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PHOTO GALLERY: Coach Robin Pingeton preps for upcoming women's basketball season [Gallery]

Missouri women's basketball players warm up during practice Monday at Mizzou Arena. The season begins Nov. 15 at home against Western Illinois.

Missouri forward Jordan Frericks preps at practice [Photo]

Missouri forward Jordan Frericks makes a layup during practice at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri women's basketball head coach runs players through drills [Photo]

Missouri women's basketball head coach Robin Pingeton runs players through drills during practice Monday at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri women's basketball team warms up [Photo]

Missouri forward Michelle Hudyn, center, warms up with the team during practice Monday at Mizzou Arena.

MU Homecoming decorations will be displayed Friday night [Graphic]

Campus Decorations will be on display at MU Greektown Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. There will be skits centered around this year’s theme “Oh, the places you’ll go!” Vendors will be located throughout Greektown, including Dip ‘N’ Dots, D Dee’s Kettle Korn and Playing With Fire: Woodfired Pizza.

INTERACTIVE: Royals look to overcome payroll disadvantage in World Series [Interactive graphic]

The Kansas City Royals are just the seventh team since 2000 to play in a World Series after starting the season with a payroll below the league average. Their $92.03 million Opening Day payroll was approximately $23 million less than the league mean. The previous six overachievers are a combined 2-4 in World Series, with the last four teams losing to better-funded opponents.

MAP: 2014 MU Homecoming parade route [Graphic]

Saturday is MU’s 103rd Homecoming. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at the corner of Tiger Avenue and Rollins Street and ends at Sixth and Elm streets.

Columbia Fire Department official shows face mask that could be used in response to Ebola [Photo]

John Metz, battalion chief of Columbia Fire Department, shows an emergency response face mask that could be used with air filters or oxygen supplies during a response to Ebola.

Officials speak about Ebola preparedness during news conference [Photo]

Stevan Whitt, left, specialist in infectious diseases at MU Health Care, speaks Tuesday during a news conference on Ebola preparedness. Martina Pounds of the Boone County Office of Emergency Management and John Metz, battalion chief of Columbia Fire Department, also were a part of the seven-person panel.

Cowboys cut Michael Sam [Photo]

Dallas Cowboys punter Chris Jones, No. 6, is congratulated by practice squad teammate Michael Sam after overtime in an NFL game against the Houston Texans on Oct. 5 in Arlington, Texas. Dallas released Sam from the practice squad Tuesday afternoon.

GRAPHIC: World Café event [Graphic]

Columbia Public Schools is hosting a community meeting in a “World Cafe” style to discuss topics related to student achievement, enrichment and opportunity.

Chris Heuer carves a brid whistle [Photo]

Chris Heuer carves wings onto a purple bird whistle in his home pottery studio in early October. Heuer and his wife, Amy Lake, started the Purple Bird Project to support their daughter, Helen, who has severe epilepsy, and to raise awareness about the disorder.

Porcelain bird whistles sit in an egg carton [Photo]

Chris Heuer makes porcelain bird whistles in his home pottery studio as part of the Purple Bird Project he and his wife, Amy Lake, started in July. The project has generated around $2,000 so far.

Parents discuss daughter's epilepsy [Photo]

Chris Heuer, left, and Amy Lake discuss their daughter's epilepsy disorder. On the table lay Helen's seizure logs from the past several months.

Chris Heuer holds press mold of a bird [Photo]

Chris Heuer holds out a press mold of a bird whistle in his home pottery studio. Once the bird is fully formed, details are added and a purple glaze is applied. Heuer and his wife, Amy Lake, decided to paint all the birds purple after learning purple is the "color of epilepsy."

Jana Hirtz, Helen Heuer walk home from school [Photo]

Jana Hirtz, left, and Helen Heuer walk home from elementary school together on Oct. 1. Hirtz has been Helen's assistant for two and a half years and walks her home from school almost every day.

Helen Heuer, Jana Hirtz dance after school [Photo]

Helen Heuer, left, and Jana Hirtz dance together after school on Oct. 1. Helen has severe epilepsy and needs supervision all hours of the day.

Jana Hirtz and Helen Heuer sing along to "Frozen" [Photo]

Jana Hirtz, left, and Helen Heuer sing to the "Frozen" soundtrack while Helen's mother, Amy Lake, cooks dinner in early October. Hirtz's services have given Lake and Chris Heuer more time to take care of themselves and the rest of their family as well as coordinate the Purple Bird Project.

PHOTO GALLERY: Purple Bird Project raises awareness, money for epilepsy [Gallery]

Chris Heuer and Amy Lake make porcelain bird whistles and other items in their home pottery studio in Columbia. They started the Purple Bird Project in July to help support their 10-year-old-daughter Helen, who has epilepsy.

Oscar de la Renta dies [Photo]

This April 24 file photo released by Carnegie Hall shows, from left, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, fashion designer and honoree Oscar de la Renta, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg at the 2014 Medal of Excellence Gala in New York. The designer de la Renta, a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike, has died. He was 82.
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