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Sheery Leach-DiChrio cut nine inches of hair off the nervous Ilana Weiss at the Off Broadway Salon and Boutique on Thursday. Weiss and two of her roommates cut their hair as a donation towards wigs for cancer patients.

French immersion preschool expands [Photo]

The afternoon class at La Petite Ecole is led in a discussion about the letter "F" by the school's director Joelle Quoirin on February 12. Quoirin and her students speak French exclusively because she feels that immersing the children in the language will help them learn it faster.

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Madeline Moser, front, James Hebert, middle, and Ford Stanton, back, listen and sing along at the beginning of their afternoon class session at La Petite Ecole on February 12.

63 Diner owners default on loan, restaurant to be auctioned [Photo]

The 63 Diner, located at 5801 N. Missouri 763, opened in Columbia in 1989. Because of a default on a loan, the restaurant is scheduled to be auctioned Wednesday.

Program to pay to improve safety for cyclists [Photo]

A bicyclist keeps pace with a group of motorcyclists, all going south on Ninth Street during the lunch-hour rush Monday.

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Cyclists have to deal with the danger of cars when they bike at dangerous intersections. The goal of GetAbout Columbia is to encourage bike and pedestrian safety and to get Columbians to go cycling and walking more often.

MU gymnast balances work and play [Photo]

Adrianne Perry prepares to practice her routine on the bars. She's the only MU gymnast participating in the NCAA National Championships.

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MU professor Haslag named Kenneth Lay Chair in Economics [Photo]

Ken Lay's portrait hangs on the wall in Lowry Hall at MU. Lay, whose family moved here while he was in high school, holds a master's degree in economics from MU. In 1999, Lay gave $1.1 million to endow the Kenneth Lay Chair in Economics.

Spring cleaning at Stewart Park [Video]

Members of the Park Hill Neighborhood Improvement Association clean the park annually.

Earth Day [Video]

Community environmental activists shared some of their best tips for being eco-friendly at Columbia's Earth Day celebration, Sunday, April 20, 2008.

Last year's senior players see more ahead for MU football team [Photo]

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel lines up a receiver in Saturday's Black and Gold Spring Game.

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Freshman wide receiver Brandon Gerau fights off defensive back Munir Prince during the annual Black and Gold spring football game Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field.

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Missouri's Jeremy Maclin signs autographs for fans following the Black and Gold spring football game.

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Freshman Alexander Popp plays cymbals with Marching Mizzou during the Black and Gold spring football game.

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Fans fill Memorial Stadium during the annual black and gold spring football game..

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Defensive lineman Ziggy Hood trys to make a tackle during the game.

Earth Day focuses on practical solutions for creating a greener world [Photo]

A woman sporting a mask and parasol fashioned from plants stands on Elm Street, dubbed Eco Avenue for the Earth Day Festival on Sunday.

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Pam Fuller, right, discusses buying a pin from Women's International League for Peace and Freedom with Therese Folsom at the Earth Day festival on Sunday. Fuller said she works with community gardens in Columbia and is a long-time environmentalist.

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Elizabeth Allemann, a family physician who is running for state Senate, stands under her tent at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday. Allemann, an advocate for women's and children's health, said that the recent municipal elections proved to her that progressive candidates can do well against seasoned incumbents.