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Hickman thrower Sarah Hall warms up at practice

When she is competing, Hickman thrower Sarah Hall braids her hair in a long ponytail. That, and her success, have caused her teammates on the Hickman track and field team to nickname her Tomb Raider.

Hickman shot-putter Sarah Hall lets one fly

Hickman junior Sarah Hall practices last week at the school. Hall holds the school records for shot put and discus and placed fifth in last season's state meet in the shot.

MU Stressbusters offers free massages to students

MU sophomore Alysa Cairer rubs MU senior Betsey Emshoff's arm as part of a Stressbusters' event at the MU Medical Building on April 14.

MU Stressbusters helps to battle student stress

MU sophomore Alysa Cairer gives a back rub to MU senior Betsey Emshoff at the MU Medical Building on April 14. Cairer is a volunteer with Stressbusters, a national program that MU adopted this semester to help battle student stress.

Michael Grinfeld

Michael Jonathan Grinfeld is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Denny Banister

Denny Banister is the assistant director of public affairs for the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Boone Life: Hallsville contractor

Coffee grounds become fuel in MU lab

Postdoctoral researcher Mudahar Abdullah holds coffee grounds that will be converted into biofuel. Abdullah's research has focused on creating a process that allows the grounds to be processed while they are wet, avoiding the slow and expensive step of drying the grounds.

Coffee becomes biodiesel

Postdoctoral researcher Mudahar Abdullah displays test tubes of biofuels that are extracted from coffee grounds at MU's Agricultural Engineering Building. MU is perfecting the extraction process to make it efficient and more practical.

Saying good bye to an old friend

WILLIAM LOUNSBURY/Missourian 314.494.4290 04/19/10
Scott Ratliff (CQ) of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC pauses between cutting branches off the Hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School.

Bringing down a branch

Workers from Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC bring down a branch from the Hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School while Jeff Page, right, watches.

Taking down the hackberry tree, one limb at a time

Michael O'Connor, left, of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC helps lower a branch of the hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School while Jeff Page, right, watches.

Branch cutting

Scott Ratliff of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC cuts into a branch of the hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School on Monday.

The final branch

Scott Ratliff of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC removes the final branch of the hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School on Monday.

Hansen pitches for Hickman

Hickman senior Neil Hansen pitches during Monday's game against Jefferson City. The Kewpies' relievers struggled with their control late in the game.

Sliding into home

Hickman junior Jon Glendening slides into home plate during the first inning of Monday's game against Jefferson City. The Kewpies failed to hold on to their three-run lead.

Hickman soccer player Maggie Pace

Hickman soccer player Maggie Pace, left, battles for the ball against Lindbergh midfielder Lindsey Oettle in competition early this month at Hickman. Paces comes from a soccer background — every member of her large family has played at one point or another. Her father, Kevin Pace, is a coach for Carrera Soccer Club in Columbia.

Drag show benefit raises money for Sydney Timmons' funeral

Friends of Sydney Timmons gather for a group photo at Peppers Night Club in Columbia on Sunday. Timmons' friends performed various songs in honor of their friend to help raise money for Timmons' funeral.

Friends gather to honor Sydney Timmons

Friends gather to support each other at a benefit for Sydney Timmons held at Peppers Night Club in Columbia on Sunday. The drag show benefit helped raise money for Timmons' funeral.

Benefit honors Sydney Timmons

Blythe Anderson, also known by her drag name, Ken Lickit, wears a shirt in honor of Sydney Timmons, who died last Monday. A benefit was held Sunday Night at to raise money for Timmons' funeral.
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