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Was this piano Blind Boone's? [Photo]

The old Weaver upright, manufactured in Ottawa, Ill., could cost as much as $10,000 to restore, an expense that might not be justified if its link to Blind Boone can't be confirmed.

Mysterious piano may have been Blind Boone's [Photo]

The old piano waits at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home on Fourth Street for its connection to Boone to be verified. John William Boone lost his sight as an infant when his eyes were removed to reduce brain swelling. His parents worked hard to encourage his gift for music, which surfaced as early as age 3. It paid off, and Boone became one the most popular ragtime pianists in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Police respond to factory shooting in St. Louis [Photo]

Police work at the scene of a shooting after a gunman with an assault rifle walked into an ABB plant in St. Louis and began shooting Thursday.

Worker opens fire on co-workers at St. Louis plant [Photo]

A member of the St. Louis Fire Department pushes a wounded person on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance outside ABB Inc. on Thursday. Police were called to the scene after a gunman with a rifle walked into the business and began shooting.

Thursday Snow Day: Sledding at Stephen's Lake [Photo]

Logan Flett goes airborne on a hill at Stephen's Lake Park early Thursday afternoon.

Thursday Snow Day: Snowman [Photo]

A snowman stands watch on Anderson Avenue on Thursday morning after a snowstorm hit Columbia starting Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday Snow Day: Doing it for the postman [Photo]

Cynthia Woodcock shovels the sidewalk in front of her house before heading out to work Thursday morning. "I'm just shoveling enough for the postman," she said. "Some people don't do it, and it just gets so icy."

Thursday Snow Day: Coordinating the crew [Photo]

Out since 1 a.m. plowing private lots, Steve LaHue coordinates with one of his five drivers for North Face Concrete on another plowing job Thursday morning. He said he prefers working snowstorms like Wednesday evening's, which he said is about average for Columbia. "We don't like it to get much bigger than this," he said, "and the longer people stay inside makes it a lot easier to clear."

Thursday Snow Day: Keeping the sidewalk safe [Photo]

Angie McGeorge puts salt on the sidewalk she cleared outside her house after taking her husband to work Thursday morning. "I don't want to get sued by the postman," she said with a laugh.

Thursday Snow Day: Scraping off the ice [Photo]

Community Service Aide officer Gene Williams clears ice and snow off of his patrol car in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Thursday Snow Day: Clearing the sidewalks [Photo]

Alan Nichols of Columbia Turf clears the sidewalk in front of Landmark Bank on Broadway early Thursday morning before the sun came up. Nichols started his day at 1 a.m. "It looked like one of those scary movies," Nichols said of the poor visibility on the roads during his drive to work. "It was just eerie."

Thursday Snow Day: Unattended fire at Stephen's Lake [Photo]

An unattended fire burns at Stephens Lake Park early Thursday morning.

Office of Neighborhood Services begins work [Photo]

Bruce Martin, city building inspector, passes administrative assistant Julie Giboney some office supplies that were left in his truck during her move to the new Office of Neighborhood Services on Monday, Jan. 4. Giboney and volunteer coordinator Leigh Britt will be working off of folding tables until their desks arrive.

Columbia Independent School works to expand study-abroad program [Photo]

Fifth-graders at Columbia Independent School study series and parallel circuits on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Katie Topouria, an international student from the Republic of Georgia, works on a prediction of what will be the brightest light bulb among given circuits.

Schoolchildren at CIS enjoy more freedom [Photo]

Fifth-graders at Columbia Independent School study series and parallel circuits Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Dong-Min Lee, an international student from Korea, attaches a wire to a battery.

CIS works to expand student exchange program [Photo]

Victor Topouria, a seventh-grader at Columbia Independent School, takes a Latin exam.

Missouri men's basketball team vs. Savannah State [Photo]

Missouri's Justin Safford leaps to block the shot of Savannah State's Rod Mitchell in front of Missouri teammate Marcus Denmon.

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. Savannah State [Photo]

Missouri's J.T. Tiller is surrounded by Savannah State defenders in Wednesday's game a Mizzou Arena.

Snow covers interstate, highways [Photo]

Snow drifts across westbound I-70 by the Clark Lane overpass on Wednesday.

Snow storm spurs car accidents [Photo]

Columbia fireman Gary Oliver prepares to check out a car that slid off the highway by the westbound exit of Stadium Boulevard on I-70 on Wednesday. Ryan Gelnar, 18, hit a patch of ice as he prepared to exit I-70 and slid down the embankment. Gelnar was not hurt but the speed limit sign for Exit 124 will have to be replaced.
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