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Teachers marry at Grant Elementary School

John and Kristin Nies were married Saturday at the only place that made sense to the two elementary school teachers — the playground at Grant Elementary School.

Couple marries on elementary school playground

Kristin Nies and her husband, John, were married on Saturday at the only place that made sense to the two elementary school teachers — the playground of Grant Elementary School in Columbia.

Rain doesn't stop teachers from sealing vows on playground

Even Mother Nature couldn't dampen the spirits of newlyweds Kristin and John Nies as they sealed their vows on the playground of Grant Elementary School on Saturday.

Farm to Table Festival explains worm composting

Bobby Johnson and Edwina King of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture demonstrate how to construct and maintain a worm bin at the Farm to Table Festival on Saturday. "A worm bin shouldn't smell at all," Johnson said. "If it does, it's due to either too much moisture or too many food scraps."

Soccer fans cheer on Mexico at The Blue Fugue

Mexico soccer fans, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the World Cup open Friday morning at The Blue Fugue. The fans could be heard cheering, "Si se puede!" or "Yes, we can!"

Soccer fans cheer as Mexico scores in World Cup opener

Mexican fans, from left, Cassidy Shearrer, Autumn Nixon, Victor Cruz, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez, Roberto Lopez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the first World Cup game Friday at The Blue Fugue.

Protection against oil fumes in Gulf

Sonja Daniel, who has a house on the Fort Morgan Peninsula, wears a mask Sunday as she sunbathes on the beach of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Baldwin County, Ala. Cleanup crews were working Sunday to remove tar balls and oily patches from the shoreline as managers at the refuge readied plans to construct dunes and berms to protect sensitive lagoons and wetlands.

Family watches FIFA World Cup at Ragtag Cinema

Marcela Chavez and her family watch Mexico play South Africa in the FIFA World Cup at Ragtag CInema on Friday morning. The free event was the first time that Ragtag had ever shown the World Cup.

YouZeum provides interactive learning opportunities

The Routine Maintenance section of the YouZeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The videos provide an interactive way for children to learn about their bodies.

Gary Forsee talks about Colorado leaving the Big 12 conference

Gary Forsee, president of the University of Missouri System, answers questions from the media during a news conference June 11. Missouri is still a proud member of the Big 12, Forsee said.

Autism Bill signed

Gov. Jay Nixon signs legislation that requires insurers to cover autism treatment for children up to 19 years old at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU on Thursday. Insurers would be required to cover up to $40,000 of care effective August 20, 2010. In the background, left, Tammy Maasen, an activist for the legislation and a mother of an autistic child, and William and Nancy Thompson, founding donors to the center, watch the signing. Maasen and William Thompson spoke at the signing event.

Gov. Signs Autism Legislation

Gov. Jay Nixon greets Madeleine Carter, age 7, who has autism, after signing legislation that requires insurers to cover the treatment of autism in children 19 years old and younger on Thursday at Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at MU. "It's a joyous day," Paula Carter, Madeleine's mother, said. "It means that autism counts."

Nick Schneider soapbox derby car

Nick Schneider applies a shark decal to the side of a soapbox derby car. "I used to race. I kept doing it as long as I could, and went to nationals in Akron, Ohio three times. A few years ago I bought a vinyl cutter for an outside business, and got recruited to do decals," he said.

Dylan Soper soapbox derby car

Dylan Soper, 9, of Columbia, Mo. works on his soapbox derby car with his father *Matt Soper at the Soapbox Construction Clinic held at the Downtown Optimist Club on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Finding her children

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2010, Prince Sagala covers her face as she arrives at her home in Montclair, Calif. Prince Sagala's first husband, Faustino Utrera, kidnapped their children 15 years ago: a daughter who was 3-years-old, at the time, and their son 2-years-old. Sagala found them on Facebook. Utrera has been arrested in Florida, and their children are now in protective custody.

YouZeum for sale

The Routine Maintenance section of the YouZeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and shows different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The locker room set up with videos makes this room interactive for children to learn about their bodies. Similar setups can be found throughout the YouZeum.

Molly Harbarger mug

Molly Harbarger is a columnist for the Missourian.

Reginald Robinson plays piano

Composer and musician Reginald Robinson plays a piano piece titled "Freedom Dance" at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. Robinson also held a short seminar discussing the documentary he is making, and he also talked about the contributions of performers like Scott Joplin.

Virtuosi String Trio performs at jazz festival

San Francisco-based guitarist Craig Ventresco was joined on stage by bassist Svein Aarbostad and guitarist Johnnie Harper for the debut of the Virtuosi String Trio. The spontaneously created stringed instrument trio, borne of a Bay Area gig, performed Wednesday during the J. W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Reginald Robinson describes his documentary

Reginald Robinson speaks about the documentary he is making at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. Robinson, a composer and musician, is in Columbia to participate in the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival.
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