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Looking at the Quran [Photo]

Ronald Smith reads a guide to the Quran in the foyer of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Feb. 16. Smith learned the majority of his Arabic while working toward a two-year degree in the Middle East.

During Dhuhr [Photo]

Imam Abdullah delivers a sermon during Dhuhr, the early afternoon prayer service, to practicing Muslims of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on Feb. 20.

Matt Cone and his contemporary issues students [Photo]

Matt Cone, a social studies teacher at Rock Bridge High School, discusses the progress of his students’ charitable work as part of Partners in Health with, from left, Brandon Wilder, Erin Greer and Kirk Backus on Dec. 11. Cone has let the students pick charities to help instead of doing conventional classwork. They have responded by coming up with inventive and unconventional ways of activism, such as singing and dancing door-to-door.

Interior of Curt and Deborah Sleeper's cave home [Photo]

Curt and Deborah Sleeper with their son Perry, 12, left, and daughter Kian, 15, far right, are seen in the kitchen area of their three-bedroom home, which was built inside a one-time mining cave in Festus. The Sleepers bought about 3 acres of property and a cave in 2004 after they spotted it on an Internet site. Now they are putting it it up for sale on eBay.

Curt and Deborah Sleeper's cave home [Photo]

Curt and Deborah Sleeper's home in Festus was built in a cave. The Sleepers have put the house on eBay as a backup in case they can't meet a large payment due on the property.

the beat 2/27 [Audio]

Muslim conversion [Graphic]

Columbia College wins final regular season home game [Photo]

Columbia College senior Joe Flanner goes in for a shot against Harris-Stowe on senior night. Columbia College won its final regular season home game 70-40 on Thursday.

Clarence Lo lectures at MU [Photo]

Clarence Lo, an associate professor of sociology, gives a lecture at MU's Middlebush Hall on Feb. 25. Lo's first cousin, Steven Chu, has been tapped to become President Barack Obama's Energy secretary.

Leaning towards art [Photo]

Kelsey Lincoln leans against a piece of art made by Sara Mercer at the Ragtag Cinema on Thursday.

True/False opening night [Slideshow]

Thursday marked the opening of the 2009 True/False Film Festival in Columbia. There are several workshops and panels being held over the weekend on top of the daily film schedule. The official kickoff parade is at 5:30 p.m. Friday beginning at The Blue Note.

Hickman readies for Rock Bridge rivalry [Photo]

Hickman senior guard Eric Franklin, center, and Kenny Ash, left, run drills to practice on Thursday for the District Championship game against Rock Bridge High School in Wentzville. The game, which will take place on Friday, will be the third time the teams have met this season this season. Rock Bridge won the first two games.

Teaching how to use zootoo.com [Photo]

Amanda Huhman, left, and Libby Burks, both Columbia Catholic School students, teach Christine Yedinak how to sign up on zootoo.com, a Web site intended for pet lovers. Huhman and Burks are trying to win a $1 million makeover for the Central Missouri Humane Society by getting people to sign up for the Web site and vote.

Rock Bridge focuses on defense [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore Justin Miller practices defense at Rock Bridge High School on Thursday. Because he is primarly an offensive player, Miller has focused on improving his defensive skills. Coach Jim Scanlon said the team graduated two significant defensive "stoppers" last spring and has yet to find players to fill those roles.

True/False festival growth [Graphic]

True/False Festival film venues [Graphic]

Filling True/False ticket orders [Photo]

Shireen Razavi and Jeff Beuhler fill ticket orders at the Cherry Street Artisan Annex on Thursday afternoon. True/False Film Festival goers lined up early in the day to get the first tickets that went on sale at noon.

Fans pursue a gift [Photo]

Fans reach for a foam finger give-away in the first half.

Lyons drives to the basket [Photo]

Missouri's Leo Lyons drives inside against Kansas State's Ron Anderson in the first half.

Pressure from Carroll and Lawrence [Photo]

MU's DeMarre Carroll (1) and Matt Lawrence defend a shot by Kansas State's Jacob Pullen.
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