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BRIAN KRATZER

Brian Kratzer is director of photography for the Columbia Missourian.

Getting physical with Aldon Smith

Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith has crafted his body into football's version of the Vitruvian Man — a Leonardo da Vinci drawing showing the human body's ideal proportions. With a 7-foot-2 wingspan, the ability to bench press 350 pounds and the ability to jump 40 inches from a standstill, Smith is an ideal athlete.

Rock Bridge golfer Mikayla Baker

Rock Bridge sophomore golfer Mikayla Baker

Rock Bridge golfer Catherine Howser

Rock Bridge freshman golfer Catherine Howser

Rock Bridge golfer Anna Howser

Rock Bridge junior golfer Anna Howser

Rock Bridge golfer Amanda Baker

Rock Bridge freshman golfer Amanda Baker

Rock Bridge softball player Caroline Sicht vs. Hickman

Rock Bridge senior Caroline Sicht makes contact batting against Hickman on Thursday night at MU's University Field.

Rock Bridge softball pitcher Lauren Fuller vs. Hickman

Rock Bridge junior Lauren Fuller threw a complete game shutout Thursday against Hickman.

Rock Bridge vs. Hickman softball game

Rock Bridge and Hickman softball players lineup to congratulate each other after the Bruins' 3-0 victory Thursday night at MU's University Field.

Lifelong Extension supporter honored

Frank Graham, right, puts his arm around his wife, Olive Graham, while giving a speech during an event honoring his life and service on Thursday at the Boone County Extension Office. Graham, a lifelong supporter of 4-H and MU Extension, donated the land where the office was built in 1984.

Drive-through Goodwill opening

Customers wait for the grand opening of the Goodwill store Thursday morning at 1405 Grindstone Pkwy in Columbia.

MU soccer player Alysha Bonnick practices against the guys

Missouri women's soccer player Alysha Bonnick tries to get the ball past Dave Menne, a member of the MU men's soccer club, in a women's practice on Thursday.

"How can a school eat cake?"

Miles Lough, 7, a student at the Stephens College Children's School stares at a table of cake during the 85th anniversary celebration for the school on Thursday. The school ordered three cakes for the end of the day celebration with the students. "How can a school eat cake?" asked Lough.

Columbia College volleyball player Vesna Trivunovic

Vesna Trivunovic was born in Serbia and has lived in the United States for three years. She came to Columbia College after playing for two seasons at Lake Land Community College in Mattoon, Ill.

Final 9th Street Summerfest concert moved indoors

Robert Randolph, center, plays the pedal steel guitar during a concert at The Blue Note on Wednesday. Robert Randolph and the Family Band was the headliner for the final night of the 9th Street Summerfest this year. Organizers moved the concert indoors because of inclement weather, but fans still packed the house.

Auctioning farm equipment

A group of men auction off farming equipment at the Boone County Draft Horse and Mule Sale on Wednesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Farmers traveled from around Missouri and even other states to bid on and sell used horse equipment and machinery.

12 Chase drivers

These are the 12 drives that qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Drivers in the top row (from left to right) are Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon. Drivers in the bottom row are Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer.

Gov. Nixon's veto upheld by House

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a ceremony honoring the late Gov. Warren Hearnes on Wednesday morning. Later, House lawmakers tried but failed to override Nixon's veto of a bill directing how stimulus funds can be spent.

Hearnes inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

Gov. Jay Nixon, left, and House Speaker Ron Richard, R-Joplin, applaud former first lady and state Rep. Betty Hearnes of Charleston during a ceremony to induct her husband, the late Gov. Warren Hearnes, in to the Hall of Famous Missourians on Wednesday morning in the House Chamber in Jefferson City.

Reggie Bush accepts Heisman in 2005

In this Dec. 10, 2005, file photo, Reggie Bush of the University of Southern California smiles while posing for photos after a news conference in New York. Bush said Tuesday that he is forfeiting his Heisman Trophy.
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