems

Max Lewis rides down Broadway to cross at the intersection on Old Highway 63 on Thursday morning because the design of the nearby sidewalk cuts is too steep for Lewis to safely pass in his wheelchair. "I am forced out of necessity, not convenience," Lewis said about riding on the street.

UPDATE: Jury selection begins in murder trial of Dwight Hayes

Dwight T. Hayes, 21, is accused of raping and shooting Cynthia White, a hotel manager, in November 2007. His trial begins today.


Cynthia White, general manager of the Comfort Inn at 2904 Clark Lane, where she was found dead last November.

Independent joins packed race for district seat

Justin Johnson

Meeting the Jamboree sculpture

"Look, Papa!" says Terra Belle Veazey, 4, as she climbs on the Jamboree sculpture outside the Boone County Courthouse.
"She's my sweetheart," says her dad, Derrell Veazey.

Schurz hall coordinator develops relationship with new Seeing Eye dog

"I love his personality," says MU Residential Life Hall Coordinator Jim Pelfrey of his new Seeing Eye dog, Xilo. "He's all man! We might as well call him 'Frat Boy!'"

Comic legend dedicated his life to pushing the envelope

Comedian George Carlin entertains the crowd on May 1, 2003 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Lima, Ohio. Carlin, 71, whose staunch defense of free speech in his most famous routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, died Sunday. He went into St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham.

Tour of Missouri to add new stage when race returns in September

Brazilian Luciano Pagliarini celebrates his Stage 4 win of the Tour of Missouri on Sept. 14 in Columbia. The Tour of Missouri will add an extra day of competition this year, but the race will not go through Columbia this year.

Summer Welcome teaches wellness through skits

From left, Ben Dillon and Jenna Jordan fake a discussion as Sarah Scroggs, Amy Williams and Lindsey Nelson act out a skit about alcohol consumption during Summer Welcome for MU.


Clockwise from left, Kourtney Mitchell, Katie Eggerman, Amy Williams, Lindsey Nelson, Jenna Jordan and Sarah Scroggs act out a game of truth or dare and take on questions about sex education and safe sexual practices during a skit for Summer Welcome.


From left, Jonathan Page, Kurtis Davis, Will Guldin and Riley O'Neill chuckle as the summer welcome team acts out a skit informing the incoming students on safe sexual practices. When an oral dam was stretched out and snapped back into place the crowd responded with laughter.

ACT Works gets new grinder

Robert Barnes tosses compact discs into the basin of the new grinder Wednesday afternoon at Alternative Community Training in Columbia. The company's program, ACT Recycling, now has the capability to grind up various smaller plastic items such as CDs, VHS tapes and jewel cases for resale to manufacturers who use recycled plastic.


Floppy discs wait to be recycled at Alternative Community Training on Wednesday afternoon where the ACT Recycling program chops up plastic-based media such as CDs and video tapes to resell to manufacturers. A new granulator, which grinds up plastic products into tiny pieces, is helping the program increase production and, hopefully, create more jobs for workers.


Robert Barnes gradually loads a large box of Beach Boys and Sara Evans compact discs into the new granulator Wednesday afternoon at Alternative Community Training's recycling program. The discs were donated by the to the program to be chopped up by ACT Recycling and resold to manufacturers.

Local elementary schools plant seeds of learning in students minds

Ronald Franklin, 7, shows off a marigold flower growing at Lee Elementary School on June 2, 2008. Lee Elementary is one of several Columbia schools experimenting with the use of outdoor learning areas.