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Struggling for space

Nadine Greenfield-Binstock helps her son, Eliav, 2, put away his shoes in the Washington family's converted dining room. The Binstocks are expecting child No. 2 in July, but can't afford to buy another home until they sell their current one.

After quirks comes focus

Hallsville junior varsity basketball player Josh Grove, second from right, takes a moment to "get rid of everything off the court and focus" in an interesting series of quirky gestures while teammates Gavin Jones, left, Miles Drummond and Tyler Jones listen to their coach's instructions moments before tip-off in Ashland on Thursday.

Comparing oil collections

Scott Schulte holds up two samples of used cooking oil to compare their quality in the garage of his Columbia home on Friday. The clear one on the right is of good quality. The brown one on the left has been used extensively before being exchanged and contains many impurities and solids. "Some restaurants clearly want to make the most out of their oil," Schulte says with a smile.

Keeping a clean record

To keep track of where he gets the best oil from, Schulte keeps a collection of samples in his garage. Some restaurants use their oil more extensively than others, leaving it contaminated with many impurities and solids when Schulte picks it up.

Talking business

Scott Schulte of Columbia leans against the back of his vegetable oil-fueled truck in the garage of his home on Friday. In January 2008, Schulte, a retired park superintendent of the Rock Bridge State Park and a section of the Katy Trail, started his business called Biofuels, where he sells filtered and purified vegetable oil that can be used as a diesel substitute in specially prepared cars.

Schulte demonstrates homemade filter system

Scott Schulte demonstrates his homemade straight vegetable oil filter system in the garage of his Columbia home on Feb. 13. Schulte, a retired park superintendent of the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and a section of the Katy Trail, buys old cooking oil from restaurants in the area and filters out impurities and solids to fuel his 2006 Chevrolet Duramax pick-up truck. Since January 2008 Schulte has also been running a business called Biofuels, where he sells the purified vegetable oil.

Oil on wheels

Scott Schulte equipped the interior of his van with an interconnected array of tanks, pumps and hoses that allows him to collect the used cooking oil from the restaurants in a 100-mile radius around Columbia. "I want that protection," Schulte said about why he built the system in the van. "It's hard to keep your stuff nice and clean when it's exposed to the elements."

Manage the flow of diesel

The fuel injection control module and the Pollak 6 port valve are located in the bottom left corner. The control module is the silver block, the valve is the black box attached to it. Both are part of the Golden Fuel system in Schulte's car that manage the flow of diesel and the filtered and heated straight vegetable oil (SVO) stored in the tank on the back of the truck into the engine. When Schulte starts the engine of his Chevrolet, it runs on regular diesel until it reaches operating temperature. The hot coolant can then be used to heat the more viscous vegetable oil in the tank. Once it is heated up properly, Schulte flips a switch on his dashboard and the car runs on SVO.

State wrestling championship

Park Hill junior Alan Waters tries to break down Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia in the title match during the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Waters led throughout the length of the match.

Wrestling reversal

Hickman senior Vince Pascaglia attemps a reversal on Park Hill junior Alan Waters in the title match during the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Pascaglia lost the match 13-5.

Discussing strategy

Senior Sofia Ayala exchanges a glance with her doubles partner freshman Danielle Day during the meet against Minnesota on Saturday. Ayala and Day lost the match to Karina Chiarelli and Alessandra Ferrazzi.

MU tennis player Jessica Giuggioli

Missouri senior Jessica Giuggioli lines up her return in her match against Minnesota sophomore Alessandra Ferrazzi on Feb. 21 at the Green Center.

Hickman wrestler Vince Pescaglia falls in state final

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia winces in pain after Park Hill junior Alan Waters landed on his left foot late in the second period of the Class 4 119-pound title match at the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament on Feb. 21 at Mizzou Arena. Pescaglia lost the match 13-5.

Feeling the pressure

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers (21) is pressured by Colorado guard Javon Coney (14) during the second half of the Missouri-Colorado basketball game.

Denmon and Lyons rebound

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon (12) and forward Leo Lyons (5) go up for a rebound as Colorado forward Austin Dufault (33) looks on during the second half of the Missouri-Colorado basketball game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday. Missouri beat Colorado 66-53.

Leo Lyons at Colorado

Missouri's Leo Lyons drives against Colorado's Austin Dufault on Feb. 21 in the Tigers' road victory.

Vince Pescalgia attempting a takedown

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia attempts to knock Seckman sophomore Denny Kleinschrodtover during the semifinals of the MSHAA state wrestling meet on Friday at Mizzou Arena. Pescaglia defeated Kleinschrodt to advance to the final round, putting one match between him and the title he's tried to capture unsuccessfully twice before.

Vince Pescalgia holding his position

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia tries to maintain the lock he has on Seckman sophomore Denny Kleinschrodt during the semifinals of the MSHAA state wrestling meet on Friday at Mizzou Arena as match official Lenny Gino makes the count.

Belcher's press conference

New Superintendent Chris Belcher said he hopes to stay with the school district for more than the three years his contract requires.

Answering questions

Newly hired superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions next to school board President Michelle Gadbois, during a press conference at the school district administration building Friday. Belcher expressed his excitement to join the district and said he looks forward to starting on July 1.
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