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A chance to work [Photo]

At Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, Doug Siwak places a bolt in a plastic bag for individual parts packaging to be sent to a manufacturing plant. The assembly warehouse employs more than a hundred workers, most of which have severe disabilities, but it also provides them with the chance to work and maintain a normal and satisfying quality of life.

Working together [Photo]

Employees at Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises work in assembly line style to place bolts and screws in individual packages for a manufacturing company.

Atomic physicist Joshua Silver [Photo]

Atomic physicist Joshua Silver's low-cost glasses adjust correction by pumping liquid into a thin sac in the plastic lenses. The eyewear has been distributed to thousands in the developing world where costs put conventional glasses beyond the reach of many.

Courthouse weddings gain popularity [Slideshow]

There's no hurrying weddings at the Boone County Courthouse. Couples have to plan in advance because the room used for the weddings is usually booked three to six months in advance. Weddings are held on Fridays. The presiding judge clears the courtroom and marries three couples in the half hour from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

MU coach Gary Pinkel embraces Jeremy Maclin [Photo]

MU football head coach Gary Pinkel hugs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during a press conference Friday. "It's a big help for us in terms of it's a great opportunity here," Pinkel said of the receiver's time at MU.

Maclin cries as he makes announcement [Photo]

MU wide receiver Jeremy Maclin breaks into tears shortly after the start of a press conference where he said he was leaving Missouri for the NFL. "It's been a long time coming," he said.

Missouri's Jeremy Maclin declares for NFL Draft [Photo]

MU wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tears up after announcing on Friday that he will enter the 2009 NFL draft.

BPA research at MU [Graphic]

Poison in the plastic: living with bisphenol-A [Graphic]

Frederick vom Saal portrait [Photo]

Professor of biological sciences Frederick vom Saal uses this laboratory in LeFevre Hall on the MU campus to study BPA. For more than a decade, vom Saal has denounced BPA as a toxin and threat to public health.

MU women's basketball player Alyssa Hollins [Photo]

MU guard Alyssa Hollins says the Tigers will redeem themselves this season. "Last year we were in a lot of games, but we just couldn’t finish them."

MU men's basketbal player DeMarre Carroll [Photo]

Tigers senior DeMarre Carroll says coach Mike Anderson has told him that while someone can lead by example, a true leader is verbal.

Example of artist Ben Chlapek's work [Photo]

A poster designed by Columbia artist Ben Chlapek.

Chlapek prepares prints for a showing at the Ragtag Cinema [Photo]

Chlapek moved to Columbia to work after quitting his full-time graphic design job in the Kansas City area. “It’s cheaper to live here, and your can walk everywhere," he said.

Artist Ben Chlapek washes off print materials [Photo]

Chlapek washes paint off his print materials in the shower of his apartment/studio on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008.

Ben Chlapek prepares his screenprints for a showing [Photo]

Ben Chlapek, a Columbia screenprint artist, prepares prints for a showing of his work at the Ragtag Cinema on Nov. 11, 2008.

Another option: Paint the curb [Photo]

At the intersection of Northampton Drive and Bearfield Road the street signs have been take. Due to constant theft of street signs in the Bearfield neighborhood, street names have been painted at intersections.

More of the missing [Photo]

The street signs on top of the pole at the corner of Pimlico Court and Bearfield Road are missing.

Missing signs [Photo]

The pole at the corner of Bearfield Road and Northampton Drive is missing its street signs.

One solution: Put 'em higher [Photo]

Due to the high theft of the Rolling Rock Drive sign, the city of Columbia has placed it and Rock Quarry Road signs around 20 feet above the road to deter theft of the signs.
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