December 5, 2008
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.
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.
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.
Chris Willow-Schomaker plays with her youngest son, Silas, 3.
"Nessie Von Kelpie" is photographed at Chris Willow-Schomaker's home. According to Willow-Schomaker's etsy.com Web site, she was inspired to make the toy because her son was fascinated by the "Nessie and the Water Horse" story.
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.
Chris Willow-Schomaker watches her sons play at her Columbia home.
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.
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 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.
December 4, 2008
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 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.
The Mizzou Horticulture Club has been growing about 160 poinsettias of about 10 varieties this semester.
Sean Weatherspoon gets his hair cut by teammate Steve Redmond. "He always does something real good for me,” Weatherspoon says of Redmond.
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.
December 3, 2008
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 goes up for a shot over Melissa Goodall of Toledo on Dec. 3 at Mizzou Arena.
Texas freshman Tim Liu cheers on the Longhorns against Texas A&M while wearing a sign showing the score of Texas' win over Oklahoma.
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.
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.