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Standing up for George Tiller

From left, across the front row, Vicky Wilson, State Rep. Mary Still, Sean Spence and Bonnie Trickey are among those at the vigil Tuesday night to remember George Tiller, the abortion doctor who was killed Sunday in his church. Heavy rain caused the gathering to move from Peace Park to MU's McAlester Hall.

A light to remember

“During this time of tragedy, it’s important to grieve, but it’s also important to stand up for what we believe in,” said Michelle Turpino, lobbyist and mid-Missouri spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood.

A horse fan

Dianne Lynch likes horses and is attracted to the Stephens equestrian program. "It is one of the truly unique parts of the school," she said. Her 11-year-old daughter, Annie, will learn to ride on a horse named Chopper when she arrives in Columbia.

Learning combat moves for the stage

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch stops to watch professor Erik Gratton's Stage Combat class on Tuesday. The students, who will perform a full fight scene toward the end of their summer class, showed off a few moves to Lynch.

That fear might be gone

Karren Prasifka and Stephens College President Dianne Lynch share a laugh. Prasifka said she decided to join the college's equestrian program to "get over my fear of riding a horse."

Meeting colleagues

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch introduces herself to employee Jim Klick, who has worked as the supervisor of the college's Mechanic Shop for more than two years. Lynch met a number of faculty, students and staff on Tuesday.

Cleaning desks

11-year-old Lucy Kingsley, left, looks on as fellow fifth-grade classmates clean out their desks on the last day of school at Fairview Elementary in Columbia on Tuesday.

Taking a picture on the last day of school

11-year-olds Da'Jon Gully, left, and Lucas Wadley pose for a photo on their last day of fifth grade at Fairview Elementary in Columbia.

Comden and Day

Barry Comden and singer-actress Doris Day are shown in this 1976 photo. Comden died of heart failure on May 25 in Los Angeles, according to his son.

Barry Comden with Doris Day

Barry Comden, a maitre d' at a Beverly Hills restaurant, became the fourth husband of singer-actress Doris Day. Comden died of heart failure on May 25 in Los Angeles, according to his son.

Hindman talks status of crime in Columbia

Mayor Darwin Hindman stands with Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser and addresses the press about crime in Columbia. The mayor introduced an Internet-based program that residents can use to review crimes committed in their neighborhoods.

Truck crashes into electric pole

A PAR Electrical Contractors Inc. truck hoists three linemen above a totaled black Chevy S-10. The Chevy's driver was reported to have been driving eastbound on Business Loop 70 when he veered right and crashed into an electric transmission pole, splintering it in two.

Saturn of Columbia

Saturn of Columbia, part of Lou Fusz Auto Group, was open for business as usual on Monday. Saturn, which is owned by General Motors, filed for bankruptcy Monday.

GM files for bankruptcy

The sign for Sullivan Buick Pontiac and GMC is reflected in a car on the lot on Monday in Arlington Heights, Ill. General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday as part of the Obama administration's plan to restructure the company and give majority ownership to the federal government.

Hairspray rehearsal

From left, actors Daryl Vaughan, David Hemsley Caldwell and Annie Funke practice a scene from "Hairspray," the opening play of the 49th season at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Vaughan, who will perform in drag as Edna Turnblad, is a regular face in Lyceum shows. Lead actress Funke, playing Tracy Turnblad, previously worked as an understudy for the role in the Broadway production.

You can't stop the beat

Cast members of "Hairspray" dance around Stephen Lukas, center left, and Annie Funke during a rehearsal Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Community Center in Arrow Rock. Lukas portrays teen idol Link Larkin in the show.

Joint collaboration at MU

James "Jimi" Cook, left, of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Sonny Bal, orthopedic surgeon at the MU School of Medicine, have been collaborating for more than seven years on research to create biological joints for hip and knee replacements — as opposed to the standard metal and plastic parts. The process is currently being used in dogs, but, Bal said, it is likely to take "about five years" before it can be perfected enough for human use.

Speaking on the need to slow traffic

Fergus Moore speaks about the need to slow traffic on Alexander Avenue at a City Council meeting, while his daughter Olivia, 6, listens. "We've created a neighborhood," he said of the street that he lives on. "For the solutions that require funding, we ask for your help. For those that do not, we ask for your support."

Alexander Avenue residents listen to City Council discussion

Residents of Alexander Avenue listen while their neighbors address the City Council on the issue of fast-moving traffic on the street. The street already has two speed bumps, but residents say that they are not sufficient to control drivers' speed.

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Roger Gadbois is a guest columnist for the Missourian.
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