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The president gave the address [Photo]

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee prepares to give the convocation address for the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business graduation ceremony.

Congratulations from the dean [Photo]

Dean Bruce Walker of the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business shakes hands with Timothy M. Eggleston who received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and banking.

Waiting for their diplomas [Photo]

Graduates wait to receive their diplomas during the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business graduation ceremony.

Getting ready to play [Photo]

Marla Schweisberger high-fives a teammate during the warmup for the NCAA Softball Regional, featuring Missouri and Illinois.

Waiting for a break in the rain [Photo]

Jaydee Young watches the downpour with her teammates as they wait out the rain delay during the game.

It's over [Photo]

State representatives throw their papers in the air after Missouri's 95th General Assembly adjourned the first regular session on Friday in the state Capitol building. The conclusion of the legislative session means all bills' statuses are final, and Gov. Jay Nixon will begin reviewing bills next week.

MU alumna Debbye Turner Bell speaks at College of Veterinary Medicine graduation [Photo]

Debbye Turner Bell addresses the crowd during the MU College of Veterinary Medicine's commencement in Jesse Auditorium on Friday. Bell graduated from MU in 1991 with a doctor of veterinary medicine degree and has since moved on to be a motivational speaker and a correspondent for CBS' "Early Show."

MU graduates of veterinary medicine listen to keynote speaker [Photo]

Graduates of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine listen to keynote speaker Debbye Turner Bell, a doctor of veterinary medicine, during the college's commencement ceremony in Jesse Auditorium on Friday. The college has graduated more than 3,000 veterinarians.

Debbie Gundel photographs her son's graduation [Photo]

Debbie Gundel, right, watches her son, Adam Gundel, walk before she takes a photo during the College of Veterinary Medicine's commencement ceremony inside Jesse Auditorium on Friday. Gundel was one of 70 graduates to be awarded a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Rain on Elm Street [Photo]

Students leave Lee Hills Hall at MU on Friday evening during a severe thunderstorm. Water pooled on Elm Street, forcing pedestrians and vehicles to wade through it.

Adria Anderson at MU College of Veterinary Medicine graduation [Photo]

Adria Anderson laughs as her classmate Amanda Owens addresses her while delivering the class of 2009's response during the MU College of Veterinary Medicine's commencement ceremony. The graduation was held Friday in Jesse Auditorium. Owens joked that Anderson, ever an overachiever, wasn't content just getting her degree — she also had a baby in the process.

the beat 5/15 [Audio]

Get into summer [Graphic]

If you're staying in Columbia this summer, here are some fun diversions to make you forget about the humid Missouri weather.

Fred the cat at Columbia Books [Photo]

Fred the resident cat at Columbia Books is seen among the shelves at the store's new address, 1907 Gordon St., on Tuesday. "This is our sixth location," store owner Annette Kolling-Buckley said, "and I'm not moving again."

Wayman Tisdale [Photo]

This Oct. 10, 1985, file photo shows Wayman Tisdale, holding up his the Indiana Pacer jersey after he signed his contract with the team in Indianapolis. Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma who played 12 seasons in the NBA, died Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.

TRYPS participants train for 'Willy Wonka Junior' [Photo]

Tammy Walker leads the cast of Theater Reaching Young People and Schools' production of "Willy Wonka Junior" inside of the gymnasium at New Haven Elementary School on May 9. Walker is co-director and choreographer for the show, which is scheduled to kick off TRYPS' 10th season beginning Friday.

A new twist on the Forever Stamp [Editorial cartoons]

Travel Guide [Graphic]

Helping hands [Photo]

Christopher Samuels, 5, left, and John Dunbar plant tomatoes at the Salvation Army’s new garden at the Harbor House shelter on April 24. The garden is to be maintained and harvested by the shelter's residents.

Strongman competitor Justin Wheeler performs feats of strength [Slideshow]

Justin Wheeler performs feats of strength at a local Columbia residence. Wheeler is a professional lightweight strongman and participates in strongman competitions each year.
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