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Freshman gymnast Brittany Bendoff

MU freshman gymnast Brittany Bendoff performs during her floor routine on Friday night, Feb. 19, 2010, during the competition against Oklahoma University in the Hearnes Center. OU won the meet 197.05 to 195.50.

Red Line Saxophone Quartet

From left, Brandon Kies, Doug O'Connor, Gai Qun and Quinn Lewis of the Red Line Saxophone Quartet pose for a group photo. The four are students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. In the 2008 Plowman Competition, Red Line was given one of the judges’ special recognition awards.

John Payne

John Payne is a research assistant at the Show-Me Institute, a Missouri-based think tank.

MU pitcher Kelly Fick vs. Western Illinois

MU pitcher Kelly Fick earned the win Wednesday against Western Illinois in relief.

Mayoral candidate forum questions

Missouri freshman J. J. Bowles, an ambassador of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, reads over questions written by audience members at the mayoral candidate forum held in conjunction with the Missouri Students Association on Wednesday. A key topic of the evening was whether to install security cameras downtown.

Mayoral candidate Bob McDavid

Mayoral candidate Bob McDavid answers a question Wednesday evening at a forum held on the University of Missouri's campus.

Mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan's wife, Joan

Joan Sullivan, wife of mayoral candidate Sid Sullivan, listens to the candidates speak at a student forum on MU's campus Wednesday evening.

Mayoral candidates

Columbia mayor candidates Jerry Wade, Paul Love, Sid Sullivan, Bob McDavid and Sean O'Day answer questions at a forum Wednesday sponsored by the Missouri Students Association and the Associated Students of the University of Missouri.

Hospital hopes for faster connections

Modenia Burk, an information system team supervisor at Boone Hospital, explains how the hospital’s computer records are stored in the data room of the building’s basement. The equipment behind her allows medical professionals to access records from remote locations. Burk said some of the hospital's files are massive and it could use a faster Internet connection. Hospital officials are hoping Columbia is selected to test Google Fiber.

Connected servers

Networking cables connect Boone Hospital’s servers, which contain patient records, to a command center computer in the hospital. The hospital’s data rooms must be kept at or below 77 degrees to protect the computer system.

A close shave

Alyssa Vachon shaves Steven Devore in the parking lot in front of I B Nuts & Fruits Too and Upscale Resale on Wednesday. People across the country are participating in Gillette's bus tour, which has visited the hometowns of NASCAR drivers. Carl Edwards canceled his appearance in Columbia, where three people attended the event.

Stephens basketball player Tia LaFavor shoots a free throw

A free throw with only 27.8 seconds left in Stephens' final game of the season gave Tia LaFavor exactly 1,000 points for her career with the Stars.

Frustrated coach Anderson

Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson reacts to a bad play Wednesday near the end of the Missouri's game against Nebraska in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Dixon fouls out

Missouri freshman guard Michael Dixon Jr. watches from the bench after fouling out with eight minutes left in the game Wednesday against Nebraska in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament. Dixon helped spark the Tigers but picked up three of five fouls in 48 seconds to foul out of the game.

Missouri blocked by Nebraska

Missouri guard Miguel Paul attempts to shoot the ball but is blocked by Nebraska guard Brandon Richardson during the second half of Wednesday's first-round game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City.

Stephens basketball player Tia LaFavor

Tia LaFavor, center, talks to teammates on the bench during a Stephens game against Williams Baptist in February. LaFavor is legally deaf, but talking to her is no different than talking to a person who has perfect hearing. She enunciates well and can understand everything someone is saying as long as she can see their lips.

MU softball player Nicole Hudson vs. Northern Iowa

In high school, Missouri freshman Nicole Hudson played outfield and pitcher, but for the Tigers she is learning to play third base.

Globe Trotter Visits Hospital

Wun "The Shot" Versher from the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team takes photos with Kelsey Perez after his ball-handling performance.

Hoyle performs 'Pow Wow'

Rosa Hoyle, 15, performs her second poem, "The Pow Wow at the End of the World" by Sherman Alexie, at the Poetry Out Loud contest on March 3 at the Etta & Joseph Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City. Hoyle won the Central Regional competition Feb. 23.

Missouri Poet Laureate speaks

David Clewell addresses the audience at the Poetry Out Loud contest. Clewell's position as the 2010 Missouri Poet Laureate was announced at the competition in Jefferson City.
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