Leader on the mats [Video]

Senior gymnast Lisa Puccio talks about overcoming last year’s ACL injury to provide leadership for her teammates this season. To read the story, click here.

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Coach Jon Strodtman

Hickman soccer coach Strodtman dies [Photo]

Jon Strodtman

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Uno, a 15-inch beagle, poses with his trophy after winning Best in Show at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday.

Social networking site transforms the dating scene [Photo]

Lindsay Schallon and Charlie Potts spend some time together in Memorial Union at MU on Tuesday. Potts has more been "married" more than 20 times using the "relationship" feature on Schallon is his current "wife," which is really just a friendship.

What's the dirt on the pile of dirt? [Photo]

A mountain of dirt towers above Green Meadows Road near its intersection
with Bethel Road. Residents say they've grown tired of the
mound, but developer Don Stohldrier, who owns the property and the soil,
says he has no plans to move it. City officials say their hands are tied.

Old Southwest residents looking to form neighborhood association [Graphic]

High school swimmers taper off before state meet [Photo]

Hickman's Jordan Powell waits at the wall during practice before the last chance meet on Feb. 9. Powell qualified for the state championships in the 500 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley at the last chance.

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MU students Lindsay Schallon and Charlie Potts read a text message Tuesday in Memorial Union. Potts has more been "married" more than 20 times by changing his relationship status on Schallon is his current "wife," but the two say their relationship is just platonic.

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Hickman's Liz Grant, left, Erin Heath, Rock Bridge's Hannah Strawn and Hickman's Jordan Powell take a break in the pool during a recent practice. Coach John Hamilton has been preparing the teams for the state championship by using a process called tapering.

Cougars shave heads to celebrate 20th win [Photo]

Joe Flanner was one of four Columbia College players who shaved his head into a mohawk this week after winning thier 20th game of the season.

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Brett Hoskins, right, guards Trae Hall, left, at the Cougar's practice on Wednesday Hoskins was one of four players who shaved his hair into a mohawk.

Puccio leads by example off the floor for Tiger gymnastics [Photo]

MU gymnast Lisa Puccio lays on the balance beam watching her teammates practice thier beam routines on Tuesday. Puccio, a senior, only performs on the uneven bars due to a torn ACL that required surgery last season.

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Lisa Puccio practices her uneven bars routine at the MU gymnastics team practice on Tuesday. Puccio has adopted the position of unofficial hairstylist for some of her teammates.

A one-stop date shop: flowers and advice [Photo]

Allen's Flower Shop employee Jessica Black, prepares deliveries on Wednesday. The downtown shop will fill about 700 orders for Valentine's Day. Managers hired 2 extra workers and 4 extra delivery people for the rush.

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Allen's Flowers employees, from left, Natalie Richardson, Amy Fergson, Tina Bradley and owner Sandra Fergson prepare flower arrangements in preparation for Valentine's Day Tuesday afternoon.

Team play is key as Tigers top Cornhuskers [Photo]

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll takes a shot in front of Nebraska's Sek Henry in the second half on Wednesday night in Lincoln, Neb. Missouri beat Nebraska 86-78 in overtime.

Beagle part-owned by Columbia man excels in Westminster Kennel Club dog show [Photo]

Uno, a 15-inch beagle and winner of the hound group, poses with his blue ribbon on Monday at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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Uno, a 15-inch beagle, is carried by his handler Aaron Wilkerson during the hound group competition at the 132nd Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Company sees bright future in its acetylene investment [Photo]

Joe Wulff, director of research and development for AFuels, LLC, and his brother Phil Wulff, who works as a clean fuel programmer, check a gauge on a generator powered by acetylene at a garage in northern Columbia on Friday. The Wulff brothers have been researching the use of acetylene, which is created by combining water and calcium carbide, as a cleaner and more efficient source of fuel.