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Tiffany Williams [Photo]

Tiffany Williams is a guest columnist.

Peter Brookes [Photo]

Peter Brookes is a guest columnist.

Dena Hoff [Photo]

Dena Hoff is a guest columnist.

Connor Lake, Pierce Scribner and Sara Barfknecht before West Junior High School's performance [Photo]

Connor Lake combs Pierce Scribner's hair as Sara Barfknecht keeps them company backstage before the West Junior High School performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" on Friday.

Zach Stone before West Junior High School performance [Photo]

Zach Stone shows his confidence as fellow West Junior High School classmates fix his hair before the Friday night performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner."

Emily Gibbs, Kristen Tarr, Sara Barfknecht and Lisa Simms before West Junior High School performance [Photo]

Clockwise from left: Emily Gibbs, Kristen Tarr and Sara Barfknecht curl Lisa Simms's hair before the West Junior High School performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" on Friday.

Callaway Nuclear Plant releases water waste [Photo]

The cooling tower and Callaway Nuclear Plant, located near Fulton, releases pressurized water waste on Friday. The tower at Callaway is 553 feet tall. Governor Jay Nixon and state-wide utilities are pushing for legislation that would help cover the costs of an early site permit for a possible new plant.

SLIDESHOW: Miss Lou's restaurant opens [Slideshow]

Former MU basketball player Willie Smith, along with his wife and daughter, opened Miss Lou's restaurant today.

Mexico Gravel Road opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony [Photo]

City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, to celebrate the opening of Mexico Gravel Road in northeast Columbia. The project, which began last spring, cost $4.4 million and included building new sidewalks and bike lanes as well as improving the existing road. The funding came from a 1/4-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2005.

Coach walks by Miss Lous' entrance [Photo]

Associate MU men’s basketball coach Melvin Watkins walks by the front entrance to former MU basketball player Willie Smith’s restaurant, Miss Lous', on its first day of business Friday. Smith runs the restaurant with his wife and daughter, and several current and former associates of the MU basketball program dropped by the restaurant to support Smith.

Willie Smith, coach share a laugh [Photo]

Former MU men’s basketball coach Norm Stewart laughs with his former player Willie Smith at Smith’s restaurant, Miss Lous', on its first day of business Friday. Smith runs the restaurant with his wife and daughter, serving comfort foods like fried chicken and mashed potatoes, and he had several current and former associates of the MU basketball program visit it on its first day.

Eating peach cobbler at Miss Lous' [Photo]

Former MU basketball player Derrick Chievous feeds his son Aven peach cobbler Friday at Miss Lous', a restaurant owned and operated by the family of former MU basketball player Willie Smith. While Chievous and Smith never played at MU at the same time, the two are close friends. "Family, friends; that's what makes you whole," said Smith regarding the family friends that came to support him on the restaurant's first day of business.

police review letter [Document]

Nuclear power plant in Callaway County [Graphic]

On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he was supporting legislation to help the construction of a second nuclear power plant in Missouri. This map shows the location of the existing power plant in Callaway County.

'Harry Potter' drew a costumed crowd on opening night [Slideshow]

Harry Potter fans came out to the premiere for the beginning of the end of the series at Hollywood Stadium 14. Fans came dressed up as characters from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” and previous films.

Missouri footbal team's offensive line [Photo]

Missouri co-offensive line coach Josh Henson says playing without sleeves is "just the way it works" on the offensive line.

Iowa State's Austen Arnaud sacked by Colorado [Photo]

Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud fumbles while being sacked in last Saturday's loss at Colorado. The play resulted in a season-ending knee injury for Arnaud.

Missouri running back De’Vion Moore [Photo]

Missouri running backs coach Brian Jones said De'Vion Moore not only helps the younger players with drills and techniques, he also mentors them academically. "I look up to him a lot, on the field and off the field," freshman running back Henry Josey said. "It’s like he knows everything. He’s real smart, not just with his books, but with life.”

Rock Bridge girls basketball player Lindsey Cunningham [Photo]

While playing defense Rock Bridge junior guard Lindsey Cunningham uses her long limbs to get to balls.

'Harry Potter' draws a crowd [Photo]

Colbey Ricklefs, an MU junior, dresses as Professor Quirrell on the night of the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" at Hollywood Theatres.
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