Columbia student to compete in final round of National Geographic Bee [Photo]

Isaac Pasley became a top 10 finalist in the 2008 National Geographic Bee after beating out 45 other state-level winners in Washington, D.C.

Telling Missouri’s tale one tile at a time [Photo]

From right, Nine-year-old Helen Fletcher paints a ceramic tile during her 4th grade class at Grant Elementary while Columbia artist Heinrich Leonhard helps William Campbell, 10, with his tile.

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Fourth-grader Tara Harrington paints a ceramic tile as part of her class project Tuesday morning at Grant Elementary.

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Chottie Hamilton, 10, works on her ceramic tile, a depiction of the state of Missouri.

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William Cambpell, 10, bottom, and Columbia artist Heinrich Leonhard, left, work on ceramic tiles as part of a class project Tuesday morning at Grant Elementary.

Missouri Theatre gets final touches for grand opening [Photo]

Plastic sheets cover the seats of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts as workers put the finishing touches on the building in preparation for the theater's gala. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday morning before the inagural performance by Tony Bennett at 7 p.m.

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A worker checks on a lighting setup inside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Closed for restoration since last June, the theater will celebrate Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the morning.

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Larry Shaw, left, and his son Rocky Shaw, of Rainbow Painting, dissemble scafolding in the lobby of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

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Workers put the finishing touches on the new electronic marquee outside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Season ends for Hickman baseball [Photo]

Hickman's Colin Kemble, right, lunges after the ball after Taylor Steuber failed to grab it during Hickman's season-ending 9-3 loss to Wentzville-Holt.

C.K. Odor, head of Columbia Housing Authority in '60s, dies [Photo]

Bowfishing buddies land lunkers [Photo]

Robin Parks checks out a longnose gar he caught bowfishing Wednesday on the Meramec River near Fenton. Parks has landed gar as long as 5 feet.

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Keith Riehn shoots an arrow at a fish.

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Keith Riehn clubs a longnose gar before hauling it onto the boat. The fish have sharp teeth, and scales and cuts are common.

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Robin Parks, left, and Keith Riehn look for a good place to bowfish. The ability to see fish in muddy water is crucial.

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Two longnose gar take a spot on the deck of Robin Park’s boat after being reeled in at the end of an arrow.

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Keith Riehn, front, and Robin Parks navigate the shores of the Meramec River near Fenton looking for fish.

MU baseball team doesn't give Nebraska a break [Photo]

Trevor Coleman slides to score the Tigers’ first run Sunday against Nebraska.

MU's Dean of College of Education resigns [Photo]

Carolyn Herrington

Theaters across the nation get a little lift [Photo]

Before the restoration: Paintings on the original soundboard were severely damaged.