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Taylor Norris is strapped in for a ride on her father's Harley Davidson at Steve McQueen Day on Saturday in Slater.

Special friendship inspiration for MU ski club [Photo]

MU senior Mike Neustedter, right, returns to California during breaks to snowboard with childhood friend Paige Volden, left, who has lost her eyesight.

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Quin Lewis, a member of the Red Line Saxophone Quartet, holds his baritone saxophone during the group's practice Friday.

Chamber of competition: Annual Plowman competition comes to First Baptist [Photo]

Doug O’Connor plays the soprano sax Friday during a rehearsal with his quartet for the Plowman Chamber Music Contest. The quartet members drove 900 miles from Rochester, N.Y., to compete.

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From left, Brandon Kies, Doug O’Connor, Qun Gai and Quin Lewis, the Red Line Saxophone Quartet, warm up Friday. The four are students from the Eastman School of Music.

Lights out: Columbia observes Earth Hour [Photo]

Just before 8 p.m. Saturday night, patrons at Addison’s enjoy their dinner and drinks with full lighting.

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Just after 8 p.m., Addison’s dimmed its lights in observance of Earth Hour, a global event to raise awareness of energy conservation, and patrons enjoyed their dinners by candlelight.

Lessons of losing at Missouri Relays [Photo]

A.J. Miller of Rock Bridge pole vaults into the bar in the ninth annual Missouri Relays at Walton Stadium.

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Emma Booth of HeliasHigh School performs a long-jump in the ninth annual Missouri Relays.

Bunraku Bay's traditional Japanese puppetry [Video]

Martin Holman, director of Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe and coordinator of MU's Japanese Studies, discusses the complexity of Japanese puppets.

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Kotobuki Shiki Sanbaso is a celebratory dance piece that opens every Bunraku Bay performance.

Spill it: Terry Nickerson, taxi driver [Photo]

Terry Nickerson, taxi driver for A-1 Taxi.

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Terry Nickerson, taxi driver for A-1 Taxi.

Imam merges American roots and Islamic faith [Photo]

Ronald Smith Jr. has been the imam at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri for a few weeks now. He hasn't found an apartment yet, but he will pick up his wife and child from New Jersey soon.

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Ronald Smith Jr., the new imam for the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, speaks during services on March 14.

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A 2005 performance of the Sambaso in Massachusetts.

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In "The Scene of the Pilgrim's Song," puppet character Oyumi meets her daughter, Otsuru, whom she had been forced to abandon as an infant 10 years earlier in Tokushima.

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Kotobuki Shiki Sanbaso is a celebratory dance piece that opens every Bunraku Bay performance.

You know you're from Columbia if... [Photo]

John Marshall prepares burgers at Booches, a restaurant and pool hall on 9th Street in Columbia on Christmas Eve, 2007. By tradition, many Columbian families get together at Booches on Christmas Eve to eat the restaurant's famous burgers served on wax paper. More than 1,200 burgers are prepared on busy days like this, Marshall said.

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From left to right, Caelum Johnson, 18, Jennifer Heman, 16, Lauren Orschelm, 16, Laura Oberbeck, 16, Maggie Kauffman, 17, Sainy Hussam, 17, and Daniel Burke-Agüero, 17 walk on the MKT Trail to raise money for AIDS, in December, 2007. The Rock Bridge students walked 21 miles and asked for donations of $21.
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