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Remnents of a piano sit on the front porch of the Crestmead Mansion on Monday afternoon. "I played sometimes whenever people asked me to," said Ann Betteridge, who has lived in the house for 28 years with her husband, Bob. "But most of the people who liked the music I knew were people my age."

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Remnents of a piano sit on the front porch of the Crestmead house after a fire destroyed much of the house Monday afternoon. "I played sometimes whenever people asked me to," said Ann Betteridge, who has lived in the house for 28 years with her husband, Bob. "But most of the people who liked the music I knew were people my age."

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The piano at Crestmead Mansion prior to the fire.

Remains salvaged from pre-Civil War mansion [Photo]

The remains of the Crestmead Mansion still stand south of Pilot Grove after a fire destroyed much of the house Monday afternoon. The house was built in 1859 and was on the National Register of Historic Places. The fire burned for 13 hours from Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning, but neither of the house's residents was injured.

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Ann Betteridge in front of her home prior to the fire.

Columbia College men's basketball team pushes past Illinois-Springfield [Photo]

Columbia College's Joe Flanner, left, and Trae Hall, right, watch teammate Christian Lewis, center, grabs a rebound during Wednesday night's game against Illinois-Springfield.

To tell the truth, changing hitting style<br>harder than it sounds for MU softball player [Photo]

Freshman Shana White looks to run to third base during the MU women's softball game against Boston University on Saturday at Dan Devine Pavilion.

MU task force works on plan for free condom distribution [Photo]

The letter from MU Chancellor Brady Deaton approving the proposal from the Sexual Health and Safety Task Force in December.

'Key to the City' sculpture approved by public art committee [Photo]

A sketch of the approved 19-foot glass sculpture.

MU wins last home men's basketball game of regular season [Photo]

Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll fights for an offensive rebound against Iowa State's Bryan Peterson, left, and Craig Brackins, center, during the second half of the Tigers' 81-75 victory against the Cyclones on Wednesday nigh at Mizzou Arena. Carroll led all scorers with 26 points and had eight rebounds.

Sign language interpreting [Video]

Interpreting a city council meeting, with its jargon and multiple speakers, into sign language can be a challenge. Kathleen Alexander, owner of Columbia Interpreting Services, explains the nuances of American Sign Language that can make interpretation difficult.

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Let’s restructure and pay the City Council [Photo]

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Much of Missouri hit with winter weather [Photo]

"This is nothing for me," said RonRico Evans, 33, of St. Louis, while talking with his wife on the phone during a snow storm in St. Louis on Tuesday. Evans has lived in Buffalo, N.Y. The St. Louis region is expected to accumulate 4 to 6 inches of precipitation in the form of snow.

Women engineers reach out to young girls [Photo]

Madison Null, 9, of Columbia, and her mother, Kim, listen to a presentation designed to spur young girls' interests in engineering at the Columbia Public Schools Center for Gifted Education.

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Sidney McMillian, 10, of Jefferson City, holds a paper tower while Meredith Manda, 11, at left, and Victoria Chan, 10, both of Jefferson City, help out during an engineering activity at the Columbia Public Schools Center for Gifted Education. The girls were attending a presentation, given by two MIT students, designed to spur young girls' interests in engineering.

A language in motion [Photo]

Nancy Oster, a certified sign language interpreter, signs at the City Council meeting on Monday. Oster also works for Sorenson Communications as a telephone interpreter and for Columbia Interpreting Services.

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Nancy Oster signs at a City Council meeting. Missouri law requires that an interpreter be present at civic proceedings, including public meetings.

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"It's such a beautiful language to watch," Nancy Oster said of American Sign Language. Oster is a certified sign language interpreter.
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