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Sarah Read

Sarah Read laughs with other members of the First Christian Church planning committee as they debate about the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several other planning committees across the city to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

New Missouri Theatre CEO

R. Eric Staley, the newly hired chief executive of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, poses for a portrait on Friday. A graduate of MU, Staley's career has been spent working with nonprofit organizations, including the Central Missouri Food Bank and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

One in 50 million: contractor

Jamie Kroll, a private contractor in Columbia, disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Kroll, his wife and two sons do not have health insurance because at a cost of $18,000 a year for the entire family, not including dental, they cannot afford it.

One in 50 million: Kroll

Private contractor Jamie Kroll disassembles a deck on Oct. 3. Because he is self-employed, Kroll cannot afford to pay $18,000 a year, nearly a third of his annual income, for private health insurance for his family. "Generally it isn't a big deal. I'm healthy and my family's pretty healthy, but every five or six years or so I cut my finger on a saw, and then I've got a problem," Kroll said.

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile

During the school day, Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile likes to joke with his coworkers in the physical education department at the school. After school on the football field, he brings an intensity to his job that exemplifies the work ethic he tries to instill in his players.

Reesing, Kansas struggle

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing (5) passes the ball during the first half against Oklahoma. Reesing threw three first-half interceptions.

Couple collects glassware

A Japanese couple, Kiwamu and his wife, Yuki, spend quality time at Artichoke Annie's Antique Mall on Oct. 18. When they learned about Fire-King a year ago, Yuki found it pretty and useful, whereas Kiwamu found it cheap. Today, however, both Kiwamu and Yuki look for a line of Fire-King that satisfies their taste and need. "We appreciate the distinctive quality exhibited in the Fire-King line," Yuki said.

Wheelchair dancing teaches lessons

Instructor Chris Pruitt gives ballroom dancing lessons Oct. 15 to Lorraine Cannistra, a resident of Lawrence, Kan. Cannistra is a member of Groovability, a Kansas City wheelchair ballroom dance troupe that will host a Dance-a-Thon to raise money this weekend.

Columbia's First Arthritus Walk

Participants of the Arthritis Walk round the track at Stankowski Field on Friday, September 11, 2009. Rebecca Staggemeier and Jackie Piel brought the Arthritis Walk to Columbia.

Susan Hughs participates in Arthritus Walk

Susan Hughes suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and walks five to six days a week to help with the pain.

Walk with Me

Pins lie at the registration table of the event which raised about $5,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.

Tight-knit Group

Knitters of Ravelry Happy Hour meet at True Blue Fiber Friends on Oct. 16, 2009. Michelle Fobbs continues to work to try and finish her project even while other knitters take a break.

Weaving Relationships

Barbara Gruner, left, Mandy Huelsmeyer and Bex Oliger chat on their way out after the group's Happy Hour.

Inneco directs "Un-Halloween Concert"

Alex Inneco leads the choir and signals a sound technician during a dress rehearsal at the Missouri United Methodist Church on December 2, 2007. On October 31, he will be directing the 9th Street Philharmonic Orchestra's "Un-Halloween Concert," which will feature Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6, Mendelsshon’s Symphony No. 5 and Brahms Hungarian Dances No. 5 and 6.

Spinning their wheels

Carisa Schuster and Bill Chisenhall chat while knitting. Chisenhall learned how to crochet a year ago in order to make his girlfriend a bikini.

Hamlin celebrates, Edwards heads to pits

Denny Hamlin does a burn out as Carl Edwards heads to the pits Sunday after the Tums 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va.

Missouri women's soccer team claims Big 12 title

Senior midfielder Bree Thorton drives the ball down the field during Missouri's game against the Nebraska on Sunday.

Kendra Collins dribbles past Huskers

Kendra Collins, a sophomore forward for the Tigers, dribbles the ball past her opponent Sunday. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 5-0 to win the Big 12 championship.

Missouri women's soccer players celebrate win

Missouri women's soccer players, from left, Kendra Collins, Alysha Bonnick and Bree Thorton celebrate after winning the Big 12 regular season championship on Sunday.

Senior Crystal Wagner dribbles during the Big 12 championship game

Senior defender Crystal Wagner dribbles the ball away from a Nebraska opponent.
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