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Pacing before the procedure [Photo]

Ellie, a four-year-old Labrador Retriever, paces in a kennel on Friday at the Columbia Pet Hospital between procedures. The first procedure involved removing fat cells, which will then be used to harvest stem cells. The second procedure occurs about an hour after the first, and involves injecting the stem cells into affected areas — in this case, Ellie’s shoulders and elbows.

Petting Ellie before the procedure [Photo]

Cami Anderson, 10, lays on the floor and comforts her dog Ellie on Friday at the Columbia Pet Hospital after veterinarians gave the dog an anesthetic shot, knocking her unconscious before a procedure that will place stem cells into painful joints.

Working with stem cells [Photo]

Katherine Wilkie* watches veterinary technician Billy Inskeep extract waste fluid from a test tube containing a dog’s stem cells that had just come out of the centrifuge on Friday. The stem cells will be injected into the four-year-old Labrador Retriever Ellie, who suffers from painful joints, as part of a new procedure in veterinary medicine.

Comforting Ellie [Photo]

Cami Anderson, 10, sits on the floor and comforts her dog Ellie on Friday after veterinarians gave the dog an anesthetic shot, knocking her unconscious before a procedure that will put stem cells into painful joints at the Columbia Pet Hospital. The new procedure, which is done entirely in-clinic, was the first one done in Missouri. It involves removing the animal’s fat cells, separating the stem cells, activating them, and then injecting them into the affected area.

MU's Tori Howard at Black and Gold Exhibition [Photo]

MU freshman Tori Howard pushes off the vault during warm ups before the first round of the Mizzou Black and Gold Gymnastics Exhibition on Friday at the Hearnes Center.

MU's Alex Skinner at Black and Gold Exhibition [Photo]

Freshman Alex Skinner pulls herself around the high bar on Friday.

MU's Cathryn Aliceaacosta at Black and Gold Exhibition [Photo]

Cathryn Aliceaacosta, freshman, finishes her balance beam routine during the Mizzou Black and Gold Gymnastics Exhibition at Hearnes Center.

MU volleyball's Allie Heizelman at Black and Gold Exhibition [Photo]

Junior Allie Heizelman back flips on the balance beam.

MU volleyball's Brittani Price during Black and Gold Exhibition [Photo]

Freshman Brittani Price laughs with her teammates after finishing her floor routine during the MU Black and Gold Gymnastics Exhibition on Friday at the Hearnes Center.

Students to display science projects in new wing at Parkway Central High School [Photo]

Clinton Wilson, a carpenter with Interior Construction Services, wipes down the inside of a glass encasement for students to show off their work as Parkway Central High School opened its new state-of-the-art science wing for classes Monday in Chesterfield.

Chesterfield high school opens new science wing [Photo]

Mikayla Kennedy, a junior at Parkway Central High School, takes a look around her new biology classroom as the school opened its new state-of-the-art science wing for classes Monday in Chesterfield.

Black Belt Academy hosts first annual Board Break-a-Thon [Slideshow]

Strength in the body, honesty in the heart, knowledge in the mind. These are the words that are spoken before every martial arts class at Hockman’s ATA Black Belt Academy on Corporate Lake Drive. About 45 martial arts students participated in the first annual Board Break-a-Thon on Dec. 3. Students gained sponsorships and broke 1,000 boards in about 30 minutes.

David Stokes [Photo]

David Stokes is a policy analyst for the Show-Me Institute, a Missouri-based think tank.

Under the tree [Photo]

Barbara O'Brien gets under the tree as she decorates a house in Spanish Lake, Mo, Nov. 29.

Decorating for others [Photo]

Barbara O'Brien decorates a house for the holidays in Spanish Lake, Mo, on Nov. 29. Her business The Silver Garden, with partner David Sacks, keeps them busy during the holidays decorating for others - who can afford it.

MU volleyball players huddle up before their match [Photo]

Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow said when he first saw his players' pregame huddle, it reminded him of the chants of men’s basketball teams. His players say the huddle both energizes them and allows them to get a little goofy. “We all love it,” senior libero Caitlyn Vann said. “It gets us jacked up, and it’s kind of funny.”

Hickman boys basketball coach David Johnson [Photo]

After college Hickman boys basketball coach David Johnson played professionally in and around Melbourne, Australia for the Sunbury Jets and Bendigo Braves.

Loading up for Christmas [Photo]

Tammy Adkins, a volunteer for the Voluntary Action Center, helps load presents into the back of a van while Jordan Dudley-Logan, nine months, waits in his car seat at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Wrapping presents at Voluntary Action Center [Photo]

David Finke, a volunteer for the Voluntary Action Center, loads up a cart with boxes of presents to give away to families at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Thursday. Finke, who has volunteered for 14 years, said the program is "a visceral, visual, tangible example of the generosity of the community meeting the needs of the community."

MU swimmer Lauren Lavigna at Mizzou Invite [Photo]

Missouri senior Lauren Lavigna competes last weekend at the Mizzou Invite. "Nothing is bigger than the Olympic Games and to reach that goal would be an amazing accomplishment,” she said.
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