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Officers watch protesters in Ferguson

Police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Missouri, on Nov. 25, 2014, after a grand jury announced its decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Six months after Brown died, the Justice Department is close to announcing its findings in the racially charged police shooting that launched "hands up, don't shoot" protests across the nation.

Doug Gillin mug

Doug Gillin

First lady Georganne Nixon

Olbermann taken off air for a week

Keith Olbermann

Michael Brune

Michael Brune

FROM READERS: Clyde Bentley

Clyde Bentley is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

CBS correspondent Bob Simon

Bob Simon of "60 Minutes," attends the New York premiere of "The Railway Man" in New York in this April 7, 2014 file photo. Simon was killed in a car crash on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 73.

Lyle Koch watercolor

A watercolor painting by Lyle Koch.

Dr. Thomas R. Shrout

Dr. Thomas R. Shrout

Joann Rutherford

Former Missouri Tigers women's basketball head coach Joann Rutherford watches the Missouri vs Auburn game at Mizzou Arena on Saturday. Rutherford holds school records as the longest tenured and winningest head coach with 422 wins in 23 years at Missouri.


Columbia author Trudy Lewis

FROM READERS: Trudy Lewis' 'The Empire Rolls'

"The Empire Rolls" by Trudy Lewis

Terry Beckner signs with Missouri

Terry Beckner announced his intention to play football at Missouri.

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Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton

Billboard advertises Columbia

A billboard ad, like this one, is one of the ways the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau advertises the city. The bureau generally buys billboard advertising at least 50 miles outside the city.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi

Alvin "Squeaky" Marquart goes to all MU basketball games

Alvin "Squeaky" Marquart sits alone on the front row at the MU men's basketball season opener against the UMKC Kangaroos in Mizzou Arena in November 2014. Marquart says he has been to every game since 1986.

Current River at heart of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways

The Current River flows through the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in this 2004 file photo. The river is attractive for float trips and camping. The river is one of several that snakes its way through the area and adds to the splendor of the color when the leaves in the area change.

Gary Steven Daniel