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Pour some beer on it [Photo]

Sam Bennett and Paul Love marinate some of their food with beer before putting it back on the grill. Bennett and Love cooked for the competition team Lucky’s Bar B Que.

Jimmy Wayne's personal story [Photo]

Country singer Jimmy Wayne tells a story during his set at the Peace Park stage on Friday. Earlier this year, Wayne hiked form Nashville to Phoenix to raise awareness for homeless youths and drum up support for foster systems. Wayne himself was a foster child. He thanked the family that took him in for inspiring him to get through college.

Break time for volunteers [Photo]

Volunteers Lilliard Lisa, and Blake Richardson eat barbecue and chips on Friday. Food is a large part of the festival, and on Saturday 16 teams will compete in the festival's barbecue competition.

Baby back ribs at Roots 'N' Blues [Photo]

Mike Whiteley, owner of Lonnie Ray's BBQ in Harrisburg, tends to baby back ribs in his smoker near Fourth and Cherry streets on Friday. Lonnie Ray's wasn't competing in the barbecue contest but was selling food, including hand-made tamales, pulled pork, bologna and ribs.

MU freshman Alyssa Diggs vs. Oklahoma State [Photo]

MU freshman Alyssa Diggs slides toward Oklahoma senior Whitney Wernimont during Friday's game.

MU soccer player Kelsey Blincow vs. Oklahoma State [Photo]

MU junior Kelsey Blincow runs after Oklahoma State junior Colleen Dougherty during Friday's soccer game at Walton Stadium.

Stepping out [Photo]

Rolando Barry leads the Missouri High Steppers in the Bike Parade for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday, Oct. 1.

In the chorus line [Photo]

Mark Case sets up the Gibson Custom Shop Traveling Exhibit before Friday's performances of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Oct. 1. Visitors were allowed to plug in and play any of the guitars.

Master of the grill [Photo]

Sam Bennett removes pork from the grill after several hours of cooking. The pork will later be pulled apart for sandwiches. Bennett is a member of the Lucky A's Bar B Que competition team, which has been participating in Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ since the festival began.

On the edge of their seats [Photo]

Randy Weaver and Cindy Corley wait for the first performance at the MPIX Stage on Locust Street on Friday, Oct. 1. Weaver said he was most excited to see the Del McCoury Band and Derek Trucks.

For the love of pork [Photo]

Tom Meyer seasons chicken on the grill with lemon pepper at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday, Oct. 1. Besides chicken, Lucky A's Bar B Que also cooks brisket, ribs, pork, beans and green beans.

This Copeland is your land [Photo]

Shemekia Copeland takes the MPIX stage at the 2010 Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ on Friday, Oct. 1. Copeland and her band were the first to perform at the MPIX stage during the festival.

Downtown housing [Graphic]

The number of residents living in Columbia's special business district rose after the addition of Brookside Downtown on Tenth Street. The numbers will continue to rise after Urban Properties LLC finishes their development at 904 Broadway. The new development will include two units for retail space and six units for loft-style apartments.

Storm chaser profiles [Graphic]

The University of Missouri's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism surveyed storm chasers from five storm chasing tour agencies to study the characteristics of the average recreational storm chaser and their experiences. The results showed the average participant was a white male, 35 or older, with an annual income of at least $50, 000.

College Avenue Pedestrian Crossing [Graphic]

Field observers counted the number of pedestrians crossing College Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and Thursday. The numbers below reflect the average daily pedestrian crossings determined by Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier Traffic and Transportation Engineers in September 2009.

Praying for safe trip to The One Nation March [Photo]

The Rev. George Coleman (center) of Columbia's Second Baptist Church says a prayer Friday for NAACP members and others about to board a bus to Washington, D.C., to take part in The One Nation March. The bus will take participants from Kansas City, Sedalia and St. Louis to the march, too.

Rallying support for The One Nation March [Photo]

Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia NAACP chapter, speaks to club members and others Friday before boarding a bus to Washington, D.C., to take part in The One Nation March. The NAACP is one of many organizations taking part in the march, which hopes, in part, to help improve jobs and education in the U.S.

Beneath the covers with bedbugs [Graphic]

These tiny insects have been around for thousands of years. After World War II, the pests were considered eradicated in America. However, outbreaks of bedbugs have turned up all across the nation. The Missourian provides some facts about the pests’ appearance, habitat, extermination and of course, their bites.

Morgan Keenan [Photo]

Morgan Keenan is a Missouri Safe Schools coordinator.

Commuters travel to New York by train [Photo]

In this photo taken Wednesday, commuters crowd into a train bound for New York during the morning rush hour in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.
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