Mu senior Wendy Liu uses Chinese calligraphy to create a nameplate for an attendee of the Taiwanese Night Market on Wednesday.

Former wiseguy tells his story

Former mafia boss Michael Franzese speaks to a crowd in Conservation Auditorium at MU on Wednesday. Franzese is the founder of the Breaking Out Foundation, dedicated to protecting at-risk youth from gambling addictions.

MU baseball team breaks out of doldrums

Missouri's Ryan Lollis slides safely back to first base on a pickoff attempt.

Career educator Hairston knows education from many sides

Gale "Hap" Hairston talks with Jim Ritter, left, and David Keller, right, about the proposed tax levy at Hairston's campaign kickoff on March 17.

Sociology professor lands $10,000 Kemper award

Wayne Brekhus, left, an associate professor of sociology at MU, reacts after being awarded one of the 2008 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence and a $10,000 check during one of his classes on Tuesday. Chairman Jim Schatz, right, laughs after Brekus' first comment after receiving the check was, "Well, it is April 1st."
This was only the first of five of the awards to be distributed to other MU professors this year.


MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, from left, Chairman Jim Schatz and Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton walk into Middlebush Hall on Tuesday to surprise Wayne Brekhus, an associate professor of sociology, with one of the 2008 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence and a $10,000 check. This was the first of five awards to be distributed this year.

Airlines look to make Columbia airport profitable

Great Lakes Aviation, top, Hawaiian Island Air, middle, and Northwest Airlink, bottom, have all bid to take over services at Columbia Regional Airport and have asked for substantial federal help in financing their proposed operations.

Veterinarian Rose brings experience in business, with children

Tom Rose examines a cat in June 2007. Rose is running for one of three open seats on the Columbia School Board.

School board vice president stays busy with Columbia activities

Darin Preis listens at a meeting on March 18. Preis is currently the vice president for the Columbia School Board.

UM spokesman announces resignation

Scott Charton

Village Wine and Cheese Restaurant closes

Kathy Fluesmeier, owner of Village Wine and Cheese Restaurant, recommends wine choices to Debbie Bailey at the restaurant’s retail inventory sale on Monday. The Village had to close its doors for good last week because of “marginal operations.” The restaurant’s inventory sale started Saturday and continues through Tuesday.

BUS-eum, a museum on wheels, displays World War II artifacts

Chris and Lynn Hill examine the BUS-eum 2's exhibit Monday at the Columbia Public Library. They are reading the story of the German American internment experience.


BUS-eum 2, a museum on wheels, visited Columbia today. The exhibit was called "Vanished."


These ice skates belong to Arthur D. Jacobs, one of about 15,000 German-Americans who were interned by the U.S. government during World War II. From age 10 to 15, Jacobs, the American-born son of German immigrants, lived in internment camps in Ellis Island, N.Y., and Crystal City, Texas.

Festival honors Steve McQueen with stars and cars

Visitors to the second annual Steve McQueen Day in Slater watch a film of stunt work in the 1966 film "The Sand Pebbles." Loren Janes, one of Hollywood's great stuntmen and a friend and double for McQueen, organized the stuntwork of the film. Janes — a 50-year veteran of stuntwork — generally charges $10,000 to speak but appeared in Slater on Saturday for free.


Taylor Norris is strapped in for a ride on her father's Harley Davidson at Steve McQueen Day in Slater on Saturday. Her uncle said many riders were turned away by cold weather; nevertheless more than 100 appeared for the first motorcycle show of the year.


“Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin


“The Whistling Season” by Ivan Doig


Rosie Tippin is running for one of the three open Columbia School Board seats.


Rosie Tippin laughs with her friends at their monthly Bible study on Feb. 28. After the school board election ends, the group is considering meeting twice a month.