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Missouri baseball player Jesse Santo vs. Purdue [Photo]

Missouri's Jesse Santo puts the tag on Purdue's Cameron Perkins at third base. Santo had an RBI double Wednesday.

Whitt in his element [Photo]

James Whitt, middle, huddles up with young men trying out for cPhase basketball league at the Midwest Sports Academy on March 20. Whitt is the executive director of cPhase and is running for a seat on the Columbia School Board in the April 6 elections.

Missouri softball pitcher Kristin Nottleman vs. Saint Louis [Photo]

Sophomore Kristin Nottleman let up two hits and struck out six in a five-inning 8-0 victory in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of visiting Saint Louis.

A census taker [Photo]

Dorothy Perfecto is a census taker.

A census worker [Photo]

Stephanie Brightwell is a census worker.

Census worker enjoys working with a variety of people [Photo]

Richard Ham, 30, of Boonville, is an office clerk for the 2010 Census. Before becoming a census worker, he received a degree in computer networking information technology from the High Tech Institute in Arizona. Ham is also a certified massage therapist. “This is one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever had,” he said. “People are from all different walks of life, and I like that we’re all working toward a common goal.”

2010 Census partnership assistant [Photo]

Francisco Forbes, 73, originally of Manhattan, N.Y., is a partnership assistant for the 2010 Census. This is Forbes’s first time as a census worker. Before helping out with the census, he was the director of events technology for Magnavox Research Labs in California.

0331 Census art [Photo]

A group of census workers [Photo]

Census workers from left: Nathan Swinger, 30, Cole Chambers, 50, and Wade Sanders, 59.

Crane migration [Photo]

School Board fundraising [Graphic]

Campaign fundraising [Graphic]

GRAPHIC | Candidates in Columbia running for mayor and two City Council seats filed the second round of campaign finance reports with the Missouri Ethics Commission on March 29. Missouri election law requires candidates to file reports 40 days before, eight days before and 30 days after the election. Totals in each race jumped significantly since the candidates filed their initial reports in late February.

Read the "100 Top Hospitals" report [Document]

Read the "100 Top Hospitals" report for 2009 that includes Boone Hospital Center.

Former Mayor Clyde Wilson [Photo]

In August 1998, former Columbia mayor Clyde Wilson reflected on his role in city government: "I think that to be able to be in a contentious situation and be able to maintain some sort of balance, ... not be upset by it, that's a skill that you get to practice in a lot of things like city council. Because one minute you'd be arguing with someone on council and the next minute you'd be on the same side of another issue." Wilson died Tuesday.

Holt campaigns in neighborhood [Photo]

Columbia School Board candidate Dan Holt walks in the Grasslands neighborhood for leaving his campaign door hangers Friday morning. Holt is running for the second time after coming close to winning a board seat in 2009.

Holt hangs door tags [Photo]

Columbia School Board candidate Dan Holt leaves a campaign door hanger in the Grasslands neighborhood in Columbia on Friday morning. Holt is running against James Whitt and Jan Mees.

Mees and mentee [Photo]

From left, School Board member Jan Mees and her mentee Melanie Turner, a sixth grader at Smithton Middle School, talk about Turner's spring break plans over lunch on March 24. Mees and Turner have been eating lunch together once a week since Turner was a third grader at West Boulevard Elementary School as part of the Stand By Me program. "We're going to see this through the end of high school," Mees said.

Migrating sandhills off the banks of the Platte River [Slideshow]

MU journalism and agricultural journalism students cover the sandhill crane migration on the Platte River in Nebraska.

Shaw announces run for associate circuit judge [Photo]

Columbia attorney Kim Shaw, 49, announced her plans Tuesday to run for the associate circuit judge position held by longtime incumbent Larry Bryson.

Rock Bridge track team warms up [Photo]

The Rock Bridge track team warms up for practice Thursday. The Bruins have 170 athletes on the team this season.
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