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Rock Bridge boys basketball player Karon Hayes

Rock Bridge senior forward Karon Hayes watches his teammates run drills during a Thursday, February 16, 2011 practice.

Craig Franklin plunges into Stephens Lake for charity

Craig Franklin topples into Stephens Lake, leading the rest of his team who are dressed as mice on Saturday. It was Franklin's first time participating in the Columbia Polar Plunge.

Craig Franklin cleans up after the Polar Plunge

Craig Franklin cleans up after swimming in Stephens Lake for the Polar Plunge. Franklin's team, a group from the Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, raised almost $1,500 for charity.

Students race into Stephens Lake for the Polar Plunge

A team of students races to jump into the frigid water of Stephens Lake for the Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 19, 2011.

Cynthia Ricciotto plays in citywide youth chess tournament

Cynthia Ricciotto moves her king out of check during round three of the chess tournament held at Lange Middle School on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Benny Greer won this round.

Ray Foster plots his next move at citywide chess tournament

Ray Foster thinks about his next move against Fletcher Orr in the K-3rd grade round three of the chess tournament held at Lange Middle School on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Orr won this round.

MU men's basketbal player Marcus Denmon vs. Iowa State

Missouri's Marcus Denmon shoots against Iowa State in the first half of the Tigers' victory Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Denmon scored 17 first-half points and finished the game with 25.

Protesters surround the Wisconsin Capitol building

Almost 70,000 protesters surround the Capitol in Madison, Wis., to challenge or support Rep. Gov. Scott Walker's bill that would require government workers to contribute more to their health care and pension costs and largely eliminate their collective bargaining rights.

Opponents, supporters of Wisconsin governor's bill march on the Capitol

On Saturday, opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for state workers march around the Capitol Square in Madison, Wis. A few dozen police officers stood between supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker on the muddy east lawn of the Capitol and the much larger group of pro-labor demonstrators who surrounded them. The protest was peaceful as both sides exchanged chants of "Pass the bill! Pass the bill!" and "Kill the bill! Kill the bill!"

Anne Christnovich

Anne Christnovich is a senior at MU and currently reports for the Missourian's public safety beat.

Swimmer Oussama Mellouli competes at Missouri Grand Prix

Swimmer Oussama Mellouli competes in the men's 400 meter backstroke at the Missouri Grand Prix on Friday. Mellouli won with a time of 4:13.38.

Swimmer Madeline Rusch competes at Missouri Grand Prix

Swimmer Madeline Rusch competes in the women's 100 meter butterfly finals at the Missouri Grand Prix on Friday. Rusch won with a time of 1:03.94.

Olympic swimmer Richard Berens competes at Missouri Grand Prix

U.S. Olympic swimmer Richard Berens prepares to race the men's 100 meter butterfly finals at the Missouri Grand Prix on Friday. Berens placed sixth with a time of 55.52 seconds.

University of Missouri swimmer Amanda Masters

MU swimmer Amanda Masters competes in the finals for the women's 100 meter breaststroke at the Missouri Grand Prix on Friday. Masters placed eighth with a time of 1:13:55.

Rebecca Soni wins women's 100 meter breaststroke at Missouri Grand Prix

Women's 100-meter breaststroke gold medalist Rebecca Soni, middle, waves to the crowd at the Missouri Grand Prix on Friday. Silver medalist Jessica Hardy stands to her right and bronze medalist Ann Chandler to her left.

Rock Bridge freshman wrestler Sam Crane

Rock Bridge freshman Sam Crane wrestles against Joe Shell of Hazelwood Central in the first round of the 125 pound bracket at the Class 4 state tournament on Thursday. Crane won on Friday, too, advancing to the finals on Saturday.

Torrie Baker

Torrie Baker, 17, poses for a photo Feb. 3 in Bloomfield. Baker has overcome a severe hearing impairment and as a Bloomfield High School junior, is a member of the cheerleading squad and dance team.

S.R. Claridge

S.R. Claridge poses for a picture Friday at Broadway Brewery where she was promoting her novels "No Easy Way" and "Tetterbaum's Truth." Claridge is a MU grad and currently lives in Broomfield, Colo.

Rendering of Leawood Plaza

Work has begun on a 6,500-square-foot office building, Leawood Plaza, which is being constructed at the Southwest corner of Stadium Boulevard and West Broadway.

Construction workers demolish building

Workers demolish a residence Monday in to clear the ground for construction of Leawood Plaza. The new 6,500-square-foot office building will have offices for attorneys, architects and engineers and be located at the corner of Broadway and Stadium Boulevard.
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