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Incoming MU freshmen attend orientation [Photo]

Incoming MU freshmen attend the College of Arts and Science's divisional orientation on Tuesday at Conservation Hall during Summer Welcome.

Students tour MU during Summer Welcome [Photo]

Incoming freshmen and their guests walk past the inscribed bricks Tuesday outside the Reynolds Alumni Center during a Summer Welcome campus tour. Tuesday marked the 19th session of the Summer Welcome program, with one final session on Wednesday for freshmen and one on Thursday for transfer students.

MU senior directs Summer Welcome traffic [Photo]

Senior Kenny Wiley directs Summer Welcome traffic into the Virginia Avenue Garage on Tuesday morning. "We dress up in costumes to try to put a smile on their face at 8 a.m.," Wiley said about the incoming students and their guests. Approximately 5,500 freshmen have attended the Summer Welcome program this year.

Summer Welcome Revue introduces students to MU traditions [Photo]

Summer Welcome leaders perform for incoming freshman at the Summer Welcome Revue on Tuesday in Jesse Auditorium. The revue introduces freshman to MU traditions and the college experience through song, dance and humor.

Incoming MU freshmen walk across Carnahan Quadrangle [Photo]

Senior Cole Donelson leads a morning tour of incoming freshmen and their guests Tuesday across the Carnahan Quadrangle during the 19th session of Summer Welcome. According to Jeff Luker, the New Student Programs graduate assistant, 295 students and 400 guests signed in for Tuesday's Summer Welcome session.

Washington Gikunju [Photo]

Washington Gikunju, a visiting fellow at the Missourian from Kenya

The Week in pictures: July 3 to 9 [Slideshow]

The week in pictures: July 3 to 9.

Obama visits Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City [Video]

President Barack Obama paid a visit to Smith Electric Vehicles on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., to congratulate the plant and its employees on the $32 million Department of Energy grant it received in March. The grant has allowed the small company, which produces electric commercial trucks by hand in its facility, to grow to 50 employees, and in the near future increase production from one to two trucks per day. Obama also took the opportunity to address current political hot topics, such as the economy and jobs, during his presentation to Smith Electric.

Tree branch smolders on power line [Photo]

A branch of an uprooted tree smoldered on a high voltage power line on Redbud Lane Thursday morning in Columbia's Quarry Heights neighborhood. The tree uprooted around 5:30 a.m., knocking down three understory trees and utility lines. The Columbia Fire Department, Water and Light Department and a tree removal service crew cleared debris and restored power to the block by 9 a.m.

Lining up to cheer [Photo]

On their first night with the Lady Bulldogs Cheer and Dance team, Andrianna Walter, 8, and Falen Singleten, 11, learn their first cheer. The group, lead by Sonrisa Wood and Athena Hord, uses dance and cheer routines to build self esteem in young girls.

Big stretch [Photo]

Kyleigh Fuller, 8, warms up for Lady Bulldogs Cheer and Cance practice on Wednesday night with a back-bending stretch called a bridge.

Lil’ Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group practices [Photo]

Jayla Greer, 6, strikes a pose in the mirror while Kyleigh Fuller, 8, practices her moves for dance instructor Sonrisa Wood during the Lady Bulldogs cheer team practice Wednesday at the Armory Center. Greer has been attending the biweekly practices since they began in February.

Lil’ Lady Bulldogs Dance and Cheer Group practices [Photo]

Jayla Greer, 6, strikes a pose in the mirror while Kyleigh Fuller, 8, practices her moves for dance instructor Sonrisa Wood during the Lady Bulldogs' cheer team practice Wednesday at the Armory Center. Greer has been attending the biweekly practices since they began in February.

Sam Russell's hand-cycle bike [Photo]

Sam Russell's hand-cycle bike allows him to crank and steer with his hands and arms. Russell, who was paralyzed three year's ago in a trail bike accident, will ride the hand-cycle bike with friend Carl Edwards in the Ride with Carl for Sam next Wednesday on the MKT trail.

Grandfather holds granddaughter [Photo]

Roy Harrison holds his 4-year-old granddaughter Alisa Maier as she arrives home Thursday in Louisiana, Mo. Alisa Maier smiled broadly at the crowd gathered Thursday in the yard where she was abducted three days earlier.

Paul Smith shot himself when approached by authorities [Photo]

This Feb. 17, 2010, photo provided Thursday by the Missouri Sex Offender Registry shows Paul S. Smith. Smith, a registered sex offender who shot himself Wednesday as officers approached him for questioning about the disappearance of 4-year-old northeast Missouri girl, was almost certainly the man who took her, police said Thursday.

Last rehersal before the show [Photo]

Logan Moore, playing Ren McCormack, and Olivia Jones, playing Ariel Moore in Footloose, rehearse during the last dress rehearsal on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. TRYPS is a professional children's theater with a mission "to teach, to reach, and to inspire through the magic of theater." The performers are trained with the help of professional actors.

Singing for the TRYPS [Photo]

Dakotah Cooper rehearses during the last dress rehearsal for Footloose on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. TRYPS, Theater Reaching Young People and Schools, is a professional children's theater and is in its 11th season since it was incorporated in 1999. They will perform Footloose from Thursday to Sunday at the Rock Bridge High School's Performing Arts Center.

Practice makes perfect [Photo]

Nina Parker, playing Betty Blast in the play Footloose, skates out to rehearse for her part during the last dress rehearsal while Sandy Decker, Harleigh Wacker and Maggie Washer watch from behind at Rock Bridge High School on Wednesday night.

TRYPS summer musical group [Photo]

From left, Rebecca Burke-Aguero, Spenser Crum, Ellen Tucker Thieme, Olivia Jones, Nora Hennessey and Madi Mertz perform during the last dress rehearsal for Footloose on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. The actual performance begins on Thursday, which will be TRYPS's 53rd show since its first show in 2000. The cast of Footloose have been rehearsing and preparing for 18 rehearsals for the past month.
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