Jack Chance holds replica infantry cap

In his home office Tuesday, Jack Chance, president of Friends of the Centralia Battlefield, holds a handmade Civil War replica infantry cap. Not only do re-enactors take their uniforms seriously, but many also take on the names and histories of actual soldiers in particular battles or in the war in general.

Jessie Arms plants a flag in the ground

Jessie Arms sticks American flags in the ground Wednesday for the Never Forget Project hosted by the Columbia College Republicans at the Brown Hall lawn. Each flag represents a person killed on 9/11.

Two teachers learn about Torah

Hannah and Delia Rainey examine the Torah on Wednesday as Rabbi Levi Selwyn explains the process of writing a scroll at Congregation Beth Shalom. The sisters are teachers at the Hebrew school.

Rabbi Selwyn rewrites letters

Rabbi Levi Selwyn rewrites cracked letters on a Torah scroll Wednesday at Congregation Beth Shalom. Jewish law is very specific: While writing God's name, one must say, "This is for the sake of the holiness of God's name," Selwyn said. That phrase shows intention when writing God's name.

Rabbi Selwyn explains Torah scroll restoration

Rabbi Levi Selwyn describes the process of restoring a Torah scroll Wednesday to members of Congregation Beth Shalom. Before work can begin, the scroll must be unrolled and aired. The smell is quite unpleasant, Selwyn said.

Rabbi Levi Selwyn restores a scroll

Rabbi Levi Selwyn works on restoring a Torah scroll Wednesday at Congregation Beth Shalom. It is between 60 and 80 years old, which is relatively new for Torahs, Selwyn said. "I start from the end of the Torah; that way, I don't smudge, because I am right-handed."

'Destiny' video game released

Players can customize characters in "Destiny," a new online, first-person shooter video game. It was released at midnight Tuesday.

Cardinals' Matt Adams hits RBI

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Adams hits an RBI double against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredso Simon in the first inning Wednesday.

Hickman is 0-3

Chris Leach of Hickman, right, tackles Delshon Spratt, left, of Lee's Summit High School during a home game at Hickman High School on Aug. 29. Hickman, 0-3, faces Helias on Friday.

Obama delivers speech

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington on Wednesday.

Sonya Renee performs spoken word

Spoken word artist Sonya Renee of Oakland, Calif., performs "What We Deserve," a poem about women's reproductive rights, at a rally to support Gov. Jay Nixon's July veto of HB 1307, a bill that would extend the abortion waiting period to 72 hours.

Protester holds "Abortion is sacred" sign

Juleigh Snell holds a sign that says "Abortion is sacred" at a rally on the state Capitol's south lawn during the legislature's veto session Wednesday. Snell, an atheist and Planned Parenthood volunteer, drove to Jefferson City from her home in Alton, Ill., because she believes reproductive rights should be available to women regardless of what state they live in.

Abortion-rights opponents rallied at Capitol

Abortion-rights opponents gathered in the state Capitol's rotunda for a rally during the legislature's veto session Wednesday in Jefferson City. They were rallying against Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of HB 1307, which would extend the waiting period for a woman to have an abortion to 72 hours.

Sean Culkin makes a catch

Missouri tight end Sean Culkin, No. 80, leaps in the air after making a catch against the Toledo in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday in Toledo, Ohio.

Police try to stop protest

A line of law enforcement officers block the road at a protest aimed at shutting down Interstate 70 on Wednesday in Berkeley, Mo., near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9.

Battle rebounds from Rock bridge loss

Nash Sutherlin runs the ball against Rock Bridge High School during a loss on Friday. Battle High School hosts Excelsior Springs on Friday.

Bowe part of new look Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe takes a break during training camp Aug.1 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Employees celebrate grand opening

H&M employees celebrate the grand opening of the Columbia store on Wednesday. This is H&M's fifth store in Missouri and its first in Columbia.

Woman shops at grand opening

Gracie Boyes shops during the grand opening of H&M on Wednesday. Boyes said she had been checking up on the stores progress over the past months and is excited it's finally open.

Customers wait in line for grand opening

Customers wait in line to attend the grand opening of H&M at Columbia Mall on Wednesday. The first 100 shoppers received giveaways valued at up to $300 and special opening day offers.