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Today Show couple cuts cake [Photo]

Melissa McMillin, 21, and Jeremy Gebhardt, 22, share cake after exchanging vows on the Today Show.

Today Show couple dancing [Photo]

The couple, who found out in August that they won a contest to have their wedding planned by Today Show viewers, married Thursday.

Public Defender [Photo]

Derek Roe, assistant public defender at the Columbia Public Defenders office on East Walnut, looks through files in his office on Thursday. Roe said that the cleanliness of his desk space is one of the first things to be sacrificed when he gets busy.

GRAPH: Tiger football rushing statistics for the first four games of the season [Graphic]

So far this season, the Missouri running backs have for 147.5 yards per game leading them to a 4-0 record. The Tigers have scored 12 rushing touchdowns. De’Vion Moore and Henry Josey have both rushed the ball every game, Moore totaling 46 yards per game and Josey totaling 53 yards per game.

GRAPH: Comparison of property crimes on national, state and local levels [Graphic]

While the violent crime in Columbia increased from 2008 to 2009, property crime decreased, including burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and larcenies. In all three cases, there were more incidents reported per capita in Missouri than in the United States.

GRAPH: Comparison of violent crimes on national, state and local level [Graphic]

Murders, forcible rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults are all considered violent crimes. In Columbia, the number of violent crimes reported increased this past year but is still lower per capita when compared to the United States and Missouri.

GRAPH: Columbia Housing Authority property inspection scores improve [Graphic]

2010 property inspection scores for the Columbia Housing Authority, or CHA, were up by as much as 135 percent from the previous year. CHA has since been recognized as a “high performer” by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CHA divides its properties into four asset management projects, which are assessed and scored by the Real Estate Assessment Center, or REAC.

Peaches on pizza [Photo]

Red and Moe, a new restaurant next to The Blue Note, uses peaches as a pizza topping on a pizza with goat cheese and a balsamic syrup on Friday.

Red and Moe pizza [Photo]

Trey Quinlan, Chef-Manager at Red and Moe—a new restaurant next to The Blue Note on Ninth Street, stands beside Sarah Riely, baker, after he tried the pizza he made for himself Friday. Quinlan's pizza was topped with free range chicken, roasted peppers, jack cheese and bleu cheese.

tomatoes [Photo]

Tomatoes used for tomato salads rest on a rack at Red and Moe, a restaurant that opened Sept. 15 next to the Blue Note on Ninth Street on Friday.

Public defender budget dollars per employee [Graphic]

The Office of State Public Defender allowed three more districts to begin turning away cases on Oct. 1, saying attorneys are taking on too many cases.

Public Defenders: The cost of a case [Graphic]

The Office of State Public Defender allowed three more districts to begin turning away cases on Oct. 1, saying attorneys are taking on too many cases.

Kathy Steinhoff reviews a geometry quiz [Photo]

Jefferson Junior High School teacher Kathy Steinhoff reviews a geometry quiz with her class on Sept. 17. Steinhoff was selected as a recipient of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

Public Defenders Annual Budget [Graphic]

The Office of State Public Defender allowed three more districts to begin turning away cases on Oct. 1, saying attorneys are taking on too many cases.

Kathy Steinhoff teaches geometry class [Photo]

Jefferson Junior High School teacher Kathy Steinhoff teaches a geometry class on Sept. 17. Steinhoff was selected as a recipient of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence.

Tough Trikes toddler tricycles recalled [Photo]

Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs regarding safety concerns. The Tough Trikes toddler tricycles were recalled due to a protruding ignition key near the seat that the commission say could cause genital bleeding.

Tough Trikes toddler tricycles recalled [Photo]

Fisher-Price is recalling more than 10 million tricycles, toys and high chairs regarding safety concerns. The Tough Trikes toddler tricycles were recalled due to a protruding ignition key near the seat that the commission say could cause genital bleeding.

GRAPHIC: Columbia's property crime rate fluctuates; violent crime stays flat [Graphic]

Except for a spike in 2007, Columbia's violent crime rate has stayed at roughly 48 incidents per 10,000 residents since 2000. Property crime, though, has varied.

Cougars' Reyna on a roll [Photo]

Columbia College’s Edgar Reyna dribbles downfield with Harris-Stowe's Leonardo Paterno in pursuit. After scoring game-winner twice last week, Reyna scored three goals in the Cougars' 5-1 victory on Wednesday night.

Rock Bridge edges Hickman boys soccer [Photo]

Rock Bridge defender Patrick Bromstedt, left, tries to prevent Hickman forward Spencer Miller from getting the ball in Rock Bridge's victory Wednesday night at Hickman.
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