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Jenean Thompson, a public defender, approaches the Boone County Courthouse for an afternoon of arraignment hearings. Public defenders, like other governmental employees, get time off on federal holidays but says that "even on those Mondays we have off, you'll see public defenders in the office and visiting their clients in jail."

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Jenean Thompson, a Columbia public defender, carries case documents on her way to court on Thursday. According to Thompson, an experienced public defender can handle up to 150 cases a year, though the public defenders in Columbia may face many more next year because of staff transfers and medical leave.

Suspect arrested on suspicion of drug-related shooting [Photo]

Kirk Jones

Experience helps senior leader of Bruins girls basketball team [Photo]

Claire Schaeperkoetter has been an All-District selection her first three seasons with the Bruins.

Fouls hampering leaders on MU men's basketball team [Photo]

Stefhon Hannah has fouled out once, and picked up four fouls in two other games this season.

Kewpies point guard keeps low profile [Photo]

Point guard Eric Franklin joined the Hickman varsity as a sophomore

Expressing emotions through dance [Photo]

Zach Young stretches while in a rehearsal with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Young also teaches hip-hop classes at Columbia Performing Arts Centre.

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Zach Young rehearses with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet on Oct. 19.

Fixed in time [Photo]

"Maudelle," circa 1937-38, was sculpted by African-American artist Beulah Ecton Woodard. The subject, Maudelle Bass Weston, served as a subject for many artists, but Woodard's piece is the only known sculpture.

MU student soldier dies helping motorist on U.S. 63 [Photo]

Neilson Rudd, a 22-year-old MU student and officer candidate for the Missouri National Guard, was killed while trying to help motorists along U.S. 63 near Jefferson City on Sunday.

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A scene from Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette," with Anna Netrebko as Juliette, which will run on Saturday at the Goodrich Forum 8.

The Metropolitan Opera: Coming to a theater near you [Photo]

The Metropolitan Opera's live high-definition broadcast of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at Walter Reade Theatre in New York City on Dec. 30. The program has expanded this year, and Columbians can see Live in HD events at the Goodrich Forum 8.

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As weather improves, so does business [Photo]

Dru Vaughn, owner of Hemingway's Ltd. wine and cigar store, begins to close the shop on Tuesday evening. Vaughn, like other retailers contacted by The Missourian, said that bad weather has slowed sales over the past few days, but he is confident that last-minute shoppers will make up for lost business. "People will get out eventually," he said.

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