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Grady F. Dortch Jr.

Grady F. Dortch Jr.

H1N1 vaccine

A bottle of the H1N1 vaccine sits at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services on October 28.

Training center opens

Chamber of Commerce members arrive at the Columbia Police Regional Training Facility, which officially opened Monday. The facility was created to allow for situational and in-service training in the city, instead of outsourcing training as had been the status quo.

And, it's open

Mayor Darwin Hindman cuts the ribbon held by members of the Chamber of Commerce, signifying the official opening of the Columbia Police Regional Training Facility on Monday. The facility houses a virtual firearm simulator and will soon be receiving a virtual driving simulator.

Ready to ride

Brenda and Tim Norton sit on a motorcycle at Mid-Missouri Harley Davidson on Saturday. The Norton's have a Road King at home but wanted to check out a new bike. The Environmental Protection Agency is increasing emissions standards for motorcycle engines 280cc and above for 2010, which also affects some dirt bikes and scooters.

Time to move on

Brenda and Tim Norton sit on a motorcycle at Mid-Missouri Harley Davidson on Saturday. The Nortons have a Road King at home but wanted to check out a new bike. "I love the freedom of the ride," Brenda Norton said. "It's just the ride, not so much the destination as much as the journey."

Mary Still explains payday laons

State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, points out that the average loan amount for Missouri payday lenders has increased 30.6 percent from January 2003 to January 2009. Still and state Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, hosted a hearing to review testimony regarding payday loan reform on Monday at the Columbia Public Library.

Advance America payday loans

The most recent report from the Missouri Division of Finance indicates that payday lenders in Missouri, such as Advance America in Columbia, charge an average interest rate of 430.68 percent.

Payday loans debated

State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, left, listens to fellow State Rep. Mary Still D-Columbia, as she questions United Payday Lenders of Missouri lobbyist Randy Scherr during his testimony at Monday night's hearing at Columbia Public Library. Scherr said a significant proportion of customers of the payday lending industry are "financially savvy" individuals who are frustrated with traditional banking systems.

Crowd attends payday loan discussion

Latecomers fill standing room during the crowded legislative district hearing on payday loan reform held by state Reps. Mary Still D-Columbia, and John Burnett, D-Kansas City, at Columbia Public Library on Monday.

Missouri basketball player Keith Ramsey lifts weights

Strength and conditioning coach David Deets keeps watch while senior Keith Ramsey lifts weights during a training session.

Miguel Paul lifts weights

Missouri sophomore guard Miguel Paul lifts weights during conditioning at Mizzou Arena. The team holds conditioning sessions three times a week.

MU men's basketball team train with hurdles

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor moves over hurdles during a conditioning drill. The team focuses on speed when it trains in an effort to reach the level of fitness it will need to play “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” that has become a trademark for coach Mike Anderson.

A father remembered

Corey Brown is shown with his older son, Jailen, on the day he was born, Aug. 4, 2007. Brown was fatally shot Feb. 16, 2009, at the age of 18 behind Ballenger Liquor and C store.

Bendoff's floor routine

Missouri's Brittany Bendoff practices her routine for the floor exercise.

Gymnasts get ready

Missouri freshmen gymnasts Brittany Bendoff, left, Lauren Swankoski, center, and Tori Howard chalk up their hands before working on their routines on the uneven bars during practice.

Sutu Forté instructs performers

Sutu Forté, center, instructs her performers on what to do in the beginning of their show during a rehearsal on Nov. 11, at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. From left, Irene Haskins and Hazel Kinder hug while Candace Martin smiles. Forte will perform a benefit concert Monday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Sutu Forté rehearses before "Sutu Forte's Vaude Squad"

Sutu Forté rehearses for "Sutu Forté's Vaude Squad" on Nov. 11 at Hazel Kinder's Lighthouse Theatre. The show, which will be performed on Monday, is part of a benefit concert.

Brain images

A T1-weighted Structural Image. The photo shows a comparison between data from new BIC 3T Siemens Trio system, left, and MU Hospital 1.5T Siemens Symphony system, right. Photo courtesy of http://clinicalneurolab.missouri.edu/BIC/index.html.

MU Brain Imaging Center opens

Brain Imaging Center director Nelson Cowan stands by the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment, which is worth approximately $1.9 million. The MRI scanner generates 3 Tesla of magnetic field. Within that powerful field, a monkey wrench can be lifted six feet up in the air.
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