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Bob Rankin plays guitar in The Missouri Rail Riders band

Bob Rankin plays guitar in The Missouri Rail Riders band at the Older American Klub on March 20 in Columbia. Rankin plays a Gibson guitar and says it's worn in the area where his hands have played over the years.

Scott K. Gibson III teaches French

Scott K. Gibson III teaches the one French class student, Taylor Liscum, left, at Columbia Independent School. At 10 a.m. every day for 40 minutes, Taylor learns new vocabulary and verb conjugations from Gibson, who became fluent during his military service.

Rock Bridge girls soccer vs. Quincy

Quincy's Hayley Womack, center, follows the ball downfield against Rock Bridge's Beau Reiske, left, and Rachel Rutter. Womack scored the winning goal Thursday against the host Bruins during the game's second overtime.

Missouri running back Derrick Washington

Junior running back Derrick Washington played in all 14 of the Tigers' games last season.

Missouri tight end Andrew Jones at 2009 spring practice

Sophomore Andrew Jones hopes to follow in the footsteps of standout Missouri tight ends Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman.

Missouri sports fan Gerry Moore

Missouri sports fan Gerry Moore is also a member of the MU Alumni Association, even though he never attended the university.

Biden greeted at ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City

Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by the crowd at the ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City on Thursday afternoon. Biden said the workers of the ABB factory are building the new economy. The transformers built at the ABB plant are being used in Missouri's Lost Creek Ridge wind farm, which is expected to generate enough electricity to power 50,000 houses.

Biden with ABB employee Charlie Fisher in Jefferson City

Vice President Joe Biden makes his opening remarks at the ABB Transformer Factory after being introduced by ABB employee Charlie Fisher.

Vice President Joe Biden at ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City

Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd at the ABB Transformer Factory in Jefferson City on Thursday afternoon. Biden's speech focused on renewable energy and the infrastructure behind it. The transformers built at the ABB factory are used in Missouri's Lost Creek Ridge wind farm project.

A commemorative bell

Friends in the Columbia running community hung a bell and a poem in memory of the late Mark "Kona" Volek, who died April 4 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course at MU. The memorial items were temporarily placed at the entrance to the MKT Trail on Forum Boulevard and will later find a permanent home along the trail. Friends gathered together at the MKT Tail on Thursday for a memorial run in Volek's honor. His death is under investigation as an apparent suicide.

Memorial tree for James Perry, the father of MU gymnast Adrianne Perry

An oak tree at Stephens Park is dedicated to the memory of James Perry, the father of MU gymnast Adrianne Perry. James Perry died last June.

Adrianne Perry and her father James Perry

Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry and her father James Perry.

Americans for lower taxes

Dave and Norma Clark of Columbia hold signs protesting increased taxes at the tax day "Tea Party," sponsored by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, on the south steps of the Capitol building in Jefferson City on April 15, 2009.

Family advocates together

Lisa Rinkemeyer sits with her sons (from left to right) Peter, 10; Paul, 8; and Joe, 13, at the tax day "tea party."

Tea party historical reference sign

Protesters hold signs referring to the famous Boston Tea Party of 1773 at the tax day "tea party."

Tea party at the Capitol

A speaker addresses the crowd at the tax day "tea party." After the scheduled speakers made their statements, private citizens took turns at the microphone to air their grievances.

Taking the tea party literally

Rhonda Mantle wears tea bags in her sunglasses to show solidarity with the protesters at the tax day "tea party."

Democratic speaker gets a chance to speak

Rep. J.C. Kuessner, D-Eminence, speaks to the crowd from the steps of the Capitol building during the tax day "tea party."

Addressing the tea party crowd

Rep. J.C. Kuessner, D-Eminence, speaks to the crowd during the tax-day "tea party" sponsored by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Gymnastics preview

MU senior Adrianne Perry works on her balance beam skills during practice on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Perry's father, James Henderson Perry Jr., died last year.
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