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MU volleyball player Caitlyn Vann [Photo]

Missouri senior Caitlyn Vann sets a ball during practice at the Hearnes Center. The tattoos on Vann's arms are reminders of her faith, which Vann says has helped her both on and off the volleyball court.

TIMELINE: Taser troubles in Columbia [Graphic]

Since the Columbia Police Department purchased its first Tasers in 2005, the use of the device has spurred controversy in and around Columbia.

Rock Bridge path construction [Photo]

The walkway leading under the Rock Bridge formation has been blocked by a board and construction fencing for two weeks. The deadline for the new path is dependent on crew availability and weather. Once the path is complete, visitors will only be able to go three-quarters of the way under the formation.

SLIDESHOW: Charity bra auction features one well-traveled undergarment [Slideshow]

Attendees might show up from all over to Wednesday’s Decorate-A-Bra contest and fundraiser at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, but it will be tough to have traveled from as far as one of the bras themselves. Nancy Gore, a staff nurse at Ellis Fischel, has spent the past year sending a bra to all 50 states for the contest. The contest will be held in the main lobby of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling Charlene Johnson at (573) 882-6100.

Daniel Clay [Photo]

Daniel Clay, Dean of the College of Education, stands outside Hill Hall on Friday.

A look back at Bill Watkins' State of the City speeches [Graphic]

Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins announced Tuesday that he will retire in March 2011. Check out the word clouds below to get a taste of Watkins' priorities as a City Manager as expressed through his annual State of the City speeches.

TIMELINE: City Manager's Tenure Ends in March [Graphic]

City Manager Bill Watkins announced his retirement Tuesday, citing a “desire to slow down a little bit.” Watkins will continue to serve for the next five months and will formally retire in March once the City Council finds a replacement. Mayor Bob McDavid said Watkins informed him of the possibility of his retirement four months ago.

How tasers work [Graphic]

Storm chaser profiles [Graphic]

Ellis Fischel Decorate-A-Bra Contest [Audio]

People might show up from many places to attend Wednesday’s Decorate-A-Bra contest and fundraiser at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, but it will be tough to have traveled as far as one of the bras themselves. Nancy Gore, a staff nurse at Ellis Fischel, has spent the past year sending a bra to all 50 states for the contest. The contest will be held in the main lobby of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Charlene Johnson at 882-6100.

Ribbon cutting at Boone Hospital [Photo]

Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, along with hospital staff, cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department at Boone Hospital. With an expanded waiting room, nurse’s station, and triage area, the staff hopes the new additions will help to keep the waiting time down for patients receiving emergency care.

Boone Hospital entrance [Photo]

The Boone Hospital Emergency Department’s extended canopy is one of the many renovations unveiled Tuesday morning. The $1.8 million expansion came from the hospital’s operating fund, and the development process has been four years in the making.

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington stays competitive [Photo]

Melinda Wrye-Washington instructs her players in Columbia College's sweep of William Woods on Sept. 30 at Southwell Complex. Despite the victory, Wrye-Washington insisted her team could have played better.

MAP: Zoning for Great Hangups [Graphic]

Columbia residents are concerned that if the area near Great Hangups Framing is rezoned from residential to planned business, traffic congestion and sewer waste will increase.

La Russa to ponder future [Photo]

Tony La Russa's future as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals is uncertain after a disappointing season.

Colorado eyes Big 12 North title [Photo]

Colorado football players are mobbed by fans after Colorado defeated Georgia 29-27 on Saturday in Boulder, Colo. A win against Missouri could put the Buffaloes into contention for the Big 12 North title.

Jonathan McQuilkin parks the plane he flew on his first solo flight [Photo]

Jonathan McQuilkin takes off his headphones after parking a Piper Warrior II aircraft at Columbia Regional Airport on Sept. 22. McQuilkin had just completed his first solo flight.

Khaya Magopeni speaks [Photo]

Khaya Magopeni speaks to a group at MU's Memorial Union about the challenges of student leadership. Magopeni is assistant to the deputy vice chancellor and a member of the chancellor's student development and support team at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Khaya Magopeni and Richard Madsen [Photo]

Khaya Magopeni, left, an administrator at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, talks with Lorna Holtman, center, also from Western Cape, and Richard Madsen, a professor emeritus at MU who has been to Western Cape several times. Western Cape and MU have a relationship that goes back almost 50 years.

Putting on the practice green [Photo]

Golfers putt on a practice green near the clubhouse on Monday at the Country Club of Missouri. The tournament has several sponsors and special contest holes, with awards for longest drive and closest to the pin.
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