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Flowers of Costa Rica [Photo]

These are Costa Rica's native flowers. These flowers can also be found in Columbia but they must be replanted every year, Galve said.

90 minutes with Shakeaspeare [Video]

5th Wall Productions presented “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged” at the Boone County Courthouse Amphitheater last weekend. Director Monica Senecal, actress Michele Curry and audience member Mary McFillen discuss the play, which has a three-person cast and covers Shakespeare’s 37 comedies, histories and tragedies in 90 minutes. The show is free and will be presented again June 11-14.

Engaging people: Mario Manzini [Photo]

Elvis impersonator and Columbia resident Mario Manzini performs at the Eagles club in California, Mo., on April 24. Manzini, a Bronx, N.Y., native has lived and worked in Columbia for more than 25 years. In addition to his Elvis shows, Manzini does magic shows for kids and has traveled the globe as an escape artist.

Soothing therapy session [Photo]

Bonnie Tarantino rubs a bowl with a wand to make soothing sounds during a Reiki therapy session with a patient on Oct. 24, 2008, in the trauma center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Reiki treatment [Photo]

Reiki specialist Bonnie Tarantino helps treat a patient at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore on Oct. 24, 2008. Reiki is just one type of alternative medicine that is finding its way into hospitals.

Alternative healing finds way into hospitals [Photo]

Bonnie Tarantino, left, and nurse Donna Audia, center, perform Reiki on a patient on Oct. 24, 2008, as the patient's mother and wife hold his hands at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Lohse on DL [Photo]

Kyle Lohse, 4-4 with a 3.99 ERA, was hit by a pitch last month and skipped a turn to let the swelling go down. He aggravated the injury Wednesday night on a diving stop of Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto's bunt single.

La Russa, Twitter settle lawsuit [Photo]

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Twitter have reached a settlement in his lawsuit against the social networking site. "There is a law against improperly using a person's name without authorization and it wasn't authorized," La Russa said. "You can't sue everybody for criticizing you, but it seemed like that was the perception. It was improper use of the name, but it's been settled."

Stewart edges Edwards [Photo]

Tony Stewart (14), Carl Edwards (99) and Matt Kenseth (17) follow the pace car during a restart Sunday in the NASCAR Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Stewart won the race, with Edwards in second. Kenseth finished 16th. NASCAR debuted revamped restarts at Pocono in an effort to add more competitive spice and give in to fans clamoring for more excitement. The most obvious change: the race leader has the option to restart on the inside or outside, with the second-place driver pulling alongside.

From trash to cash [Video]

Joseph Farmer, a sculptor from St. Charles, discusses the construction of his artwork during Art in the Park at Stephens Lake Park on Sunday, June 7, 2009. The event was expected to bring in between 15,000 and 17,000 people. Farmer’s piece, “Saxophone Man,” sold for more than $600.

Carridine death [Photo]

Actor David Carradine in this Wednesday, March 10, 2004 file photo at his home in the Tarzana section of Los Angeles. The Carradine family is asking the FBI and a private forensics expert to help investigate death of the "Kung Fu" actor, who died Thursday in Bangkok.

Show-Me Games three-on-three soccer tournament [Photo]

Coach Jeff Ayers huddles with his players between plays Saturday during the Show-Me State Games three-on-three soccer tournament.

Carp die-off [Photo]

Joe Deters and Erinn Beahan, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation contractors working with U.S. Geological Survey return to the ramp after collecting silver carp for a study on Omega-3 fatty acids in February. The health of silver carp in the Missouri River have recently started to decline because of lack of food.

5th annual National Trails Day [Photo]

At Columbia's fifth annual celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, Greg Blakemore holds his daughter, 19-month-old Mera, as she timidly pets the mailbox turtle at the Runge Conservation Nature Center's animal table. Volunteer Kerra Wieberg explained that there are orange spots on the turtle because it is mating season.

Wood Senate testimony [Document]

Testimony Phillip Wood presented before the Missouri Senate in 1998.

Columbia youth soccer coach Rick Hess [Photo]

Rick Hess, right, chats with fellow coach Don Roberts at Saturday’s Show-Me State Games three-on-three soccer tournament.

Golfers' dress bigpartof Knickerbocker Tournament [Photo]

ason Cooley and Jeff Glenn comment on each other’s outfits before the Country Club of Missouri’s third annual Knickerbocker Golf Tournament. The tournament and its theme are inspired by Steve Inslee, a past member of the country club known for wearing argyle socks and vintage knickerbockers at tournaments.

How Etienne's family came from Burundi [Photo]

After the wedding [Photo]

Venant Nduwayo stands by himself outside the Westminster Chapel in Fulton after Drew and Ingrid Nishiyama's wedding. Venant met Drew and Ingrid at Adam Wheeler's Bible study group. This was the first "American" wedding Venant had been invited to.

From English to Swahili [Photo]

Florence Buigut, center, translates the pastor’s sermon from English to Swahili (one of Burundi’s languages) at Christian Fellowship Church. Many Burundian refugees are Christian by faith and have formed a relationship with Americans from this church. The church has responded by helping the refugees find jobs and providing them with clothes for the winter. Buigut is from Kenya.
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