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Mr. Kid Bars turns 40 [Photo]

Mr. Kid Bars turned 40 this year. When asked the secret of Kid's old age, Grindler joked that he doesn't drink alcohol and doesn't smoke, but said lots of love and attention help keep him in great condition.

Mr. Kid Bars nuzzles a friend [Photo]

Karen Grindler, director of Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, kisses Mr.Kid Bars after his lunch Thursday afternoon. Kid eats three times a day to keep his shape while other regular horses eat twice a day, which might account for his unusually old age. "His favorite snack is a carrot," Grindler said.

Police chief candidate talks citizen oversight [Photo]

David Tyson Smith meets with police chief candidate Kenneth M. Burton at the open forum held at the ARC on Monday evening. Citizen oversight is important, Smith said. "I came to get the vibe of each candidate."

Police chief candidates meet with the public at the ARC [Photo]

Columbia residents meet with police chief candidate Christine L. Laughlin at the open forum held at the ARC on Monday evening.

Police chief candidates talk to members of the public [Photo]

Bill Hobbs, police chief candidate Wayne I. McCoy and Mary Hobbs talk at the open forum at the ARC on Monday night. "We think highly of the Columbia Police Department and we want a chief who is willing to talk to the community," says Mary Hobbs.

Police chief candidates meet with council members [Photo]

Karl Skala, Ward 3 council member; Robin Remington; Barbara Hoppe, Ward 6 council member; and Laura Nauser, Ward 5 council member; speak with police chief candidate Todd A. Miller at the open forum held at the ARC on Monday evening.

Getting in close [Photo]

Tracy Harmon uses a jewelry saw to cut copper into a shape that will be made into a pendant at her home workshop in Hallsville.

A leaf in copper [Photo]

This copper leaf is an example of one of Tracy Harmon's specialty copper jewelry designs. Harmon says she loves working with fire to achieve different patterns of color in the copper. Harmon has been making copper jewelry for seven years.

Focusing in on jewelry [Photo]

Tracy Harmon of Hallsville files the edges of a copper cutout that will be made into a pendant at her home workshop on Nov. 11. Harmon, who is self-taught, has been making copper jewelry for seven years. As a side business that grew out of curiosity, Harmon now sells her jewelry at local craft shows and online at her Web site, www.harmonyinmetal.com.

Steddy P. in action [Photo]

Columbia native Steddy P. performs at The Blue Fugue on Oct. 15 in front of friends and fans. Now based in Kansas City, Steddy P. still has titled his latest album "Dear Columbia" in reference to where his roots lie.

Diversity breakfast: Dining [Photo]

Guests at the 16th annual Columbia Values Diversity breakfast dine at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday. The event honors those in the community who have exemplified the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bring peace and understanding through nonviolence among different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Diversity breakfast: the food [Photo]

Carmen Mendez delivers food at the 16th annual Columbia Values Diversity breakfast at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday.

Diversity breakfast: African dance [Photo]

Erica Henderson performs a traditional African dance to the sounds of a djemba drum performed by Morgan Matsiga during the performance "Life is a Mystery/Love is a Dancer." The performance included dances and spoken words at the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday.

Diversity breakfast: Chinese Performing Arts Group [Photo]

Claire Magee performs with the Chinese Performing Arts Group at the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday.

Bowers leads Tigers in scoring [Photo]

MU forward Laurence Bowers gets past Colorado defenders Toby Veal, left, and Trey Eckloff for a layup late in the second half of the Tigers' 107-62 win over the Buffaloes on Jan. 14. Bowers led the team in scoring with 16 points in just 19 minutes off the bench.

MU's Lyons watches from the sideline [Photo]

MU forward Leo Lyons looks on from the bench in the second half of the Tigers' 107-62 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes on Jan. 14. Lyons sat out to serve a suspension after he was arrested and charged with a traffic violation and failure to pay a traffic fine from 2006.

Going with the flow [Photo]

Outline of UM System expenditure reductions [Graphic]

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton's memo

Expenditure reductions memo [Graphic]

Memo from UM System President Gary Forsee

Nothing quite like a toasty fire [Photo]

MU students Joe Kennedy and Dustin Copple warm up around a fire they built in a bonfire ring in Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. "I live right up the road, so we come down here a lot to take advantage of the free firewood and just hang out," Kennedy said.
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