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Nixons ride in inaugural parade

Although the new governor had said he would walk in the parade, he and his wife, Georgeanne, rode in Monday's inauguration parade in Jefferson City. Rain in the forecast prompted the decision, although no rain actually fell during the parade.

A casualty of the 2008 closings

Aaron Kroeger, an employee with Straight Line Construction, helps disassemble Shake's Frozen Custard on Nifong Boulevard. "I'm usually the guy people hate to see," said Tim Lewis, owner of Straight Line Construction.

Nathan Stephens mug

Nathan Stephens is a guest columnist.

Before the camera

David Anderson films children tying balloons onto a wooden boat for a True/False Film Festival promotional video.

Filming to promote the festival

Eric Mousel looks through the camera as he films children at Stephens Lake Park on Sunday. Mousel works for a company called Pure Marketing and Media that was filming promotional videos for the True/False Film Festival, which runs from Feb. 26 to March 1 in Columbia.

Dressed-up barn

Margot McMillen feeds her farm cats outside her Calloway County barn adorned with a quilt pattern in Hatton, Mo.

MU's RaeShara Brown vs. Texas A&M

Missouri sophomore RaeShara Brown calls for support from the crowd during Saturday's loss to No. 3 Texas A&M at Mizzou Arena.

Plenty of fight

MU guard Bekah Mills attempts to steal the ball away from Texas A&M's La Toya Micheaux in the second half on Saturday. The Tigers made a late charge but fell to the third-ranked Aggies 62-56.

MU's DeMarre Carroll against Nebraska

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll dives for a loose ball against Nebraska's Cookie Miller. “Give credit to Nebraska, they were coming from all directions,” Carroll said.

MU's Leo Lyons against Nebraska

Missouri forward Leo Lyons (5) tries to shoot over Nebraska's Chris Balham on Saturday. Lyons was limited to four minutes in the first half because of foul trouble and didn't score, but he came back to score 12 in the second half.

Roads to improve connectivity

Indian weddings

Harbinder Singh Gill takes a break from fixing the display at this New Delhi shop to enjoy the wedding gowns that sell for up to $10,000. The economic downturn has forced Indians to scale back on opulent weddings.

A tedious task

Tony Watson inserts pieces of metal into wire wraps to be used inside computer products for the manufacturing company 3M at the Central Missouri Subontracting Enterprises on Friday.

Partners on the job

Andrea Wemhoff hugs Justin Wright, an employee supervisor at the Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, after the two worked together on disassembling pieces of electronics on Friday. Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises is a manufacturing and assembly plant that provides labor-intensive work to people with disabilities.

Years in the workforce

Robin Cooper assembles covers for a 3M electronic product Friday at the Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises. Cooper said she has been working for several years at the workshop that offers a low-cost alternative to labor-intensive projects for companies.

A chance to work

At Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises, Doug Siwak places a bolt in a plastic bag for individual parts packaging to be sent to a manufacturing plant. The assembly warehouse employs more than a hundred workers, most of which have severe disabilities, but it also provides them with the chance to work and maintain a normal and satisfying quality of life.

Working together

Employees at Central Missouri Subcontracting Enterprises work in assembly line style to place bolts and screws in individual packages for a manufacturing company.

Atomic physicist Joshua Silver

Atomic physicist Joshua Silver's low-cost glasses adjust correction by pumping liquid into a thin sac in the plastic lenses. The eyewear has been distributed to thousands in the developing world where costs put conventional glasses beyond the reach of many.

MU coach Gary Pinkel embraces Jeremy Maclin

MU football head coach Gary Pinkel hugs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during a press conference Friday. "It's a big help for us in terms of it's a great opportunity here," Pinkel said of the receiver's time at MU.

Maclin cries as he makes announcement

MU wide receiver Jeremy Maclin breaks into tears shortly after the start of a press conference where he said he was leaving Missouri for the NFL. "It's been a long time coming," he said.
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