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Providing dental care [Photo]

Elaine McQuegge, left, and Brian Fischer provide dental care to patient Bethany Juppier at Columbia Family Dental Center on Feb. 6. Fischer believes that the clinic will one day consist of up to 10 operatory rooms to work on patients. Plumbing for three new operatories has already been completed.

Basketball timeline [Graphic]

It's been six years since Missouri has been in the NCAA Tournament. Here is a look at Missouri's past tournament appearances.

Mike Anderson opens up [Photo]

Missouri senior Leo Lyons listens to coach Mike Anderson make a point during a practice March 10 at the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City. Before coming to MU, Anderson had been a consistent winner.

Columbia Fire Department holds night training [Video]

The Columbia Fire Department held the first training session of the year on Thursday. The purpose was to train firefighters in nighttime conditions so they can be prepared at any time of day. Different skill stations included propane fires, car fires and vehicle stabilization. Fire Capt. Eric Hartman says propane fires are the most dangerous and that it is important for firefighters to be trained properly.

Tackling training [Photo]

Columbia Fire Capt. Eric Hartman pauses Thursday while tilting a propane tank — which is feeding a staged residential propane tank fire — in order to watch the firefighters tackle the training exercise. After the fire is put out, Hartman points out icicles forming on the back of the tank that are caused by escaping and incredibly cold liquid propane.

Directing the fire away [Photo]

Columbia firefighters practice extinguishing a residential propane tank fire on Thursday. Instead of initially putting out the flames, they first direct the fire from the shut-off valve in order to turn it off and prevent the tank from exploding.

Igniting a flare [Photo]

Fire Capt. Eric Hartman uses a flare to ignite a residential propane tank as part of the Columbia Fire Department's first night-training session of the year on Thursday. The firefighters needed to first use water to direct the fire away from the shut-off valve before extinguishing it.

Ensuring safe extraction [Photo]

Columbia firefighters stabilize an upside-down vehicle at the first night-training session of the year at the Columbia Fire Training Academy on Thursday. This particular exercise focused on effectively stabilizing both a vehicle on its side and upside-down in order to ensure safe extraction of anyone who could be trapped inside.

Cooling off the engine [Photo]

Columbia firefighters extinguish fires in the trunk, cabin and engine of a car as part of the year's first night-training session on Thursday. Firefighters first directed the fire away from the front of the engine block in order to prop open the hood and cool off the engine.

A little bit of love [Photo]

Mayor Darwin Hindman gets a kiss from Tanner, a rescue dog owned by Teal Alt, on Thursday at the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Soaking up some sun [Photo]

Tanner takes a nap in the sun at the feet of owner Teal Alt on Thursday during the welcome at the Central Missouri Humane Society. After the trolley procession down Broadway, the public was invited back to the Humane Society to hear a welcome and speeches from Mayor Darwin Hindman, Zootoo.com founder Richard Thompson, Humane Society Director Patty Forister, and Libby Burks and Amanda Huhman, the teens who originally discovered the shelter makeover contest and helped publicize it.

Blue for Zootoo [Photo]

A volunteer holds a sign in support of Zootoo.com's $1 million shelter makeover contest. Blue is Zootoo's signature color.

Ties to untangle [Photo]

Heather Grote helps untangle Rebel as they wait on Broadway for the trolley car procession on Thursday. Although Rebel, a rescue dog, is not from the Central Missouri Humane Society, Grote said she supports their cause. "We think what those girls started is so great," she said.

Chatting with personnel, supporters [Photo]

Zootoo.com founder Richard Thompson chats with Central Missouri Humane Society personnel and supporters on Thursday at the shelter on Big Bear Boulevard. Thompson's visit is part of the second phase of the shelter makeover contest.

Showing their support [Photo]

Kim Stonecipher-Fisher, left, waits for the Zootoo/Central Missouri Humane Society trolley procession with her dog, Coco, and Michele Spry on Thursday. Coco is the second rescue dog that Stonecipher-Fisher has adopted; the first one is memorialized in a locket filled with ashes that Stonecipher-Fisher wears around her neck. She and Spry came with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce ambassadors to show their support. "It is important to show that downtown businesses are behind this," Stonecipher-Fisher said.

Waving from the procession [Photo]

From left, Zootoo.com founder Richard Thompson, Amanda Huhman and Mayor Darwin Hindman wave to the crowd during their trolley procession down Broadway on Thursday. The Central Missouri Humane Society won first place in the first round of Zootoo's million-dollar shelter makeover contest.

Earning stripes [Photo]

Mizzou pro day [Graphic]

In front of various NFL scouts from teams across the country, Missouri football players will demonstrate their skills and improve their chances of being selected in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Listen up [Photo]

Jeff Henderson, chef and Food Network personality, speaks to students at Hickman High School on Wednesday. Henderson was at the school to deliver an inspirational speech about his previous jail time and attainment of his lifetime goal to become a chef.

Here's a tip [Photo]

Lisa Johnson, home school coordinator for Moberly Public Schools, takes notes as chef Jeff Henderson delivers his speech in the Hickman High School media center on Wednesday. Johnson and her colleagues brought about a dozen students to Hickman to hear Henderson speak.
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