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Storm chaser profiles [Graphic]

The University of Missouri's Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism surveyed storm chasers from five storm chasing tour agencies to study the characteristics of the average recreational storm chaser and their experiences. The results showed the average participant was a white male, 35 or older, with an annual income of at least $50, 000.

College Avenue Pedestrian Crossing [Graphic]

Field observers counted the number of pedestrians crossing College Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a Wednesday and Thursday. The numbers below reflect the average daily pedestrian crossings determined by Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier Traffic and Transportation Engineers in September 2009.

Praying for safe trip to The One Nation March [Photo]

The Rev. George Coleman (center) of Columbia's Second Baptist Church says a prayer Friday for NAACP members and others about to board a bus to Washington, D.C., to take part in The One Nation March. The bus will take participants from Kansas City, Sedalia and St. Louis to the march, too.

Rallying support for The One Nation March [Photo]

Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia NAACP chapter, speaks to club members and others Friday before boarding a bus to Washington, D.C., to take part in The One Nation March. The NAACP is one of many organizations taking part in the march, which hopes, in part, to help improve jobs and education in the U.S.

Beneath the covers with bedbugs [Graphic]

These tiny insects have been around for thousands of years. After World War II, the pests were considered eradicated in America. However, outbreaks of bedbugs have turned up all across the nation. The Missourian provides some facts about the pests’ appearance, habitat, extermination and of course, their bites.

Morgan Keenan [Photo]

Morgan Keenan is a Missouri Safe Schools coordinator.

Commuters travel to New York by train [Photo]

In this photo taken Wednesday, commuters crowd into a train bound for New York during the morning rush hour in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

Wealth gap widens between the rich and the poor [Photo]

In this photo taken Wednesday, John Morgan, center, a financial advisor, boards a train bound for New York in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

Teacher educates students on sex education [Photo]

In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2010, sex education teacher Shayna Knowles gestures during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence.

Students learn sex education [Photo]

In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2010, sex education teacher Shayna Knowles, center, talks to students during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence.

Roots 'N' Blues barbecue [Photo]

Up in Smoke barbecue team member William Bryan slices sausage at the team's station before last year's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival judging, which took place on Sept. 26, 2009. The team, which is from Marshall, has been barbecuing together for about 15 years.

JC Cleaning [Document]

JC Cleaners contract

Sam's Janitorial Services [Document]

Sam's Janitorial Services contract

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Getting ready for Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival [Slideshow]

Workers set up for the 2010 Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Thursday, Sept. 30, while music fans were getting excited for the weekend. The blues festival starts Friday, Oct. 1 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 2.

Wieman conducts train at Wabash Station 100th anniversary [Photo]

Richard Wieman leads a train he built out of recycled plastic barrels during the Wabash Station Centennial Celebration on July 16. His other sculptures include a cowboy, a birthday cake and even a metal Elvis.

Tim Reinbott holds prawns [Photo]

Tim Reinbott holds prawn that were raised at the Bradford Research and Extension Center, which is one of the Agricultural Experiment Stations owned by MU. The majority of the prawn, which have been growing since June, were harvested this week and sent to Campus Dining Services at the university.

Kevin Rafferty participates in a simulated traffic stop [Photo]

Kevin Rafferty participates in a simulated traffic stop as part of the last evening of classes at the Citizens Police Academy on Thursday.

Sgt. Michael Hestir runs a gun simulation [Photo]

Sgt. Michael Hestir of the Columbia Police Department runs a gun simulation at the Columbia Police training facility Thursday. Participants had to determine when the use of deadly force is necessary and act or not using a pistol that fires a laser at a video screen.

Derek Roe of the public defender's office [Photo]

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

Roots 'N' Blues' grand champion trophy detail [Photo]

The headstock of a guitar decorated as the trophy for the grand champion of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ barbecue contest sits in the Thumper Entertainment office on Thursday.
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