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Skip Walther

Skip Walther is president of The Missouri Bar.

Proposal would require city, county to clean up Hinkson Creek

John Belaka of Columbia looks for trash while walking in the Hinkson Creek near Walnut Street on Oct. 7, 2006. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources says there is a lack of aquatic life, indicating pollution. It wants Columbia and Boone County to clean up the waterway by reducing the amount of stormwater that drains into the creek by just over 50 percent.

Hickman girls soccer beats visiting Jefferson City

Hickman junior midfielder Emily Darter is congratulated by teammate Grace Grigg after scoring Hickman's first goal Tuesday night against visiting Jefferson City.

Hickman soccer player vs. Jefferson City

Hickman sophomore midfielder Paige Nelson, left, scored the Kewpies' second goal Tuesday night against visiting Jefferson City.

Hickman thrower Sarah Hall warms up at practice

When she is competing, Hickman thrower Sarah Hall braids her hair in a long ponytail. That, and her success, have caused her teammates on the Hickman track and field team to nickname her Tomb Raider.

Hickman shot-putter Sarah Hall lets one fly

Hickman junior Sarah Hall practices last week at the school. Hall holds the school records for shot put and discus and placed fifth in last season's state meet in the shot.

MU Stressbusters offers free massages to students

MU sophomore Alysa Cairer rubs MU senior Betsey Emshoff's arm as part of a Stressbusters' event at the MU Medical Building on April 14.

MU Stressbusters helps to battle student stress

MU sophomore Alysa Cairer gives a back rub to MU senior Betsey Emshoff at the MU Medical Building on April 14. Cairer is a volunteer with Stressbusters, a national program that MU adopted this semester to help battle student stress.

Michael Grinfeld

Michael Jonathan Grinfeld is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Denny Banister

Denny Banister is the assistant director of public affairs for the Missouri Farm Bureau.

Boone Life: Hallsville contractor

Coffee grounds become fuel in MU lab

Postdoctoral researcher Mudahar Abdullah holds coffee grounds that will be converted into biofuel. Abdullah's research has focused on creating a process that allows the grounds to be processed while they are wet, avoiding the slow and expensive step of drying the grounds.

Coffee becomes biodiesel

Postdoctoral researcher Mudahar Abdullah displays test tubes of biofuels that are extracted from coffee grounds at MU's Agricultural Engineering Building. MU is perfecting the extraction process to make it efficient and more practical.

Saying good bye to an old friend

WILLIAM LOUNSBURY/Missourian 314.494.4290 04/19/10
Scott Ratliff (CQ) of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC pauses between cutting branches off the Hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School.

Bringing down a branch

Workers from Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC bring down a branch from the Hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School while Jeff Page, right, watches.

Taking down the hackberry tree, one limb at a time

Michael O'Connor, left, of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC helps lower a branch of the hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School while Jeff Page, right, watches.

Branch cutting

Scott Ratliff of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC cuts into a branch of the hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School on Monday.

The final branch

Scott Ratliff of Arthur Ratliff Tree & Stump Removal LLC removes the final branch of the hackberry tree at Benton Elementary School on Monday.

Hansen pitches for Hickman

Hickman senior Neil Hansen pitches during Monday's game against Jefferson City. The Kewpies' relievers struggled with their control late in the game.

Sliding into home

Hickman junior Jon Glendening slides into home plate during the first inning of Monday's game against Jefferson City. The Kewpies failed to hold on to their three-run lead.
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