Public unhappy with school board decision [Graphic]

Crowded hallways [Photo]

The halls at Hickman High School are uncharacteristically packed, with nearly 1,000 students in grades 9-12 opting to take classes in the summer. Most students and faculty attribute the increase to Newton Learning, a program contracted by the district to run summer schools.

Curry guilty of excessive blood alcohol content [Photo]

SHARON CURRY is the executive director of the Missouri Fire Protection District Association.

Spinning their wheels [Photo]

Cyclists stop at Hindman Junction near McBaine on the last leg of the route to the camping grounds at Reactor Field during the Wild on the Katy Trail Ride on Tuesday. Anne Wilson, right, of Camdenton, shows off what she believes to be the only pink bike on the ride.

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Ray Van Ostran begins the 8.8-mile ride from Hindman Junction near McBaine to Columbia. The riders began day two of the “Wild on the Katy” trail ride early Tuesday in Sedalia and ended at a campsite at Reactor Field in Columbia.

Thompson steps in for victory [Photo]

Cardinals’ Brad Thompson gave up seven hits and only one run and struck out three in his victory over Kansas City.

Housing Commission [Photo]

MU professor advocates sustainability [Photo]

John Ikerd, MU professor emeritus of agricultural economics and author of “A Return to Common Sense,” sits at his home just outside Columbia with his dog, Wilson. In the past nine years, Ikerd has advocated against the industrial model of capitalism and for sustainability. “It’s just ingrained in this culture, to look out for your own self and to make things work like a machine,” Ikerd said.

Season for shearing [Photo]

Carol Reidinger trims the tip of a pine almost ready for harvesting while her husband, Russ, works on some younger trees. The trees are shaped each year to encourage their growth. The Reidingers used to clip them with hand tools.

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Russ and Carol Reidinger, owners of Country Traditions, near Columbia, look down a row of Scotch pines that recently got their summer shaping. They’ll be ready to cut this Christmas.

Taking the summer stage [Photo]

James Miller, director of MU’s Summer Repertory Theatre musical “Dames at Sea,” works through production numbers in Rhynsburger Theatre. From left on-stage are Lauren Tillman, Matt Davis, Ross Taylor, Becca Schwartz, Matt Saltzberg, Jenna Klenke and Christina Crowe.

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Klenke rehearses for her role as Joan this summer in “Dames at Sea.”

Scherzer goes to Double-A [Photo]

Former Missouri pitcher Max Scherzer was 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 17 innings for Visalia, the Single-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Physical education is a particularly popular course among high school students who want to stay in shape over the summer.

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Growing with music [Slideshow]

Brenda Haynes began offering Kindermusik classes several years ago when she learned none existed in Columbia. Kindermusik began in West Germany in the 1980s and is based on the theory that children gain more self-control when exposed to music at early ages.

Finding a New Home [Photo]

From left, Kathryn Ketenbach, Hannah Hsu and Jen Hamel, three volunteers from MU’s Raptor Rehabilitation Project carry a release box containing L’aiglon, a male bald eagle. The eagle was brought to MU in November suffering from a broken left wing. The volunteers nursed the eagle back to health over the last eight months.
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L’aiglon -- “eaglet” -- bolts from his release box moments after the door is opened on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River near Easley on Sunday. The location was chosen because of the abundance of fish, which make up about 60 percent of an eagle’s diet.

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Residents of Prairie Hills subdivision off Creasy Springs Road, just north of Columbia city limits, are petitioning to be annexed by the city.


Growing with music [Photo]

Cory Haynes, foreground, holds the hand of his mother, Brenda Haynes, during a singing and dancing exercise with Valerie Bryant, back left, Annie Robinson, back center, and Nancy Robinson, back right, at “Kindermusik with Brenda” in Columbia.