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Friends and family carried red, white and blue balloons in the stands of the Hearnes Center while National Guard troops were honored before their deployment to Kosovo.

MU wrestlers salvage solid finish to season [Photo]

Missouri’s Nick Marable beat Cornell’s Mack Lewnes during for third-place at 165 pounds Saturday at the NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis.

No problems for MU baseball team at closing time [Photo]

MU’s Ian Berger threw seven innings of one-hit baseball Saturday against Baylor. Freshman Nick Tepesch didn’t waste the effort.

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Jerry Thompson, a member of the Columbia Palette art group, prepares watercolor paints before sketching a cafe scene in Barnes & Noble on March 5. Thompson meets with fellow members of Columbia Palette each week to sketch scenes from daily life in Columbia.

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Jerry Thompson observes the Barnes & Noble cafe while preparing a sketch for a watercolor painting March 5. Thompson shifted his focus to sketching and painting after practicing architecture for more than 42 years.

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Jerry Thompson, a former architect and member of the Columbia Palette art group, adds watercolor paint to a sketch of a cafe scene in Barnes & Noble on March 5. Thompson's watercolor paintings lend an abstract quality to scenes from daily life in Columbia.

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Jerry Thompson sketches a scene at Barnes & Noble on March 5.

Wedding trends of 2008 [Photo]

Janette Pohlman creates cakes in many different current styles, including ones that resemble the bride's wedding dress. "The girls want the cake to look like their gown," Pohlman said. This cake, "satin allure," is made with a fondant to make it smooth and is garnished with edible pearlized and glitter icing, as well as edible flowers.

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Puppet character Oyumi meets her daughter Otsuru, whom she had been forced to abandon as an infant ten years earlier in Tokushima, in the "The Scene of the Pilgrim's Song."

Bunraku - Telling stories through puppeteering [Photo]

A 2005 production of the Kotobuki Shiki Sanbaso with University of Massachusetts student Sam Wood. The ritual dance is performed before every show to purify the theater.

MU medical school announces $6 million donation [Photo]

Margaret Proctor Mulligan donated $6 million to the MU School of Medicine, which will endow more faculty positions than any other gift in the university's history.

MU student works to stop human trafficking [Photo]

Jennifer Kimball is the co-founder of Stop Traffic, an organization hosting the 2008 Anti-Human Trafficking Conference at MU's Memorial Union and Stewart Hall on Friday and Saturday. The conference features 13 different speakers, including some survivors of human trafficking.

Spill it: Debi Hake, wedding planner [Photo]

Debi Hake plans weddings from her basement office in her home in Columbia. She said she is as involved in the wedding as brides need her to be, in some cases just helping the ceremony run smoothly, helping pick out the cake and even creating the invitations herself.

Retired architect is painter at heart [Photo]

Watercolor art of Jerry Thompson

MU student arrested on suspicion of exposing himself via Webcam [Photo]


Hickman boys’ lacrosse team beats Rock Bridge in rivalry game [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Darrin Haas runs with the ball while Kewpis senior Michael Wissehr chases after him during the Hickman and Rock Bridge lacrosse game at Cosmo Park on Friday.

MU softball wins first conference game [Photo]

Andee Allen, left, and Shana White, bottom, lead off first and second base during the first Big 12 game of the season. The Tigers beat Oklahoma State, 9-1, in 5 innings. The game was called due to the 8 run lead.

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Freshman Kathryn Poet strolls across home plate as her teamates congratulate her after a grand slam in the first inning of the 9-1 win against Oklahoma State on Friday.

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Max Askren is declared the winner, 15-5, over Indiana's Joe Fagiano.

MU junior gymnast Perry leads Tigers on Senior Night [Photo]

Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry competes in the floor routine during the meet against Arizona State on Friday at the Hearnes Center.