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Cox advances to championship [Photo]

Hickman freshman J'Den Cox is announced the winner of his 171-pound semifinal MSHSAA Class 4 wrestling match on Friday at Mizzou Arena. At only 14 years of age, Cox was 50 and 3 coming into the tournament and has gone undefeated to advance onto the MSHSAA championships.

Bendoff performs floor routine [Photo]

MU freshman gymnast Brittany Bendoff performs her floor routine during the competition against Oklahoma in the Hearnes Center. OU won the meet 197.05 to 195.50.

Fans of all ages cheer on gymnasts [Photo]

Priscilla Kincanon, 5, sits with her father Philip Kincanon during the meet against Oklahoma. Kincanon said Priscilla has been to three or four meets now. "I love it," Priscilla said.

Sarah Shire has career best in all-around competition [Photo]

Missouri senior gymnast Sarah Shire performs her floor routine during Big 12 meet against Oklahoma in February at Hearnes Center. Shire won the conference's all-around championship on March 27 in Lincoln, Neb.

Hickman wrestles Hazelwood [Photo]

Hickman High School freshman J'Den Cox wrestles Hazelwood East High School senior Eugene Dunbar in his second bout of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championship at Mizzou Arena. Cox won the match and advanced onto the semifinals.

Rock Bridge wrestler enters tournamet ranked fifth in his weight class [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior Josh Braselton wrestles Hazelwood Central senior Julian Smith in his second bout at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championship at Mizzou Arena on Friday. Braselton entered the tournament ranked fifth in Missouri for his weight class of 215.

Holt wrestler pins Rock Bridge's Johnson [Photo]

Holt High School junior Brett Beckmann wrestles Rock Bridge sophomore Trent Johnson in the third round of bouts at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championship on Friday. Johnson was eliminated after losing the bout 5-0.

'Stylized Seedling' [Photo]

This is a model of an art piece by Glenn Williams that will be erected at Columbia's new Fire Station No. 9 at Blue Ridge and Providence Roads.

The Week in Pictures: Feb. 13-19 [Slideshow]

A look back at the week of February 13.

Doctor Day at the Youzeum [Photo]

"He's not breathing!" Emma Day, 7, shouts during "Doctor Day" at the YouZeum on Monday. Doctor Day was set up to teach children about health and safety — and in Emma's case, how to revive mannequins. The event was part of the YouZeum's School's Out program, which offers education and entertainment for children on days when school is out of session. Emma and her friends attended Monday's event while school was out in observance of President's Day.

Hickman senior Jenahlyn Felten gets ready for State Championships [Photo]

Hickman's Jenahlyn Felten gets in her last practice before the State Championships this weekend. The Kewpies senior will compete at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

E-cigarette components [Photo]

The components of an electronic cigarette are shown. The smokeless and odorless substitute for tobacco cigarettes are under scrutiny by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

Deployed to Haiti [Photo]

Navy Ensing Emily Merritt, a native of Columbia, was apart of the USS Nassau deployment to Haiti from Jan. 23 to Feb 7.

Hookah lounge opening downtown [Photo]

The 9th Street Hookah Lounge will open to Columbia on Friday. The lounge will have two flat panel televisions mounted over fireplaces and two couch areas with hookah pipes in firepits for use at the couches. The lounge will have at least five tables to serve customers.

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher takes leadership role on softball team [Photo]

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher practices at the Dan Devine Pavilion. Christopher has become one of the leaders on the field for the softball team this season.

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher talks with teammates [Photo]

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher talks to her teammates during a break in practice. "Megan is like the quarterback of our team," Tigers assistant coach Pete D'Amour said of the Missouri junior.

How electronic cigarettes work [Graphic]

Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigs,” are a tobacco-free alternative to cigarettes designed to look and feel like traditional cigarettes. Companies are advertising them as cheaper options and offering starter kits that come with cigarettes, batteries, cartridges and a charger starting at about $50. Each liquid nicotine container lasts about 200 to 300 puffs, which can be equal to 10 to 30 cigarettes. The liquid nicotine also comes in a variety of flavors, which critics worry will attract children. The Food and Drug Administration warns that though e-cigs come without health warnings, limited testing has revealed traces of toxic chemicals and carcinogens.

Special Education in Schools [Graphic]

Columbia Public School District is one of 13 districts in Missouri with special education programs. Federal funding contributes to low income and special education programs.

Park plan revised [Graphic]

The latest Southeast Regional Park plan replaces a 17-acre equestrian area with natural open space. Reactions to the equestrian area had been divided, with some respondents wanting it larger and others opposed because of waste and water concerns.

Campus Bar & Grill [Slideshow]

An ordinance to loosen noise violation restrictions for downtown businesses was tabled Monday. The noise violation currently defined by any noise heard from at least 50 feet away would increase to a proposed six times that at points during the night. Chris Flood, Owner of Campus Bar and Grill, said noise has not been an issue for his bar in almost 14 years.
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