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MU wrestler Michael Chandler

Missouri's Michael Chandler competed against Central Michigan's Tyler Grayson during the Beauty and the Beast meet at the Hearnes Center

MU gymnast Sarah Shire

Sarah Shire, an MU junior, performs on the floor during the gymnastics portion of the Beauty and the Beast meet on Feb. 13 at Hearnes Center.

By the numbers on Valentine's Day eve

Raquel Shilf processes and numbers the mail that arrives for residents of Schurz Hall at MU on the eve of Valentine's Day. Raquel, a sophomore, works as a desk attendant at the hall. "We are sending e-mails to students so that they can receive the flowers while they are still fresh. This turns out to be the most busiest days of the year, just like Christmas," she said.

Choir performs for NAACP anniversary

The Second Baptist Inspirational Choir performs for community members gathered Feb. 12 at the Second Baptist Church in commemoration of the NAACP's centennial anniversary.

Mary Ratliff observes 100 years of NAACP history

Mary Ratliff, president of both the NAACP's local chapter as well as the Missouri state chapter, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the organization Feb. 12 at the Second Baptist Church. Ratliff, who lived in Mississippi at a time when the NAACP was banned in that state, moved to Columbia with her family in 1957.

NAACP celebrates 100th anniversary

The centennial anniversary of the the NAACP was celebrated by Columbia's local chapter at the Second Baptist Church on Feb. 12 with home-cooked refreshments such as meatballs and tuna salad, as well as a whipped cream cake adorned with the organization's insignia. Members of the chapter and community line up for a taste following presentations by Mary Ratliff, Kadarrius Anderson, George Farris, and the Second Baptist Inspirational choir.

Larry Rollins as Lincoln

Volunteer Larry Rollins donned a top hat, suit and bow tie to give fifth-graders of Paxton Keeley Elementary School a unique take on Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Rollins went to Janet Kieffer's fifth-grade class the day before and had a vocabulary list of words in the Gettysburg Address. The vocabulary list, Rollins said, was intended to teach the children words in the Address so that they could understand it better.

Chris Belcher, candidate for Columbia Public Schools superintendent

Candidate for Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher attended a question-and-answer session at Paxton Keeley Elementary School on Thursday.

Hickman wins final home game

Hickman senior Eric Franklin drives through a gap in the Jefferson City defense on Thursday night at Hickman High School. Franklin contributed 18 points to Hickman's 54-33 win over Jefferson City.

Hickman dashes past Jefferson City

Hickman junior Jerald Hickem tries to shake Jefferson City senior Khiry Draine on Thursday night during Hickman's 54-33 win. Hickem led all Hickman scorers with 23 points.

Coaching the Kewpies

Hickman head coach Ken Ash (left) encourages senior Eric Franklin (not pictured) after making a tough basket while assistant coach Travis Cearley (right) gives out directions to the rest of the team. Hickman gave little ground to Jefferson City, defeating the Jays 54-33.

Gymnasts ready themselves for Beauty and the Beast

The MU gymnastics team watches as members take turns practicing their floor routines Thursday. The team will compete in the Beauty and the Beast competition Friday against Illinois.

Pre-diabetes screening

Richelle Koopman has developed a tool, shown on the computer screen, to pre-screen patients for diabetes from ages 20 to 64. “It’s totally based on easily measurable or self-reported data,” Koopman said. “What’s really new about it is that it goes down to age 20.” Most previous diabetes screening tools were designed for older patients.

Shakara Jones a stabilizing influence

Sophomore forward Shakara Jones fends off KU's Aishah Sutherland on Feb. 7 at Mizzou Arena in a 74-60 victory for the Tigers.

Carroll leads in pressure situations

MU's DeMarre Carroll protects the ball against Texas Tech defenders Mike Sinletary, 32, and Alan Voskuil, 20, during the game on Jan. 24 at Mizzou Arena. Carroll is Missouri’s leading scorer with 17.3 points per game, and he’s done his part leading the Tigers in pressure situations. But so far at the end of close games, he hasn’t gotten many chances.

MU gymnasts focus on the balance beam

MU junior, Sarah Shire, works on the balance beam during practice on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the Hearnes Center. During practice, assistant coach Amy Smith blared loud music and shouted chants at the girls while they practiced to prepare them for Friday's noisy meet.

MU flower delivery

Randy Slaughter, left, delivers a floral bouquet to an MU address, his first stop on the morning of Feb. 7. "I like this job — it's something different every 10 minutes," Slaughter said.

Slaughter prepares Allen's Flowers deliveries

Randy Slaughter gathers arrangements for the morning’s deliveries at Allen’s Flowers in downtown Columbia on Tuesday. Slaughter has worked at Allen’s Flowers for about 8 months, and previously worked for a flower distributor. He said he always knew the shop had a great reputation but didn’t realize the extent of it until he started working there. “Secretaries are like, ‘I haven’t gotten Allen’s flowers in a long time!’” Slaughter said.

Students receive Gettysburg address

Fifth-grader Mariah Emme, 10, of Paxton Keeley Elementary was one of many students that played around with volunteer Larry Rollins after the Lincoln assembly ended. The event provided a chance for students to share their learned knowledge of Lincoln, his presidency and death.

Julian Cheatum

Age: 13
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Assistant treasurer
Interests: Basketball, track
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