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Gary Riess

Gary Riess, 50, works for the city of Columbia in the Solid Waste Department: "The United States is taking up the role of being the peacekeeper. Since we started that, I guess we have to keep going. It'd be nice if everyone kept the peace."

Mark Haim

Mark Haim, 60, director of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks: He opposes the war and wants all troops brought home as soon as possible, and he expressed concern over the increased economic and psychological costs of military action in Afghanistan. "We are perpetuating a cycle of violence that really needs to be defused," he said.

Laura McKee

Laura McKee, Truman Veterans Hospital employee: She said she can see both sides of the issue. “I don’t know. I think it’s a no-win situation," she said. "I don’t have a strong opinion either way because either way, more people will die.”

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith, 36, student and former Marine: While he supports the president, and wants the troops to have extra support if needed, he said military troops are not adequately trained to police a country. "If this is going to go on and on, bring them home," he said.

Nick Cundert

Nick Cundert, 26, student and internal vice president of the Mizzou Student Veterans Association: "It's really about eliminating terrorists and eliminating the threat they have on the Afghanistan community and the U.S. I would hope the idea of sending more troops over there would mean that."

Missouri men's basketball player Keith Ramsey

Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey led Murfreesboro's Siegel High School to the Class AAA Tennessee state championship.

Richard Oliver

Richard Oliver, PhD, is dean of the University of Missouri School of Health Professions.

Fans at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium

The basketball court at Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium rises above the first rows of seats like a stage.

Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium

Vanderbilt's Memorial Gymnasium can give basketball fans the feeling they are watching a game in a theater.

Paul Rolfe

Paul Rolfe is the faculty coalitions coordinator for the student group Coal Free Mizzou.

Ryan Doyle

Ryan Doyle is a Sierra Club organizer with the Beyond Coal Campaign

John O'Connor

John O'Connor is a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Friends remember Emily Kahler

Friends and classmates of killed student Emily Kahler gather for a candlelight vigil Monday at St. Louis College of Pharmacy.

Community members attend candlelight vigil for Emily Kahler

St. Louis College of Pharmacy holds a candlelight vigil on Monday for former student Emily Kahler, who was killed Saturday. Several members of the community spoke at the short memorial.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy holds vigil for Emily Kahler

Rebecca Jones, associate director of academic support at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, speaks at a candlelight vigil for first-year student Emily Kahler, who was killed in Kansas over the weekend. Jones encouraged students to use the available counseling resources and advised them to "stick with each other to get through the tough times."

Rams pounded again

Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by a swarm of Seahawks defenders in a 27-17 loss Sunday in St. Louis.

Burlingame, Kan., home was site of triple homicide

This home near Burlingame, Kan., was the scene of a triple homicide Saturday afternoon. A 12-hour manhunt ended Sunday with the arrest of James Kraig Kahler, 46, the former director of Columbia Water and Light.

Police vehicle guards house where Kahler victims were found

A vehicle from the Osage County Sheriff's Department guards the home of Dorothy Wight in Burlingame, Kan. The house was cornered off as a crime scene after a triple homicide and a 12-hour manhunt that ended Sunday with the arrest of James Kraig Kahler, 46, the former director of Columbia Water and Light.

Kahler after first court appearance

James Kraig Kahler is handcuffed Monday after his first court appearance on a capital murder charge in connection with the shooting deaths of his wife and their two daughters in eastern Kansas. Kahler also faces charges of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of his wife's 89-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Wight.

Karen, Emily and Lauren Kahler

From left, Karen, Emily and Lauren Kahler
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