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Building computers

Jordan Grant builds a computer out of spare parts at his home Oct. 28. Jordan takes donated parts to build working computers that he gives away on the Web site Freecycle.org to people who need them.

Diver turned kicker Jeff Wolfert

Jeff Wolfert, shown in a 2006 photograph, left the diving team to walk on to the football team. He plans to compete again as a diver next month.

MU freshman gymnast Mary Burke

In high school, Missouri’s Mary Burke was a three-time Illinois state champion in the all-around.

Sifting through faces

Polly Drover, left, and Austin Conner sift through the faces that make up "Can You See Me?" The 3-D piece of art was placed almost directly inside the front doors of the Columbia Art League Gallery as part of the "Politically Speaking" exhibit. This was Drover and Conner's first art show and commented on the great variety of pieces. The art included photographs, paintings, clay and ceramics.

Art league's reception dinner

The Columbia Art League's reception dinner for "Politically Speaking" drew many people from around the city to view pieces that came from artists as far away as Mexico and 13 from as near as Rock Bridge High School. Mailings were sent out informing the league's members of the dinner. Honorable mentions were awarded as well as first, second and third place, which all held cash prizes.

'Politically Speaking'

Katie Canepa and her husband Jaime Canepa take in photographs with a political message ranging from statues in Washington, D.C., to a rally held at the courthouse in Columbia. The photos are part of an exhibit by the Columbia Art League titled "Politically Speaking." It will run from Jan. 13 to Feb. 22.

Political paint

Polly Drover, left, and Austin Conner take in one of several of the political pieces of art that involved the recent election and President Barack Obama. Other subjects of art in the exhibit included the war in Iraq and the slaughtering of animals.

'Can You See Me'

Laura Brennan was just one of several people to take a closer look at "Can You See Me," a 3-D piece of art covered in photographs of famous faces that required a closer look to fully see. Brennan called the piece "just cool."

Sign of neo-Nazi cleanup

Traffic passes by an Adopt-A-Highway sign along U.S. 160 in Springfield on Thursday. A neo-Nazi group recently volunteered to clean up trash along the stretch of roadway on Springfield's west side. Members of the highway cleanup program are required to clean up trash at least four times a year.

Higher education leaders meet

University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee, left, and Missouri State University System President Michael Nietzel laugh during a senate seminar Thursday morning in Jefferson City. Both leaders emphasized the relationship between higher education funding and economic performance.

MU's Keith Ramsey vs. Iowa State

Missouri's Keith Ramsey blocks a shot attempt by Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo in the Tigers' narrow victory Wednesday in Stillwater, Okla.

MU's Shakara Jones vs. Iowa State

Missouri's Shakara Jones, left, and Iowa State's Nicky Wieben chase after a loose ball Wednesday in the Tigers' loss at Iowa State.

Spiller expects change

Bill “Willard” F. Spiller, III, 62, plays Bridge at the Columbia Senior Center on Wednesday. Of Obama's presidency, he said, "I'm expecting change, and I'm expecting improvement. I'd like to see the war in Iraq end. I think we've been there long enough. And in Afghanistan."

Nixon vows to avoid cutting higher education budget in 2010

Anthony Jackson, left, and Matt Sheppard, right, look on as Gov. Jay Nixon announces his plan to help cap Missouri's rising tuition costs at a press conference Wednesday, Jan. 21 at MU's Reynolds Alumni Center.

Dyer anticipates 'inclusivity'

Linda Dyer, staff assistant to the director of undergraduate studies for the economics department at MU, sits in her office on Wednesday. Of Obama's presidency, she said, "I think he is very committed to addressing the economic issue and health, but I was excited about his focus on the 'inclusivity' of all classes and people."

Economy key for Zéphir

Flore Zéphir, professsor of romance languages and literatures, teaches in her class at MU on Wednesday. Of Obama's presidency, she said, "I'd like for him to stabilize the economy and see if he can work out a solution so that people don't lose their job and they don't lose their houses."

Squire prioritizes economy

Peverill Squire, Professor of Political Science, in his office at MU, Columbia on Wednesday said the economy is the most important issue facing the country. "The economy is the No. 1 issue. It's a situation that could deteriorate further, which would have significant political implications for the president and for the Democratic Party. I think he has to tackle it quickly to try to at least slow down the degeneration of the economy, if not turn it around."

INAUGURATION: Campaign memorabilia available at a Blue Note party

Local Democratic Party volunteers sold campaign memorabilia on Tuesday evening at the Blue Note's Tatters to Tuxedos Inaugural Ball in Columbia.

INAUGURATION: Barbie Reid shows off her composite Obama poster

Barbie Reid shows her photo composite poster to Patsy Johnson of Jefferson City as Vicki Hobbs looks on. Johnson liked the poster so much that she decided to buy one for herself.

INAUGURATION: Picking out buttons at the Blue Note's inauguration event

Ann Breidenbach helps her young friend Nora Hargett pick out an Obama button at the Blue Note's "Tatters to Tuxedos" Inauguration Ball in Columbia on Tuesday evening.
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