Chasing the kitten

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.

Struggle to save a kitten

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.

Rescued kitten to be adopted

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."

Kitten rescued in creek

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.

Preparing for balloon flight

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.

Ready for liftoff

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.

MU freshman tight end Michael Egnew

True freshman tight end Michael Egnew learned Monday he is likely to take a reserve role this season behind senior tight end Chase Coffman.

Wrestling for the gold

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.

Counting the minutes

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.

Taking a break from coloring

Katie Stever, 5, pauses from coloring her bright green fish to listen to the warm welcome from her kindergarten teacher.

Waiting to meet her 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.

Waiting for takeoff

Northwest 3170 waits on the tarmac for the first passengers to board Tuesday morning at the Columbia Regional Airport.

First passenger boards first flight

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.

First flight takes off from 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.

Record number of freshmen rushing at MU

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.

Sorority recruits make introductions

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.

Missouri Theatre performers

Performing Arts in Children’s Education members staged “Aladdin Jr.” in the renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Football practice

Brian Coulter, a junior defensive end from Baker, La., who is currently sidelined with a bad ankle sprain, watches a drill during Monday morning's football practice on Faurot Field at MU.

Edwards wins Cup race at Michigan

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates winning the NASCAR 3M Performance 400 auto race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards also won Saturday in the Nationwide Series race in Michigan

Eco Schoolhouse ready for 2008 school year

Grant Elementary's Eco Schoolhouse, shown here on Saturday, has walls and a ceiling that keep the temperature of the classroom steady, leaving little need for outside energy. The schoolhouse's building crew is working double time to finish in time for school.