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Missouri forward goes in for shot against Arkansas-Pine Bluff [Photo]

Missouri sophomore forward Laurence Bowers is swarmed by the Arkansas-Pine Bluff defense during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena Saturday.

Pushing it [Photo]

Missouri sophomore guard Kim English moves down the court during the first half of the Tigers' win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Mizzou laughs from the bench while playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff [Photo]

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor, freshman guard Michael Dixon and Miguel Paul laugh on the bench during the second half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.

Zaire Taylor drives against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions [Photo]

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor drives down the court during the game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Saturday. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.

Mizzou fights for possession in win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff [Photo]

Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey fights for possession with Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior forwards Lebaron Weathers and Tyree Glass during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night.

Columbia College graduation [Slideshow]

Columbia College held its winter commencement ceremony on Saturday inside its Southwell Gymnasium. President Gerald Brouder conferred degrees to 388 students, including Navy Petty Officer First Class, Master at Arms Brant Baylis, a Columbia native who earned his degree while serving in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

MU graduation [Slideshow]

The University of Missouri College of Natural Resources, College of Arts and Science and College of Engineering all hosted commencement ceremonies to present degrees to graduating students on Saturday.

Graduations at MU on Friday [Slideshow]

Some of MU's graduations on Friday included ceremonies for the Trulaske College of Business, the Journalism School, Graduate School and the ROTC commissioning of officers. More graduation services are planned for Saturday.

Field Elementary School's last day [Slideshow]

Field Elementary School students said farewell to their building on Friday, the last day of school before winter break. Classrooms were cleaned out and the school took students on one last field trip to Columbia College to watch a Cougars basketball game. The new year will bring a new school as students and teachers from Field will now be at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary.

Rock Bridge Amaya Williams [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior guard Amaya Williams beats the Glendale defense to make a shot on Friday night. The Lady Bruins beat the Lady Falcons 59-47.

Rock Bridge girls basketball defense [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Amaya Williams, 12, leads her team on defense with Emily Holt, 54, Carmen Boessen, 30, and Lindsey Cunningham, 11, against Glendale High School on Friday night. Rock Bridge won 59-47.

Field students cheer on Cougar basketball [Photo]

First-graders Allyson Smith, Serenity Grant, Alan Whittington and Ahmad Anderson cheer as the Columbia College Cougars score on Friday. On Field Elementary's last school day, Columbia College gave each of the children a white T-shirt to commemorate the schools' partnership over the last 22 years.

Columbia College Basketball Turner [Photo]

Columbia College freshman Kaleb Turner pushes forward after a steal late in the second quarter on Friday afternoon. Turner was the top scorer for the Cougars with 13 points in their win against the Lyon (Ark.) College Scots, 72-61.

Trash bag to cover the fare box [Photo]

Warner Roberts readjusts the trash bag covering the fare box of his bus Friday. In appreciation of regular customers, the Columbia Transit Authority didn't charge for rides all day.

Bill McMahon gets a free ride on Columbia Transit bus [Photo]

Bill McMahon looks out the window of a city bus Friday. McMahon said he rides the bus at least four times a week, usually from the downtown station to Truman Veterans' Hospital. McMahon said he is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.

Refugees from Africa [Graphic]

The Refugee and Immigration Services Diocese of Jefferson City has placed 267 African refugees from 10 different countries in Columbia since 1999.

Eliot Battle to recieve honorary degree [Photo]

Eliot Battle, retired public school administrator, is the author of "A Letter to Young Black Men." Battle has more than 40 years experience in the public school system and in 1960, he worked as a counselor for Hickman, the first fully integrated high school in Columbia.

Owner of Mama Bessie's Cleaners on Halloween [Photo]

Margaret Hickem-Smith, owner of Mama Bessie's Cleaners, enjoys the Keep the Kids off the Street Halloween Party on Oct. 31. This was Hickem-Smith's last community event before closing her doors Monday. Hickem-Smith's business will no longer be the hub for neighborhood activities, but she still plans to host community events in Douglass Park.

Walking through the hallway [Photo]

Bill and Linda Giddings walk down a hallway of Field Elementary School with their granddaughter, Emily Crumbliss, 1, at the open house on Thursday. Linda Giddings taught fifth grade at Field Elementary from 1969-72 before moving on to becoming a mother and a kindergarten teacher. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Packing for the move [Photo]

Beth Dixon, who has taught kindergarten for six years at Field Elementary School, helps Judy Arnett pack her second grade classroom into boxes on Thursday evening for the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.
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