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The Colaner family poses for a portrait in their home [Photo]

Seth and Colleen Colaner hold their children, 11-month-old Camille, left, and 4-year-old Essie, right, for a portrait at their home Oct. 14. Both of the couple's children were adopted, Essie in November 2009 and Camille in December 2013. Colleen Colaner is co-founder and co-director of the MU Communication Department's new Family Diversity Institute.

Seth Colaner plays with his 4-year-old daughter, Essie [Photo]

Seth Colaner, left, draws with his daughter Essie, 4, at their home. Seth Colaner and his wife, Colleen, adopted Essie in November 2009 and another daughter, Camille, in December 2013.

Essie Colaner, 4, plays with a large red balloon [Photo]

Essie Colaner, 4, plays with a balloon at her home. Seth and Colleen Colaner adopted Essie and Camille through open adoptions where there is still contact with the girls' birth parents.

Colleen Colaner holds her 11-month-old next to her 4-year-old daughter Essie [Photo]

From left, Colleen Colaner holds her 11-month-old daughter, Camille, as her other daughter, 4-year-old Essie, watches a show on a laptop at their home. Both of the children were adopted, Essie in November 2009 and Camille in December 2013.

Caleb Rowden performs during a service [Photo]

District 44 Rep. Caleb Rowden performs during a service at C2 Church Christian Chapel on Sunday. Rowden, a former Christian musician, is running for reelection.

Essie Colaner, 4, holds hands with her 11-month-old sister, Camille [Photo]

Essie Colaner, 4, left, holds the hand of her 11-month-old sister, Camille, at her home. Both girls were adopted by Colleen Colaner, rear, and her husband, Seth.

Tom Pauley speaks about his campaign [Photo]

Tom Pauley, a candidate for state representative for the 44th District, speaks about his campaign and goals at Lakota Coffee on Thursday. Pauley is an alderman for the City of Hallsville and an insurance agent.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU professors work to assist other adoptive, interfaith, transracial or non-traditional families [Gallery]

Seth and Colleen Colaner adopted both 11-month-old Camille and 4-year-old Essie. Now Colleen Colaner is the co-founder of the Family Diversity Institute and is working to create an online hub to help adoptive, interfaith, transracial and other non-traditional families.

Kansas City pitcher James Shields pitches [Photo]

Kansas City Royals pitcher James Shields throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series on Sunday in San Francisco.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children dress in costume for Pretty Princess Pageant [Gallery]

Children in costume participated in a pageant at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Sunday.

Pheobe Wilder won six contests in Pretty Princess Pageant [Photo]

Pheobe Wilder asks for a lollipop as she sits behind the many trophies and ribbons she won in the Pretty Princess Pageant at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Sunday. Mega Ultimate Grand Supreme was one of the six contests Pheobe won in her division.

Mother and daughter sport Missouri attire for pageant [Photo]

Iuesha Crowder and her daughter, Charlotte, sport Missouri Tigers attire during the Mommy and Me portion of the Pretty Princess Pageant at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Sunday. Iuesha and Charlotte later won that round.

Family dresses as characters from 'The Wizard of Oz' [Photo]

Bethany Davis and her daughters, Hannah and Kaylie, dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda and Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" during the Pretty Princess Pageant at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Sunday. Hannah and Kaylie both won titles in their respective divisions.

Hannah Davis wins 8- to 10-year-old division in Pretty Princess Halloween Pageant [Photo]

Pageant contestant Hannah Davis, right, dressed as a witch for the Pretty Princess Pageant at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Sunday. Davis was named Grand Supreme in the 8- to 10-year-old division of the pageant.

Oscar Taveras dies in car accident [Photo]

In this May 31 file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras smiles after the Cardinals' 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game in St. Louis. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic, according to Angel Ovalles, the Cardinals’ representative in the Caribbean country.

Taveras dies [Photo]

St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras died Sunday in an auto accident in his native Dominican Republic, according to Angel Ovalles, the Cardinals’ representative in the Caribbean country.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students clean up after Homecoming weekend [Gallery]

Members of Sigma Phi Lambda removed the paint from the windows of the Heidelberg on Sunday afternoon. Student organizations decorated the windows of businesses downtown on Friday for Homecoming weekend.

Mary Willis scrubs windows of Heidelberg [Photo]

Mary Willis scrubs off the paint from the windows of the Heidelberg on Sunday. Sigma Phi Lambda, a Christian Sorority, also participated in service day, the food drive and made a float for the homecoming parade.

Harley Bailey and Mary Willis remove paint from Heidelberg's windows [Photo]

Sigma Phi Lambda members Harley Bailey and Mary Willis remove paint from the windows of the Heidelberg on Sunday.

Painting removed from Heidelberg [Photo]

Harley Bailey and Mary Willis remove the Sigma Phi Lambda Homecoming paintings on the windows of the Heidelberg on Sunday. The theme for Sigma Phi Lambda's window was "Sigma Phi goes to the Sock Hop."
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