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Jordan Carter laughs at a joke told by one of her classmates during their journalism class on May 1. After a brief lecture by the teacher, the class breaks up into smaller groups and works with each other on their upcoming assignments.

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Smith-Cotton High School senior Cecilia Sotelo, left, and junior Ceci Perez

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Brandon Stewart poses in Bengal's Bar and Grill during the GPC Happy Hour on May 2. Stewart has been criticized for acting white throughout his education.

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Jordan Carter waits to hear back from a source during her journalism class at Hickman High School on May 1. While she waits, Jordan chats with her classmates about how they will be spending their afternoon.

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Dolores Obregon

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Josh Copeland waits for his turn during a game of Uno on May 9 at the Stop Day Carnival in the MU Activity and Recreation Center.

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Samuel Martin, one of the junior guidance counselors at Rock Bridge High School, monitors the halls after school on May 12.

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Samuel Martin monitors the halls after school on May 12.

Dropout rates in Columbia, Sedalia [Graphic]

MU baseball team missses chance at Big 12 title game [Photo]

Spencer Selby, center, and the rest of the Sooners celebrate their victory as Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman, right, holds the ball after Selby scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Missouri softball team measures up [Photo]

Amanda Renth broke MU’s single season home run record this year with 20, more than any Alabama player. But the Crimson Tide have 74 home runs to the Tigers’ 65.

World Vegetarian Week protest [Photo]

PETA protesters wrap themselves in cellophane to mimic meat packages.

Gala premiere a hit with young and old [Video]

On Wednesday, the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts opened its doors for the Grand Premiere Gala celebrating its renovation. One patron, Charlie Digges attended both the first grand opening in 1928 and the grand reopening.

The tour of roses [Video]

Gardeners and plant enthusiasts alike went to the MU Bradford Research and Extension Center in Columbia on Thursday to tour the center's rose gardens.

MU baseballl team wins opener at Big 12 tournament [Photo]

Missouri shortstop Andrew Thigpen throws to first base after forcing out Texas baserunner Cameron Rupp at second base.

Askren set for Olympic wrestling trials [Photo]

Former Missouri wrestler Ben Askren, top, is competing at the Olympic Trials on June 13-15 in Las Vegas.

Columbians seek slice of rural life [Photo]

Mary Ann Groves, top right, a real estate agent at RE/MAX Boone Realty, leads fellow members of the Columbia Board of Realtors on a tour of rural homes. The growth of Columbia has been a catalyst for the demand of rural properties, such as this home at 1802 Moss Creek in the Vineyards.

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Members of the Columbia Board of Realtors take a tour of a rural home at 10851 E. Hwy WW.

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Frank Lusk waits in his bus near a barn at 1468 Road 256 in rural Boone County after transporting members of the Columbia Board of Realtors to tour the property.

A tour of the roses [Photo]

Mary Kroening, coordinator of the Missouri Master Gardener program and MU Extension horticulturist, leads a tour of the rose gardens at Bradford Research and Extension Center on Thursday. The workshop and garden tour featured a walking tour of the gardens as well as presentations on rose history and insect control. To see a video show of the tour, please go to