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Residents respond to ninth anniversary of Afghanistan war [Video]

Thursday marks the ninth anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. As Americans prepares for their 10th year of fighting, many people at home have grown weary of the lengthy fight against terrorism. There are more than 90,000 troops still in Afghanistan.

Changing colors [Photo]

Trees are starting to change their colors for fall along Hinkson Creek Trail on Oct. 6, 2010.

Fall colors emerge [Photo]

Trees are starting to change their colors for fall along Hinkson Creek Trail on Wednesday.

Reflections of fall [Photo]

Fall leaves as reflected in a pool of water at Rock Bridge State Park on Tuesday.

Stephens College president completes first year [Photo]

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch discusses her first year at Stephens College in her office on Friday.

Fall colors the ground [Photo]

Fall leaves on the ground at Rock Bridge State Park on Tuesday.

Lynch one year later [Photo]

Dianne Lynch is in her second year as the 24th president of Stephens College. She was hired in June 2009.

Fall foliage at Rock Bridge State Park [Photo]

Maple leaves pattern the sky at Rock Bridge State Park on Tuesday.

Kite detail at assembly [Photo]

Qian Jianguo shows off his handmade Chinese kite Tuesday to students of Midway Heights Elementary. Qian, a Chinese kite master, will exhibit his kite flying skills at the One Sky One World International Kite Fly for Peace at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

Watching the kite assembly [Photo]

Garrett Eversole, 7, a student at Midway Heights Elementary, watches the kite-flying skills of Qian Jianguo on Tuesday during an assembly. Qian will be presenting several kite exhibits and workshops this week.

Kite assembly at Midway Heights [Photo]

Qian Jianguo flies his Chinese kite around the gym Tuesday during an assembly at Midway Heights Elementary. Qian is a Chinese kite maker who has come to the U.S. with the help of Columbia Friends of China, a local nonprofit organization promoting cultural exchange between Columbia and China.

VIDEO: Playing through silence [Video]

The 10 players on the Missouri School for the Deaf boys basketball team each have a varying level of hearing loss. Some wear hearing aids. Others can hear well enough to have a conversation. Senior forward Dexter Corley Jr. cannot hear at all. As they play all of the players’ eyes are connected. Their facial expressions are exaggerated and filled with passion as they discuss the game plan.

Clyde Ruffin 3 [Photo]

Reverend Clyde Ruffin poses for a portrait after the City Council meeting where he spoke about upcoming events to raise money for the James T. Scott headstone on Monday, October 4, at the City Council chambers. Ruffin and the Second Baptist Church are spearheading the entire committee, made up of 25 people, with the end goal of giving Scott a proper burial marking.

Clyde Ruffin 2 [Photo]

Reverend Clyde Ruffin from the Second Baptist Church in Columbia talks to the city council about upcoming events to raise money for the James T. Scott headstone on Monday, October 4. The first event, on November 7, will feature Missouri S&T Professor Patrick Huber as the keynote speaker who will share the story of Scott's lynching in 1928. Many organizations who have endorsed the memorial will also make their financial contributions at the November 7 fundraiser.

Clyde Ruffin 1 [Photo]

Reverend Clyde Ruffin from the Second Baptist Church talks to the city council about upcoming events to raise money for the James T. Scott headstone on Monday, October 4, at the City Council chambers. Scott, who was lynched by a mob in 1923, is currently buried in the Columbia Cemetery with only a small marker indicating his grave.

Trees are changing colors [Photo]

Trees are starting to change their colors for fall along Hinkson Creek Trail on Oct. 6, 2010.

GRAPHIC: Amount of Recycling Collected [Graphic]

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Peach Tree Farm offers Halloween fun [Slideshow]

Boonville farmer Bruce Arnett discusses how he prepares for pumpkin season at Peach Tree Farm. From Oct. 1 through Halloween, visitors can pick from more than 6,000 pumpkins, take hayrides around the farm and feed farm animals.

Gathering recyclables on pilot routes [Photo]

Rufus Fruge, 34, gathers recyclables on Garth Street for one of two new pilot collection routes Friday morning, Oct. 1, 2010. Layli Terrill, the waste minimization supervisor, says the pilot routes are experiments to see if reusable recycling containers are efficient or not. "It's been extremely successful. We have a lot of recycling in these areas that we didn’t see before," Terrill said.

Evaluating new recycling containers [Photo]

Rufus Fruge, 34, collects recyclables using new containers Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Over 1,800 homes are covered between two pilot routes to evaluate if the containers are efficient. Fruge says that the new bins get kind of heavy and it's more effort on his part.
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