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The Thomas Hickman House almost ready for tours [Photo]

Built in 1819, the Thomas Hickman House in New Franklin stands almost ready for public tours on Thursday. The house is one of Missouri's oldest intact brick houses and will open to the public on Saturday during the seventh annual Missouri Chestnut Roast.

Kitchen building at Thomas Hickman House [Photo]

The Thomas Hickman House includes a separate building that served as the summer kitchen, pictured here on Thursday. The family's servants in the 19th century would have prepared meals, sewed and done laundry in this one-room building, which features a functional hearth.

Attic of Thomas Hickman house [Photo]

The attic of the Thomas Hickman House in New Franklin remains the house's only unfurnished room as of Thursday. Walnut timber and brick walls are the attic's only guard against the elements. The Hickmans, who had nine slaves in the 1850s, would lock their slaves in this attic at night.

Buck's Ice Cream celebrates anniversary [Slideshow]

Buck’s Ice Cream Place celebrated its 20th anniversary on Friday with free samples, special presentations and discounted ice cream.

William Clinch [Photo]

William Clinch

Jeremy Bohannon [Photo]

Jerry Bohannon

Becky Doisy [Photo]

Becky Doisy

Missouri safety Jarrell Harrison [Photo]

Missouri safety Jarrell Harrison runs drills during Missouri football practice Tuesday on Kadlec Field.

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon [Photo]

The passion Sean Weatherspoon has for football is clear. ""Every time we step out there, no matter who we're playing, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else," Weatherspoon said.

Winning smile of Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon [Photo]

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has always stood out in a crowd. "He met no strangers," his mother Elwanda Weatherspoon said.

How To Hit Like Spoon [Graphic]

Ever wonder how Sean Weatherspoon hits his opponents with the force of a train? Ever wish that you could do the same? Well, wish no more. Follow the steps below and as long as you’re 6-foot-2, 250 pounds and can run a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, you could become the next “Spoon.”

the beat 10/13 [Audio]

Serving Columbia at night [Photo]

Tim Mallory serves customers at his concession stand located near Ninth and Locust. In addition to hot dogs, Mallory offers brats, burgers, and nachos. He gets most of his business late at night after the bars close.

Grilling midnight snacks [Photo]

Tim Mallory prepares hot dogs, brats, and burgers for his concession stand located near the corner of Ninth and Locust. Mallory opened his stand about a year ago, working into the night to serve those looking for a late night snack.

Dogfighting raid: Junior [Photo]

Junior, one of hundreds of American pit bulls that were seized July 8 in a dozen states from the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history, gets a little friendly petting from volunteer Tiffany McBee at the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters Wednesday, Oct. 14, in St. Louis. Junior and five others seized during the raids will soon leave the Humane Society's emergency shelter in St. Louis for new homes.

Dogfighting raid: Jakob [Photo]

Jakob, one of hundreds of American pit bulls that were seized July 8 in a dozen states from the largest dogfighting raid in U.S. history, gets a kiss from cruelty investigator Kyle Held at the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters Wednesday, Oct. 14, in St. Louis. Jake and five others seized during the raids will soon leave the Humane Society's emergency shelter in St. Louis for new homes. Jake is headed to Los Gatos, Calif., for a new career as a therapy dog.

Medicare Advantage recipients [Graphic]

Breakdown of Medicare Advantage enrollment by state [Graphic]

Japanese puppets come to MU [Video]

Martin Holman is a Japanese Studies professor at MU. He is the founder of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, a group that performs traditional Japanese puppetry all over the country. The troupe performed Oct. 5 at Jesse Hall with a 300 year-old puppet troupe from Japan.

Missouri basketball player Kim English [Photo]

Missouri men's basketball player Kim English says he and his teammates are ready to start the season. The Tigers begin practice on Friday.
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