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PHOTO GALLERY: COMO Connect launches new bus system, rates

COMO Connect hosted a launch party for Columbia residents on Saturday at the MU Student Center. The city has been planning for the new bus system for more than a year and hopes to attract new riders.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spirited Singers bring music to Lenoir Woods

Broadway Christian Church's Spirited Singers gathered July 21 in the lounge of Lenoir Woods, a senior living center, to sing to residents. The choir is one of multiple music groups that visit senior centers.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU School of Medicine class of 2018 recieves white coats

Members of the MU School of Medicine class of 2018 received their first white coats during at a ceremony at the Missouri Theatre on Friday. The annual event is meant to encourage new medical students to begin their education by upholding the highest values and standards of their profession, according to an MU news release.

PHOTO GALLERY: Couple salvage handmade items after house fire

David and Evelyn Ewing lost their home and most of their possessions in a house fire on Tuesday afternoon. The quilt Evelyn Ewing's grandmother hand-stitched for their wedding, old photo albums and a handmade box were among the items the fire spared.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents receive hygiene supplies, haircuts at Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect provided residents in need with haircuts, backpacks filled with hygiene supplies, and transportation to the driver's license office Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Group of Columbia writers meet often to share their work

Winn's Orphaned Writers meets at The Upper Crust on Tuesday, sharing work that's humorous or emotional and often gives a historical look at Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU researchers study plant's reaction to sound

MU researchers Heidi Appel and Rex Cocroft are studying how plants respond to sound vibrations. Their recent study has shown that a plant responds to the sounds a caterpillar makes when it is eating them.

PHOTO GALLERY: Candidates speak at NAACP forum

Questions at the Columbia NAACP candidates forum Tuesday evening focused on Medicaid expansion, "Ban the Box," equal representation for minority voters, and voter identification laws.

PHOTO GALLERY: Firefighters battle blaze on Park Avenue

Firefighters battled a residential fire on Park Avenue Tuesday afternoon. One woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation injuries.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hopefuls try out for Missouri Stealth softball program

Young women turned out Sunday to try out for the Missouri Stealth fast-pitch softball program's nine teams at the Daniel Boone Little League fields in Columbia. The program gives high school players the opportunity to play in front of college recruiters from across the country.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jerry Ward known for service to Columbia

Jerry Wade, who died Saturday at 73, served on the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission for 15 years and as Fourth Ward City Councilman for one term. He also ran for mayor in 2010.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dedication ceremony memorializes lost soldiers at Civil War mass grave

A Civil War group believes to have found a mass grave containing eight or nine Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the bloodiest battle in Callaway County. The site was dedicated with a memorial service including cannon fire and reenactors who traveled from several states.

PHOTO GALLERY: New pastor at Newman Center celebrates Mass

The new pastor at St. Thomas More Newman Center brings his life experience to his new posting. The Rev. Richard Litzau, O.P., is a father of two and worked in the criminal justice system.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mules take over arena at fair

Competitors brought out their best animals for the mule show at the horse arena during the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Martial arts part of Show-Me State Games

Competitors demonstrated their martial arts skills during the Show-Me State Games' competition on Saturday at the Armory Sports and Recreation Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lone female competes in fencing games

Corey Kilgallon, 17, from Millstadt, Illinois, fenced in the Sabre Division at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday. She says she isn't afraid to go up against the big guys. She was the only female to compete in the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia church gives Myanmar family home makeover

The Fairview Road Church of Christ gave a refugee family from Myanmar a home makeover.

PHOTO GALLERY: Riders participate at the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out

More than 50 horses and riders participated in the 2014 Wild West Shoot-Out for the Boone County Fair on Friday at the Central Missouri Events Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Michael Sam, Sam Bradford work out at Rams football camp

Sam Bradford and Michael Sam prepare for the upcoming NFL season at the St. Louis Rams' practice facility in St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Participants get dirty at Figure Eight Racing Event at 2014 Boone Couty Fair

Thursday at the Boone County Fair, racers started their engines and sped through the mud during the Figure Eight Racing Event.
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