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Teens enjoy skating at park [Photo]

Ryan Sublette, left, skates at the Columbia Skate Park in Cosmopolitan Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, as Alex Hoffman films him. The skate park opened 10 years ago.

Stephens Lake Park nears end of first phase of development [Photo]

A bulldozer used in the construction of an outdoor amphitheater sits dormant at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The park is nearing the end of its first phase of development.

Parks require City Council approval, resident input [Photo]

Grasslands Park in Columbia is empty on Friday, Dec. 4. Cold weather likely kept children inside.

Cold weather keeps kids inside instead of out at parks [Photo]

The monkey bars at Grassroots Park off Clarkson Road in Columbia are empty on Friday, Dec. 4. The first cold swing of the season likely kept children inside.

Cosmopolitan Park offers place for skaters [Photo]

Jim Marz, 34, used to skate around downtown Columbia and the MU campus before the skate park at Cosmopolitan Park opened.

Cosmopolitan Park good for flying kites [Photo]

Neil Brock flies stunt kites recreationally and has been to Cosmopolitan Park more than 230 times this year.

Tigers drive Lions home [Photo]

Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon drives into Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior guard Allen Smith as he moves down the court during the second half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena Saturday night. The Tigers defeated the Lions 88-70.

Missouri forward goes in for shot against Arkansas-Pine Bluff [Photo]

Missouri sophomore forward Laurence Bowers is swarmed by the Arkansas-Pine Bluff defense during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena Saturday.

Pushing it [Photo]

Missouri sophomore guard Kim English moves down the court during the first half of the Tigers' win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Mizzou laughs from the bench while playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff [Photo]

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor, freshman guard Michael Dixon and Miguel Paul laugh on the bench during the second half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.

Zaire Taylor drives against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions [Photo]

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor drives down the court during the game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Saturday. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.

Mizzou fights for possession in win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff [Photo]

Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey fights for possession with Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior forwards Lebaron Weathers and Tyree Glass during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night.

Columbia College graduation [Slideshow]

Columbia College held its winter commencement ceremony on Saturday inside its Southwell Gymnasium. President Gerald Brouder conferred degrees to 388 students, including Navy Petty Officer First Class, Master at Arms Brant Baylis, a Columbia native who earned his degree while serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

MU graduation [Slideshow]

The University of Missouri College of Natural Resources, College of Arts and Science and College of Engineering all hosted commencement ceremonies to present degrees to graduating students on Saturday.

Graduations at MU on Friday [Slideshow]

Some of MU's graduations on Friday included ceremonies for the Trulaske College of Business, the Journalism School, Graduate School and the ROTC commissioning of officers. More graduation services are planned for Saturday.

Field Elementary School's last day [Slideshow]

Field Elementary School students said farewell to their building on Friday, the last day of school before winter break. Classrooms were cleaned out and the school took students on one last field trip to Columbia College to watch a Cougars basketball game. The new year will bring a new school as students and teachers from Field will now be at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary.

Rock Bridge Amaya Williams [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior guard Amaya Williams beats the Glendale defense to make a shot on Friday night. The Lady Bruins beat the Lady Falcons 59-47.

Rock Bridge girls basketball defense [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Amaya Williams, 12, leads her team on defense with Emily Holt, 54, Carmen Boessen, 30, and Lindsey Cunningham, 11, against Glendale High School on Friday night. Rock Bridge won 59-47.

Field students cheer on Cougar basketball [Photo]

First-graders Allyson Smith, Serenity Grant, Alan Whittington and Ahmad Anderson cheer as the Columbia College Cougars score on Friday. On Field Elementary's last school day, Columbia College gave each of the children a white T-shirt to commemorate the schools' partnership over the last 22 years.

Columbia College Basketball Turner [Photo]

Columbia College freshman Kaleb Turner pushes forward after a steal late in the second quarter on Friday afternoon. Turner was the top scorer for the Cougars with 13 points in their win against the Lyon (Ark.) College Scots, 72-61.
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