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Child waits while mother receives free dental care

Five-year-old Hayden Johnson waits while his mother, Mendy Johnson, receives dental care during a Remote Area Medical clinic held at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn.

People in line for medical care

People standing in line at Union County High School in Maynardville, Tenn., waiting for the doors to be opened to receive free health care provided by Remote Area Medical. RAM is a nonprofit organization, whose volunteers offer free health care to the uninsured, the underinsured and the desperate.

Lottes returns to drumming despite arthritis

Keith Lottes practices his drums for a portrait in his storage unit at Storage Mart. Lottes has drummed since age 7, but had to stop for ten years when he developed rheumatoid arthritis. He now takes Rituxan, a drug used to treat his arthritis, which allows him to play the drums. Two months ago, Lottes started a band, "Downfall," and hopes to start playing in bars around Columbia by next year.

Bands prepare for First Night performance

The Hot Club of Cowtown performs a sound check in preparation for their performance at the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts on December 31, 2009. The western swing trio - Whit Smith on guitar, Elana James on fiddle, and Jake Erwin on upright bass - have just returned from spring and summer tours in Australia and the UK.

Setting the lights

John Gilbreth adjusts the lights as part of the set up for Thursday's First Night Columbia performances at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The Theatre is hosting four acts, with performances beginning at 6:30 pm.

Ready for the show

The Hot Club of Cowtown performs a sound check in preparation for their performance at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday.

Sound check

Elana James of the Hot Club of Cowtown confers with sound engineers at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts during a sound check on Thursday. The Hot Club of Cowtown is one of four acts performing at the Theatre Thursday as part of Columbia's First Night New Year's celebration. The western swing band - comprised of James on fiddle, Whit Smith on guitar, and Jake Erwin on upright bass - has performed internationally and has toured with Bob Dylan and worked alongside Willie Nelson.

Getting tuned up

Michael Butterworth of Butterworth Music tunes one of the two baby grand pianos that will be used in Thursday's duel between Sutu Forte and Ken Kehner, as part of the First Night New Year's Eve festivities at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Butterworth began playing the piano at age 4 and has been tuning pianos since he was 14, when his father began teaching him the trade.

AdMob CEO founded company while in business school

Omar Hamoui, Founder and CEO of AdMob, poses at his company's offices in San Mateo, Calif., Dec. 8, 2009.

On guard against fraud

Shirley Shupp sits in her Houston apartment in late December and talks about how she called Medicare to report receiving medical equipment she never asked for. Shupp contacted her local Senior Medicare Patrol, which did its own research and then referred the matter to investigators. The equipment, worth thousands of dollars, was returned, the case was handed over to prosecutors and the perpetrators were charged with Medicare fraud.

AdMob founder's company to be bought by Google

Omar Hamoui, Founder and CEO of AdMob, laughs as he works at his company's offices in San Mateo, Calif., on Dec. 8, 2009.

Connecticut author collects misfit words

Cheshire Town Historian and author Ron Gagliardi has written a book titled "Noah's Desktionary and Allmanack."

Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs

Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs, right, runs the ball in this year's game against Army

Navy Midshipmen

Missouri men's basketball player Marcus Denmon vs. UMKC

Missouri's Marcus Denmon defends against UMKC's Bakari Lewis on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena. Denmon scored 14 points for the Tigers in a 91-57 victory.

Square for credit cards

In this Dec. 18 photo, Willo O'Brien demonstrates Square on her iPhone in San Francisco. Willo is a designer and illustrator that uses Square for credit card transactions with her customer. Using a Square is pretty simple. Swipe a credit card through a slit on the cube's side, and it will read your credit card number, translate it into an audio signal and send it onto the iPhone, where it is encrypted. Software decodes the signal and the information is sent out over a cell phone network so the purchase can be authorized. Once the transaction goes through, the costumer's credit card data is deleted. Users can sign for purchases by writing with a finger on the iPhone's touch screen.

Square in action

Willo O'Brien demonstrates Square on her iPhone in San Francisco. Using a Square is pretty simple. Swipe a credit card through a slit on the cube's side and it will read your credit card number, translate it into an audio signal and send it onto the iPhone, where it is encrypted.

Poetic duty

Walter Bargen has served as Missouri's first poet laureate for two years. He is shown here in MU's Ellis Library.

Pregame Playmakers

Surveying the damage

A Columbia firefighter speaks with Deanne Calvert at a property owned by Calvert's brother in-law, Joseph Calvert, as fire crews work to put out a fire early Wednesday afternoon. Joseph Calvert, who lives in Springfield, rented out the property. The house had been vacant for a month.
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