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A model wears an outfit by French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier as part of his Fall-Winter 2010-2011 collection presented in Paris on Wednesday.

Welcome home

Mary Burch Nirmaier, center, is greeted at the Columbia Regional Airport by Salute to Veterans chairman Mary McCleary Posner, left, and Dana Morgenthaler on Thursday. Nirmaier flew to Washington, D.C., earlier this week to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for her service in the Women Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs.

A gold medal winner

Mary Burch Nirmaier holds her Congressional Gold Medal after returning to Columbia from an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. "I just want to tell all young girls that if they want to do something, get busy and do it," Nirmaier said. She received her medal for her service during World War II in the Woman Airforce Service Pilots or WASPs.

Fourth Ward candidate — Sarah Read

City Council Fourth Ward candidate Sarah Read poses for an in-studio portrait.

Patient reading

Robin Blake, a retired family physician and MU professor, reads a passage from "Still Alice," a novel about a woman's sudden descent into Alzheimer's disease during the MU Health Care Book Club meeting Wednesday. Blake retired early from medical school to write short stories and teach a class on medicine and literature.

Elementary school tornado drill

Lisa Cunningham's first grade class at Rock Bridge Elementary School practices a tornado drill on Thursday in the school's media center. The school participates in a statewide tornado drill once a year.

Discussing diversity

The Chancellor's Diversity Initiative organizes a town meeting Thursday in connection with a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at Monsanto Auditorium. During the meeting, five KU students delivered a banner that expresses their support for diversity at MU.

Listening to talk about diversity

MU Chancellor Brady J.Deaton, left, listens to Samantha Pugh from the University of Kansas during a town hall meeting Thursday at Monsanto Auditorium in connection with a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at MU. Five KU students visit MU to deliver a banner that expresses their support for diversity at MU.

A show of unity

Five University of Kansas students deliver a banner that expresses their support for diversity on campus during a town hall meeting in connection with a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at MU.

Supporting diversity

Drew Case from the University of Kansas, left, and Lawrence Hale of MU listen to a panel discussion during a town hall meeting Thursday about a cotton ball incident two weeks ago at MU.

Missouri's Steve Moore banged up in Big 12 men's basketball tournament loss

Missouri forward Steve Moore is attended to by a trainer after a sideline collision with a cameraman in Thursday's loss to Nebraska in the Big 12 men's basketball tournament in Kansas City.

Stein era ends in MU women's basketball team's loss to Texas

Missouri coach Cindy Stein, right, talks with forward Jessra Johnson during a time out in the Tigers' loss to Texas on Thursday in the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City.

MU women's basketball player Amanda Hanneman shines in final game

Missouri's Amanda Hanneman, left, tries to get around Texas defender Kathleen Nash. "... That’s what I wanted to do, just give my all and that’s what happened.” Hanneman said.

Freshman gymnast Brittany Bendoff

MU freshman gymnast Brittany Bendoff performs during her floor routine on Friday night, Feb. 19, 2010, during the competition against Oklahoma University in the Hearnes Center. OU won the meet 197.05 to 195.50.

Red Line Saxophone Quartet

From left, Brandon Kies, Doug O'Connor, Gai Qun and Quinn Lewis of the Red Line Saxophone Quartet pose for a group photo. The four are students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. In the 2008 Plowman Competition, Red Line was given one of the judges’ special recognition awards.

John Payne

John Payne is a research assistant at the Show-Me Institute, a Missouri-based think tank.

MU pitcher Kelly Fick vs. Western Illinois

MU pitcher Kelly Fick earned the win Wednesday against Western Illinois in relief.
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