THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Rodeo finals and a Harry Potter trivia night

Images of Missouri teens competing at the Missouri High School Rodeo Finals and Ebenezer the owl at a Harry Potter trivia night held at Hickman High School were among the best Missourian staff photos last week.

Columbia barbershops compete in Father's Day basketball tournament

Six barbershops fielded teams for a Father's Day basketball tournament at Douglass Park. The tournament's organizers hope this kind of community activity can help revamp the park's image.

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Basketball team in the news

A new coach, an old coach and a fan kept the Missouri basketball program in the news last week.

Mobile devices can receive free emergency alerts starting next week

The National Weather Service and other authorized government agencies will begin to issue free emergency warnings to mobile devices next week.

LETTER: Community can help veterans connect with mental health services

As the war comes to a close, Americans must ensure their veterans receive the mental health care they need to reenter civilian life.

North Columbia home severely damaged by barbecue grill fire

Two people were home at the single-story house at the time of the fire Saturday night, but no one was injured. Fire officials estimated $90,000 in damage.

Betancourt homers in 15th; Royals beat Cardinals, 5-3

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 15th inning, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Rodney King, key figure in Los Angeles riots, dies at 47

Rodney King, whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive riots in the nation's history, died Sunday. His body was found in the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif.

Fair shot or freedom?: Words define campaign 2012

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney use distinct vocabularies to define themselves in the campaign.

Earnhardt Jr. ends drought with win in Michigan; Edwards 11th

Dale Earnhardt Jr. raced to his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in four years, ending a 143-race winless streak Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.

Eating Disorder Council supporters ask Gov. Nixon to allow funding

Although lawmakers gave $150,000 to the Missouri Eating Disorder Council in 2012, Gov. Jay Nixon cut its funding to balance the state budget.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Failed recall of Wisconsin governor interpreted

After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker escaped last week's recall election with his title still intact, columnist Donald Kaul looks at what the incident could mean on a larger scale.