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A blessing for Gertie [Photo]

The Rev. Paula Robinson blesses Gertie Littleton during St. Francis of Assisi Day at Calvary Episcopal Church, where members of the congregation brought their pets to receive blessings. Gertie was brought to the blessing by her owner's aunt, Connie Schenk.

Already a winner [Photo]

Nancy Moen is propelled from her chair in excitement for Neal Boyd's win in "America's Got Talent" during a watch party at the Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night. When the final two were announced in the competition, Moen called Boyd to congratulate him and say that he was already a winner.

'We think he's got it' [Photo]

Nancy Moen walks around the Clinton Club of the Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night saying repeatedly, "We think he's got it!" to cheer on Neal Boyd in the finals of "America's Got Talent." Boyd, who graduated from MU in 2001, is a friend of Moen, the director of communication of arts and sciences.

Neal Boyd [Photo]

NEAL BOYD, winner of "America's Got Talent"

Honoring an MU graduate [Photo]

During Neal Boyd's final song as winner of this season's "America's Got Talent," Wally Pfeffer, left, and Jeneva Powella stand to honor the Missouri graduate's accomplishment at the Mizzou Arena on Wednesday.

Tigers struggle at Nebraska in 2006 [Photo]

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel fumbles after being hit by Nebraska defensive end Barry Turner in the Tigers' 2006 loss in Lincoln. It was the sixth or seventh game I had started,” Daniel said.

Rooting for Boyd [Photo]

Chris Stevens, left, and Betsey Shay abandon their seats in the Clinton Club at the Mizzou Arena to cheer for Neal Boyd, who won "America's Got Talent" on Wednesday. Stevens organized the event as President of the Arts and Science Alumni Organization to root for Boyd, a 2001 MU graduate.

MU volleyball's Priscilla Armendariz [Photo]

Missouri freshman Priscilla Armendariz dives for a ball in the TIgers' victory over Iowa State on Oct. 1 at Hearnes Center. Armendariz had eight digs for MU.

Humane Society volunteers [Slideshow]

Central Missouri Humane Society volunteers Barbara Jackson, Jeff Dingman and Leslie Gully speak about their experiences.

Eid al-Fitr celebration [Audio]

AUDIO: Hundreds of Muslims gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan and their month-long fast. The Islamic Center was too small to hold all the celebrants, and so they gathered at the Knights of Columbus. Yet even it was too small to hold everyone.

Shoes in a pile [Photo]

Shoes should be removed before prayer in the Muslim faith, so the hallway of the Knights of Columbus was littered with sandals, loafers and tennis shoes on Wednesday morning.

Services for Eid [Photo]

Ronald Smith Jr., the imam and director of religious affairs for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, leads a group of Columbia residents in prayer on Wednesday morning. The services for Eid, a holy day of prayer celebrating the end of the month of fasting, were held at the Knights of Columbus at 2525 Stadium Boulevard.

Bridget Mullen mug [Photo]

Bridget Mullen

MU assistant professor of management says jobs will become more difficult to come by given economic conditions [Video]

Karen A. Schnatterly, an assistant professor of management at MU, discusses how loans and jobs will be tougher to find in this new economic landscape.

MU assistant professor of management discusses investment packages of subprime mortgages in relation to the financial crisis [Video]

Karen A. Schnatterly, assistant professor of management at MU's College of Business, said investment packages of subprime mortgages are an important cause of the ongoing financial crisis.

Undecided voters [Photo]

From left, Amy Davis, Miguel Lopez and Keith Clark are undecided about whom they want as America's next president. The Missourian will follow these three undecided voters through the remainder of the presidential campaign, right up to Election Day on Nov. 4.

Amy Davis talks about being an undecided voter [Audio]

AUDIO: Amy Davis talks about being an undecided voter.

Miguel Lopez talks about being an undecided voter [Audio]

AUDIO: With interpreter Eduardo Crespi, Miguel Lopez talks about being an undecided voter.

Keith Clark talks about being an undecided voter [Audio]

AUDIO: Keith Clark talks about being an undecided voter.

MU journalism student Amy Davis plans to vote for the first time Nov. 4 [Photo]

MU freshman journalism student Amy Davis, 18, will vote for the first time in the presidential election on Nov. 4. “I just think that it actually does truly matter, and that one person's vote really can make a difference,” she said.
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