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MU gymnast Shire [Photo]

Senior gymnast Sarah Shire, right, talks with fellow gymnast Becky Scholle during practice Friday at Hearnes Center.

Mizzou Relay for Life 2010 [Slideshow]

The American Cancer Society held the 2010 Relay For Life at the MU Student Recreation Complex on Saturday. Chris Sparkes and Karen Stewart, both cancer survivors, participated in the relay and talked about their personal experiences surviving cancer.

MU softball's Nottelmann [Photo]

Missouri sophomore pitcher Kristin Nottelmann throws in the first of two games against Northern Colorado on Saturday at Devine Pavilion.

Semi-professional women's football tryouts [Photo]

Young women from left, Shannon De Clue, Danell Dow and Gina Yarbrough throw a football around at tryouts for Columbia's semi-professional women's football team, the Enforcers. Despite a late snowstorm on Saturday, tryouts were not canceled and none of the women seemed to have any complaints.

Springtime snowballs [Photo]

Tomas Hopkins throws a snowball into Perche Creek with his sister, Mimi Hopkins, while waiting for their father to pass by during the annual Perche Creek Gutbuster River Race, on Saturday. Around 12 kayaks and canoes made an appearance at the afternoon race despite a steady snowfall throughout the day.

Equinox myths [Graphic]

Two persistent myths about the vernal (spring) and autumnal equinoxes.

Equinoxes and solstices [Graphic]

Equinoxes and solstices are determined by the sun's position in the sky.

GRAPH: Downtown enforcement [Graphic]

In May 2009, a seven-member Downtown Police Team began increased enforcement downtown. The unit was assigned to combat crimes associated with the bar scene such as underage drinking and fights. Since the team was started, an analysis by the Columbia Police Department shows a higher number of self-initiated calls by officers assigned to downtown.

GRAPH: Reason for not reporting a rape [Graphic]

The 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey was conducted jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice and asked men and women about their experiences with rape to help learn about rape victimization. These are some of the reported reasons for not reporting a rape.

GRAPH: Rape victims and the justice system [Graphic]

The 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey was conducted jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice and asked men and women about their experiences with rape to help learn about rape victimization. One of the findings was that rape is an underreported crime.

GRAPH: Number of reported rapes [Graphic]

Rapes reported to the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Columbia Police Department and the MU Police Department.

GRAPH: Sexual assault by race/ethnicity [Graphic]

A breakdown of the percent of people who were raped by race/ethnicity based on the 2006 National Violence Against Women Survey.

A snowy start to spring [Photo]

Sylvia Johnson walks her daughter's dog, Turbo, at Stephens Park on Saturday. Johnson thought it would be fun to come out and walk in the snow on the first day of spring.

Sharing fabrics [Photo]

Quilters go through a suitcase full of fabric brought by a member for the group to share at a semi-monthly meeting of the quilters' guild at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden, Ala.

A chilly opening day [Photo]

Columbia residents Amanda Willis and Jordan Hoyt pick up some meat Saturday from Vera Gelder of Walk-About Acres at the Columbia Farmers' Market. Saturday, the first official day of spring, was also opening day for the market.

Snow and spring combined [Photo]

Knocking snow off the top of vendor's tents was a common sight Saturday morning at the Columbia Farmers' Market. Despite the snow, a steady stream of customers browsed the market throughout the morning.

Passing the ball [Photo]

Hickman High School's Sami Purdy passes the ball at Hickman's game against Timberland High School on Friday. Hickman won the game 4-1.

Stopping the ball [Photo]

Hickman High School's Aubrey Winn stops the ball at Hickman's game against Timberland High School on Friday. The game would remain scoreless until the second half when Hickman would go on to score four goals to Timberland's one.

Jumping for the ball [Photo]

Timberland High School's Katelyn Lapak and Hickman High School's Nicole Drenton both jump for the ball at their soccer game Friday. Hickman went on to win 4-1.

Pitching to win [Photo]

MU sophomore pitcher Ryan Clubb throws the ball during the first game of the doubleheader against North Dakota in Taylor Stadium on Friday afternoon. MU won the first game 7-3.
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