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Landfill and toxic groundwater [Photo]

A bulldozer moves trash at the Columbia landfill. Trees were planted at the facility in an effort to soak up toxic groundwater before it reaches nearby Hinkson Creek. Dirty groundwater can lead to many problems, including unwelcome smells, mosquitoes and structural damage.

Protecting Columbia's water [Photo]

A newly planted cottonwood tree stands about 12 inches tall at the Columbia landfill. Last year, 1,800 trees were planted to keep toxins and heavy metals out of the groundwater, which eventually ends up as drinking water.

Reading sacred texts [Graphic]

About 24 percent of people surveyed by the Baylor Institute for Studies on Religion said they never read sacred texts. According to the survey, sacred texts include the Bible, the Koran and the Torah.

Drum lession [Photo]

Pam Fleenor (left) gives a private djembe lesson to aspiring drummer Chad Parmenter at Orr Street Studios. Fleenor said she devoted most of her time at Orr Street working on her visual art, but occasionally gives private drum lessons.

Making drums [Photo]

Pam Fleenor prepares to cut a fresh piece of wood in her workshop. Fleenor has been making her own drums in Columbia for over twelve years.

Building drums [Photo]

In addition to building drums, Pam Fleenor also repairs instruments. She said the tone and power of a drum depended on its size and tightness of the skin.

Hand drum [Photo]

Artist and drummer Pam Fleenor gives a private djembe lesson to aspiring drummer Chad Parmenter at Orr Street Studios. Fleenor said she devotes most of her time at Orr Street working on her visual art, but occasionally gives private drum lessons.

Student tutor Stephanie Gaynor [Photo]

Stephanie Gaynor sits in the computer lab at the Missouri Athletic Training Complex. Gaynor, an MU senior, is one of about 125 tutors assigned to MU student athletes through the athletic department’s Total Person Program. She started helping athletes with their school work in 2007.

Celebrating twice [Photo]

Debbie Shenker lights candles for the fourth day of Hanukkah. The Shenkers' extended family celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.

Dolores Mead [Photo]

Dolores Mead

MU men's basketball vs. Illinois [Photo]

MU's DeMarre Carroll falls in a scramble for the ball Tuesday in the Braggin Rights game against Illinois in St. Louis.

MU during the Depression [Graphic]

Neighboring states outspend Missouri on higher education [Graphic]

Higher education summary report [Document]

Read the report from the Missouri Department of Higher Education on how budget cuts could affect universities and colleges that receive public funding.

He's a singer, not a ringer [Photo]

Michael Kasten, 22, sings Christmas carols instead of ringing a bell for the Salvation Army while Renee Baxter donates money Tuesday at Hy-Vee shopping center. "He's wonderful," Baxter said, "and it really gets you in the Christmas mood."

Magic tree on Hickam Drive [Photo]

The magic tree at 303 Hickam Drive in Columbia has been lit for 14 consecutive years. The 28-foot-tall crab apple tree is 45 years old. It is decorated with 75,000 LED lights, which take owner Randy Fletcher about 120 hours to string on the branches. Lighting costs $10 per night for the tree.

MU guard Zaire Taylor [Photo]

Missouri guard Zaire Taylor says Tuesday's game against Illinois in St. Louis is a chance for the Tigers "to prove something as far as where we’re coming along as a team.”

Former MU swimmer Max Jaben [Photo]

Former MU swimmer Max Jaben

Charged in killing [Photo]

Tausha L. Fields, 33, of Dickinson, Texas, has been charged with the first-degree murder of her estranged husband, Mitchell Wayne Kemp, a Columbia man who was shot and killed in 2004, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department. Fields' ex-husband, Gregory Warren Morton, was arrested on the same charges in Columbia earlier this year.

Mary Watkins talks about life after the Depression [Audio]

Mary Watkins talks of life after the Great Depression.
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