August 21, 2008
Lisa Turner greets and guides students at West Boulevard Elementary on Thursday, the first day of the new school year for Columbia.
Annie Arnone, a first-time teacher in the Columbia Public School District, leads her class in stretching exercises that she learned working in theater. "Make yourself as big as you can," she told the Lee Elementary third graders on Thursday as they prepared for their first day of school.
August 20, 2008
Alicia Thater, left, an incoming MU sophomore, moves her belongings into an apartment at Campus View while fellow sophomore Arriell Calvin waits to go back to her car to finish moving. Because of an influx of incoming freshmen, Campus View and Campus Lodge opened their apartments for students who weren't able to get a room in the dorms on campus. "I don't think it'll be that much different," Thater said about safety at the apartments. "My car's a lot closer here than it was at Mizzou, so that's better for me."
The kitten — named "Striker #4" by its new owners — sits frightened in the back of a cage after being rescued out of a creek Wednesday.
From front, Alex Carranza and his children Emily, 8; Andy, 11; and Melissa, 6 work their way through tall weeds behind the Log Hill Run Apartments looking for a stray kitten that got caught in a storm drain Wednesday. The Carranzas were looking for a creek where the storm drain emptied into.
From left, Jack Rudelic, Paul Eschen and Greg Macarthur pry open a manhole cover along South Commercial Drive to help look for a stray kitten that wandered into the storm drain Wednesday.
Andy Carranza, 11, left, hands the rescued kitten to Paul Eschen as Carranza's sister, Melissa, 6 looks on. Eschen and his roommates adopted the kitten on the spot and plan to name him "Striker #4."
After finally catching the frightened kitten in a creek, Alex Carranza, left lets his son Andy, 11, hold the cat. Carranza and his son followed the meows of the kitten and grabbed a hold of it when it got caught in the tall grass.
Bill Clemons opens the blast valve, sending a propane-fueled fireball into his hot air balloon on August 24, 2007, at the Columbia Balloon Invitational at Corporate Lake. Clemons, who owns a ballooning business in Des Moines, Iowa, named this balloon "Color My World" after a Chicago song that he and his future wife danced to at his high school prom.
Adam McGee, Noel McGee (wearing the famous banana costume he dons every flight), and Liz McGee, from left to right, who own and fly several hot air balloons, pose for a portrait Monday morning in downtown Columbia. Adam McGee is preparing to make his first competitive flight as a pilot in the Columbia Balloon Invitational this weekend.
True freshman tight end Michael Egnew learned Monday he is likely to take a reserve role this season behind senior tight end Chase Coffman.
USA's Ben Askren, right, wrestles Cuba's Ivan Fundora in a 74 kilogram freestyle match at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Fundora won the match.
August 19, 2008
Jacob St. Omer, 11, waits on his mother and younger brother to finish talking to a teacher at Russell Boulevard Elementary School during Sneak Peek. St. Omer used to attend Russell but has since moved on to sixth grade.
Katie Stever, 5, pauses from coloring her bright green fish to listen to the warm welcome from her kindergarten teacher.
Jami Dietz, 5, waits to meet her kindergarten teacher with her sister Addie, left, and her mother, Sarah, at Russell Boulevard Elementary School on Tuesday. Jami sings "Herman the Worm" while other students await the introduction to their first school teacher.
Northwest 3170 waits on the tarmac for the first passengers to board Tuesday morning at the Columbia Regional Airport.
Dan King, who is on his way to Little Rock, Ark., is the first passenger to board Northwest 3170, the first flight of the new Northwest non-stop service between Columbia and Memphis, on Tuesday morning at the Columbia Regional Airport.
The first flight, Northwest 3170, of the new Northwest non-stop service between Columbia and Memphis begins to pull away from the terminal Tuesday morning at the Columbia Regional Airport. The new service will fly three times a day on weekdays and twice daily on weekends.
Potential members of sororities travel across the intersection of Kentucky Boulevard and Richmond Avenue on Monday, the first day of rush week. They will visit the 14 chapter houses between Monday and Tuesday. Each chapter will accept about 70 of the incoming students, but there are more people interested in joining the sororities than there are spaces for them.
Women of Alpha Chi Omega, left, introduce themselves to potential members on Monday, the first day of rush week. "We're a really big Greek community," said Audrey Danner, a facilitator for rush week. The final decisions on chapter placement will be made on Saturday.