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Evaluating new recycling containers [Photo]

Rufus Fruge, 34, collects recyclables using new containers Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Over 1,800 homes are covered between two pilot routes to evaluate if the containers are efficient. Fruge says that the new bins get kind of heavy and it's more effort on his part.

Morning soccer practice at Walton Stadium [Photo]

Kristin Andrighetto, center, fights MU girls' soccer player Brittany Hopkins for the ball as (left to right) Dominique Richardson, Molly Bear and Tyler Easley watch during a morning soccer practice at Walton Stadium on Oct. 6, 2010. Andrighetto is a fifth-year senior who played for MU's girls' soccer team for the last four years, but now volunteers as an assistant coach since she can no longer play.

MAP: Shocking states [Graphic]

The only time a stun gun can be used by a citizen is for lawful self-defense. However, the rules for stun gun use differ from state to state. All states allow members of law enforcement agencies to carry and use stun guns, but not all states give the same freedom to citizens. Some states prohibit stun guns completely, while others impose restrictions or require permits.

Rock Bridge soccer player Brady Wulff vs. Helias [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Brady Wulff makes a save Tuesday night in an overtime shootout against Helias. The Bruins' claimed a 4-2 senior night victory.

Hickman soccer player Spencer Mills vs. Troy Buchanan [Photo]

Hickman goalkeeper Spencer Mills makes the game-winning save Tuesday against Troy Buchanan. “I stuck with it on that last one,” Mills said. “I just got the feeling he was going straight down the middle.”

Hickman girls tennis player Dalesa Clark [Photo]

Hickman's Dalesa Clark lines up a return in No. 2 singles play against Rock Bridge on Tuesday in the semifinals of the Class 2, District 9 tournament at Bethel Park. Clark lost her match in straight sets, and the Kewpies fell to the Bruins. Rock Bridge's Kelsey Kinderknecht defeated Hickman's Maddie Buchanan 6-1 and 6-0 at No. 1 singles to lead the Bruins to a 9-0 sweep. Rock Bridge moves on to face Jefferson City in the district final at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Park.

MU women's golfer Marissa Cook [Photo]

Missouri junior Marissa Cook lines up a putt on the 18th hole Tuesday at the Johnie Imes Invitational at Old Hawthorne Country Club. The Tigers placed 14th out of 15 teams at the tournament.

MU volleyball player Caitlyn Vann [Photo]

Missouri senior Caitlyn Vann sets a ball during practice at the Hearnes Center. The tattoos on Vann's arms are reminders of her faith, which Vann says has helped her both on and off the volleyball court.

TIMELINE: Taser troubles in Columbia [Graphic]

Since the Columbia Police Department purchased its first Tasers in 2005, the use of the device has spurred controversy in and around Columbia.

Rock Bridge path construction [Photo]

The walkway leading under the Rock Bridge formation has been blocked by a board and construction fencing for two weeks. The deadline for the new path is dependent on crew availability and weather. Once the path is complete, visitors will only be able to go three-quarters of the way under the formation.

SLIDESHOW: Charity bra auction features one well-traveled undergarment [Slideshow]

Attendees might show up from all over to Wednesday’s Decorate-A-Bra contest and fundraiser at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, but it will be tough to have traveled from as far as one of the bras themselves. Nancy Gore, a staff nurse at Ellis Fischel, has spent the past year sending a bra to all 50 states for the contest. The contest will be held in the main lobby of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, and can be purchased by calling Charlene Johnson at (573) 882-6100.

Daniel Clay [Photo]

Daniel Clay, Dean of the College of Education, stands outside Hill Hall on Friday.

A look back at Bill Watkins' State of the City speeches [Graphic]

Columbia City Manager Bill Watkins announced Tuesday that he will retire in March 2011. Check out the word clouds below to get a taste of Watkins' priorities as a City Manager as expressed through his annual State of the City speeches.

TIMELINE: City Manager's Tenure Ends in March [Graphic]

City Manager Bill Watkins announced his retirement Tuesday, citing a “desire to slow down a little bit.” Watkins will continue to serve for the next five months and will formally retire in March once the City Council finds a replacement. Mayor Bob McDavid said Watkins informed him of the possibility of his retirement four months ago.

How tasers work [Graphic]

Storm chaser profiles [Graphic]

Ellis Fischel Decorate-A-Bra Contest [Audio]

People might show up from many places to attend Wednesday’s Decorate-A-Bra contest and fundraiser at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, but it will be tough to have traveled as far as one of the bras themselves. Nancy Gore, a staff nurse at Ellis Fischel, has spent the past year sending a bra to all 50 states for the contest. The contest will be held in the main lobby of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling Charlene Johnson at 882-6100.

Ribbon cutting at Boone Hospital [Photo]

Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, along with hospital staff, cut the ribbon marking the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department at Boone Hospital. With an expanded waiting room, nurse’s station, and triage area, the staff hopes the new additions will help to keep the waiting time down for patients receiving emergency care.

Boone Hospital entrance [Photo]

The Boone Hospital Emergency Department’s extended canopy is one of the many renovations unveiled Tuesday morning. The $1.8 million expansion came from the hospital’s operating fund, and the development process has been four years in the making.

Columbia College volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington stays competitive [Photo]

Melinda Wrye-Washington instructs her players in Columbia College's sweep of William Woods on Sept. 30 at Southwell Complex. Despite the victory, Wrye-Washington insisted her team could have played better.
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