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MU volleyball and women's basketball announcer Chris Abernathy

Chris Abernathy speaks into the microphone at the Missouri women's basketball game Feb. 16 against Oklahoma State at Mizzou Arena. Abernathy says he gets lots of help from the scorekeepers and MU's sports marketing staff.

Red light illuminates antique telescope

The 1847 Merz and Mahler telescope, which has 125x magnification power, points toward the Orion Nebula. When the sky gets dark enough all the lights in the small observatory except a single red light are shut off to make it easier to see the night sky.

Aligning telescope to Jupiter

Mike Boessen aligns the Merz and Mahler telescope to focus on the planet Jupiter on Tuesday evening. The telescope uses an original brass mount made in Germany in 1847.

1847 telescope to be available

An 1847 Merz and Mahler telescope will be available for public viewing on clear Thursday evenings. The observatory is located on Columbia Audubon Society property off of O'Rear Road near Hallsville.

Hickman boys basketball player Cecil Williams vs. Rock Bridge

Hickman High School's Cecil Williams, No. 15, and Rock Bridge High School's Karon Hayes fight for control of the ball at the Class 5, District 9 semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Jefferson City. Rock Bridge beat Hickman 60-46 and they will play Jefferson City High School this Friday in the district final.

Hickman boys basketball player Chris Clark vs. Rock Bridge

Hickman High School's Chris Clark makes his way to the basket against Rock Bridge High School at Tuesday night's Class 5, District 9 semifinal game in Jefferson City. Clark is the only freshman on the Hickman varsity team.

MU baseball player Matt Stites at practice

MU junior Matt Stites, No. 7, prepares to throw during practice on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at Taylor Stadium. MU baseball's home season will begin on March 4, 2011.

MU baseball player Dusty Ross at practice

Missouri junior Dusty Ross, No. 17, warms up his arm during practice on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 at Taylor Stadium. MU baseball's home season will begin on March 4, 2011.

Steve Owens

Steve Owens is interim president of the University of Missouri System.

Ground broken for MU engineering research facility

From left, Noah Manring, chairman of MU's department of electrical and computer engineering; Jim Henley, construction engineer; Marty Walker, director of administrative services for MU's College of Engineering; Jim Thompson, dean of the College of Engineering; Randy Curry, director of the Center for Physical and Power Electronics; and Sam Kiger, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering, broke ground Tuesday to celebrate the start of construction of an addition to the Center for Physical and Power Electronics.

Keeping watch at suspension center

Joe Paulsen, director of the Alternate Continuing Education program, works at his desk which views into the student work area on Feb. 16 at the Columbia Secondary Suspension Center at 918 Bernadette Drive.

A view of the Columbia Secondary Suspension Center

A reflective metal ball hung from the ceiling reveals a view of the student work area on Feb. 16 at the Columbia Secondary Suspension Center at 918 Bernadette Drive.

Kicking in

Dancers perform at halftime of the Stephens women's basketball game against Harris-Stowe on Monday at Silverthorne Arena.

Star power

Chrissy Echeverria, who was the mascot Monday night at the Stephens women's basketball game against Harris-Stowe, cheers on her team from the stands at Silverthorne Arena. This was Echeverria's first time volunteering to be the Stars' mascot. "I've always wanted to wear it. I'm feeling the star power," Echeverria said.

Sheffield attempts shot

Stephens' Megan Sheffield attempts a shot, but her primary impact in Monday's game against Harris-Stowe at Silverthorne Arena was her 16 rebounds.

Leis dribbles down court

Stephens senior Cara Leis played her first game since Jan. 15. She had been out with a broken left wrist.

Hickman guards Washington

Hickman's Crandon Cook defends Washington's Jared Walde. The Kewpies defensive pressure held the Blue Jays to 50 points.

Hickman leaps past Washington

Hickman's Ernest "L" Dorema out jumps Washington's Nathan Monzyk to win the opening tip of Monday's game in Jefferson City. Dorema, a forward, stayed out of foul trouble and scored 18 points.

Pictures of the Year International judging

From left, Drea Cooper, Meg Theno, Mike Zerby and Kim Grinfeder judge the Newspaper Editing Portfolio category during the 68th Pictures of the Year International competition on Monday. The judging takes place at MU's Reynolds Journalism Institute and draws different photojournalists and filmmakers from around the world to judge tens of thousands of images over several days.

Royals young prospects

Rain didn't impede Kansas City Royals pitchers Robinson Tejeda, left, and John Lamb from throwing at spring training practice Saturday in Surprise, Ariz. Lamb is a left-handed starter who is tabbed as a future impact player.
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