Third, fourth and fifth graders from Columbia Independent School got to put on makeup, try on costumes and take part in a shortened version of “Madame Butterfly” with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on Feb. 10.

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Superintendent candidate Deming takes questions at forum [Video]

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Skip Deming fielded questions at a community forum Tuesday night.

Damage at the scene of an accident on Rangeline Street [Photo]

The owner of an overturned Chevy S-10 pickup truck surveys damage at the scene of a three-car accident at the at the cross-section of Range Line Street beneath Interstate 70.

Sussex spaniel Stump wins Best in Show at Westminster [Photo]

Sussex spaniel Stump won Best in Show at the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday.

All-weather runners [Photo]

From left, Bob Martin, Dan Heaviland and Kris Hagglund stretch after an early morning run. The three men are part of a large group of all-weather runners who begin running at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. "This is the definition of nuts," Martin said, referring to running in 20-degree weather. When asked about his reason for running so early in such cold weather, Martin said, "Partly for getting a run in before work but mostly because the people are so cool." The group meets at an access point to the MKT Nature Trail on Forum Boulevard.

Deming at Tuesday meet-and-greet [Photo]

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Skip Deming said one of the most common questions he gets is, 'Why come back?' To that he said: "There is a passion that flows in some of us because of the experiences we've had in the Columbia school district."

Skip Deming speaks with Karina Galve [Photo]

Skip Deming speaks with Karina Galve at Tuesday's meet-and-greet at West Junior High School.

Winter running [Graphic]

Deming's introduction [Photo]

Columbia School Board President Michelle Gadbois introduced superintendent candidate Skip Deming before he took the podium to speak. Deming spoke about his past career with Columbia schools and answered questions posed by people in attendance.

Timeout [Photo]

Bruins junior guard Ricky Kreklow walks downcourt during a timeout against Springfield Central on Tuesday.

Questions in a basket [Photo]

Attendees of Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Skip Deming's public meet place questions in a basket on Tuesday.

Providence Road extension [Graphic]

Enjoying the moment [Photo]

Leo Lyons and Mizzou enjoyed another come-from-behind victory, this time against Kansas.

Adding the facts [Photo]

David Wilson writes facts about world hunger on a food donation can he is decorating as part of a World Vision "30 Hour Famine" event Friday at Alive in Christ Lutheran Church.

Opponents face off [Photo]

Former MU wrestler Ben Askren, left, gets ready for his debut in Mixed Martial Arts against Josh Flowers.

And the winner is ... [Photo]

The referee raises Ben Askren's arm after Askren defeated Josh Flowers in a Mixed Martial Arts match.

Ben Askren punches Josh Flowers [Photo]

Ben Askren, top, punches Josh Flowers during his first fight in a Mixed Martial Arts event Saturday.

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Vegas up close [Photo]

Liz Hansen and Vegas are coming back from the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show with a title. It's just not the hoped-for titles of Best in Breed or even the coveted Best in Show. But Vegas was the best male Standard Schnauzer in Madison Square Garden.