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In the chorus line

Mark Case sets up the Gibson Custom Shop Traveling Exhibit before Friday's performances of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Oct. 1. Visitors were allowed to plug in and play any of the guitars.

Master of the grill

Sam Bennett removes pork from the grill after several hours of cooking. The pork will later be pulled apart for sandwiches. Bennett is a member of the Lucky A's Bar B Que competition team, which has been participating in Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ since the festival began.

On the edge of their seats

Randy Weaver and Cindy Corley wait for the first performance at the MPIX Stage on Locust Street on Friday, Oct. 1. Weaver said he was most excited to see the Del McCoury Band and Derek Trucks.

For the love of pork

Tom Meyer seasons chicken on the grill with lemon pepper at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival on Friday, Oct. 1. Besides chicken, Lucky A's Bar B Que also cooks brisket, ribs, pork, beans and green beans.

This Copeland is your land

Shemekia Copeland takes the MPIX stage at the 2010 Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ on Friday, Oct. 1. Copeland and her band were the first to perform at the MPIX stage during the festival.

Praying for safe trip to The One Nation March

The Rev. George Coleman (center) of Columbia's Second Baptist Church says a prayer Friday for NAACP members and others about to board a bus to Washington, D.C., to take part in The One Nation March. The bus will take participants from Kansas City, Sedalia and St. Louis to the march, too.

Rallying support for The One Nation March

Mary Ratliff, president of the Columbia NAACP chapter, speaks to club members and others Friday before boarding a bus to Washington, D.C., to take part in The One Nation March. The NAACP is one of many organizations taking part in the march, which hopes, in part, to help improve jobs and education in the U.S.

Morgan Keenan

Morgan Keenan is a Missouri Safe Schools coordinator.

Commuters travel to New York by train

In this photo taken Wednesday, commuters crowd into a train bound for New York during the morning rush hour in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

Wealth gap widens between the rich and the poor

In this photo taken Wednesday, John Morgan, center, a financial advisor, boards a train bound for New York in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

Teacher educates students on sex education

In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2010, sex education teacher Shayna Knowles gestures during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence.

Students learn sex education

In this photo taken Sept. 10, 2010, sex education teacher Shayna Knowles, center, talks to students during class at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lake Worth, Fla. For the first time in more than a decade, the federal government is funding sex education programs that aren't based solely on abstinence.

Roots 'N' Blues barbecue

Up in Smoke barbecue team member William Bryan slices sausage at the team's station before last year's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival judging, which took place on Sept. 26, 2009. The team, which is from Marshall, has been barbecuing together for about 15 years.

Wieman conducts train at Wabash Station 100th anniversary

Richard Wieman leads a train he built out of recycled plastic barrels during the Wabash Station Centennial Celebration on July 16. His other sculptures include a cowboy, a birthday cake and even a metal Elvis.

Tim Reinbott holds prawns

Tim Reinbott holds prawn that were raised at the Bradford Research and Extension Center, which is one of the Agricultural Experiment Stations owned by MU. The majority of the prawn, which have been growing since June, were harvested this week and sent to Campus Dining Services at the university.

Kevin Rafferty participates in a simulated traffic stop

Kevin Rafferty participates in a simulated traffic stop as part of the last evening of classes at the Citizens Police Academy on Thursday.

Sgt. Michael Hestir runs a gun simulation

Sgt. Michael Hestir of the Columbia Police Department runs a gun simulation at the Columbia Police training facility Thursday. Participants had to determine when the use of deadly force is necessary and act or not using a pistol that fires a laser at a video screen.

Derek Roe of the public defender's office

Derek Roe, assistant public defender in the Columbia public defender's office, looks through files in his office on East Walnut Street on Thursday. Roe said the cleanliness of his desk space is always one of the first things to be sacrificed when he gets busy.

Roots 'N' Blues' grand champion trophy detail

The headstock of a guitar decorated as the trophy for the grand champion of the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ barbecue contest sits in the Thumper Entertainment office on Thursday.

Roots 'N' Blues' trophies for pork and brisket

First-place trophies for five barbecue categories sit in the Thumper Entertainment office on Thursday. The trophies were designed and constructed by artist Lisa Bartlett.
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