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Missouri State H.O.G. Rally kicks off first day

John Luce of Springfield, Mo, signals for riders to begin during a game of "Slow Ride" at the Missouri H.O.G. Rally on Friday in the Holiday Inn parking lot located off Interstate 70. The biker who makes it to the finish line the slowest without their feet touching the ground is the winner.

Peace Nook celebrates 20 years

Flags wave outside the Peace Nook on East Broadway. The Peace Nook will celebrate its 20-year anniversary at 3 p.m. in Stephens Lake Park on Friday.

Sporting MU's colors, logo

A new street sign bearing the MU black and gold colors is mounted at the intersection of Ninth Street and Elm Street. Sixteen of the 123 new street signs the university added throughout campus a few weeks ago have already been taken.

Black and gold signs disappearing

Sixteen of the 123 new black and gold MU-themed street signs that MU added throughout campus a few weeks ago have already been taken. Shown here is the street signs bearing the MU black and gold colors at the intersection of Ninth Street and University Avenue. Most of the new MU-themed street signs were installed by Aug. 12 and paid for with the money from the MU Alumni Association.

Controlling growth of carp

In this May 8, 2006, file photo, Jim Kirby, an outdoor writer from Palos Park, Ill., prepares to shoot Asian silver carp as they start jumping alongside his boat during a bowfishing trip near Utica, Ill. A federal judge has set Sept. 7 as the next hearing in a multistate lawsuit demanding tougher action to prevent Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania want to close locks and install barriers to stop the voracious fish.

Jumping carp

In this Aug. 19 photo, Asian Carp try to make their way upstream on the Kansas River near Edwardsville, Kan. Although now only 10 inches long, some could reach 100 pounds and take huge bites out of Kansas' $250 million sport fishing economy by crowding out native fish. Some could also eventually endanger boaters and skiers because, when a boat passes, the fish panic and jump, becoming 10- to 60-pound missiles and occasionally smacking into people.

Beetle Bailey postage stamp unveiled

District Director of the U.S. Postal Service David Martin and Missouri Chancellor Emeritus Richard Wallace together unveil the newly released Beetle Bailey postage stamp in front of the Beetle Bailey statue at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Friday. Creator of the classic comic strip, Mort Walker, is an MU grad, and though he was unable to attend the ceremony, he will be back on campus Oct. 22.

Unveiling of new Beetle Bailey postage stamp

Bill Janocha, assistant to comic strip Beetle Bailey creator and MU grad Mort Walker, speaks to the crowd at the unveiling of the newly released Beetle Bailey postage stamp at the Beetle Bailey statue in front of the Reynolds Alumni Center Friday. A Syracuse University graduate, Janocha has worked with Walker for 23 years.

Beetle Bailey postage stamp commemorates creator

Posted on the back of the event's programs, the newly released Beetle Bailey postage stamp commemorates Beetle Bailey creator and MU grad Mort Walker at the unveiling ceremony at the Reynolds Alumni Center Friday. The ceremony included speakers from the university, the U.S. Postal Service and Walker's assistant of 23 years, Bill Janocha.

Missouri filmmaker tells stories of the homeless

Mark Horvath, right, of Los Angeles, documents Angie and Matt Heppermann, who live at the Budget Inn in Wentzville, Mo. Horvath, formerly homeless, is documenting the couple for his site where homeless people tell their own stories.

Third graders ready for CIS balloon launch

Megan Pursifull's third grade class poses for a picture moments before launch at Columbia Independent School on Friday. The school caters to grades k-12 and has about 315 students.

CIS hosts annual balloon launch

An enormous amount of balloons, ready to be launched, fill a room at Columbia Independent School on Friday. The balloon colors represent the gold and blue school colors.

Students watch balloons drift to sky

Senior Abbi Clearinger and pre-kindergartner Claire Opie watch as the mass of balloons drift in the wind on Friday. Middle and Upper School Director, Doug Sept, says that an older student is paired with a younger one so that they can each make a friend and properly launch a balloon.

CIS students release balloons to start school year

The Columbia Independent School student body releases balloons on their campus to mark the commencement of the school year on Friday. This is the twelfth consecutive year that the balloons have been launched.

FIle of MU softball player Jenna Marston

Jenna Marston led Team USA in batting average at the International Baseball Federation’s Women’s World Cup in Venezuela.

Rock Bridge football player Sheldon Gerau

Bruins senior Sheldon Gerau is the younger brother of MU receiver Brandon Gerau, who helped the Bruins upset the Kewpies in 2005.

Rock Bridge football players get pep talk

Rock Bridge players gather around head football coach A.J. Ofodile at the end of the Bruins practice Thursday on Faurot Field.

Mother and daughter ride together

Christina Osamtowski, 16, and her mother Tami Osamtowski rode 420 miles from Columbus, Neb. Christina began riding on the back of her mom's bike when she was 6 years old and has had her motorcycle license for less than a year. She was the youngest biker at the last two bike rallies that they attended.

Caring for the classics

Joe Banks, 72, rode to Columbia from Princeton. “I’ve rode my whole life,” said Banks, who started out riding dirt bikes. He now owns a variety of classic bikes that he rode when he was younger, which he enters in various competitions.

Having fun and helping out

Henry Barchet, 56, stands beside his wife, Debbie, 55, with his custom Harley-Davidson. They came to Columbia from Waterloo, Ill. “You immediately strike up friendships here because you have something in common,” Henry said. “You ride a Harley.” He and his wife have met bikers from Belgium and France in the past. Henry, who has been riding since the 1960s, is more than the "official biker bingo caller" for the 2010 Missouri State H.O.G. Rally; he’s also the 2011 Make a Wish, “Ride for Wishes” chair. “We do a lot of good,” Henry said. “We do things for kids and veterans.”
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