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Seth Comara has free bus ride on Try Transit Thursday

Seth Comara, left, looks ahead while riding the bus to MU on Thursday. Columbia Transit bus transportation was free to everyone for Try Transit Thursday as part of Bike, Walk and Wheel Week.

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati is the editor for Too Much, the online weekly on excess and inequality published by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies.

Thomas Hart Benton with 'Flood Disaster'

Thomas Hart Benton holds a lithograph of his painting "Flood Disaster" while he looks at the original sketch and the original a copy of his painting on Oct. 14, 1951.

The painting 'Flood Disaster'

"Flood Disaster," by Thomas Hart Benton, sold at auction Thursday for $1.9 million.

Melissa Scott prepares sandwiches at Benton Elementary

Benton Elementary School kitchen manager Melissa Scott works to prepare sandwiches on Friday, May 6. Scott said that lack of work space is the biggest limitation in having such a small area to prepare food for over 200 students.

MU softball player Jenna Marston

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Sophomore shortstop Jenna Marston attempts to throw a runner out at first after fielding a ground ball during a game against Oklahoma on April 17 at University Field. Marston also plays on the U.S. national women's baseball team.

Training exercise for the Missouri National Guard

United States Army Specialists Derek Harmon and Donald Lucas secure the end of the rope while participating in a search and extraction exercise at the Missouri National Guard Armory on Wednesday, May 18. Harmon is part of the 276th Engineer Company out of Pierce City and Lucas is part of the 117th Asphalt Engineer Team out of Monett.

Missouri National Guard participates in training exercise

United States Army Specialist Joel Chapman is lowered into an opening in the concrete by other members of the Search and Rescue Team as part of an exercise in search and extraction at the Missouri National Guard Armory on Wednesday, May 18. Chapman is part of the 117th Asphalt Engineer Team out of Monett.

Todd Akin announces run for U.S. Senate

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, announces his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, May 17, in Creve Coeur. Akin joins former state treasurer and fellow Republican Sarah Steelman in challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Assessing the damage to the Power Plant

Columbia firefighters and power plant safety crews inspect the smoke stack at the MU power plant after a fire was reported Wednesday. A canvas set up to prevent debris from hitting workers below during repair work caught fire, according to Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver.

Inspecting the smoke stack

Columbia firefighters and MU Power Plant safety crews inspect the smoke stack after a fire was reported at 9:40 on Wednesday.

Firefighters inspect the MU Power Plant's smoke stack

Columbia firefighters and MU Power Plant safety crews inspect the smoke stack at the power plant after a fire was reported during repairs to the stack on Wednesday.

Grilling the steaks

Travis Martin, center, and Dennis Fennewald of the Boone County Cattlemans Association grill up steaks for lunch as part of the Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen's "Meet Your Meat" event on May 4.

Jennifer Jones meets Summer the cow

Jennifer Jones of Kansas City laughs after petting Summer the cow at the Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen's "Meet Your Meat" event on May 4 at MU. College students across the country are being enlisted by the national beef industry in a public-relations battle for America’s hearts, minds and stomachs.

Sara Parker Pauley discusses Department of Natural Rescources

Sara Parker Pauley, the new director of Missouri's Department of Natural Resources, speaks to a crowd about local environmental concerns on Tuesday at Mizzou Hillel. Pauley discussed the values of the DNR and new initiatives, and she took questions from the crowd.

Sara Parker Pauley mingles before environmental concerns speech

Sara Parker Pauley, the new director of Missouri's Department of Natural Resources, center, chats with Scott Dye, staff member of the Sierra Club Water Sentinels, before a presentation by Pauley addressing local environmental concerns on Tuesday at Mizzou Hillel. The presentation was hosted by the Osage Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Barbara Weaver opens time capsule at Boone Hospital Center

Chair Emeritus of the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees Barbara Weaver makes the first cut into a time capsule during the ceremonial opening in the Administration Suite at Boone Hospital Center on Tuesday, May 17. President Dan Rothery, left, and trustee Jan Beckett also opened sections of the capsule.

Boone Hospital Center board examines time capsule contents

Boone Hospital Center Board Members Randy Morrow, Jan Beckett, Barbara Weaver, Robert Wagner and Brian Neuner look through the contents of the time capsules in the Administration Suite at Boone Hospital Center on Tuesday. The capsules contained old newspapers, letters, photographs and other memorabilia from the 1920s, 1980s and 1990s.

Time capsules opened at Boone Hospital Center

A time capsule dating back to 1921 sits on a table, waiting to be opened in the Administration Suite at Boone Hospital Center on Tuesday, May 17. Three capsules, from 1921, 1981, and 1996, were displayed in the main lobby of the hospital but will be moved to the new patient tower when it opens.

Donating items at Upscale Resale

Bette Struckhoft, left, accepts a cart full of donated items from Rosie Gerding, center, on Wednesday, May 11 at the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri's Upscale Resale shop. The nonprofit, volunteer organization, which helps fund philanthropic programs by selling donated items, is expanding its retail and storage space to the space next door because it has outgrown its space.
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