Community action meeting addresses education, crime [Photo]

Lorenzo Lawson, right, from Youth Empowerment Zone, talks about his involvement in the community during the community action meeting on Tuesday with Dr. Phyllis Chase of Columbia Public Schools.

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Members of the community get responses to their questions regarding lowering the crime rate in Columbia from a panel during a community action meeting on Tuesday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Biogas Energy Plant [Slideshow]

The new Biogas Energy Plant opened at the landfill on Tuesday. The new plant will supply as much as 1.5 percent of the city's energy next year.

New Media Expo [Video]

Students in the New Media Network, who are from the First Ward, exhibited their photography and audio works at the Ragtag Cinemacafé on Tuesday night.

MU men’s basketball team glad to be playing more [Photo]

Missouri’s Leo Lyons said the break from class should help the Tigers focus on basketball, rest and take care of injuries.

MU redshirt linebacker moves to defensive end [Photo]

Missouri’s Michael Keck was redshirted this season to repair a strained shoulder. When he returns next season he’ll be playing at the position he played in high school, defensive end.

Local View: Meet Smoky McLung [Photo]

Boone County struggles to meet mental health care needs for inmates [Photo]

Pascha Boyd makes calls from her office at the Boone County Jail where she is the psychiatric nurse. Boyd has been providing mental healthcare to the inmates since September 2001.

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Pascha Boyd gets clearance to exit the hallways at the Boone County jail. "This to me is my favorite patient population to work with. I fell able to meet people with a level of compassion," Boyd said of the inmates.

Party for a princess [Slideshow]

Click here for an inside look at a party fit for a princess.

A party for a princess for a day [Photo]

Ashton Hall sings a karaoke cover of a Hannah Montana song at her seventh birthday party at Goldilocks Salon. Her friends, including Kaila Perry, 6, right, joined her on stage for singing and dancing.

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Goldilocks Salon owner Crystal Taylor applies gold sparkle eye shadow to Ashton Hall’s eyes at her Rock Star Diva-themed seventh birthday party on Nov. 25.

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From left to right: Lauren Hall, 5, Noelle Hall, 4, Ashton Hall, 7, Kaila Perry, 6, and Cora Mitchell, 6, pose for their portrait on the karaoke stage at Goldilocks Salon, where the girls celebrated Ashton's seventh birthday with a Rock Star Diva theme party.

Winemakers hope to turn hobby into full-time job [Photo]

Janie and Roger Harmon made their first wine from pears in their basement; today they bottle and label their wine made from a variety of fruits. They are currently working on acquiring a manufacturing license in order to go into the wine business.

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Roger Harmon pours a glass of his homemade wine.

Columbia police take children Christmas shopping [Photo]

Demonte Gaines, a fourth-grader at Field Elementary, shops in Target's game aisle with Columbia police Officer Melvin Buckner on Saturday.

Last dance at Club Tropicana [Photo]

Bin Wu salsa dances with Susan Cass on the dance floor at Club Tropicana on Friday. Both are ballroom dancers who wanted to experience Club Tropicana before it closes on Saturday.

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Steve Anzo, above, disc jockeys at at Club Tropicana. Anzo has been working at the club for a year and a half. “I’m sad to see it go, but I’m hopeful that we’ll find a new spot, because it’s an incredible atmosphere,” he said.

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Bogdan Barz, left, spins Renee Holzhauser at Club Tropicana.

MU holds December graduations [Photo]

Curtis Kukal, right, was joined by fiance Brittany Robinson, center, and Laurie Robinson after the Honors Graduation ceremony Saturday. He obtained a B.A. in Fisheries and Wildlife.