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Five new buses to be purchased with stimulus money

The city of Columbia's El Dorado buses are mainly used to cover bus routes around the MU campus. Grant money is funding the purchase of five new buses, scheduled for delivery in April 2010.

Rough driving over Stadium Boulevard potholes

Potholes make for a rough driving surface on Stadium Boulevard.

City to purchase new buses with stimulus money

The city of Columbia's El Dorado buses are mainly used to cover bus routes around the MU campus. Grant money is funding the purchase of five new buses, scheduled for delivery in April 2010.

Baseball stress

Khalil Greene's 2008 season ended last July when he punched a dugout wall and broke his left hand. The Cardinals don't want the frustration to eat him up again, so they're using their slumping shortstop in a utility role for the time being.

Couple tours Woman-Centric home

Kim Trabue and her husband, Tom, tour the first Woman-Centric home in Columbia on Sunday. Visitors were invited to tour the home, which was built with women specifically in mind.

Neighbors check out Woman-Centric home

Neighbors Ted and Lila Hilgeford and James and Angeli Brooks check out the first Woman-Centric home in Columbia on Sunday. The home attracted families who, like the Brooks, still loved the home they were in but were curious about the Woman-Centric approach.

Woman-Centric home opens for tours

The first Woman-Centric home in Columbia, at 2310 Redmond Court, was open for visitation Sunday. The house design is based on recent research done by Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling Inc. to better serve a woman's homeowner experience.

OK you cop?

Letter magnets cover the refrigerator of Dorie Clark. Bought as an educational tool, Clark was hoping to teach his ex-wife's son, Dakota Miner, how to spell. Lessons were cut short after Dakota was removed from Clark's care. "Life is a challenge and whatever challenge I see I'll go after it. Right now I need to stay busy 'cause of that little one. You have too much time on your hands, things go through your head," said Clark. Although unemployed, Clark keeps busy with job interviews, exercise and has even enrolled in Metro Business College in Jefferson City with aims to receive an associate's degree in Biblical studies.

Clark pines for ex-wife's son

On March 8, Dorie Clark's ex-wife removed her child, Dakota Miner from his care. Clark, who has no legal rights to Dakota, is concerned for his safety and hopes to regain custody soon. Clark stares at an empty miniature red recliner in his living room, which was given to Dakota for Christmas. "He stole my heart the first time I saw him... Hopefully I'll get him back," said Clark.

Early morning exercise

Dorie Clark, 65, bikes through his neighborhood on the early morning of June 1. Clark, a recent graduate of the MU Law Enforcement Training program exercises from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. every morning.

Dressing for comfort

Interviews do not worry Dorie Clark. At 65, he has been through plenty and says he is not worried about his interview with the Eldon Police Department. Clark chose to dress business casual for the interview because it was more comfortable.

Discussing career paths

Everett Rayl of Versailles, right, is Dorie Clark's pastor and close friend. The two worked together at the F.A. Smith & Company factory in Eldon until both were laid off. Clark and Rayl discuss employment options such as teacher certification or studying computer science.

Monitoring his blood pressure and pulse

Since 2006, Clark has been recording his pulse and blood pressure. He checks it before and after his morning workout and says doing so helps him keep track of "when I'm up, when I'm down and when I'm stressed out."

Clark awaits his interview

Dorie Clark awaits his interview for a position at the Eldon Police Department on Monday in Eldon. With only three officer positions available, Clark hopes his past experience as an officer in the 1980s and good relationship with the current staff will give him an edge of the competition.

Desk filled with important papers and people

Dorie Clark's desk is filled with important papers and important people. Aside from his current career choice as a future police officer, Clark started his own private investigation business, and he is also a minister. Photos of Dakota Miner, the child who Clark has cared for since the age of three, line the desk's main work space.

Snow cones at Mill Creek block party

From left, Cole Rackers, 9, and Levi Thiessen, 6, celebrate the last day of school and the beginning of summer with homemade snow cones. The Rackers family hosted a neighborhood block party at Mill Creek Manor on Tuesday.

Water balloon handoff at Mill Creek block party

From left, Emma Ayers, 11, hands off a water balloon to Laurel Ayers, 8, during a block party at Mill Creek Manor in Columbia on Tuesday. Members of neighborhood families organized the party to celebrate the last day of school.

Preparing for siblings near bus on last day of school

From left, Haley Evers, 13, and Ashley Reichert, 12, prepare to greet their younger siblings as they step off the bus Tuesday, the last day of school for many young students in Columbia.

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.
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