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Missouri softball celebrates

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas, center, celebrates with teammates at the end of the the Big 12 softball tournament championship game against Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on Sunday. Thomas pitched a two-hit shutout as Missouri defeated top-seeded Oklahoma 5-0 to win its first Big 12 softball title in 12 years.

Rock Bridge second baseman Nick Little

Rock Bridge second baseman Nick Little snags a pop fly Saturday against Boonville.

Friendship spans decades

Betty Eyestone, left, drove up to Detroit Lakes with her daughter and granddaughter to visit Pat Duerner in the summer of 2008. The women stayed in Pat's childhood home, which she still owns. Betty and Pat lived next door to each other on the lake and spent summers playing with other neighborhood children.

Letters to friends

The envelope from a letter sent from Pat to Betty in 1950.

Childhood memories

Clockwise, Betty's brother Edwin, Pat's cousin Curtis, Betty and Pat in 1934 outside Betty's childhood home in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Women's friendship began 75 years ago

Pat Duerner, left, and Betty Eyestone re-created their 1940 photo in 1997 while on vacation with their husbands in Pella, Iowa. The two make an effort to see each other twice a year.

Beginning of a beautiful friendship

Erica Beshore, left, and Ginger Clower have been friends for five years now. They met while in graduate school together at MU. Clower will be moving to Madison, Wis., soon for her career, but the pair plan to keep in touch.

Friendship started 75 years ago

Betty Eyestone, left, and Pat Duerner pose for a photo in 1940 in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Although the two women have not lived in the same state since high school, they have remained friends for 75 years.

Friendship aging gracefully

Columbia residents Connie Taylor, 54, left, and Moni Lentz, 55, met in 1959 and have been close friends ever since.

Girlfriends

At left, Betty Eyestone, left, and Pat Duerner pose for a photo in 1940 in Detroit Lakes, Minn. At right, Pat Duerner, left, and Betty Eyestone recreated their childhood photo in 1997 while on vacation with their husbands in Pella, Iowa. The two have remained friends for 75 years and make an effort to see each other twice a year.

Rock Bridge shortstop Zach Kurzejeski

Rock Bridge shortstop Zach Kurzejeski take the throw at second base in an attempt to pick off a Boonville runner Saturday in the Bruins' 3-1 victory.

Missouri pitcher Stacy Delaney

Missouri starting pitcher Stacy Delaney delivers against Baylor Saturday in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference softball tournament in Oklahoma City.

Missouri pitcher Scooter Hicks

Missouri pitcher Scooter Hicks makes his delivery Saturday against Kansas.

A day to remember

Columbia College President Gerald Brouder, left, and Stephens College President Wendy Libby address graduates at their schools' commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Fourteen years and counting

Gerald T. Brouder, president of Columbia College, addresses graduates of the college before they are presented with their degrees inside the Southwell Complex on Saturday. This year, Brouder is completing his 14th year as president of the college.

Waiting to walk

Graduates of Columbia College wait in line before receiving their diplomas during the school's commencement ceremony on Saturday. The line of students had all earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the college.

Moment of anticipation

Matthew Corrado shares a moment with his neighboring graduate before their row is asked to rise during Columbia College's commencement ceremony on Saturday. Corrado walked across the stage to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Commencement expression

Some students chose to adorn their caps with their graduation year or other personal touches, but most kept them clean and simple during Columbia College's Commencement ceremony inside Southwell Complex on Saturday. More than 250 graduates received their diplomas during the ceremony.

Mickey Carroll

In this Nov. 20, 2007, file photo, actor Mickey Carroll, the Town Crier among The Munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz," jokes as he arrives to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, site of "The Wizard of Oz's" 1939 premiere, in Los Angeles. He died Thursday at age 89.

The Center Project opens

Mayor Darwin Hindman praises the six years of hard work put forth by the board members (in the background) of the Center Project. The center, which will serve all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations in Columbia, opened on Saturday.
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