Missouri basketball players thank fans

Missouri basketball players thank their fans for support during their sendoff to Boise, Idaho, outside of Missouri Arena on Wednesday morning.

Blue Note Jazz

The Blue Note 7 will perform Thursday night at the Missouri Theatre as part of a 51-city tour honoring the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records, one of jazz's oldest labels. The septet includes, from left: tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John Coltrane), drummer Lewis Nash, pianist and musical director Bill Charlap, guitarist Peter Bernstein, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Peter Washington and alto saxophonist and flautist Steve Wilson.

Whitnee Maycock, weightlifter

MU senior Whitnee Maycock discovered a natural talent for weightlifting when she was in high school and has continued to compete in college.

The Eagles play Mizzou Arena

Front row, from left, Timothy B. Schmit, Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles perform at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday. The concert in Columbia was a stop in a four-month tour that will continue through six states in the U.S. and 15 different countries in Europe.

Timothy B. Schmit and Don Henley of The Eagles

Timothy B. Schmit, left, and Don Henley, two of the four members of The Eagles, perform at the concert at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday. The band was founded in the early 1970s in Los Angeles.

Don Henley plays with The Eagles

Don Henley performs with The Eagles at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday.

Glenn Frey of The Eagles

Glenn Frey speaks to the crowd at The Eagles concert at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday. Columbia was a stop on the band's international tour, which finishes in July in Portugal.

Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh of The Eagles

Glenn Frey, left, and Joe Walsh of The Eagles perform during their live concert at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Tuesday. The band reunited in 1994 after a 14-year break.

Crowd gathers at The Eagles concert

Fans of The Eagles line up in front of Mizzou Arena in Columbia as the doors open on Tuesday. The concert in Columbia was one of a four-month tour of the U.S. and Europe.

Mom uses Facebook to connect with other parents

Ronikah Routledge, 11, left, gets a ride in the garden wheelbarrow from her mom, Louise Ann Routledge, while her twin sister, Monikah, waits her turn. Louise Ann uses Facebook to connect with friends, including other parents raising twins. "Being a parent has been the highlight of my life," Routledge said, "but by 9 p.m., I'm done!"

Using Facebook to promote a cause

Bill Horner, the 40-year-old director of undergraduate studies for the political science department at MU, joined the social networking Web site Facebook primarily to promote Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser in which he participates annually. He also posts daily updates and messages about the relay on his profile.

Cornell's Alex Tyler

Cornell’s Alex Tyler scores against Pennsylvania on March 6 in a victory that gave the Big Red the Ivy League title.

Kansas State men's basketball coach Frank Martin

Kansas State coach Frank Martin says Big 12 coaches need to be better salesmen for the league.

Construction site of the new Holiday Inn

Construction superintendent Brian Burns, left, and George Nieto walk toward the construction site of the new Holiday Inn at the Lake of the Woods Exit on March 6.

Laying the foundations

Julio Rico, left, mixes concrete while Alberto Nieto patches holes in a wall on the construction site of the new Holiday Inn.

Patching holes at the Holiday Inn

Jim Heath, left, and Kenny Sims patch holes on the construction site of the new Holiday Inn.

Alpaca life

Four of Long's alpaca studs munch on their afternoon meal at the Osage Alpaca ranch near Hinton.

Hay isn't just for horses

Rob Long tosses hay to the female population of his Alpaca herd Thursday afternoon. Long has the largest alpaca herd in central Missouri with 75 alpacas and is known in the industry as a top breeder.

Alpaca kisses

Alpaca rancher Rob Long gives a young female resident of his ranch an "alpaca kiss." Long has been raising alpacas north of Columbia near Hinton and Prathersville since 2005.

Rob Long and alpaca

Just one day old and experiencing sunlight for the very first time, the male alpaca baby, or "cria," King's Jester receives a reassuring touch on the neck from Osage Alpaca ranch owner Rob Long as the mother, Penny, watches guard. Alpacas are a domesticated species of South American camelid, and had never been raised in the United States until as recently as 1984.