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Debbie Gundel photographs her son's graduation

Debbie Gundel, right, watches her son, Adam Gundel, walk before she takes a photo during the College of Veterinary Medicine's commencement ceremony inside Jesse Auditorium on Friday. Gundel was one of 70 graduates to be awarded a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Rain on Elm Street

Students leave Lee Hills Hall at MU on Friday evening during a severe thunderstorm. Water pooled on Elm Street, forcing pedestrians and vehicles to wade through it.

Adria Anderson at MU College of Veterinary Medicine graduation

Adria Anderson laughs as her classmate Amanda Owens addresses her while delivering the class of 2009's response during the MU College of Veterinary Medicine's commencement ceremony. The graduation was held Friday in Jesse Auditorium. Owens joked that Anderson, ever an overachiever, wasn't content just getting her degree — she also had a baby in the process.

Fred the cat at Columbia Books

Fred the resident cat at Columbia Books is seen among the shelves at the store's new address, 1907 Gordon St., on Tuesday. "This is our sixth location," store owner Annette Kolling-Buckley said, "and I'm not moving again."

Wayman Tisdale

This Oct. 10, 1985, file photo shows Wayman Tisdale, holding up his the Indiana Pacer jersey after he signed his contract with the team in Indianapolis. Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma who played 12 seasons in the NBA, died Friday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.

TRYPS participants train for 'Willy Wonka Junior'

Tammy Walker leads the cast of Theater Reaching Young People and Schools' production of "Willy Wonka Junior" inside of the gymnasium at New Haven Elementary School on May 9. Walker is co-director and choreographer for the show, which is scheduled to kick off TRYPS' 10th season beginning Friday.

Helping hands

Christopher Samuels, 5, left, and John Dunbar plant tomatoes at the Salvation Army’s new garden at the Harbor House shelter on April 24. The garden is to be maintained and harvested by the shelter's residents.

Hickman cross country runners

Hickman juniors Seth O'Laughlin and Zach Lynn run year around for the Kewpies. They run cross country in the fall and track in the spring. Their workouts are designed to push them in both sports.

Seth O'Laughlin and Zach Lynn

Hickman juniors Seth O'Laughlin and Zach Lynn train during track practice May 14 at Hickman High School.

Micaela Minner practices her swing

Sixth-year senior Micaela Minner practices her swing on Thursday. Minner is graduating with a master's degree in health education and promotion, and hopes to find a job in medical sales.

Strongman Justin Wheeler

The farmers walk is one of Justin Wheeler's favorite events. The task combines strength, speed and endurance as a competitor must hold the bars of weight and walk as fast as possible for a set distance that varies from competition to competition.

Missouri softball player Micaela Minner

Sixth-year senior Micaela Minner warms-up at practice on Wednesday. Minner is graduating with a master's degree in Health Education and Promotion and hopes to find a job in medical sales.

Rock Bridge closer Travis Bittle

Rock Bridge sophomore pitcher Travis Bittle throws during the seventh inning against Hickman on May 14, 2009. Bittle's pitching helped to secure a 5-3 win for the Bruins.

Travel Guide

Preparing for the show

Eric Carlson, an artist, works at the Columbia Art League on Sunday, preparing for the upcoming 'FATE Fiber Show: Seven.' In the show, which opens Thursday, clay, handmade paper and cloth have been used to create works where meaning is revealed through layers of materials and narrative. The other artists whose work will be displayed are Jenny Dowd, Jessica Forys-Cameron, Joleen Goff, Nicole Ottwell, Betsy Roe and Patti Shanks.

Meaning through medium

Diana Moxon, left, executive director of Columbia Art League, and Education Director Amy Meyer hang artwork at the gallery on Sunday in preparation for the upcoming "FATE Fiber Show: Seven." The show opens Thursday and includes the works of seven artists who explore the metaphoric potential that medium can imbue into artworks.

Retired minister Dick Blount

Retired minister Dick Blount runs the Open Door Ministry program at the Missouri United Methodist Church on Ninth Street.

John Cheetham conducts

John Cheetham conducts a piece of his own work during a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham conducted his work as well as played euphonium on other pieces with the rest of the band.

John Cheetham

John Cheetham takes part in a rehearsal of the Columbia Community Band at West Junior High School on April 29. Cheetham plays euphonium as well as conducts a work he has written.

Making music

Matthew Thurman toys around with audio editing equipment in his room on May 5. Thurman is a singer, music producer and owner of his own production company.
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