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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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Missouri fans cheer as the men's basketball team scores at the Mizzou Arena in 2006. The Tigers won the game against Texas Tech 71-58.

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Revelers dance on Ninth Street during Twilight Festival in June 2007.

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Inside the Blue Note in downtown Columbia.

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Annarose Overshiner, 7, sits on her bike before the March to March parade during the True/False Film Festival in 2008.

Mo. company made ‘John Adams’ pewter [Photo]

Patricia and Tom Hooper of Louisiana, Mo., showcase a few of the pewter items they made for the Home Box Office mini-series "John Adams." Their firm, ASL Pewter, is listed in the credits of the production.

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.

Laura Nauser: bringing a business perspective [Photo]

Fifth Ward councilwoman Laura Nauser plays with her dogs Charlie, left, and Trilo at her home in southwest Columbia on Friday. Nauser is running unopposed for re-election.

Photos of the Week for March 20-27 [Photo]

Columbia residents marked the five-year anniversary of the Iraq War during a peace vigil on Monday at the Boone County Courthouse. Maha Mahir, 6, holds the hand of her father, Zaid, while she and her sister, 4-year-old Ghada, listen to the list of Iraqis who have been killed since the war began in 2003. The Mahir family is originally from Iraq, with Zaid coming about a year ahead of his wife and two daughters, all of whom arrived in 2006. Four thousand American troops have also been killed in the war as of Monday.

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MU's Jacob Priday is hit by a pitch to end the Tigers' game against Baylor on March 23. Baylor had loaded the bases after falling behind 11-2 in the seventh inning before striking Priday, which allowed Lee Fischer to walk home from third base for the final run.

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MU's Michaele Vock is tagged out at home by Oklahoma State's Samantha Heinlein on March 22. The Tigers ended up winning the game against the Cowgirls 3-0, improving their record to 30-7 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12.

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Iowa State's David Bertolino goes down during his seventh-place matchup with Missouri's Max Askren on March 22 at the 2008 NCAA wrestling championships in St. Louis.

Helping the earth, an hour at a time [Photo]

Monta Welch, president of the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, prepares to give a speech to the media and to other members of the community about Earth Hour. The Earth Hour was approved by Mayor Darwin Hindman to take place Saturday from 8 to 9 p.m. The idea behind the event is to make the community more aware of its energy usage in homes and around town. Welch said that her hopes for this year's observance are to get community members involved and thinking about energy conservation. City councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said that she will be participating at home Saturday night but will also be riding her bike all day Friday.

Ultimate fighting attracts younger participants in southwest Missouri [Photo]

Students watch Rudy Lindsey, owner of Garage Boys Fight Crew, and his partner during ultimate fighting practice in Carthage on March 5. Lindsey has several students between the ages of six and 14 that train at his facility.

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Gage Bloomer, 8, straps on his head gear before participating in ultimate fighting practice at Garage Boys Fight Crew in Carthage on March 5, 2008.

Columbia has a new internal auditor [Photo]

John Blattel

Wiffle Ball Wednesdays [Photo]

Caroline Lavelock runs to first base after a line drive down the third-base line. The other team chases after the ball on a muddy Francis Quadrangle.