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YouZeum provides interactive learning opportunities

The Routine Maintenance section of the YouZeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The videos provide an interactive way for children to learn about their bodies.

Gary Forsee talks about Colorado leaving the Big 12 conference

Gary Forsee, president of the University of Missouri System, answers questions from the media during a news conference June 11. Missouri is still a proud member of the Big 12, Forsee said.

Autism Bill signed

Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation that requires insurers to cover autism treatment for children up to 19 years old at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU on Thursday. Insurers would be required to cover up to $40,000 of care effective August 20, 2010. In the background, left, Tammy Maasen, an activist for the legislation and a mother of an autistic child, and William and Nancy Thompson, founding donors to the center, watch the signing. Maasen and William Thompson spoke at the signing event.

Gov. Signs Autism Legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon greets Madeleine Carter, age 7, who has autism, after signing legislation that requires insurers to cover the treatment of autism in children 19 years old and younger on Thursday at Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU. "It's a joyous day," Paula Carter, Madeleine's mother, said. "It means that autism counts."

Nick Schneider soapbox derby car

Nick Schneider applies a shark decal to the side of a soapbox derby car. "I used to race. I kept doing it as long as I could, and went to nationals in Akron, Ohio three times. A few years ago I bought a vinyl cutter for an outside business, and got recruited to do decals," he said.

Dylan Soper soapbox derby car

Dylan Soper, 9, of Columbia, Mo. works on his soapbox derby car with his father *Matt Soper at the Soapbox Construction Clinic held at the Downtown Optimist Club on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Finding her children

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2010, Prince Sagala covers her face as she arrives at her home in Montclair, Calif. Prince Sagala's first husband, Faustino Utrera, kidnapped their children 15 years ago: a daughter who was 3-years-old, at the time, and their son 2-years-old. Sagala found them on Facebook. Utrera has been arrested in Florida, and their children are now in protective custody.

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The Routine Maintenance section of the YouZeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and shows different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The locker room set up with videos makes this room interactive for children to learn about their bodies. Similar setups can be found throughout the YouZeum.

Molly Harbarger mug

Molly Harbarger is a columnist for the Missourian.

Reginald Robinson plays piano

Composer and musician Reginald Robinson plays a piano piece titled "Freedom Dance" at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. Robinson also held a short seminar discussing the documentary he is making, and he also talked about the contributions of performers like Scott Joplin.

Virtuosi String Trio performs at jazz festival

San Francisco-based guitarist Craig Ventresco was joined on stage by bassist Svein Aarbostad and guitarist Johnnie Harper for the debut of the Virtuosi String Trio. The spontaneously created stringed instrument trio, borne of a Bay Area gig, performed Wednesday during the J. W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Reginald Robinson describes his documentary

Reginald Robinson speaks about the documentary he is making at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. Robinson, a composer and musician, is in Columbia to participate in the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival.

Teen enjoys playing at J. W. 'Blind' Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival

Thirteen-year-old Benjamin Anderson peruses a table of ragtime books and CDs in the lobby of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts where he performed earlier in the day as part of the J. W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. This year marks Anderson's third year performing at the festival with a promotion to official performer status. "I'm going to keep playing in this as long as they let me," Anderson said. In addition to piano, Anderson plays the violin and clarinet.

Volunteers collect tickets at jazz festival

Volunteers Pat Lawnick-Ritchie and Dave Phillippe greet music lovers and collect tickets during the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. The two-day festival closes with late-night with jam sessions located at the Regency Hotel Downtown.

Greg Williams

Greg Williams is the new director of University of Missouri System research parks.

John Williamson

File photo from April 3, 2008 of John Sam Williamson.

Column work done to sustain bases

Workers perform repairs to the six bases of the columns, wrapped in plastic, on Francis Quadrangle on Tuesday. A fence was erected to enclose the area on Monday.

Repairs made to MU Columns

A worker repairs cracks in the base of a column, wrapped in plastic, on Francis Quadrangle on Tuesday. A fence was erected on Monday to enclose the area.

Boone County National Bank Evacuation

Firefighters Samanta Lamp and Kyle Fansler leave Boone County National Bank after a small fire in an elevator caused the building to be evacuated around 5 p.m on Tuesday. A man was trapped in the elevator at the time of the fire but was unharmed, according to Jim Weaver, a public information officer for the Columbia Fire Department. Weaver said that elevator doors are designed to close when smoke is detected in order to protect occupants from smoke and flames.

Fire at Academic Hall

The MU Columns were originally part of Academic Hall, which burned down in an electrical fire Jan. 9, 1892.
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