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Police chief candidates meet with the public at the ARC

Columbia residents meet with police chief candidate Christine L. Laughlin at the open forum held at the ARC on Monday evening.

Police chief candidates talk to members of the public

Bill Hobbs, police chief candidate Wayne I. McCoy and Mary Hobbs talk at the open forum at the ARC on Monday night. "We think highly of the Columbia Police Department and we want a chief who is willing to talk to the community," says Mary Hobbs.

Police chief candidates meet with council members

Karl Skala, Ward 3 council member; Robin Remington; Barbara Hoppe, Ward 6 council member; and Laura Nauser, Ward 5 council member; speak with police chief candidate Todd A. Miller at the open forum held at the ARC on Monday evening.

Getting in close

Tracy Harmon uses a jewelry saw to cut copper into a shape that will be made into a pendant at her home workshop in Hallsville.

A leaf in copper

This copper leaf is an example of one of Tracy Harmon's specialty copper jewelry designs. Harmon says she loves working with fire to achieve different patterns of color in the copper. Harmon has been making copper jewelry for seven years.

Focusing in on jewelry

Tracy Harmon of Hallsville files the edges of a copper cutout that will be made into a pendant at her home workshop on Nov. 11. Harmon, who is self-taught, has been making copper jewelry for seven years. As a side business that grew out of curiosity, Harmon now sells her jewelry at local craft shows and online at her Web site, www.harmonyinmetal.com.

Steddy P. in action

Columbia native Steddy P. performs at The Blue Fugue on Oct. 15 in front of friends and fans. Now based in Kansas City, Steddy P. still has titled his latest album "Dear Columbia" in reference to where his roots lie.

Diversity breakfast: Dining

Guests at the 16th annual Columbia Values Diversity breakfast dine at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday. The event honors those in the community who have exemplified the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bring peace and understanding through nonviolence among different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Diversity breakfast: the food

Carmen Mendez delivers food at the 16th annual Columbia Values Diversity breakfast at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday.

Diversity breakfast: African dance

Erica Henderson performs a traditional African dance to the sounds of a djemba drum performed by Morgan Matsiga during the performance "Life is a Mystery/Love is a Dancer." The performance included dances and spoken words at the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday.

Diversity breakfast: Chinese Performing Arts Group

Claire Magee performs with the Chinese Performing Arts Group at the Columbia Values Diversity breakfast at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Thursday.

Bowers leads Tigers in scoring

MU forward Laurence Bowers gets past Colorado defenders Toby Veal, left, and Trey Eckloff for a layup late in the second half of the Tigers' 107-62 win over the Buffaloes on Jan. 14. Bowers led the team in scoring with 16 points in just 19 minutes off the bench.

MU's Lyons watches from the sideline

MU forward Leo Lyons looks on from the bench in the second half of the Tigers' 107-62 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes on Jan. 14. Lyons sat out to serve a suspension after he was arrested and charged with a traffic violation and failure to pay a traffic fine from 2006.

Going with the flow

Nothing quite like a toasty fire

MU students Joe Kennedy and Dustin Copple warm up around a fire they built in a bonfire ring in Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. "I live right up the road, so we come down here a lot to take advantage of the free firewood and just hang out," Kennedy said.

Taking on talk radio

Renee Hulshof laughs at a joke Wednesday from fellow host Simon Rose during their "Morning Meeting" talk show broadcast on KRFU. Hulshof is the wife of Kenny Hulshof, former representative for Missouri's 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Diverse dancing

Megan Hartmann performs a flamenco-inspired dance routine as Walt "Moondog" Goodman plays the guitar Tuesday during a dress rehearsal for the annual Diversity Breakfast at the Missouri Theatre.

'Faces of Mexico': Fertility artifact

Although it's not official, associate curator Candace Sall and student curator Anna Frieden think this figurine could be a fertility goddess. Frieden also thinks it is the only female depicted in the exhibit. Frieden said the figurine was put back together using the cracks around its legs and neck as guides.

'Face of Mexico': Veracruz-area artifact

This is an excellent example of hand-formed ceramics. The bits of the clay were formed and attached to the face. This one is from the Veracruz area, on Mexico's eastern shore, which is where Hernan Cortes first made contact.

'Faces of Mexico': Olmec artifact

This is the oldest of the three artifacts shown for this article. It is from the Olmec civilization, from tropical southern Mexico. It is made from green jadeite.

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