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Jack Otero [Photo]

Jack Otero served as deputy undersecretary of Labor for International Affairs in the Clinton administration and is a former vice president of the AFL-CIO.

Missouri scores 114 in first exhibition game of 2010 [Slideshow]

The Missouri basketball team defeated Harris-Stowe State 114-60 on Friday night at Mizzou Arena in the first of two exhibition games for the Tigers. Junior Laurence Bowers led the way for the Tigers with 23 points and six rebounds, while newcomer Ricardo Ratliffe registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The 114 points was the most the team has scored in and exhibition game in the Mike Anderson era. The previous high was 113 in 2007 against Missouri Western.

At NORML conference, pot advocacy [Photo]

Richard Newton, speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, speaks at the Missouri NORML conference Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Reason Magazine Senior Editor Richard Balko also spoke at the event.

Car accident sends one to hospital [Photo]

Larry Meyer of Tiger Towing cleans up the rubble left behind from an injury accident at Brickton Road and East Broadway on Friday. The driver of the silver Mazda RX-8 was transported to Boone Hospital Center.

Sheffield could start against Texas Tech [Photo]

Texas Tech backup quarterback Steven Sheffield looks to throw in a 24-14 loss at home against Texas. Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville may start Sheffield over Taylor Potts on Saturday night against No. 14 Missouri.

Ready for delivery [Photo]

Dozens of roses sit in front of the flower shop at Patricia's Foods as part of a fundraiser organized by The Rotary Club of Columbia NW on Friday. People arrived at the store as early as 7:30 a.m. to help pick up and deliver roses. Ninety-one dozen were delivered by 9:30 a.m.

Roses? Check [Photo]

Dan Peery of The Rotary Club of Columbia NW, left, and Mitsy Roberts of the flower shop at Patricia’s Foods quickly inventory dozens of roses to be sold as part of a Rotary Club fundraiser Friday.

Jimmie Foster [Photo]

Jimmie L. Foster of Anchorage, Alaska, is national commander of the 2.4-million member American Legion, the nation's largest veterans service organization.

Gary and Vickie Pierson [Photo]

Gary and Vickie Pierson both had bariatric surgery and have lost more than 150 pounds each. "It was my wow moment," said Vickie Pierson, "when I noticed we could put our arms around each other and clasp hands. In terms of intimacy, being able to hold on to each other is really awesome."

Missouri football player Andrew Gachkar vs. Nebraska [Photo]

Missouri senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar fends off Nebraska blocker Niles Paul in Saturday's game in Lincoln.

Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville [Photo]

First-year Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville has never competed against Missouri coach Gary Pinkel or the Tigers, who have won their past three games against the Red Raiders.

Stephens volleyball vs. William Woods [Photo]

Stephens College junior Megan Sheffield, left, and senior Courtney Hafenstein block a shot against William Woods junior Nicole Mannino during Thursday's match at Silverthorne Arena. Sheffield is leading the American Midwest Conference in blocks.

Stephens volleyball player Megan Sheffield vs. William Woods [Photo]

Stephens College junior Megan Sheffield celebrates a point against William Woods on Thursday at Silverthorne Arena. Despite Sheffield's enthusiasm, the Stars lost to the Owls in three games.

Fire on Arrow Wood Drive [Photo]

Twenty-one firefighters from the Columbia Fire Department responded Thursday to a house fire at 5510 Arrow Wood Drive. Two people were in the home at the time of the fire but were not injured. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Sustainable farmer presents ideas [Photo]

Joel Salatin speaks to a group of farmers Thursday at the National Small Farm Trade Show & Conference at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Salatin, a sustainable farmer who has been featured in "Food, Inc." and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," was speaking to the group about how they as farmers must make choices to run their farms more sustainably and not wait for the government to act.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson [Photo]

Missouri coach Mike Anderson says he is eager to see his new recruits play in game conditions on Friday. “Do we come out with energy? Do we come out working on some of the things that we’ve been working on in practice?" Anderson said. "... it’s an exhibition game, so it’s a free game, and an opportunity to put guys out and see how they respond.”

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: The Big Switch [Graphic]

It’s the biggest switch in more than 60 years. Tuesday night, the Republican Party gained 64 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, bringing its total to 243 members (including Thursday’s projections) and giving them a majority in the House. The last time the party compositition of the House shifted so drastically was in the 1948 national election, and the last time the Republican Party had this many members in the House was after the 1946 election.

Missouri was part of this shift, with six of its nine congressional districts voting Republican, one of which voted Democrat in 2008.

Ella plays in yard [Photo]

Ella Dampf, 4, plays in her yard. Ella has been deaf since birth. When she was eight months old doctors embedded cochlear implants so she could process sound.

Gov. Nixon discusses Partnership for Hope [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks with Fern Anderson and her granddaughter Norma Anderson after a meeting Thursday at Boone County Family Resources. Nixon discussed Partnership for Hope — a new state program that will affect individuals with developmental disabilities — with two mid-Missouri families.

Cat Kelly [Photo]

Cat Kelly, currently deputy director for the Missouri Public Defender System, will be replacing director J. Marty Robinson on March 1.
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