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Bowers steals ball from Baylor

Bowers and English will not hire agents, meaning they can still return to the team next season. Their final decision must be made by May 8.

Marcus Denmon guards Baylor guard

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon guards Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn during the men's basketball game Wednesday. Missouri beat Baylor 77-59.

Hickman girls basketball player Jade Holly vs. Jefferson City

Hickman sophomore Jade Holly, right, drives to the basket against Jefferson City's Lauren Coons. Holly scored nine points for the Kewpies in their district semifinal loss to the Jays on Wednesday night in Jefferson City.

MU men's basketball player Laurence Bowers vs. Baylor

Junior forward Laurence Bowers led Missouri with 20 points, nine rebounds and six steals in the Tigers' victory Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

MU men'sbasketball player Ricardo Ratliffe vs. Baylor

Missouri's Ricardo Ratliffe drives against Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn. Ratliffe scored 11 points and had 13 rebounds against Baylor in the Tigers' victory Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford vs. Baylor

Missouri's Justin Safford powers up a shot against Baylor on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. Safford scored nine points and had three rebounds coming in off the bench for the Tigers.

Hickman girls basketball player Aqua Corpening vs. Jefferson City

Senior Aqua Corpening led Hickman with 22 points on Wednesday in the Kewpies' loss to Jefferson City in the semifinals of the Class 5, District 9 tournament. Hickman finished the season at 17-8.

Apartment fire

Firefighters survey the remains of an apartment fire Wednesday at Forest Village Apartments on Providence Road in south Columbia. An unidentified woman was taken to the George D. Peak Memorial Burn and Wound Center at University Hospital with burns over a significant portion of her body. Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 7:41 p.m.

Injury not encouraging for Wainright

After throwing during spring training baseball, St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright is returning to St. Louis to have his elbow examined by team doctors. General manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday that "things do not look encouraging" for the 2010 Cy Young runner-up based on the initial evaluation by training staff.

Missouri softball practices

Missouri senior Abby Vock fields a ball during batting practice Wednesday at Daniel Devine Athletic Pavilion.

Dinner train

The Columbia Star Dinner Train will run on the COLT line between Centralia and Columbia. When service begins, the train will travel between Columbia and Centralia and offer appetizers, drinks and a five-course meal by candlelight.

Dinner train moves to Centralia

The Columbia Star Dinner Train was moved from Mexico to Centralia on Wednesday. Central States Railroad President Mark Vaughn said the train will hopefully be running by May.

Sen. Claire McCaskill addresses city hall forum

Sen. Claire McCaskill speaks at a town hall forum at the Columbia City Hall on Wednesday. She answered residents' questions that she drew from a wicker basket.

Rally for Libya at Speakers Circle

Haitham Alramahi of Columbia yells messages of support for the opposition protesters in Libya on Wednesday, during a rally at Speakers Circle. The protest was put on by Ahmed El-Tayash of Campus Eastern Foods.

Firefighters at duplex fire

Boone County firefighters roll up their hoses after containing a fire in the lower room of a duplex on Wednesday at 4302 Santa Barbara. Firefirghters were dispatched at 12:35 p.m. and made it to the scene at 12:39 p.m.

Santa Barbara duplex fire

John Wilke, Boone County Fire Protection Chief Investigator, talks with a Boone County firefighter, not pictured, inside the room where a fire was contained earlier on Wednesday at a duplex at 4302 Santa Barbara. The contents of the room were all damaged, but there was no structural damage to the building.

Dominic Hunter cleans up after MU basketball game

Dominic Hunter cleans up after MU's game against Oklahoma on Saturday Feb. 12, 2011.

Event staffer Ron Lueck finishes up his evening

Ron Lueck, a member of the event staff at Mizzou Arena, helps provide security for postgame radio and television interviews on Norm Stewart Court after the Tigers' victory over Colorado on Feb. 5. Lueck, who is in his 17th year on the staff, says he enjoys being around sports.

MU volleyball and women's basketball announcer Chris Abernathy

Chris Abernathy speaks into the microphone at the Missouri women's basketball game Feb. 16 against Oklahoma State at Mizzou Arena. Abernathy says he gets lots of help from the scorekeepers and MU's sports marketing staff.

Red light illuminates antique telescope

The 1847 Merz and Mahler telescope, which has 125x magnification power, points toward the Orion Nebula. When the sky gets dark enough all the lights in the small observatory except a single red light are shut off to make it easier to see the night sky.
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