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Roof heavily damaged

Firefighters from the Boone County Fire Protection District and the Columbia Fire Department battled a house fire on Old Plank Road on Thursday. The residents were not home at the time of the fire.

Battling a fire

Twenty-five firefighters from the Boone County Fire Protection District and Columbia Fire Department battled a house fire on Old Plank Road on Thursday. The cause of the fire is unknown, but there was an estimated $200,000 damage to the house.

A gentle handoff

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology associate curator of ancient art Benton Kidd hands up one of several ancient transport amphoras to George Szabo on Thursday. The museum is trying to use every possible bit of space to fit its permanent collection on display.

Unwrapping an amphorae

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology exhibit preparator Barbara Smith directs, from left, Jeff Wilcos, Benton Kidd and Kenyon Reed on Thursday as they prepare to lift one of several transport amphoras that will be on exhibit at the museum. The transport amphoras had been in storage.

Making it safely in place

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology exhibit preparator Barbara Smith fastens one of several transport amphoras to the wall on Thursday.

Easy does it

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology exhibit preparator Barbara Smith unwraps one of several transport amphoras on Thursday. The transport amphoras carried a variety of products such as oil, fruit and honey and were shipped throughout the ancient Mediterranean region.

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton has moved the department toward geographic policing to make officers more visible to the public and has switched the department to a 12-hour shift schedule.

One-year mark as police chief

Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton presents Matt Hibler with an award on Aug. 3, 2009, for heroic service at a fire in May 2009. Burton has been police chief for a year and has initiated a number of changes in that time.

David Wallace

David Wallace is director of the National Center for DWI Courts in Alexandria, Va.

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith, 20, was set to graduate in May at Columbia College.

Missouri baseball player Jesse Santo vs. Purdue

Missouri's Jesse Santo puts the tag on Purdue's Cameron Perkins at third base. Santo had an RBI double Wednesday.

Whitt in his element

James Whitt, middle, huddles up with young men trying out for cPhase basketball league at the Midwest Sports Academy on March 20. Whitt is the executive director of cPhase and is running for a seat on the Columbia School Board in the April 6 elections.

Missouri softball pitcher Kristin Nottleman vs. Saint Louis

Sophomore Kristin Nottleman let up two hits and struck out six in a five-inning 8-0 victory in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of visiting Saint Louis.

A census taker

Dorothy Perfecto is a census taker.

A census worker

Stephanie Brightwell is a census worker.

Census worker enjoys working with a variety of people

Richard Ham, 30, of Boonville, is an office clerk for the 2010 Census. Before becoming a census worker, he received a degree in computer networking information technology from the High Tech Institute in Arizona. Ham is also a certified massage therapist. “This is one of my favorite jobs I’ve ever had,” he said. “People are from all different walks of life, and I like that we’re all working toward a common goal.”

2010 Census partnership assistant

Francisco Forbes, 73, originally of Manhattan, N.Y., is a partnership assistant for the 2010 Census. This is Forbes’s first time as a census worker. Before helping out with the census, he was the director of events technology for Magnavox Research Labs in California.

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A group of census workers

Census workers from left: Nathan Swinger, 30, Cole Chambers, 50, and Wade Sanders, 59.

Crane migration

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