Robert Johnson switches from bicycling shoes to grass-cutting shoes. Johnson uses a bike to trailer his non-motorized lawn equipment from one job to the next.


Robert Johnson opts for a push-broom instead of a roaring blower. Johnson uses no fossil fuels in his business, preferring instead to trailer his old-fashioned equipment around town.

Passover preparation takes time and a lot of cleaning

Rachel Rubin, a student intern at the Hillel House, puts away dishes after washing them in preparation for Passover on Wednesday afternoon at the Hillel House in Columbia. In preparation for the holiday, volunteers spent nearly a week cleaning and preparing the kitchen for use.

Photos of the Week

MU freshman Claire Stuckel, left, Elizabeth Augustine, center, and Amanda Fleming, right, listen as the names of the students and teachers killed at Virginia Tech last year are read off during a vigil Wednesday evening on the Carnahan Quadrangle at MU. About 150 people gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting.


Missouri freshman Mallory Benedict, from Lynchburg, Va., mourns as the names of the victims of the Virgina Tech shooting are read aloud during a vigil Wednesday evening at MU. About 150 people gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting.


People gather to enjoy the warm weather Wednesday afternoon on the Francis Quadrangle at MU. Wednesday's temperatures reached into the upper 70s.


MU junior Molly Redman relaxes on the Francis Quadrangle on Wednesday afternoon as temperatures reached into the upper 70s.

MU swimmers transition to long course

The MU swimming team recently transitioned from the short course 25-meter pool used in the college season to the 50-meter pool used for the remainder of the seeason.


Freshman Melissa Jamerson works on her butterfly stroke at a recent practice. She said that long course suits her stroke well.

Complaints against police show racial disparity

Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri NAACP, speaks before the Columbia Citizen Oversight Committee at the Armory Sports & Community Center on Thursday. Ratliff and dozens of other Columbia residents gathered to voice the need for citizen review of the Columbia Police Department as well as to recount personal grievances with the department.

Walk-on getting his chance with MU football team

At 5'5" and 195 pounds, redshirt freshman Titus Wonsey draws comparisons to short, thick NFL running backs like Maurice Jones-Drew.

Bruins boys tennis team sweeps Glendale

Rock Bridge’s Jay Kinderknecht chases down a shot during the Bruins’ 9-0 win over Glendale.

U.S., Russia need to reverse arms race

Bill Wickersham is an adjunct professor of Peace Studies at MU, a member of Veterans for Peace and a member of the national steering committee of Global Action to Prevent War.

'Elixir of Love' opera on tap for weekend

Members of the Show-Me Opera, DJ Jordan, front right, Emily Matthews, front left, Melissa Gaddis, back left, and Christine Jarquio perform during the opening scene of the opera, "Elixir of Love," on Monday. The Show-Me Opera will have its opening performance in Columbia on Friday.

The rising cost of food

Tennis-pro father drives MU freshman Ritchie

Pat Ritchie, left, talks to his daughter, MU freshman Kaitlyn Ritchie's match against Texas A&M before she takes on her next opponent. Ritchie is present and vocal at many of his daughter's matches.


Missouri's Kaitlyn Ritchie, a freshman, returns a shot against Texas A&M in her first match on April 4.


Pat Ritchie, father of Missouri tennis player Kaitlyn Ritchie, stands in the fan section while she plays her first match against Texas A&M on April 4. His son also plays tennis at the University of Iowa.

Fire district board hears salary recommendations

Shelly Dometrorch, left, swears in newly elected Boone County Fire Protection District board members, from left, John Sam Williamson, David Griggs and Phyllis Fugit. Both Williamson and Griggs will serve six-year terms, and Fugit will serve a four-year term.

MU students remember Virginia Tech, pray for peace on campuses

From left, Missouri freshmen Claire Stuckel, Elizabeth Augustine and Amanda Fleming listen as the names of the students killed last year at Virginia Tech are read off during a vigil Wednesday evening on the Carnahan Quadrangle at MU. About 100 people gathered to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting.