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Sam Phillips speaks at candidate forum

Sam Phillips, Columbia parent and legal practitioner, speaks as a school board candidate at an applicant forum hosted by Columbia Locally Owned Retail and Services (COLORS).

Hobby Lobby robbery

K-9 Officer Todd Alber and Lt. Carl Young discuss an armed robbery at the Hobby Lobby neat W. Worley Street on Wednesday in Columbia. At approximately 7 p.m., an assistant manager inside the store was robbed at gunpoint but escaped injury. The perpetrator fled the scene with an unknown amount of money and has not been apprehended.

James Whitt elected to school board

James Whitt, director of nonprofit organization cPhase Sports Association, speaks as a school board candidate at an applicant forum.

Robin Hubbard

Robin Hubbard, Columbia parent and former member of the Head Start advisory council, speaks as a candidate for the school board at an applicant forum held June 10 at the Elm Street Ballroom.

Martha Tomlin-McCrary

Martha Tomlin-McCrary, candidate for the Columbia School Board and former director of the Back-to-School, Stay-in-School Tutoring program, speaks at an applicant forum held June 10 at the Elm Street Ballroom.

Jonathan Sessions

Jonathan Sessions, co-owner of consulting firm Tech 2 and teacher at the Columbia Area Career Center, speaks as a school board candidate at forum on June 10 in the Elm Street Ballroom.

Hiroshima after bomb strike

A panoramic created from photos of Hiroshima, Japan, after the nuclear bomb strike on August 6, 1945.

Steven Starr

Steven Starr is an expert on nuclear weaponry. He has been trying to eliminate high-alert weapons for more than 30 years. The complexity of the scientific research regarding the issue is difficult to understand for outsiders, however. "The essence of my work is to make technical information understandable to people who are not scientists," Starr said about his work. Starr has spoken to the U.S. Senate, the United Nations in New York and Geneva and various universities.

Midnight Hoops

Columbia Police officer Keisha Edwards speaks with Missouri basketball players Tyler Stone, right, and Keith Ramsey on Wednesday during the first night of Moonlight Hoops at Douglas Park. The Columbia Police Department will be on site for the summer-league games. "It's community policing at its best," Edwards said. "It's an opportunity to interact with the community, giving them an opportunity to interact with us, building relationships."

Carroll diagnosed with liver ailment

DeMarre Carroll's agent confirmed that the former Missouri forward was diagnosed with a liver ailment "a couple years ago."

People to People Ambassador

Courtsey of Tina Schroeder
Nicole Schroeder, who just finished the fifth grade at Mill Creek Elementary, has been accepted into the People to People Ambassador Program and will travel to Australia.

Casey Palmisano in 'My Fair Lady'

First-time actor Casey Palmisano was chosen for the lead of Henry Higgins in April for the Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "My Fair Lady." This is the 30th anniversary for the theater, whose first show was "My Fair Lady."

Lindsay Holland and Julia Beale prepare for 'My Fair Lady' dress rehearsal

Actresses Lindsay Holland, rear, and Julia Beale prepare themselves for a dress rehearsal on Tuesday. It was to be the cast's last dress rehearsal before performing for the League of Women Voters Columbia-Boone County, on Wednesday. The show is scheduled to open for the public Thursday night.

Singing and dancing during a 'My Fair Lady' dress rehearsal

From left, actors Marcus Miller, Larry Bernard and Matt Davis sing and dance during a dress rehearsal of "My Fair Lady" at the Columbia Entertainment Company. The show is set to open Thursday and is expected to run for several weekends.

Making beads from magazines

Aubreyanna Wenzl, left, and Michael Castleman make beads out of magazines at the 25th annual Missouri Scholars Academy. The academy is a three-week camp for 330 students from across Missouri.

How to make wearable art

Columbia teacher Brian Stuhlman demonstrates how to make wearable art at the 25th Missouri Scholars Academy. The academy is expected to lose the majority of its funding starting in 2010.

Warming up before an acting class

Ed Grooms, center, leads Missouri Scholars Academy students through warm-up exercises during an acting for non-actors class on Tuesday. The academy is held at MU and has been operating for 25 years.

Heather Adair warms up for acting class

Heather Adair, center, who will enter her junior year of high school in the fall, goes through warm-up exercises with her fellow members of the acting for non-actors class, one of many courses offered by the Missouri Scholars Academy.

Don Asbee discusses the new mid-Missouri chapter of SNAP

Don Asbee discusses his experience as an abuse survivor and his goals for the new mid-Missouri chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests at a news conference on Tuesday. Asbee is one of the group's two founders.

Bert Schulte

Bert Schulte
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