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Howard Marshall, left, and Kathy Gordon, center, watch Ron Ray start off a song during a midday performance at the Cherry Street Artisan, while Tim Walker, a Missouri graduate student, studies. Marshall grew up around fiddle music and enjoys the social element of playing. "Some music is hard to approach; it keeps its arms crossed," Howard said. "Old-time fiddle music has its arms wide open, saying 'Come on and play.'" The group, called Doc Howard's Fiddle Band, plays frequently at the Artisan, along with other engagements in mid-Missouri, including the upcoming Art in the Park.

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park opens new trail [Graphic]

Service dogs branch out [Photo]

Debbie McMurray of Hazelwood shares time with her service dog, Priss. McMurray is among a growing number of people with psychological disorders who have found solace and assistance through specially trained service dogs.

First National Bank robbery [Graphic]

Opening day for pools [Video]

On Memorial Day, hundreds of Columbia residents gathered under ominous skies at Oakland Family Aquatic Center to get wet and have some summer fun. The city kicked off the summer pool season by opening the park over the weekend.

Patriotism to Remember [Video]

Children and adults attended the Memorial Day Parade on Broadway in downtown Columbia on May 26, 2008. After the parade, veterans and residents gathered at the Boone County Courthouse to honor those who died while serving their country.

"At the Death House Door" preview [Video]

"At the Death House Door" is a documentary that focuses on a pastor who used to counsel death row inmates. It will show at 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas More Newman Center. This is an edited portion of the preview.

Military officers must uphold higher standards [Photo]

Bill Wickersham of Columbia is an adjunct professor in peace studies at MU and a member of Veterans for Peace and a member of the national steering committee of Global Action to Prevent War.

Mother credits faith in God for son’s recovery [Photo]

Connie McClellan, poses with a photograph of her son Tuesday. McClellan is the author of "My Miracle Marine: The Story of Three-Time Purple Heart Recipient Lcpl. John McClellan." McClellan's book is a compilation of e-mails sent between her and her son from June 2005, when he was shot for the first time, to May 2007. Connie McClellan said, "The book focuses on what God was doing for him and what God was doing for us."

Barking dogs breed tension among neighbors [Photo]

Kimberly Yagel-Burks and her boyfriend, Ben Garzan, play with the family dogs, Cocoa and Jack. Both are one-and-a-half-year-old Australian Shepherd littermates. Yagel-Burks, who lives on the 900 block of Maupin Street, has received six citations from Columbia Animal Control about the dogs’ barking.

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Ken McRae gestures out his front window toward the home of Kimberly Yagel-Burks, who lives on the 900 block of Maupin Street. McRae has called Columbia Animal Control three times this year to complain about the barking of Yagel-Burks’ dogs.

Barking-dog complaint concentrations in Columbia [Graphic]

Barking-dog complaints in Columbia [Graphic]

Documentary explains why former “death house chaplain” no longer supports the death penalty [Photo]

The Rev. Carroll Pickett spent 15 years as the "death house chaplain" in Huntsville, Texas.

Memorial Day celebration [Slideshow]

Columbians gathered downtown to celebrate Memorial Day with a parade and ceremony at the Boone County Courthouse.

Salute to Veterans Parade, courthouse ceremony close Memorial Day festivities [Photo]

Hezel Sheard salutes after placing a wreath during the 83rd Memorial Day Courthouse Ceremony on Monday in front of the Boone County Courthouse.

Multitasker extraordinaire: Nancy Harter makes bettering the community her business [Photo]

Nancy Harter, left, chats with Boonville resident Coletta Eichenberger during an April event for Progressive Women, a group she started after moving to Columbia from Washington, D.C. Since moving to Columbia, Harter has become active on the local political scene and has created a network for women who wish to be civically and professionally active.

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Nancy Harter, center, reviews a meeting agenda with Hank Ottinger, left, and Peter Vollentyne during a steering meeting for a new neighborhood association, the Historic Old Southwest Neighborhood Association, at her home in Columbia’s Old Southwest area on April 10.

U.S. uses bullets ill-suited for new ways of war [Photo]

From left, 9 mm, .45 ACP, M-855 “Green Tip” and M-80 bullets are seen next to a standard AAA battery. U.S. troops say the M-855 is too small to be effective in today’s close-range warfare.

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Erin Roesler, an MU freshman, walks through the Thomas Hart Benton 1930s exhibit on May 10. The exhibit is on display at the State Historical Society of Missouri on the MU campus and contains mostly lithographs from the 1930s. The display will run through August 9.