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Celebrating collaboration [Photo]

Brenda Perkins congratulates her son, Isaiah Berry, after the unveiling of his painting at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Sunday. Berry worked with local artist Grant Blackwell to create the painting.

Conveying a diaspora [Photo]

Nathan Stephens, left, and Isaiah Berry unveil a painting by Berry and local artist Grant Blackwell that shows their interpretation of African diaspora, a term used to describe Caribbean immigrants of African descent that arrived during later American history. The unveiling took place at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Sunday.

TAKING THE PLUNGE [Video]

In 2009, Missourian sports reporter Alex Ruppenthal participated in the Polar Plunge at Stephens Lake.

Gun demand on the rise [Photo]

Despite rising prices for firearms and ammunition, Target Masters has struggled to meet the higher than usual demand for firearms according to store clerk Bob Cron. Cron said he thinks the increase in demand is fueled by gun owner's fear that President Barack Obama will push for increased gun control laws.

Target practice [Photo]

Andy White (right) instructs co-worker Cindy White how to operate a .22-caliber rifle at the Rocky Fork Lakes Conservation Area Shooting Range. Although it was Cindy White's first time shooting, Andy White said he has been shooting for years. "I don't shoot it unless it has a target, or I can eat it." Andy White said.

Dancing at the plaza [Photo]

DaMichael Dodson shimmies to the music of the band Straight Arrow on the Back Door Lounge dance floor Friday. "I come here every weekend. There's always good times, and you can't beat the music," he said. The Back Door Lounge, located at the Midway Travel Plaza, draws colorful crowds every Friday night for live country music.

Cutting a rug [Photo]

Stephanie Wriedt lets out a laugh as a reaction to one of dancing partner Chuck Jallup's jokes that he's known for at the Back Door Lounge. Both are regulars for the dancing Friday nights in Midway.

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Columbia College's Rachel Oswald [Photo]

The Cougars' Rachel Oswald goes to the basket against Illinois-Springfield on Feb. 14 at Southwell Complex.

The Cougars' Terrell Turner [Photo]

Columbia College senior Terrell Turner heaves a long pass against Illinois-Springfield on Feb. 14 at Southwell Complex

They came from all over [Photo]

The Missouri Grand Prix is the third stop in the USA Grand Prix series. In addition to the Olympic athletes from the United States, the Missouri Grand Prix brought Olympians from Tunisia, France and Trinidad to Columbia.

Poolside support [Photo]

Coaches and teammates give direction to swimmers during the men’s 400-meter freestyle event Saturday.

Silver finish [Photo]

Eric Shanteau swims in the men’s 200-meter individual medley event. Shanteau placed second in the event.

Swimming fan club [Photo]

Brittany Wen, center, glances backwards as her friends from the Columbia Swim Club watch an awards ceremony. The girls agreed that Katie Hoff is their favorite swimmer.

Warmup chat [Photo]

From left, Haley Smith, Chelsea Morey and Shannon Vreeland chat in the warmup pool at the Missouri Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center on Saturday. Smith and Vreeland are from Kansas City and Morey is from Wichita, Kan.

Cheering on the Sharks [Photo]

Teammates Paul Numbers and Sergio Lusan, left, and Ryan Arabejo and Chris Sadsad, right, cheer on fellow Bolles School Sharks during the men’s 200-meter backstroke event at the Missouri Grand Prix on Saturday.

A winning smile [Photo]

Amanda Weir accepts the medal for finishing in first place in the women's 50-meter freestyle event.

Grand Prix pushoff [Photo]

Swimmers start the men's 100-meter backstroke event at the Missourian Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. Olympian Ryan Lochte of Daytona, Fla., won first place in the event.

Trail connections [Graphic]

Keeping dry at the Polar Bear Plunge [Photo]

Jeffrey Painter, 4, gets a tour of the inside of a fire truck from Columbia firefighter David Haney before the start of the 2009 Polar Bear Plunge at Stephens Lake on Saturday. "We couldn't do the Plunge without the support of the Columbia Police and Fire departments," said Joe Buechter, associate area director for Special Olympics Missouri.
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