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Justin Schmidt, left, watches Mikayla Hall, 7, as she fills a space with yellow crayon Tuesday. Justin is a Hickman High School senior who volunteers to help kids with afterschool activities at J.W. “Blind” Boone Community Center.

National Day of Prayer [Video]

Marcus Bowen, 21, shares his opinion of National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

Rock Bridge students talk with Noam Chomsky [Photo]

Rock Bridge High School students spoke by phone to Noam Chomsky, an author and professor of linguistics at MIT. Chomsky spoke in Columbia in February 2006.

Rock Bridge tennis sweeps Hickman [Photo]

Rock Bridge Bruins sophomore Blake Buchert has worked on staying relaxed on the court this season. He beat Hickman's Ben Levin at No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday.

Missouri women's tennis looks to next season [Photo]

Freshman Maureen Modesto is one of six Tigers who will return next year. She was 23-14 this season in singles.

Farmers face wet ground but plant anyway [Photo]

Marvin Sapp poses for a portrait while his brother, Robert, sows this year's corn crop in the background April 29. Due to the recent heavy rains, the brothers are about two weeks behind schedule in their planting.

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Robert Sapp adds graphite powder to his treated corn before heading out on his tractor to sow the fields April 29. Sapp explained that the graphite helps to distribute the corn more evenly once the equipment is turned on.

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Marvin Sapp watches as his brother, Robert, brings in the tractor to be refilled with more corn kernels before heading back out to sow the rest of their field April 29.

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A tractor tills the soil to prepare it for planting. Farming brothers Marvin and Robert Sapp have been working extra hard to finish sowing their corn before more rain arrives later this week.

YouZeum health science center to open Thursday [Photo]

The statue in the entry of Youzeum is designed to show through interactivity and bright colors how digestion works in the human body. Youzeum is designed in a similar fashion to engage visitors with interesting information, bright colors, sound and interactivity.

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The Bone Chest at Youzeum shows visitors how their bones and muscles work, what they look like and how to take care of them. This skull and sculpture of a man lifting with his legs instead of his back are two of the pieces on display.

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The Routine Maintenance section of Youzeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The locker room, set up with videos, makes this room interactive for children to learn about their bodies.

MU student seeks a perfect pitch on the turf of Taylor Stadium [Photo]

William Pipp pours conditioner on the pitcher's mound at Taylor Stadium on April 6. The groundskeepers repair the mound both before and after the game.

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William Pipp, a senior Plant Sciences student at MU, begins his routine at Taylor Stadium by raking the pitcher's mound on April 6. The grounds crew usually arrive four to five hours before the game starts.

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William Pipp sprays the home plate onto the artificial turf used for pre-game batting practice at Taylor Stadium on April 6.

Virtual tour of YouZeum [Slideshow]

Take a virtual tour of Youzeum, which opens its doors to visitors Thursday at 10 a.m. Youzeum has activites planned for all ages throughout the weekend.

Coordinator gives tour of YouZeum [Video]

Coordinator Tia Felts gives a tour of three of the exhibits at Youzeum, an interactive health museum. The museum opens May 1, and more than 1,000 children are scheduled to visit in the first week.

Keeping it green [Video]

The turf management crew at MU's Taylor Stadium takes care of various tasks on the baseball field. William Pipp, a senior majoring in plant sciences , explains what he does and why he likes the job.

Hickman athlete goes full speed on and off track [Photo]

Hickman's Bianca Aaron was awarded the prestigious Bill Gates Scholarship.

Plants unscathed by cold, gardeners say [Photo]

Frost accumulates on dead leaves at Stephens Lake Park early Tuesday morning. Temperatures in Columbia reached the low 30s overnight.
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