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Getting saddled and ready

Columbia equestrian enthusiast Lucie Hess saddles her appaloosa horse Spanky before a trail ride on Tuesday. Hess participates in organized trail and endurance rides around the country with her horses.

Trail plans cut

The Parks and Recreation department recently cut plans for a 17-acre equestrian area near Gans Creek Recreation Area.

MU baseball player Blake Brown

Missouri freshman outfielder Blake Brown hit his first home run for the Tigers in the second-inning Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Hickman goalkeeper Monica Ross

Hickman senior goalkeeper Monica Ross faces a shot from Pembroke Hill's Madison Thrane.

Hickman girls soccer player Katie LaRue

Hickman senior Katie LaRue, left, tries to get the ball around Pembroke Hill defender Hannah Lewis, center, and goalkeeper Jackie Robinson.

President Obama signs health care bill

President Barack Obama signs the health care bill Tuesday in the East Room of the White House.

Health care reform supporters applaud new law

Participants applaud in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday where President Barack Obama, flanked by Macelas Owens of Seattle, left, and Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., right, signs the health care bill. Behind the president, from left are Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Vice President Joe Biden, Vicki Kennedy, widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Ryan Smith of Turlock, Calif., Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., House Majority Whip James Clyburn of S.C., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

Kespohl and Skala

Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala passes the microphone to Gary Kespohl, who is running against Skala for the council position, after answering a question on tax-increment financing during the debate hosted by the Columbia Missourian on Monday evening.

Missourian Media Guide

Missourian Media Guide

Obama signs health care bill

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to cheers as they arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington this morning where the president was to sign the health care bill.

Loom weaving at Stephens College

Oralia Chopin weaves before a crowd in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening, during a backstrap loom weaving demonstration. Chopin is the vice president of TRAMA Textiles, a Guatemalan fair trade weaving cooperative that she said was organized to help women provide for themselves in the poor conditions caused by war in the 1980s. This was translated by Lorna McCune, a Spanish instructor and first year Anthropology Ph.D. student at MU.

Guatemalan weavers demonstrate craft at Stephens College

Amparo de Rubio, the president of TRAMA Textiles, laughs as she holds a piece of fabric in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening. She said that the pattern is ceremonial and carries great religious significance in Guatemala. This was translated by Lorna McCune, a Spanish instructor and first year Anthropology Ph.D. student at MU.

Guatemalan weaver prepares for demonstration at Stephens College

Oralia Chopin weaves threads together before a backstrap loom weaving demonstration begins in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening. Chopin is vice president of TRAMA Textiles, a Guatemalan fair trade weaving cooperative that offers women employment opportunities. She said that she works at the store or with the other women some days, so she can't weave everyday, but she still enjoys weaving when she can. This was translated by Catherine Withrow, a liberal arts instructor at Stephens College.

Guatemalan weaver: Pulling strings

Oralia Chopin weaves threads together before a backstrap loom weaving demonstration begins in Stamper Commons at Stephens College on Monday evening. Chopin, 34, has been weaving since she was eight years old. She said that her 3 1/2-year-old daughter, Carla, is already beginning to learn how to weave. This was translated by Catherine Withrow, a liberal arts instructor at Stephens College who volunteered with the women last summer and helped organize their visit from Guatemala to the U.S.

Fourth Ward candidate Read responds at debate

From left: Daryl Dudly, Rick Buford, Sarah Read and Tracy Greever-Rice are all vying for the Fourth Ward council seat. Candidate Read answers a question about the balance of power between the city manager and the importance of having council input on hiring and firing practices for the city during the Columbia Missourian's candidate debate Monday evening.

Mayoral candidates mingle at debate

From left: Mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan speaks with John Clark while Khesha Duncan, mayoral candidate Paul Love and Joan Sullivan discuss racial issues in Columbia. The debate, sponsored by the Columbia Missourian, continued with questions for the Fourth Ward candidates Monday evening.

Missourian holds mayoral candidate debate

From left: Mayoral candidates Sean O'Day, Bob McDavid, Paul Love, Jerry Wade and Sid Sullivan address questions posed by moderator David Lile of KFRU during the Columbia Missourian's candidate debate on Monday evening. Questions spanned issues including tax increment financing, St. Charles Road improvements, use tax and developments within the city.

Ugandan strappy sandals

Rachel Heaton models sandals made by Sseko Designs in Peace Park on Monday. Liz Forkin founded the company to give jobs to Ugandan girls.

Sandals of Sseko Design

Rachel Heaton models sandals made by Sseko Designs in Peace Park on Monday. Liz Forkin founded the company to give jobs to Ugandan girls.
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