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Dancers rehearse for FLEXN show in New York [Photo]

Dancers Sean Douglas (Brixx), foreground, and Derick Murreld (Slicc) rehearse for a show called FLEXN, co-directed by Peter Sellars, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The emotionally charged performance by 21 African-American dancers explores social and criminal justice issues through dance, photography and public dialogue.

Water flows through Flat Branch [Photo]

Water flows through Flat Branch on Thursday in Columbia. The storm sewer downtown mostly follows or flows into Flat Branch, said Dave Sorrell, the city's sewer utility manager. The Columbia Public Works Department is hoping for an increase in revenue through Proposition 2 to fix downtown Columbia's aging stormwater infrastructure.

Chad Phillips [Photo]

Chad Phillips

National poetry month invitation [Photo]

Daniel Shaw examines hens [Photo]

Daniel Shaw examines hens Friday at the MU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The birds are euthanized in the lab, then the tracheas and blood samples are tested for signs of influenza infection. This lab is one of two state laboratories that test turkeys, chickens and ducks for influenza.

Testing birds for influenza [Photo]

Daniel Shaw explains the process for testing birds for influenza Friday at the MU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. The samples were taken from birds in quarantined areas in Jasper and Moniteau counties. This lab is one of two state laboratories that test turkeys, chickens and ducks for influenza.

Susan Schommer chemically amplifies pathogen samples [Photo]

Susan Schommer chemically amplifies pathogen samples on Friday to test if certain pathogens are in a specimen at the MU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. This lab is one of two state laboratories that test turkeys, chickens and ducks for influenza.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU lab testing for bird flu [Gallery]

The MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory is one of two state laboratories monitoring quarantined birds from two sites in Missouri, after an outbreak of bird flu.

First Ward City Council candidate John Clark [Photo]

First Ward City Council candidate John Clark speaks during a First Ward candidate forum March 12 at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. Elections will be held April 7.

The Rev. Clyde Ruffin shows office decor [Photo]

The Rev. Clyde Ruffin's office decor tells a lot about him. A painting of Simon de Cyrene by Ruffin and his daughter reminds him of the racial diversity that exists within the Bible, he said. Ruffin is the senior pastor of the Second Missionary Baptist Church and is campaigning for the vacant First Ward seat on the Columbia City Council.

First Ward City Council candidate Clyde Ruffin campaigns around Columbia [Photo]

First Ward City Council candidate Clyde Ruffin visits the J.W. "Blind" Boone Home on March 16. Ruffin is president of the John William Boone Heritage Foundation and pastor of the Second Missionary Baptist Church next door.

Salvador Perez swinging [Photo]

The Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez swings for an RBI double off the San Francisco Giants' Jake Peavy in the second inning of a game Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Willie Cauley-Stein drives past a Cincinnati defender [Photo]

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, left, goes up for a shot past Cincinnati's Octavius Ellis during the second half Saturday's NCAA Tournament second round game in Louisville, Kentucky.

Aromatherapist Emma Arkell makes skin-care remedy [Photo]

Aromatherapist Emma Arkell demonstrates how she makes one of her natural skin-care remedies Jan. 30 near Winchester, England.

Emma Arkell with skin-care remedies [Photo]

Aromatherapist Emma Arkell lines up some of her natural skin-care remedies Jan. 30 near Winchester, England. Once a top divorce attorney at a large London law firm, she started her own company after the kids came along. "I could do it from home," she said of the business. "I had complete control of it."

Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot [Photo]

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Saturday in Orlando.

Timothy Longo, police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, speaks [Photo]

Timothy Longo, police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, speaks during a news conference Monday in Charlottesville. A five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia that Rolling Stone magazine described in graphic detail produced no evidence of the attack, authorities said Monday.

Police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, speaks at news conference [Photo]

Timothy Longo, police chief of Charlottesville, Virginia, speaks Monday during a news conference related to a five-month police investigation into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia.

Darren Sharper with his attorneys in court [Photo]

Darren Sharper with his attorneys in court [Photo]

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, center, with his attorneys, Lisa Wayne, left, and Leonard Levine appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Sharper was sentenced to nine years in federal prison Monday immediately after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in Arizona.
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