PHOTO GALLERY: Swimmers use Missouri Grand Prix to train for London 2012

The Missouri Grand Prix swim meet at Mizzou Aquatic Center featured several Olympic athletes — and many more who are training for the summer games in London.

I-70 and US 63 intersection improvement project will start in July

After five years of negotiations and planning, construction of the Conley Road and East Boulevard connector is set to begin this summer. The connector is designed to improve traffic flow along the I-70, Business Loop 70 East and U.S. 63 junction.

Lezak's road back to Olympics makes a stop in Columbia

Olympic hero Jason Lezak won the bronze medal in the 50-meter freestyle at the Missouri Grand Prix this weekend.

One to three inches of snow predicted for Columbia on Monday

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, predicting one to three inches of snow for Columbia and two to four inches in other parts of mid-Missouri.

Hike details history of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

The Friends of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park sponsored "Water, Whisky and Hogs" to teach people about the ruins of the Rock Bridge Mills community. The group's members hope to hold the event monthly.

THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Alyssa Bustamante's troubled history, life sentence

Alyssa Bustamante, 18, was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole for killing a 9-year-old girl in 2009. Stories about the case were among the most-viewed last week by the Missourian's online readers.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Quizbowl, an engagement and Missouri basketball

Images of the Rock Bridge Quizbowl, a horse auction and Ricardo Ratliffe's attempted block during a Missouri men's basketball win Saturday were among the best Missourian staff photos last week. 

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Men's basketball rolls; Grand Prix comes to Columbia

The Missouri men's basketball team beat Oklahoma and Baylor this week to stay tied atop the Big 12 Conference with Kansas. The Missouri Grand Prix brought several Olympic athletes to Columbia, and two of them got engaged at the meet.

Foo Fighters and Adele winning big at Grammys

Whitney Houston's death on the eve of the awards forced a delicate balance between the exuberance of the show's winners and the impact of the loss.

ANALYSIS: Missouri lawmakers revive bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon

Republican-led measures to change workplace discrimination laws and require voters to show photo IDs at the polls have been continually vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Fort Zumwalt School District attempting to develop its own teachers

In response to the growing need for teachers certified in special education, foreign language, industrial technology and high school math and science, Fort Zumwalt started a program in which it promises high school students jobs and financial assistance with college if they return to teach one of those subjects. 

U.S. seeks to sift social media to predict future events

In a formal "request for information" from potential contractors, the FBI recently outlined its desire for a digital tool to scan the entire universe of social media — more data than humans could ever crunch.

COMO YOU KNOW: Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School

Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School opened in 1994.


COMO YOU KNOW: Ridgeway Elementary School

Ridgeway Elementary School is a magnet school based on the concept of individually guided education. It draws students based on a lottery system.

COMO YOU KNOW: Alpha Hart Lewis School

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School opened in January 2010 to replace the outdated Field Elementary.

COMO YOU KNOW: Russell Boulevard Elementary School

Russell Boulevard Elementary School opened in 1958.

COMO YOU KNOW: Parkade Elementary School

Parkade Elementary School opened in 1958. 

COMO YOU KNOW: Shepard Elementary School

Shepard Elementary School opened in 1968 and was built on what used to be the Shepard Dairy Farm.

COMO YOU KNOW: West Boulevard Elementary School

West Boulevard Elementary School was constructed to be a "model school" for the Columbia Public School District. 

COMO YOU KNOW: Midway Heights Elementary School

Midway Heights Elementary School opened in 1956.