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Welcome to Tiger Country

Russell and Betty Stokes have collected tigers for 33 years and arrange them on their car when they tailgate. They have 27 tigers from across the country and one from Israel.

Tailgating at the home opener

Tailgaters gather outside of Faurot Field on Saturday before MU's home opener against McNeese State.

Inflatable Truman

Mark Jr. Barhorst displays his father Mark Barhorst's inflatable Truman the Tiger while tailgating Saturday before the MU v. McNeese State football game at Faurot Field.

At the scene of the accident

Andrew Ford speaks with an MU police officer behind his vehicle at the intersection of College Avenue and Ashland Road after a male pedestrian was stuck by the car on Saturday.

Columbia College's mascot mingles with fans

Cougar, Columbia College's mascot, rubbed the top of Ted Krause's head at Friday's soccer game. The mascot mingled before the game hugging little kids and taking pictures with fans.

Columbia College soccer player Nikola Velickovic vs. Illinois Institute of Technology

Columbia College's Nikola Velickovic defends the ball from sophomore Liam Barrett of Illinois Institute of Technology during the second half of Friday's soccer game.

Author Dan Chaon answers questions about his book.

Dan Chaon answers questions about his book during a One Read event at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus.

Author Dan Chaon signs books at Launer Auditorium

Tatum Owens, 11, and her dad, David Owens, talk to author Dan Choan during a book signing at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus Friday. Owens is the general manager of 89.5FM KPON, which broadcasts the One Read author talks. Owens says he enjoys hearing the authors speak at the events and comes out to support the One Read program.

Flags scatter the Carnahan Quadrangle

The 2,977 flags set up on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle represent each person killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Flags set up on Carnahan Quadrangle

Flags set up on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle behind Tiger Plaza commemorate the anniversary of 9/11. As part of the 9/11 Never Forget Project, 2,977 flags are set up representing each person killed in the terrorist attacks.

MU soccer players introduced vs. Arkansas

MU senior Krista Kruse high-fives freshman Dominique Richardson while freshman Danielle Nottingham, left, and sophomore Haley Krentz watch during pregame introductions on Friday.

MU soccer player Danielle Nottingham vs. Arkansas

MU freshman Danielle Nottingham, right, attempts to steal the ball from Arkansas's Jesse Givens during Friday's game at Walton Field.

Hickman football player Wesley Leftwich vs. Hazelwood West

Hickman's Wesley Leftwich runs for the first touchdown of the game on Friday at LeMone Field.

Mustapha Salau plays at Cosmo Park after the Eid prayer

Mustapha Salau, 2, climbs up the steps dressed in traditional Muslim garb on the playground at Cosmo Park on Friday.

Children play at Cosmo Park after Eid prayer

Khdijka Abdi, 4, left, plays keep away with Muzzammil Salau, 5, at the post-Eid prayer picnic at Cosmo Park on Friday. Abdi's family moved to the U.S. from Somalia before she was born, while Salau's family moved from Nigeria just over a year ago.

Mahamat Ali attended the community gathering after the Eid prayer

At the community gathering for the Eid prayer at Cosmo Park, Mahamat Ali replaces his cap, called a "taqiyah," that a friend jokingly took and wore Friday. Ali is currently living in Columbia but is originally from Chad. Many from the Columbia Islamic community gathered after the morning prayer to eat and talk while children played at the playground.

Families gather at park after Eid prayer

Amina Abdi, Fatima Mohamed, Mujidat Salau and Fawsia Hassin talk at Cosmo Park after the Eid prayer Friday. The Eid prayer celebrates the end of Ramadan and usually concludes with families gathering to eat and talk.

People congregate during an Eid al-Fitr service

A mass of people congregates during an Eid al-Fitr service on Friday at the Windsor Ballroom at the Holiday Inn. Many people who attended reported that it is a day of celebration and enjoyment.

Abdurrahman Alshiha celebrates the end of Ramadan

Abdurrahman Alshiha bows his head in prayer during Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of Ramadan, on Friday at the Windsor Ballroom at the Holiday Inn.

A mantra to help battle anorexia

In this Sept. 2 photo, Alexis Katchuk displays a tattoo on the inside of her left wrist at Shelter Gardens in Columbia. The tattoo, written in Sanskrit, roughly translates to "I acknowledge the divinity within," a personal mantra Katchuk adopted as she battled anorexia. Now, she's a Ph.D. student in nonfiction creative writing at MU.
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