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Jason Thornhill plants flowers with his family [Photo]

From left, Leslie, Kenley, Cooper and Jason Thornhill plant flowers in their front yard on March 22. Jason Thornhill is running for the Second Ward seat on the City Council on a platform of crime reduction, job creation and improvement of the city's infrastructure.

Allan Sharrock grills a tri-tip steak in his backyard [Photo]

Allan Sharrock, a candidate for the Second Ward seat on the Columbia City Council, grills a Brazilian-style tri-tip steak in his backyard on Monday. Sharrock is a sixth grade teacher at Lange Middle School and hopes to bring a "fresh perspective to the council," he said. "As a teacher, public service is kind of in my blood."

Producing raw milk [Photo]

Eric Vimont hooks up a milking machine.

Milk in the raw [Photo]

Eric Vimont, the owner of Pasture Nectar Farms in Mount Vernon, bottles the milk once all the cows are milked. Kathy Vimont, his wife, will then cool it. A quick cooling is one of the three things Eric Vimont said is necessary for quality raw milk. The other two factors are cleanliness while milking and the type of wheat the cows eat.

Milking a cow [Photo]

Eric Vimont and his son, Jake Vimont, pet a calf as his mother is milked.

Hail to the police chief [Photo]

Captain Zim Schwartze, left, and outgoing Interim Police Chief Tom Dresner attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new police chief, Kenneth Burton, on Monday.

Kenneth Burton's oath of office [Photo]

Columbia City Clerk Sheela Amin, right, administers the oath of office to the new Columbia Police Department police chief, Kenneth Burton, at the City Council Chamber on Monday. Burton said he will work to make the Police Department more citizen-focused and friendly.

Unaccustomed Earth [Photo]

The Air We Breathe [Photo]

the beat 3/30 [Audio]

Surveying a dream [Photo]

Observing the fruits of her labors, Robin Potter happily surveys a full restaurant Sunday afternoon while her partner Linda's daughter, Michelle Cunningham, takes food to a table.

Taking time for customers [Photo]

Robin's Nest Cafe owner Robin Potter gives Dean Gash, one of her loyal customers, a heartfelt greeting Sunday in Centralia while her partner and longtime friend Linda Cunningham runs drinks to another table during a busy lunch rush. Potter and Cunningham realized a longtime dream when they opened their popular cafe Feb. 19 in downtown Centralia.

Food with friendship [Photo]

Robin Potter, left, and Linda Cunningham have been friends for several years and recently fulfilled their shared dream by opening Robin's Nest Cafe on Allen St. in downtown Centralia. "We work so great together. I don't even have to say anything and she knows (what to do)," said Potter. "It's been a blessing."

Map of site of fatality [Graphic]

29JOHNSON [Photo]

Jimmie Johnson approaches the finish line to win the NASCAR Goody's 500 auot race Sunday at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.

29MIZZOUBALL [Photo]

Missouri's Zaire Taylor, left, and J.T. Tiller embrace as time runs out on their game against Connecticut. Taylor and Tiller will be two of the key players if Missouri hopes to repeat its success next season.

Taylor signs autographs [Photo]

MU's Zaire Taylor talks to fans and signs autographs at the Mizzou Arena on Sunday after the team arrived back in Columbia.

Future Tiger basketball stars [Photo]

Ross Steelman, left, and Mathew Rothermich play basketball outside the Mizzou Arena. Their parents, like many Mizzou fans, were present to welcome back the basketball team after its successful stint at the NCAA tournament.

Anderson speaks [Photo]

MU men's basketball team head coach Mike Anderson speaks with the media at the Mizzou Arena on Sunday. A reception was held at the Arena to welcome the team home.

Waiting for the Tigers [Photo]

Mizzou basketball fans wait outside Mizzou Arena on Sunday to greet the team as they arrived back from Glendale, Ariz., and its trip to the NCAA tournament.
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