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Controlling growth of carp [Photo]

In this May 8, 2006, file photo, Jim Kirby, an outdoor writer from Palos Park, Ill., prepares to shoot Asian silver carp as they start jumping alongside his boat during a bowfishing trip near Utica, Ill. A federal judge has set Sept. 7 as the next hearing in a multistate lawsuit demanding tougher action to prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania want to close locks and install barriers to stop the voracious fish.

Jumping carp [Photo]

In this Aug. 19 photo, Asian Carp try to make their way upstream on the Kansas River near Edwardsville, Kan. Although now only 10 inches long, some could reach 100 pounds and take huge bites out of Kansas' $250 million sport fishing economy by crowding out native fish. Some could also eventually endanger boaters and skiers because, when a boat passes, the fish panic and jump, becoming 10- to 60-pound missiles and occasionally smacking into people.

Beetle Bailey postage stamp unveiled [Photo]

District Director of the U.S. Postal Service David Martin and Missouri Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace together unveil the newly released Beetle Bailey postage stamp in front of the Beetle Bailey statue at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Friday. Creator of the classic comic strip, Mort Walker, is an MU grad, and though he was unable to attend the ceremony, he will be back on campus Oct. 22.

Unveiling of new Beetle Bailey postage stamp [Photo]

Bill Janocha, assistant to comic strip Beetle Bailey creator and MU grad Mort Walker, speaks to the crowd at the unveiling of the newly released Beetle Bailey postage stamp at the Beetle Bailey statue in front of the Reynolds Alumni Center Friday. A Syracuse University graduate, Janocha has worked with Walker for 23 years.

Beetle Bailey postage stamp commemorates creator [Photo]

Posted on the back of the event's programs, the newly released Beetle Bailey postage stamp commemorates Beetle Bailey creator and MU grad Mort Walker at the unveiling ceremony at the Reynolds Alumni Center Friday. The ceremony included speakers from the university, the U.S. Postal Service and Walker's assistant of 23 years, Bill Janocha.

Missouri filmmaker tells stories of the homeless [Photo]

Mark Horvath, right, of Los Angeles, documents Angie and Matt Heppermann, who live at the Budget Inn in Wentzville, Mo. Horvath, formerly homeless, is documenting the couple for his site where homeless people tell their own stories.

Third graders ready for CIS balloon launch [Photo]

Megan Pursifull's third grade class poses for a picture moments before launch at Columbia Independent School on Friday. The school caters to grades k-12 and has about 315 students.

CIS hosts annual balloon launch [Photo]

An enormous amount of balloons, ready to be launched, fill a room at Columbia Independent School on Friday. The balloon colors represent the gold and blue school colors.

Students watch balloons drift to sky [Photo]

Senior Abbi Clearinger and pre-kindergartner Claire Opie watch as the mass of balloons drift in the wind on Friday. Middle and Upper School Director, Doug Sept, says that an older student is paired with a younger one so that they can each make a friend and properly launch a balloon.

CIS students release balloons to start school year [Photo]

The Columbia Independent School student body releases balloons on their campus to mark the commencement of the school year on Friday. This is the twelfth consecutive year that the balloons have been launched.

Images of Derrick Washington [Slideshow]

This slideshow of images shows MU Tigers tailback Derrick Washington on the football field. Washington was suspended from the team indefinitely by head coach Gary Pinkel on Thursday for disciplinary reasons.

FIle of MU softball player Jenna Marston [Photo]

Jenna Marston led Team USA in batting average at the International Baseball Federation’s Women’s World Cup in Venezuela.

Rock Bridge football player Sheldon Gerau [Photo]

Bruins senior Sheldon Gerau is the younger brother of MU receiver Brandon Gerau, who helped the Bruins upset the Kewpies in 2005.

Rock Bridge football players get pep talk [Photo]

Rock Bridge players gather around head football coach A.J. Ofodile at the end of the Bruins practice Thursday on Faurot Field.

MAP: Campus View Apartments [Graphic]

Mother and daughter ride together [Photo]

Christina Osamtowski, 16, and her mother Tami Osamtowski rode 420 miles from Columbus, Neb. Christina began riding on the back of her mom's bike when she was 6 years old and has had her motorcycle license for less than a year. She was the youngest biker at the last two bike rallies that they attended.

Caring for the classics [Photo]

Joe Banks, 72, rode to Columbia from Princeton. “I’ve rode my whole life,” said Banks, who started out riding dirt bikes. He now owns a variety of classic bikes that he rode when he was younger, which he enters in various competitions.

Having fun and helping out [Photo]

Henry Barchet, 56, stands beside his wife, Debbie, 55, with his custom Harley-Davidson. They came to Columbia from Waterloo, Ill. “You immediately strike up friendships here because you have something in common,” Henry said. “You ride a Harley.” He and his wife have met bikers from Belgium and France in the past. Henry, who has been riding since the 1960s, is more than the "official biker bingo caller" for the 2010 Missouri State H.O.G. Rally; he’s also the 2011 Make a Wish, “Ride for Wishes” chair. “We do a lot of good,” Henry said. “We do things for kids and veterans.”

Spreading the word about riding motorcycles [Photo]

Darren Williams, 42, owner and editor of Full Throttle magazine, a motorcycle enthusiast publication, has been riding for 28 years. A St. Louis native, Kleinhans has been running the magazine for five years. “When the economy hit, the bikers rallied around us,” Kleinhans said. “You can’t beat that.”

Creating illusions [Photo]

Steve Kleinhans, 42, owner of Liquid Illusions, started riding dirt bikes at age 12. His passion for art and design became his career when he opened his custom paint and fabrication company in 1999. “I do custom paint on everything from bikes to boats,” said Williams, who is the shop’s only employee. “It’s my bread and butter.”
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