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Public Works inspectors investigate BMPs [Photo]

Also present at the Maguire Boulevard extension site during the investigation on Wednesday were, from left, construction project manager David Bugg and Public Works inspectors Jim Thaxter and Veneet Kapila. Visible in many of the photographs are elements of what Bugg describes as BMPs, or best management practices, construction strategies used to control water flow and silt runoff, such as silt fences (black plastic barriers), rock berms (rock levees layered with dirt and straw) and sediment basins, where eroded silt is able to settle into controlled pools of water.

Environmental specialist visits construction site [Photo]

Matt Sperry, a Missouri Department of Natural Resources environmental specialist, visits the Maguire Boulevard extension site to investigate Columbia resident Scott Wilson’s complaints of "extreme erosion" in the construction area on Wednesday. The site is part of a city project to extend Maguire, which involves building bridges over both the north and south forks of Grindstone Creek. On Monday, Wilson recorded video of silty water pouring into the creek and made a formal complaint about inadequate storm water controls. According to Sperry, the Natural Resources Department generally follows up on complaints within five days.

Stream Extravaganza fun for all ages [Photo]

Five-year-old Madison Hayes investigates a Mink pelt during the Stream Extravaganza. The event featured educational information on streams and the wildlife that live in and around them.

Fight Night: Combat Theatre at Stephens College [Video]

VIDEO: Watch as Stephens College sophomores Chrisena Ricci and Denise Saylor rehearse a stage combat scene to prepare for Stephens College’s production “Combat!” at 7:30 p.m. June 19 at Warehouse Theatre.

The show is the third of four pieces put together by the Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute, a program designed to give students real-life theater experience while they take courses. Ricci and Saylor will perform their scene from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as part of a full production of controlled, realistic stage combat scenes featuring 29 performers.

Heat and humidity draws crowd at Stephens Lake [Photo]

Amy Sarver dips her son, Owen, into Stephens Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures were hot, predicted to reach above 90, and humid after days of thunderstorms.

Seeking muddy relief from the heat [Photo]

4-year-old Owen Sarver, covered in mud, is ready for a dip at Stephens Lake on Wednesday afternoon. It was hot and humid after days of thunderstorms, with temperatures predicted to reach above 90 degrees. Also pictured, from left, are Lexi Hox, Brooke Bigard and Lindsey Hox.

Police video of fatal Clark Lane accident [Video]

Columbia police released the video captured from the patrol car Officer Alan
Mitchell was driving when he ran over Jeremy Setzer, 24, in Clark Lane in
March.

Jeremy Setzer death investigation report [Document]

Click here to download a 28-page PDF of the Columbia Police Department's investigation into the death of Jeremy Setzer.

Jordan Wyner [Photo]

Jordan Wyner is a reporter for the Missourian.

John Brown [Photo]

This 1857 file photo shows John Brown, leader of the historic raid on the federal arsenal and armory at Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Brown, an abolitionist, and his followers attempted to bring attention to the plight of slaves in the United States by using armed force in the raid on Oct. 16, 1859.

John Brown's fort [Photo]

This undated file photo shows John Brown's fort, a fire engine house located at the entrance of the Armory Grounds at Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Brown and his followers used the fire engine and guard house as their fort when they raided the U.S. arsenal on Oct. 16, 1859. Brown was captured by Colonel Robert E. Lee, put on trial for treason, sentenced to death and executed in December 1859.

Dennis Frye talks about John Brown's raid [Photo]

Dennis Frye, chief historian of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, talks to tourists about John Brown's 1859 raid on the arsenal, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on April 4. "John Brown was not the cause of the Civil War, but he certainly was the first serious shot that sent us reeling toward division," Frye said. In the background is the fire engine house where Brown and his followers took refuge with their hostages, now restored and moved to a new location.

View of Harpers Ferry [Photo]

A view of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., at the conjunction of the Shenandoah, left, and Potomac rivers, on July 20, 2008. The town was the site of abolitionist John Brown's infamous 1859 raid on the local arsenal, an event that led toward the Civil War.

Concerts in the Shelter Insurance Gardens [Slideshow]

The Shelter Insurance Concerts in the Gardens started June 14 in Columbia. Families came from across town to listen to the series’ first act, The Columbia Community Band. The one-hour concert series will take place each Sunday until July 26, with the exception of July 5. Anyone is welcome to listen to the diverse music at Shelter Gardens.

A wedding 20 years later [Slideshow]

With the help of family and friends, the Bihomora family was able to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary with the church ceremony they never had.

Navigating flooded roadways [Photo]

A vehicle slices through standing water in University City, Mo. on Tuesday.

Securing buildings [Photo]

Bill Robison rides in the bucket as he and driver Kenny Carter bring sandbags to help secure buildings along Mary Avenue in Brentwood, Mo. when the road flooded following the heavy rain Monday.

MidMo Pridefest [Audio]

MidMo PrideFest celebrates its 6th annual event this year. The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Organization hosted the sixth annual MidMo PrideFest on Saturday. The event included dance, music, food, and games. Columbia residents talk about their similarities and how the festival is a friendly-oriented environment.

Engaging people: Ian Thomas [Slideshow]

Ian Thomas prefers to ride his bicycle around Columbia with his family, a habit he learned growing up in England.

New neighborhood association [Graphic]

The City Council approved the formation of the Tenth Hitt Elm Locust Neighborhood Association at Monday night's meeting.
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