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Picking out a packet of cabbage seeds

Gail Plemmons pick out a packet of cabbage seeds while attending at the Spring Thaw Community Gardening Kick-Off meeting in the Columbia ARC on Sunday afternoon.

Asparagus seeds being distributed to visitors

A package of Asparagus seeds being distributed to visitors at the Spring Thaw Community Gardening Kick-Off meeting in the Columbia ARC on Sunday afternoon.

Building transformers at Saturday Science

The home-made transformers were built by wrapping different lengths of wires around two different pieces of metal. All the students that took part in Saturday Science on Saturday morning learned first-hand how power voltages can be changed with transformers.

Riding in a bucket truck

Allen Crane maneuvers a bucket truck with Jilly Dos Sants and Jessica Porter across the street from the Columbia Municipal Power Plant on Saturday morning. All the students who were part of Saturday Science got the opportunity to go up nearly 70 feet in the air.

Learning about transformers at Saturday Science

Saja Necibi checks how voltages have changed after running power through a transformer. The students learned it is better to run power over long distances at a higher voltage, which requires a transformer to decrease the voltage before it comes into their homes, because less power is lost.

Testing voltage at Saturday Science

Saja Necibi and Haley Birk test voltage during a power experiment Saturday morning. The girls said they enjoyed the hands-on approach to science.

Taking part in Saturday Science

Terry Freeman, with City of Columbia residential power services, explains how a home-made power transformer works Saturday morning. More than 20 students lead by Jefferson Junior High School teacher Cathy Dweik chose to spend their morning taking part in Saturday Science.

MU softball player Chelsea Thomas vs. Illinois

After pitching a shutout earlier in the day, Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas closes out her second game against Illinois on a busy Saturday in March at University Field.

MU softball player Catherine Lee vs. Illinois

MU first baseman Catherine Lee connects with the ball against Illinois during the Tigers' second game of the DeMarini Invitational on March 12, 2011. Lee later hit a home run and the Tigers beat the Fighting Illini 4-3.

Puppy love at the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show

Cindy McDonald is licked by a friend's dog backstage during the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds. "This is a small community," McDonald said. "When a friend needs some help, you help them."

Preparing for the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show

Joyce Standish and Doris Johnson prepare their toy fox terrier, Turbocharged, for Sunday's competition during the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Turbocharged competed early Saturday morning but did not place. "He's just getting started," Johnson said.

Running with the dogs at Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show

Rebecca Myers and her rough collie from Peoria, Ill., run around the show floor for judges during the Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Missouri baseball player Rob Zastryzny vs. Le Moyne

MU freshman Rob Zastryzny pitches during the game against the Le Moyne College Dolphins on Friday. Le Moyne won 6-5.

Missouri baseball player Ryan Mahoney vs. Le Moyne

Le Moyne College sophomore Ryan Mahoney tags MU sophomore Brannon Champagne out as he slides into second base on Friday.

Rock Bridge Car Hitting

Medical personnel and police officers attend to a victim of a car hitting in the Mizzou Arena parking lot after the Rock Bridge High School versus Troy Buchanan High School Boys Basketball Class 5 Semifinal game on Friday. The victim and police on the scene refused to provide details about the accident, and the victim refused medical attention.

Jane Clark

Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon vs. Troy Buchanan

Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon watches his team trail Troy Buchanan in the first half of the Class 5 semifinals on Friday.

Rock Bridge senior guard Matthew Kelly vs. Troy Buchanan

Troy Buchanan senior guard Neil Branham looks to pass the ball past Rock Bridge senior guard Matthew Kelly during Friday's Class 5 semifinal game at Mizzou Arena. Branham scored 20 points in Troy Buchanan's 57 to 45 win over Rock Bridge.

Rock Bridge's Matthew Kelly vs. Troy Buchanan

Rock Bridge senior guard Matthew Kelly jumps past Troy Buchanan senior forward Josh Jones at the Class 5 Boys Basketball Semifinals in Mizzou Arena. Kelly scored 14 points. Rock Bridge lost to Troy Buchanan 57 to 45.

David Vela

David Vela is one of the four Columbia city manager candidates.
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