The Week in Pictures: Aug. 1-6

The week's photos include fencing, the primary election, the National Bikers Roundup and a crash involving two school buses in Gray Summit.

The week's photos include fencing, the primary election, the National Bikers Roundup and a crash involving two school buses in Gray Summit.

DEAR READER: How much detail is too much in reporting on suicides?

In most stories about suicide, the Missourian articles indicated a method and place, which the Suicide Prevention Resource Center says should be avoided. But to understand the events in a larger context, some details are needed.

LOCALLY GROWN: Want to get more than 50 miles per gallon without buying a hybrid?

Jack rabbit driving won't get you to your destination significantly quicker, but hypermiling could save your gas tank.

Missouri football faces a redshirt dilemma

A few true freshmen will see playing time in 2010.  Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his coaching staff are using August's preseason camp to evaluate the new players, and make the expert decision to put a redshirt on the first-year players, or to have them on the playing roster.

In the cool of the evening, the biker community comes alive

As predicted, more motorcyclists and attendees arrived at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening, the first night of live music at the National Bikers Roundup.

Missouri's Jenna Marston makes USA Women's Baseball team

Columbia School District to appeal sanctions placed on Lewis Elementary

The district plans to send a letter of appeal to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to remove the sanctions placed on Lewis Elementary School. 

UM System wins $12 million for educational program

A UM System program to improve education has been tagged to receive more than $12 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The eMINTS program will be tested in rural Missouri classrooms.

Exploring MU's Gwynn Hall, a family namesake

Shirley Gwynn-Crane came to the MU campus on Thursday to get a look at the building named after her family.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Does safety on school buses need to be improved?

A Thursday crash involving two school buses from St. James killed one high school student and resulted in 42 others being taken to the hospital.

NTSB investigating deadly school bus accident

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board looking into the Thursday crash that killed a 15-year-old girl on a school bus and the driver of another vehicle are evaluating what could be done to make school buses safer.

COLUMN: Columbia officials need to give more thought to parking system

The city needs better communication or should put more thought into how it makes policies.

COLUMN: In emergencies don't panic, think the situation through

The free flow of information is important in a democratic society but it seems that Americans are doing harm to themselves by listening to material that might be questionable or false.

Ninth Congressional District draws no Democratic challenger; future uncertain

Experts are still uncertain as to whether or not Missouri will lose a congressional district next year, but local voters are sure to have fewer choices on their ballots this fall.

COLUMN: Boone County Fair queen I ain't

Columnist Amanda Woytus' pageant career was short-lived, but if she were to run for Boone County Fair queen, it would be even more so. She wouldn't even be allowed to enter.

GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Problems in Mexico affect U.S.

This week, the Committee to Protect Journalists said that Mexico has joined Iraq and Afghanistan among the most dangerous places to be a journalist. There are many stories about Mexico that need to be brought to the public's attention, but journalists have to take great risks to investigate them.

States respond in health care overhaul lawsuit

Twenty states and the nation's most influential small business lobby said Friday a federal court in Florida must hear their challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

In Kansas City, GOP is cautiously confident of big gains this fall

The head of the Republican Party urged members to step up their efforts for the fall elections amid cautious confidence about the GOP's success.

'The Other Guys' gets St. Louis premiere

St. Louis was picked to host the premiere as a result of fan voting on Facebook.

NTSB to hold briefing on fatal Missouri bus crash

The briefing is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Louis Marriott West.