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Missouri men's basketbal player Keith Ramsey vs. UT-Martin

Missouri sophomore forward Keith Ramsey jumps to grab a pass in the second half as UT-Martin's Delrico Lane, left, and M.J. Brown on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. UT-Martin

Missouri senior guard J.T. TIller, center, scrambles for a loose ball against Tennessee-Martin's Delrico Lane, left, and Terrance Coleman on Tuesday night the Tigers' victory at Mizzou Arena. Tiller left the game with an injured ankle early in the second half.

Lining up for the grand opening

Cars wait in a line for the extension of Providence to open up Tuesday near McKnight Plaza. The extension, jokingly called the "Gateway to the North" by Mayor Hindman, links neighborhoods previously accessed only via Range Line Street.

Commending hard work

Mayor Darwin Hindman and various members of the community listen Tuesday as City Manager Bill Watkins commends the hard work that led to the extension of Providence Road near McKnight Plaza.

Missouri basketball player Laurence Bowers against UT-Martin

Missouri and Clemson are so similar they have even crossed paths on the recruiting road. Missouri's Laurence Bowers says he got attention from Clemson. "So it is actually a game of Tigers versus Tigers,” Bowers said.

New Missouri assistant coach Matt Pell

Matt Pell, bottom, says he knew he wanted to be a coach after he graduated from MU in 2007. "I realized that I’m good at wrestling, and I want to make an impact on people’s lives," Pell said.

Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads

Iowa State football coach Paul Rhoads celebrates with his team after the Cyclones' victory over Colorado on Nov. 14 in Ames, Iowa.

Grady F. Dortch Jr.

Grady F. Dortch Jr.

H1N1 vaccine

A bottle of the H1N1 vaccine sits at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services on October 28.

Training center opens

Chamber of Commerce members arrive at the Columbia Police Regional Training Facility, which officially opened Monday. The facility was created to allow for situational and in-service training in the city, instead of outsourcing training as had been the status quo.

And, it's open

Mayor Darwin Hindman cuts the ribbon held by members of the Chamber of Commerce, signifying the official opening of the Columbia Police Regional Training Facility on Monday. The facility houses a virtual firearm simulator and will soon be receiving a virtual driving simulator.

Ready to ride

Brenda and Tim Norton sit on a motorcycle at Mid-Missouri Harley Davidson on Saturday. The Norton's have a Road King at home but wanted to check out a new bike. The Environmental Protection Agency is increasing emissions standards for motorcycle engines 280cc and above for 2010, which also affects some dirt bikes and scooters.

Time to move on

Brenda and Tim Norton sit on a motorcycle at Mid-Missouri Harley Davidson on Saturday. The Nortons have a Road King at home but wanted to check out a new bike. "I love the freedom of the ride," Brenda Norton said. "It's just the ride, not so much the destination as much as the journey."

Mary Still explains payday laons

State Rep. Mary Still, D-Columbia, points out that the average loan amount for Missouri payday lenders has increased 30.6 percent from January 2003 to January 2009. Still and state Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, hosted a hearing to review testimony regarding payday loan reform on Monday at the Columbia Public Library.

Advance America payday loans

The most recent report from the Missouri Division of Finance indicates that payday lenders in Missouri, such as Advance America in Columbia, charge an average interest rate of 430.68 percent.

Payday loans debated

State Rep. Stephen Webber, D-Columbia, left, listens to fellow State Rep. Mary Still D-Columbia, as she questions United Payday Lenders of Missouri lobbyist Randy Scherr during his testimony at Monday night's hearing at Columbia Public Library. Scherr said a significant proportion of customers of the payday lending industry are "financially savvy" individuals who are frustrated with traditional banking systems.

Crowd attends payday loan discussion

Latecomers fill standing room during the crowded legislative district hearing on payday loan reform held by state Reps. Mary Still D-Columbia, and John Burnett, D-Kansas City, at Columbia Public Library on Monday.

Missouri basketball player Keith Ramsey lifts weights

Strength and conditioning coach David Deets keeps watch while senior Keith Ramsey lifts weights during a training session.

Miguel Paul lifts weights

Missouri sophomore guard Miguel Paul lifts weights during conditioning at Mizzou Arena. The team holds conditioning sessions three times a week.

MU men's basketball team train with hurdles

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor moves over hurdles during a conditioning drill. The team focuses on speed when it trains in an effort to reach the level of fitness it will need to play “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” that has become a trademark for coach Mike Anderson.
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