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Searching for Halloween costumes

Ryan Drago exits the fitting room dressed as a Roman soldier at Gotcha, a costume rental store in Columbia. "We've searched all over. This is the only place we could find what we want," said Drago.

People rent Halloween costumes from Gotcha

Alex Valladares poses for a portrait after checking out his Greek god outfit in a mirror at Gotcha, a costume rental store in Columbia on Thursday. Valladares rented the last short tunic for Greek gods, said Ashley Counts, employee at Gotcha.

Some shop thrift stores for costumes

Nicole Denny (left) checks out the pants that will go with Steve Dudley's old man costume, at Maude Vintage Clothing and Costumes, in Columbia on Thursday. Jenna Beilgard (right) helped Dudley to find the wig, pants, jacket and cane to match his costume idea. Denny will play the role of the young woman/gold digger seeking Dudley's money at the upcoming Halloween party.

Columbia Parks superintendent discusses bridge repair with mayor, councilman

Columbia Parks development superintendent Steve Saitta, center, points out problems with bridge #12 along the MKT Trail to, from left, Mark Wahrenbrock, Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman, Third Ward Councilman Karl Skala, and Columbia resident John Wilke, on Friday, Oct. 9. Some of the wooden bridges along the MKT Trail are more than 100 years old and need to be replaced but need City Council approval before the work can proceed.

Mayor looks at bridges that need repair

Park development superintendent Steve Saitta, center, points out the problems with bridge #13 along the MKT Trail to Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman, right, Friday, Oct. 9. Some of the wooden bridges along the MKT Trail are over 100 years old and need to be replaced but need city council approval before the work can proceed.

Missouri Health Policy Summit hosts Daschle, Carmona

Former Senate Majority leader, Tom Daschle, speaks at a Missouri Health Policy Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn on Vandiver Drive on Friday. Richard H. Carmona, surgeon general during the Bush administration, also spoke.

Daschle speaks at Missouri Health Policy Summit

Former Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, speaks at the seventh annual Missouri Health Policy Summit at the Hilton Garden Inn on Vandiver Drive on Friday. Daschle talked about health care policy reform. "This (health care) is the only sector that we don't know who is going to pay and what it's going to cost," Daschle said.

'Blind' Boone home

The home of jazz musician John Williams "Blind" Boone sits on the corner of Fourth and Walnut streets. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently being renovated.

Faces of fun

Renhao Cui, left, carefully navigates the outline of his first jack-o-lantern with a carving tool while Zhiyi Li, middle, and Fei Wu look on during the Multicultural Community Hour at Memorial Union on Thursday. The students are from China and will be celebrating their first Halloween.

Staircase renovation

The renovation of the main staircase in the "Blind" Boone Home is nearly finished. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Inside the 'Blind' Boone home

The front room of the "Blind" Boone Home faces Fourth Street. The building has served as a funeral home in the past.

Chinese pumpkin

Xiaoling Song cleans out a pumpkin into which she and other students have carved the Chinese characters for "Halloween" during the Multicultural Community Hour at MU's Memorial Union on Thursday. Song says the characters literally translate to "a lot of ghosts festival."

MU women's cross country runners

Women’s cross country runners Aimee Bonte, Kinsey Farren, Emily Baker, Bailey Belvis and Laura Roxberg practice Wednesday in preparation for the Big 12 conference meet Saturday, which Missouri is hosting.

MU men's cross country runners

The men’s cross country team prepares for the Big 12 Conference meet that will be held Saturday in Columbia. This will be Missouri’s second time hosting the event.

MU football's Dan Hoch

Sophomore offensive lineman Dan Hoch (No. 77) goes through defensive drills with junior tight end Andy Loyd during football practice Tuesday at the Daniel J. Devine Pavilion.

MU football's Will Ebner

Missouri sophomore linebacker Will Ebner sacks Texas quarterback Colt McCoy during the Tigers' homecoming game against the Longhorns last Saturday.

Hickman football coach Jason Wright

Hickman football coach Jason Wright talks to his players after the Kewpies' loss to Liberty on Aug. 24, 2009.

Virginia Druhe

Virginia Druhe, a St. Louis resident, traveled to Honduras as part of a delegation from Witness for Peace in September. She went to protest President Manuel Zelaya's removal and ask for his reinstatement.

David Kerr

David Kerr was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon as the state's new economic development director. Kerr comes to the state from the Kansas Department of Commerce, where he has served as the department's secretary since 2007.

Checking the fit

Garret Fresh helps Stephanie Nieman, a fourth year student at Stephens College, get ready for the dress rehearsal of "Ah, Wilderness" at Macklenburg Playhouse on Wednesday. Nieman plays Belle in the play and said, "I feel like I have the prettiest dress in the whole show."
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