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Pointing out features of mural

Phoenix Program Development Officer Jarin Wood describes the mural displayed in the staircase as an area where people can reflect after a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday at the center. Ashley Drissell and students in her MU ceramics class created and donated the mural to the new Phoenix Program Center. "It's very emotional and touches a lot of people," Wood said.

Close-up of Phoenix Program's mural

Ashley Drissoll and her ceramics class at MU designed, created and donated a mural where clients of Phoenix Program composed tiles with quotes and images. Phoenix Program Development Officer Jarin Wood said the mural was put in the staircase because it is a good place to pause and reflect.

Ribbon cutting of new Phoenix program facility

Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Keri Tipton holds the scissors while Mayor Bob McDavid gives the proclamation speech for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Phoenix program facility.

MU professor lectures on pursuing happiness

Kennon Sheldon, an MU psychological sciences professor, lectures on pursuing happiness in Jesse Auditorium on Wednesday.

"Pursuing Happiness" lecture given at Jesse Auditorium

Following Kennon Sheldon's lecture, "Pursuing Happiness: What Works and Why" on Wednesday, Paulette Hansen, Ted Barlag and Rick Hansen enjoy Tiger Stripe ice cream at Jesse Hall. Sheldon, an MU professor of psychological sciences, studies factors such as genetics and temperament as they pertain to a person's happiness.

Pondering future on parole

James V. Taylor poses for a photo in his home Wednesday in Park Hills. Police found such a small amount of crack cocaine in Taylor's car that investigators described it as unweighable but it was enough for a 15-year prison sentence in Missouri, where the courts make an enormous distinction between crack and powder cocaine. Taylor is now out on parole after serving four years of the sentence.

Making distinctions between drugs

James V. Taylor poses for a photo in his home Wednesday in Park Hills. Police found such a small amount of crack cocaine in Taylor's car that investigators described it as unweighable, but it was enough for a 15-year prison sentence in Missouri, where the courts make an enormous distinction between crack and powder cocaine. Taylor is now out on parole after serving four years of the sentence.

Two-car accident at Broadway and Seventh streets

Trainio Williams, 34, is treated for neck pain following a two-car accident at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh streets. He was transported to University Hospital.

Rain, rain go away

Students with umbrellas scatter the sidewalks outside of the MU School of Journalism as they attempt to stay dry. The heavy rain is expected to continue until Thursday night, as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website has issued a hazardous weather outlook throughout Missouri due to a cold front moving through eastern and central counties.

Rock Bridge Volleyball cheering

Rock Bridge teammates Julia Matera (left), Audrey Holt (top) and Emily Holt (middle) cheer on the jr. varsity volleyball team at Rock Bridge High School on Aug. 31, 2010. Audrey said she made the decision to play in the high school division so she could be on the same team as her older sister.

Rock Bridge volleyball players Audrey Holt and Niki Collier

Freshman Audrey Holt warms up for her first high school volleyball game with teammate Niki Collier, senior, at Rock Bridge on Tuesday Aug. 31, 2010. Holt scored the Bruins' first two points of the match, but says she needs to work on her timing on hits and hitting around blocks.

Rock Bridge volleyball player Audrey Holt

Rock Bridge freshman middle hitter Audrey Holt makes a play at the net in the Bruins season-opening victory over Jefferson City on Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

MU football player Munir Prince

Munir Prince, center in black, moves in to tackle a ballcarrier in an Aug. 14 practice. Prince was knocked unconscious on a punt return during a scrimmage last Thursday. He was taken to the hospital for tests, but returned to team meetings on Sunday.

Mary Burch Nirmaier and Capt. William Bond

"She always had a twinkle in her eye," said retired US Navy Capt. William Bond, Mary Burch Nirmaier's escort at her reception of the Congressional Gold Medal in March. "She always had this little mischievous grin" and was "always looking to pursue knowledge."

Mary Burch Nirmaier recieves ovation

Mary Burch Nirmaier stands and waves at the Salute to Veterans, Honored Guests and Volunteers banquet on May 29 at the Hearnes Center. More than 500 people acknowledged her service to her country with a standing ovation. Mrs. Nirmaier died Sunday. She was 89.

Rock Bridge soccer player Matt Kelly

Rock Bridge junior forward Matt Kelly takes a free kick in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over visiting Rolla. Kelly scored the winning goal in the last minute of regulation. "It was the best game of the season so far," said Rock Bridge coach Kyle Austin, who saw the Bruins even their record at 2-2 with the win.

Obama from the Rose Garden

President Barack Obama photographed from the Rose Garden delivers a primetime televised address Tuesday from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Obama speaks from Oval Office

President Barack Obama reads his speech to photographers Tuesday after delivering a primetime televised address marking the the end of combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office of the White House.

Ryan Ferguson

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District rejected Ryan Ferguson's appeal for a new hearing because he could not prove a previous ruling was erroneous. The court did say, however, that Ferguson has other options to plead his case.

Bruins softball player Caroline Sicht

Rock Bridge softball player Caroline Sicht talks with her 3-year-old cousin Adler Sicht Monday before Adler threw out the first pitch in the Bruins' game against visiting North Callway.
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