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The new face of gay activism [Photo]

Bill Donius, at his home in Ladue on April 8, said he never saw himself as an activist. But as board chairman of Pulaski Bank, Donius is part of the new face of the gay movement, a movement to get more people with power, wealth and name recognition involved in activism.

LBC Gospel Choir to perform Friday [Photo]

LBC Gospel Choir members Jurl Vinegar, Jeremy Kilpatrick, Aaron Fuller and Khalila Beecham sing during the group’s winter concert at Second Missionary Baptist Church on December 12, 2008. The choir will perform again Friday night at Mizzou's Baptist Student Union.

Flooding near south end of Perche Creek bridge [Photo]

Flooding near the south end of the Perche Creek bridge on the MKT Trail after heavy overnight rain on April 30.

View from 6-mile marker on MKT Nature/Fitness Trail [Photo]

This is the view from the 6-mile marker on the MKT Trail on April 30 after heavy rain overnight. Rushing water washed away the trail surface and will be replaced, according to Porsche Moran, Boone County public information officer.

Learning a Bollywood dance to song from 'Slumdog Millionaire' [Video]

MU’s new South Asian fusion dance team, Mizzou Masti, holds a dance workshop to raise money for costumes, transportation and competition costs. At the one-hour workshop, participants were taught a Bollywood dance to the song “Jai Ho,” from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire.” It took place at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mark Twain Ballroom and cost $3.

Radio broadcaster Tex Little [Photo]

With only one of Missouri’s baseball games broadcast on TV this year, fans who can’t make it out to the ballpark still must rely on Tex Little's radio broadcasts of the action on the field.

Hickman tennis player Alex Turner [Photo]

Hickman High School senior tennis player Alex Turner practices his returns at Cosmo Park on May 6. Turner is part of the No. 1 doubles team for the Kewpies.

MU seniors sent off with a smile [Photo]

Truman the Tiger congratulates MU senior Maddison Smith on Thursday afternoon as she and her fellow seniors walk through the MU Columns on Francis Quadrangle. The Mizzou Alumni Association holds the Senior Send-Off ceremony to represent students' first steps in becoming alumni.

MU Senior Send-Off [Photo]

An MU senior receives a beer Thursday afternoon at the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle after walking through the MU Columns as part of the Senior Send-Off.

Joshua Childers found in woods [Photo]

Joshua Childers, 3, was found in rugged Missouri woods Wednesday, 50 hours since he wandered away from his home three miles away, authorities said.

Impersonating batting stance [Photo]

“I just like being funny,” said sophomore Rhea Taylor, right, who entertained teammates with impersonations of the batting stances of other Missouri players. “I saw other people doing it and I was like, 'Oh, let me get in this.’ They weren’t doing them very good,” she said. “It was just really funny because they’re so many different stances and a lot of people don’t realize how funny they look.”

Mixing up honey treats [Photo]

"Honey Treats" are healthy, sweet snacks that include honey, peanut butter, dried milk, uncooked rolled oats and raisins. Children at Benton Elementary School were being taught the recipe as a healthy snack alternative.

Benton Bees make honey treats [Photo]

Harvest of the Month Club volunteer Jim Ronald teaches Tyrone James how to make "Honey Treats." The new program at Benton Elementary focuses on teaching students about agriculture in a classroom setting.

Cinco de Mayo celebration [Slideshow]

Columbia residents celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a live Latin orchestra, a "Miss Cinco de Mayo" pageant and an open dance floor at the Holiday Inn Expo Center’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in Columbia on May 5, 2009.


Rock Bridge soccer player Morgan Pitchford [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Morgan Pitchford sends the ball upfield in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over visiting Hickman.

Group raises money for survivors of Rwandan genocide [Video]

The Step Up! American Association for Rwandan Women had its first Dance of Hope on Saturday. The event featured both live and silent auctions, speakers involved with the group and Rwandan ballet dancers. Money raised will go to help Rwandan women who survived the genocide.

Crosstown rivals face off [Video]

The Hickman Lady Kewpies played the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. Rock Bridge won the junior varsity game as well as the varsity game.

Rock Bridge tennis player Blake Buchert [Photo]

Blake Buchert, a junior on the Rock Bridge tennis team, serves during practice Tuesday at Bethel Park. Burchert says he and doubles partner Aaron Skinner communicate well together on the court and seem to have a way of knowing where the other player will be. “We’re both really smart players,” Buchert said. “We don’t make a lot of mistakes.”

In the dugout with Missouri softball [Slideshow]

The Missouri softball team has had a successful campaign vying for the regular season Big 12 Championship and were ranked in the top 10 nationally. But the team recently endured a four-game losing streak, missing out on the regular season title. They will be competing in the Big 12 tournament this week in Oklahoma City. Missourian photographer Polina Yamshchikov followed the team over the course of the last two weeks leading up to the tournament.

the beat 5/06 [Audio]

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