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Dorm room charred remnants

The charred remnants of the replica dorm room sit on display after the live burn Fire Factor event. This display is to show students what could happen to an average dorm room three minutes after the fire alarm goes off. Steven Sapp, fire marshal for the Columbia Fire Department, said that on average the Fire Department won't arrive at the scene until five minutes after the alarm sounds.

Participant prepares to rappel

CORRECTED CAPTION: Belayer Caleb Bentsen, left, slowly lowers an Over the Edge participant, Valerie Metherne, during the practice run three stories up at the Tiger Hotel on Wednesday. Participants who raised more than $1,000 for the Special Olympics were able to rappel off the building. An earlier version of this caption misidentified Metherne.

Battling a live burn

Firefighters Joel Pauley, left, and Klif Bullard of the Columbia Fire Department spray down the flames of a replica dorm room Wednesday at Speakers Circle. The goal of the live burn was to show the speed at which fire spreads and the unpredictability of its nature.

Mussels eating up carps' food supplies

In this July 2009 file photo, invasive quagga mussels cover this formerly sunken boat in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nev. Even if dreaded Asian carp elude barriers and make their way into Lake Michigan, their spread may be limited because there won't be much for them to eat. Scientists are reporting that another invasive species, the tiny quagga mussel, is causing profound changes in the lake's food web and has gobbled up much of the plankton that the carp would need to survive.

Participating in the firefighter challenge

Caroline Dobrez, 19, an MU sophomore, hoists a fire hose over her shoulder while Lt. Ron Fisher, assistant fire marshal of the Columbia Fire Department, gives her instructions in preparation for the firefighter challenge Wednesday. The firefighter challenge was part of Fire Factor, an event put on by both the Fire Department and MU to raise fire safety awareness among college students.

A hug for a brother

Kidney transplant patient Ethan Russell, 8, gets a hug from his sister, Emma Russell, 10, following a press conference at University Hospital on Wednesday. Nancy Russell, Ethan's mother, donated the kidney for his transplant, which was the hospital's 1,000th performed. The first transplant at the hospital was in 1972.

University Hospital completes 1,000th kidney transplant

Kidney transplant patient Ethan Russell, 8, gets a hug from his sister Emma Russell, 10, following a press conference at University Hospital on Wednesday. Nancy Russell, Ethan's mother, donated the kidney for his transplant, which was the hospital's 1,000th performed. The first transplant at the hospital was in 1972.

Vocabulary hat parade shows fourth-graders' creativity

Sally Kim, a Paxton Keeley Elementary fourth-grader, watches her classmates parade throughout the school for the fourth-grade vocabulary word parade on Wednesday. Each fourth-grade student picked a vocabulary word that was new to them and decorated a hat to illustrate that word for the parade.

Vocabulary Day at Paxton Keeley

Paxton Keeley Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Kristin Nies asks her students to raise their hands if they had fun during their vocabulary word parade on Wednesday. The school’s fourth-graders decorated hats illustrating a vocabulary word of their choice, with many getting their inspiration from books the class was reading or from their parent’s suggestions. After two weeks of preparation, the students paraded around the school showing the other classes their decorated hats.

Ethan Russell recieves transplant from mother

Kidney transplant patient Ethan Russell, 8, gets a hug from his sister Emma Russell, 10, following a press conference at University Hospital on Sept. 29, 2010. Nancy Russell, Ethan's mother, donated the kidney for his transplant, which was the hospital's 1,000th performed. The first transplant at the hospital was in 1972.

Over the Edge raises money for Special Olympics

Belayer Caleb Bentsen, left, slowly lowers an Over the Edge participant, *Valerie Metherne, right, during the practice run three stories up at the Tiger Hotel on Wednesday. Participants who raised more than $1,000 dollars for the Special Olympics were able to repel off the building.

Hickman volleyball player Morgan Popejoy vs. Helias

Hickman senior Morgan Popejoy tries to swat a spike past Helias Catholic defender Anna Murphy. Popejoy switched from outside hitter to middle hitter for Tuesday's match.

International Flag Day speech

David Currey, director of International Student and Scholar Services, makes a speech during the MU International Day Flag Ceremony on Tuesday. "I think it's beautiful," he said about the display of the flags. He also said the day was a great way to help others learn how to get involved with international programs and students on campus.

Hickman volleyball players Kimberly Lake and Emily Peel vs. Helias

Hickman's Kimberly Lake, left, and Emily Peel, right, jump for a block against Helias Catholic's Lisa Bruns. Lake moved to right-side hitter for Tuesday's match.

International Flag Day ceremony

International students and volunteers carry more than 60 international flags from the Francis Quadrangle to Lowry Mall on Tuesday. The MU International Day Flag Ceremony was started three years ago in an attempt to create more awareness of the International students that attend MU. An international bazaar on Lowry Mall featuring international cuisine and cultural presentations followed the ceremony.

Columbia Independent School field trip

From left to right, Yana Lubahn, parent volunteer for Columbia Independent School, holds out the Turkish flag to show her daughter, Victoria Lubahn, 7, and her classmates, Dina Grafakos, 7, and Matte Lopez, 7, on their field trip to Lowry Mall for MU International Day on Tuesday. "The setup is just beautiful," she said. "Because our school has so much diversity, it is great to come see this."

Hickman volleyball player Emily Peel vs. Helias Catholic

Hickman senior Emily Peel reaches to make a hit in the Kewpies' match Tuesday against Helias Catholic. A lineup change at Monday's practice couldn't prevent the Kewpies from losing the match 25-11, 27-25.

Sarah Davis holds Micah

Sarah Davis has been a member of La Leche League, an international organization that encourages mothers to breast-feed their childen, for seven years.

Sarah Davis breast-feeds son Micah

Sarah Davis breast-feeds her 9-month son, Micah, on Friday at her home in Columbia. Davis has been a member of the La Leche League since the birth of her first child 7 years ago. Her three sons have never had a bottle, Davis said.

Rock Bridge golfer Morgan Reimler

A summer of practice with her father and uncle have helped Morgan Reimler become the No. 2 golfer for the Rock Bridge girls golf team this season.
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