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Palin supporters

Supporters of Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cheer as she speaks Thursday in Cape Girardeau.

Preparing Obama sign

Stagehands Paul Dobberstein, left, and Toby Beck prepare a large "Missouri For Change" sign at Carnahan Quadrangle, where a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will begin at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. People standing behind the sign will be able to view Obama on a JumboTron.

Obama lanterns

Obama pumpkins sit near the podium where Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama will speak Thursday. Construction continued throughout Thursday, and gates were scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. The rally is set to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Clyde Bentley mug

Clyde Bentley is an associate professor for the Missouri School of Journalism and one of the founders of MyMissourian.

Mock election

Dylan Roebuck, James Hunter and Evan Kleekamp fill out ballots for a mock election at Rock Bridge High School Tuesday Oct. 28. Aside from choosing candidates for president and governor, the students were asked their opinions on political issues such as the Iraq War and the energy crisis.

Atlante

Sara Shahriari, one of the producers for “Radio Adelante” and a former Missourian reporter, edits the show at KOPN/89.5 FM.

Students hold political convention

Melissa Beutenmiller and Stuart Spradling, honors students at Oakland Junior High, researched candidates for class projects.

Tigers start season with Black & Gold game

Matt Lawrence dribbles past JT TIller during the first half of the Missouri men's basketball team's Black and Gold game Oct. 29 at Mizzou Arena.

Ragtime with the orchestra

The Columbia Civic Orchestra, conducted by Stefan Freund, rehearses Tuesday evening at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for an upcoming concert on Nov. 2. Ethan Uslan, renowned Ragtime music pianist, is the featured pianist for the concert's celebration of Missouri's pastime with ragtime music.

Black & Gold Game begins new men's basketball season

Junior guard Zaire Taylor defends against freshman guard Miguel Paul during the second half of the 2008 Black and Gold game on Oct. 29 at Mizzou Arena.

Haunting legend

The "ghost" of Sarah, from the infamous Stephens College Senior Hall legend, rests in a mausoleum within an elaborate Halloween display in the front yards of Ron Graves and Dennis Hill. Neighbors Graves and Hill put up the festive display for the second year in a row.

Phil Laposa mug

Crews set up for Obama visit

Crews worked on Wednesday to set up the stage for Barack Obama's visit to Columbia on Thursday. The event will take place on the south side of Carnahan Quadrangle at MU near Rollins Street. The event will open at 7:30 p.m. and the rally is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Gregory Thompson

Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Gregory Thompson said he disagrees with the idea that voting outside the dominant two-party system is throwing away a vote. Instead, he said, supporting the dominant parties is an empty vote.

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Andy Finkenstadt

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Andy Finkenstadt has never held any sort of statewide office and has to balance his full-time job programming software at Simutronics Corp. with running for statewide office.

Jay Nixon after an Oct. 18 debate

Jay Nixon, the Democratic candidate for governor, takes a break at the end of the debate between he and Republican Kenny Hulshof on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 at Fox 2 studios in St. Louis. The debate was telecast on Fox in St. Louis and Kansas City.

Kenny Hulshof after an Oct. 18 debate

Kenny Hulshof, the Republican candidate for governor, relaxes after the debate between he and Jay Nixon on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Fox 2 studios in St. Louis. The debate was telecast in St. Louis and Kansas City.

1029 mu women's basketball

From left, Alyssa Hollins, coach Cindy Stein and Jessra Johnson pose during media day at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday. Hollins and Johnson are the top two returning scorers for MU.

1029 MU women's basketball

From left, Alyssa Hollins, coach Cindy Stein and Jessra Johnson pose during media day at Mizzou Arena on Tuesday. Hollins and Johnson are the top two returning scorers for MU.

Group members introduce themselves at 'Liberty and Justice For All'

Members of the "Liberty and Justice For All" class introduce themselves and tell the group about how their grandparents influenced their lives as Christians. The class meets weekly at the First Christian Church to discuss politics and religion in today's world.
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