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Valerie Pollock folds a pride flag

MU senior Valerie Pollock folds a pride flag after using it in a group photo for National Coming Out Day on Monday.

Students carry flags for National Coming Out Day

MU students gather behind pride flags for a picture in front of Jesse Hall during a National Coming Out Day event. October is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Awareness Month, and MU's LGBTQ Resource Center is conducting events all week.

Qian Jianguo demonstrates kite-making

Qian Jianguo shaves the bamboo pieces he'll use to construct a Chinese-style kite. The kite must be light enough to stay aloft even in minimal wind.

Qian Jianguo crafts a kite for One Sky, One World Kite Flying Day

Qian Jianguo shaves the bamboo he'll use to craft a Chinese-style kite during a kite-making workshop on Saturday at Columbia Art League. Qian was in Columbia for One Sky, One World Kite Flying Day.

Parker Houan at One Sky, One World Kite Flying Day

Parker Houan reacts to the kites in the sky for One Sky, One World Kite Flying Day on Saturday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

Marathon starts on Route 66

More than 600 contestants start the inaugural Mother Road Marathon on Sunday on Commercial Avenue in Commerce, Okla. Runners took part in a one-mile race in Joplin and a half-marathon between Baxter Springs, Kan., and Joplin. The marathon course followed historic Route 66 beginning in Commerce and ending in Joplin.

Colorado has rough start to farewell tour

Colorado's Luke Walters, right, and Ethan Adkins, left, sit dejectedly on the bench during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Missouri.

Next to its donor

A bag of blood hangs beside it's donor on Monday at the Hearnes Center during the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. The blood drive will run from Monday to Thursday, and the Red Cross hopes to collect 4,000 pints by the last day.

Lining up to donate

Donors line up to check in for their appointments on Monday at the Hearnes Center during the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. The blood drive will run Monday to Thursday, and the Red Cross already had over 1,100 appointments for their first day of donations.

Empty blood drive bags

Rows of empty blood donation bags lie on a table before being handed out to donors on Monday at the Hearnes Center for the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. The donated blood will be separated into plasma, platelets and whole blood.

Bringing the support system

MU freshman Rachel Taylor waits nervously to donate blood for the first time for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega on Monday at the Hearnes Center for the 25th annual Mizzou Homecoming Blood Drive. "It's really scary, so I brought Green Gill," Taylor said of the stuffed animal she's had since first grade. "It seems juvenile, but you gotta do what you gotta do."

William Markgraf announces retirement

Columbia Fire Chief William Markgraf told City Manager Bill Watkins Monday morning that he plans to retire from the Columbia Fire Department on Jan. 5, 2011. Markgraf has served as the department chief for the past 22 years.

Kobe beef in the vineyard

One of the American Wagyu cows stands near the vineyard at Terry Neuner's farm on the morning of Sept. 12 in Westphalia. Neuner provides local restaurants such as Broadway Brewery with his Kobe beef.

Protesting Liu's imprisonment

Pro-democracy protesters display a poster featuring a picture of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and the words "Release Liu Xiaobo" as they march to China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong on Sunday. The decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to the imprisoned Liu sparked praise from Western governments, brought condemnation from Beijing and exposed the difficulties fitting a powerful, authoritarian China into the international order.

Leading through doing

Seventh-grade students Roger White, left, and Julian Jensen maintain a garden they installed at Lange Middle School as part of the Lange Leadership Academy for Young Men. One of the founders of the program, Arnulfo Peat, right, says the program is designed to prepare students who may not be motivated yet for high school and college.

Learning to be leaders

Lange Leadership Academy for Young Men members Julian Jensen, left, and Roger White, right, stand with their mentor, Arnulfo Peat at Lange Middle School in early October. Students of the academy learn to tie a tie, give a firm handshake and do community service. "I work with some of the best group of guys," Peat said.

Dori J. Maynard

Dori J. Maynard's columns are published by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and can be read at mije.org.

Edwards makes a run

Kip Edwards, No. 1, runs down field with Jarrell Harrison, No. 11, in the second half of Saturday's game against Colorado.

Pushing through defense

James Franklin, No. 1, pushes through Colorado's defense on Saturday.

Deserted tent

Tailgaters abandon their tent before kickoff of the MU vs. Colorado game on Saturday.
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