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Meeting one of the squad

Safety Matt White signs a t-shirt for young fan Jason Stringer, 6, during the Missouri football team's fan day Sunday on Faurot Field. Many alumni brought their children to the event to meet the 2010 squad.

Getting Gabbert's signature

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert signs a purse made out of a football for a fan during Fan Day at Faurot Field on Sunday. Fans flocked to Faurot Field with a wide array of objects for players to sign, ranging from posters and footballs to purses, t-shirts and statues.

Signing a football

Luke Lambert signs a football for his young fans during Fan Day at Faurot Field on Sunday. Fans waited in long lines to meet the players despite the heat.

Getting some autographs

Carol Clark jokes with tailback Marcus Murphy while Darvin Ruise signs her football purse during Fan Day at Faurot Field. While Clark didn't make the purse herself, she did make sure to get it signed by her favorite players.

Meeting some favorites

Roy Hartline gets a 2010 Missouri football poster signed by football players Jasper Simmons and Terrell Resonno while teammates Kenji Jackson and Wes Kemp talk to fan Joseph Casebolt, 6, of Independence. MU football fans took the day to travel to Columbia and meet their favorite players.

Hometown of a success story

Photo provided by Claire Baker and shot by Lydia Bullock

The Kurdish flag flies above the rooftops in the village where Mohammad Star lives with his family. Star had successful heart surgery through the Preemptive Love Coalition last November and is fully recovered.

The interns

Photo submitted by Claire Baker and shot by Lydia Bullock

Claire Baker, center, with the other summer interns who traveled to Iraq to work with the Preemptive Love Coalition.

Back home, back to school

Photo provided by Claire Baker and shot by Lydia Bullock

Before her surgery, Nivar Mohammed, 9, couldn't walk very far at any given time without turning blue and becoming exhausted. The eight centimeter hole in her heart was repaired at the Anadolu Medical Center in Istanbul, Turkey, in July through the Preemptive Love Coalition. She is now back home in Iraq and plans to be back in school in September.

Students consider alternatives to buying textbooks

Brittany Wolfe, a UCLA applied mathematics 2010 graduate, checks old textbooks at the UCLA Powell Library Building in Los Angeles. Wolfe had to play an infuriating game of checking out books on reserve to avoid having to buy them herself. Now she is working as an orientation counselor for new students, and part of that is giving advice on textbooks.

Student checks out textbooks instead of buying

Brittany Wolfe, a UCLA Applied Mathematics 2010 graduate, checks old textbooks at the UCLA Powell Library Building in Los Angeles. Wolfe had to play an infuriating game of checking out books on reserve to avoid having to buy them herself. Now she is working as an orientation counselor for new students and part of that is giving advice on textbooks.

Parents buy online to save money on kids' clothes

Kelly Trella, left, has her son Jake, 2, try on a winter coat she just received from thredUP at their home in Meriden, Conn., on Monday.

Putting on the finishing touches

Chef Craig Cyr of Wine Cellar and Bistro puts the finishing touches on his homemade soft tacos right before the judging begins at the 2010 Taste of the Market event at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Cyr was one of the three chefs who competed in the Iron Chef competition. He made soft tacos with rainbow trout and vegetables, wrapped with a homemade tortilla and topped with peach salsa.

Rock climber Darryl Rhodes' gear

Darryl Rhodes' bag of climbing gear is a colorful assortment of equipment. Rhodes says safety trumps everything else in rock climbing, and knowing how to use equipment is important. "You have to assume your gear will fail," he said. "That's why you have to secure yourself in at least three places."

Rock climber Darryl Rhodes looks down

Rock climber Darryl Rhodes looks over the edge of a bluff Thursday at Capen Park. "Once you go out once, you're hooked," Rhodes said of the sport. "It's the exploring spirit. It's so engaging and fun, like an engaging chess game, but not as slow."

Rock climber Darryl Rhodes keeps an eye on his ropes

Darryl Rhodes says he likes teaching as much as he does actual climbing, noting that it is sometimes hard for novices to find an expert to take them under their wing. "Eighty percent of climbing is in your feet," Rhodes said. "That's the hardest thing to get across to a novice."

Rock climber Darryl Rhodes at Capen Park

Darryl Rhodes rapels down a cliff Thursday at Capen Park. Rhodes, 49, has been rock climbing since he was 17 years old. Over the years, he has climbed rock and ice in 20 states and Canada. The boulders he climbs shaped his outlook on life. In return, Rhodes gives back, teaching safe and responsible climbing to anyone who wants to learn.

Keeping his eye on the ball

Center Michael Brennan (No. 54) snaps the ball to Jimmy Costello (No. 12) Saturday morning on the third day of MU football practice.

MU senior tailback Derrick Washington at preseason practice

Missouri senior tailback Derrick Washington at a preseason practice this summer.

Money stolen was to be used for school supplies

Autumn Kempker, 7, stands with her mother's pink purse in the Golden Corral parking lot on Saturday. A wallet containing about $230 cash was stolen out of the purse while her mother went to get dessert at the restaurant. The family had planned on going school-supply shopping after eating.

Another year together

Bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts gathered for a bike show hosted by Harley-Davidson at the 33rd Annual National Bikers Roundup on Saturday. Clarence Thornton, a member of the Little Rock, Ark., chapter of the Faithful Riders described the event as an anniversary. "It's our anniversary to see the new and better things that the roundup can do for us and that we can do for the roundup," Thornton said.
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