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Columbia police Officer Tim Giger testifies during third day of Rios trial [Photo]

Columbia police Officer Tim Giger indicates the amount of time it took him to drive from the Columbia Police Department to Jesse Valencia's apartment. Defense attorney Gillis Leonard objected to the time chart, saying Giger had no way of knowing what route, if any, Rios took to Valencia's apartment.

The Sooners' Allen Patrick leaves MU's Alonzo Dotson behind [Photo]

Sooners running back Allen Patrick leaves defensive lineman Charles Gaines in the dust during the third quarter of the Big 12 championship game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 1, 2007.

Karen Momper wraps a EuroGlory poinsettia [Photo]

Karen Momper wraps a EuroGlory poinsettia in gold paper for a customer in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Center on Dec. 4, 2008. Momper is a member of the Mizzou Horticulture Club, which grows and sells poinsettias every year.

MU club has grown about 10 poinsettia varieties [Photo]

The Mizzou Horticulture Club has been growing about 160 poinsettias of about 10 varieties this semester.

MU linebacker Sean Weatherspoon haircut [Photo]

Sean Weatherspoon gets his hair cut by teammate Steve Redmond. "He always does something real good for me,” Weatherspoon says of Redmond.

Richland Road [Graphic]

Southeast Columbia park options [Graphic]

Healthy Breakfast for Healthy Kids [Photo]

From left, Lupita Magdaleno, Faith Elsbury and Rosemary Munger enjoy muffins, apples and blueberry smoothies for breakfast at the YouZeum as part of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative to combat childhood obesity. The PedNet Coalition, which hosted the event, was recently given a $400,000 grant to promote physical activity and healthy eating in the city.

Police issue final report about Hickman fight [Document]

Columbia police have issued a final report about the fight at Hickman High School on Oct. 15. Click on the icon below to download a PDF of the report.

MU women's basketball player Christine Flores against Toledo [Photo]

Christine Flores, right, reaches in for the steal against Toledo's Jessica Williams on Dec. 3 at Mizzou Arena. Tigers coach Cindy Stein complimented her defense, which forced 25 turnovers and recorded 17 steals and seven blocks.

Missouri forward Shakara Jones against Toledo [Photo]

Missouri forward Shakara Jones goes up for a shot over Melissa Goodall of Toledo on Dec. 3 at Mizzou Arena.

Texas football fan cheers for Longhorns [Photo]

Texas freshman Tim Liu cheers on the Longhorns against Texas A&M while wearing a sign showing the score of Texas' win over Oklahoma.

Beyond the partition [Photo]

Construction worker Neil James move a waste bin inside of the particle board partition that separates the construction area from the lobby of Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday. Construction has caused some courthouse employees to move to temporary workspace while renovations are being completed.

Boxed in [Photo]

Unit manager Lana Brooks works in her office in Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday surrounded by boxes that are ready to be moved to her temporary workspace; her permanent workspace is being completed. "It has been inconvenient, but it's nothing we can't overcome," Brooks said.

Kansas receiver Kerry Meier scores on Missouri [Photo]

Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier pulls in a 26-yard touchdown reception over Missouri safety Justin Garrett on Saturday in the fourth quarter of the Tigers' loss to the Jayhawks at Arrowhead Stadium.

Self-employed farmers struggle for insurance coverage [Photo]

Richard Williams, a Tipton farmer, feeds his cattle. Because Williams is a self-employed farmer, he and his family struggle to receive health-insurance coverage.

Hours spent online [Photo]

Student John Rowe practices his electronic music DJ skills as he spends hours in his room broadcasting music online for his friends in La Canada Flintridge, Calif. Rowe, a 19-year-old student, spends six to 12 hours online each day. Researchers are raising the idea that young people who've spent too much time using the Internet and playing video games have wired their brains for technology rather than social skills.

Wired for technology [Photo]

University of California-Los Angeles Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Gary Small holds a human brain model at his office at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in Westwood, Calif. He suggests young people who have spent too much time using the Internet and playing video games have wired their brains for technology rather than social skills.

Columbia/Boone County Health Department information on whooping cough [Document]

This information from the Columbia/Boone County Health Department explains symptoms of pertussis, commonly called whooping cough.

Katy Steinmetz school photo [Photo]

Katy Steinmetz, shown here when she was in elementary school, battled obesity when she was a child.
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