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Common Snowdrop flowers [Photo]

Snow melts on Common Snowdrop flowers, a winter blooming flower that ushers in the spring. Monday's snowfall in Columbia could bring this season's snowfall to the highest ever recorded for Columbia.

DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS ON THE MOVE [Graphic]

The Pasta Factory is leaving its downtown location of more than two decades to head west while Bambino’s and the International Cafe are moving to new downtown spots. They’ll be competing with newcomers Anthony’s, Red Mango and Saigon.

The Pasta Factory will keep stained glass [Photo]

The Pasta Factory's new location will open farther west on Broadway, near Fairview Road. The downtown location closed on March 6.

The Pasta Factory plans to keep some features [Photo]

Contractors Bill Blackford, Greg Bramon and Jim Crews work to pull down the belt-driven ceiling fans at The Pasta Factory on Feb. 25. Restaurant owner Jenny Dubinski said the new location will have some of the same features as the old downtown location.

Bambino's new location [Photo]

Pedestrians cross in front of the new location of Bambino's Italian Cafe on Broadway. The restaurant, which opened at the beginning of the year, moved after its lease at the old location was not renewed.

Steve Hoeper clears off his car [Photo]

Steve Hoeper clears the snow off of his car before going to work Monday morning. The National Weather Service in St. Louis reported 5 inches of snowfall at Columbia Regional Airport at 6 a.m.

Man walks through snow for lottery tickets [Photo]

Dave Dollens takes his daily morning walk as he heads to a gas station to buy lottery tickets Monday. Dollens usually goes to several different gas stations around town, but, because of the snow, his only stop was the Hitt Street Mini Mart.

Barrel racing team rests before competing [Photo]

MU student Hannah Riddle, 20, shares a moment with her horse Barney as he undergoes acupuncture on Feb. 23, 2011. Riddle believes that acupuncture helps balance Barney's energy before he competes with her at barrel racing competitions.

Arkansas basketball coach fired [Photo]

Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey was fired Sunday after four seasons at Arkansas. He was 69-59 in four seasons with the Razorbacks, including an 18-13 record this season.

Anderson coaches in Big 12 tournament [Photo]

Missouri coach Mike Anderson talks to his players during the first half this past Thursday's basketball game against Texas A&M in the second round of the Big 12 men's tournament in Kansas City.

English ready to head home [Photo]

Missouri guard Kim English is happy about the Tigers' placement in the NCAA Tournament after hearing the announcement Sunday in the Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers will play in the first round Thursday against the Cincinnati Bearcats in Washington D.C., which is near English's hometown of Baltimore.

Tigers celebrate NCAA tournament bid [Photo]

Missouri assistant coach Matt Zimmerman shakes hands with Missouri forward Justin Safford on Sunday in the Clinton Club at Mizzou Arena after the Tigers were chosen to play in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a No. 11 seed.

Theater crew quickly wraps up a show [Video]

The Columbia Entertainment Company community theater finished a two-week run for “Doubt” on Sunday. Minutes after the theater emptied, cast members and stagehands alike were tearing down the set to prepare the way for the theater’s next play. Director Shawna Mefferd Kelty discussed what went into clearing the stage.

Nottelmann rebounds for Mizzou [Photo]

MU junior Kristin Nottelmann pitches during Sunday's game against Illinois State. Nottelmann allowed only one hit during the game, rebounding from a difficult outing on Saturday.

Sad day in Japan [Photo]

A young evacuee looks on at an evacuation center in Kawamata, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday. Japan's nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and more than 170,000 people evacuated the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where fears spread over possible radioactive contamination.

Simmons watches home run [Photo]

MU senior Lisa Simmons watches her ball sail over the outfield fence for a home run in the fourth inning of Sunday's game against Illinois State. Simmons had two hits and scored two runs in the game.

Escaping disaster [Photo]

Futaba Kosei Hospital patients are assisted by Japan Self Defense Force personnel as they disembark from a helicopter in the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Sunday morning after being evacuated from the hospital in Futaba town near the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. They might have been exposed to radiation while waiting for evacuation when an explosion of Unit 1 reactor of the complex blew off the top part of its walls on Saturday, one day after a strong earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan.

Mizzou celebrates home run [Photo]

Missouri's Lisa Simmons meets the rest of her team at home plate after she hit a solo home run against Illinois State on Sunday at University Field. It was Simmons' first home run of the season.

Hardoin pitches for Missouri [Photo]

Missouri senior Zack Hardoin pitches during the game against Le Moyne College on Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Hardoin earned the win.

Catching on at Mizzou [Photo]

Missouri junior Ben Turner slides into home plate as Le Moyne catcher Kyle Kalaka fields the ball. Turner, a catcher himself who had three hits in Sunday's game, was called out on the play.
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