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MU Alumni Band plays

Director Gary Taylor leads the MU Alumni Band during its performance on Wednesday at the Missouri women's basketball game against Alabama-Birmingham at Mizzou Arena.

Roger Smith attends class

Roger Smith listens during his Student Success Center learning strategies class in Middlebush Hall on Nov. 16. Smith attended community college for four years without obtaining a degree and is now enrolled in Mizzou pursuing a degree in Health Sciences.

Roger Smith spends time with his children

Roger Smith talks with his son Roman, 8, about his day at school, while Smith's daughter Quenecia, 10, works on her homework at the dining room table as well. As soon as the kids got home from school, they sat down at the dining room table to start working on their homework. Smith has returned to school at Mizzou to study Health Sciences.

State parks director examines homestead

Missouri State Parks director Bill Bryan looks at an old homestead that has fallen into disrepair at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Kaiser on Nov. 22. Officials would like to fix it but have to weigh the costs.

Parks district supervisor explains budget woes

Parks district supervisor Denny Bopp, right, explains on Nov. 22 to Missouri State Parks director Bill Bryan, left, that because an original support beam on a circa-1940 shelter house, which has begun to deteriorate near its base is still sound, the cosmetic damage probably will not be repaired soon at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Kaiser. The structure has been in continual use since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Moss covers Lake of the Ozarks roof

Moss grows on the wood shake shingle roof of a restroom built seven decades ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Kaiser on Nov. 22. A park supervisor said the roof would probably not be scheduled to be replaced unless it was leaking enough to damage the underlying structure.

MU women's basketball player Sydney Crafton vs. UAB

Missouri sophomore guard Sydney Crafton scores against Alabama-Birmingham guard LaShaunda Pratt in Wednesday night's Tigers victory.

MU women's basketball player Christine Flores vs. UAB

Missouri junior forward Christine Flores drives against Alabama-Birmingham defenders during Wednesday night's game at Mizzou Arena. Flores led the Tigers in scoring with 28 points.

Alexander reaches for football

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danario Alexander catches a 46-yard pass during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Plant list tops 300,000

In this Oct. 8 file photo, people walk among trees shedding their leaves and changing to seasonal autumnal colors at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London. U.S. and British scientists have drawn up a list of all the world's known land plants — a 300,000-species strong compendium which they say will boost conservation and help regulate trade and medicine.

Jan Wheeler practices Reiki

Jan Wheeler performs Reiki in the morning in her bedroom. Jan practices Reiki, an ancient Japanese healing and stress-relief technique, every morning after doing breathing exercises. She sends Reiki, which she says can also function like a prayer, to friends, family and clients she believes need her prayers.

Story about arrest in connection with cotton ball incident visited by more readers than any other article

An article about the arrest of two MU students after cotton balls were scattered in front of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Feb. 26 received more views than any other story on ColumbiaMissourian.com in 2010. At 47,020 views, the article received more than twice as many page views as the second-most viewed story of the year, an article about Derrick Washington's suspension from MU's football team.

MU professor named one of the top 25 professors and education leaders in the country

Benyamin Schwarz, an MU professor for 17 years, researches environmental gerontology.

British and U.S. scientists create plant list

In this Oct. 8 photo, people walk among trees shedding their leaves and changing to seasonal autumn colors at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London. U.S. and British scientists have drawn up a list of all the world's known land plants - a 300,000-species strong compendium which they say will boost conservation and help regulate trade and medicine.

Andrew Gachkar celebrates

Senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar celebrates during the second half of the 2010 Insight Bowl.

Iowa's Stanzi throws a pass

Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Ricky Stanzi thows a pass during the 2010 Insight Bowl. Despite completing 30 less passes than MIssouri's Blaine Gabbert, Iowa's performance prevailed overall. MU lost 27-24.

Jerrell Jackson tackled

Junior wide receiver Jerrell Jackson is tackled by Iowa's Shaun Prater during the fourth quarter of the 2010 Insight Bowl.

Downtrodden Missouri team leaves the field

Sophomore wide receiver Gahn McGaffie and the rest of MU's team leave the field after losing to Iowa 27-24 during the 2010 Insight Bowl.

Iowa interception

Iowa's Mycha Hyde completed a 72-yard interception for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2010 Insight Bowl. MU lost 27-24.

Rock Bridge girs basketball player Carmen Boessen vs. Lee's Summit West

Rock Bridge junior Carmen Boessen scores over Lee's Summit West senior Katie Kelly in Tuesday night's game at the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational in Jefferson City.
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