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MU Summer Repertory Theater offers many choices

From left, Ross Taylor, Alexandra Milner, Zackary Ruesler and Alesha Harmon rehearse the final musical number of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," Rhynsburger Theatre. The play opens July 8 and is part of the MU Summer Repertory Theatre program.

J.D. Franklin addresses the Columbia Trojan football team

Head coach J.D. Franklin addresses his Columbia Trojan football team after practice on Thursday, June 25. The team has a 2-0 record.

Columbia Trojan running back Dudley

Trojan running back James Dudley jokes with offensive coordinator Doug Zeugin during team practice on Thursday, June 25. Dudley used to be a wrestler for Missouri Valley College.

J.D. Franklin shouts orders at Trojan practice

Columbia Trojan head coch J.D. Franklin issues plays at a Trojan practice on June 25. Because of knee problems, Franklin couldn't play on the team, but he was happy to take a coaching job.

Columbia Trojan Jack Prewitt turns upfield

Columbia Trojan wideout Jack Prewitt turns upfield during kick return practice June 25. The Trojan Football team practices a professional approach to the game, being disciplined through the leadership of head coach J.D. Frankilin.

MU student with Honduran friends

Tyler Shields is surrounded by children from a malnutrition clinic and daycare for children in extreme poverty and social risk in Limon, Honduras, a small impoverished community outside of the city of Choluteca. The photo was taken at a farewell party.

Guest from first 'Pepper and Friends' show

Cookie Hagan greets Paul Pepper on Monday outside the KOMU/Channel 8 station. Hagan was on Paul's very first show 27 years ago as part of the Paquin ukulele ensemble. The group was interviewed upon their return from a performance for president Jimmy Carter.

"When we came home and a local TV station picked it up ... it was just wonderful, a memory that just lives forever," said Hagan.

'We love Pepper' sign

Paul Pepper and James Mouser, hosts of "Pepper and Friends," hold up a sign protesters presented them on Monday outside of the KOMU/Channel 8 station.

Handmade signs show support

Paul Pepper and co-host James Mouser, of the KOMU/Channel 8 program "Pepper and Friends," are greeted with cheers, embraces and a handmade sign.

Paul Pepper greets protesters

Paul Pepper, host of the KOMU/Channel 8 program "Pepper and Friends," emerges from the station to receive a group of protesters. About 30 people met on Monday outside the KOMU/Channel 8 station to protest the station's decision to take the program off the air.

Robert McNamara dies

Robert S. McNamara died Monday. He was 93. McNamara served as U.S. secretary of defense and was vilified for his role in escalating the Vietnam War, a disastrous conflict he later denounced as "terribly wrong."

Awaiting his nightly meal

Ditto awaits his nightly meal from Kimberly Newberry on June 18. The small notch in his left ear indicates that he has been fixed by one of the veterinarians that work with Spay, Neuter And Protect, an extension of Columbia Second Chance that specializes in trapping and fixing feral cats.

Newberry calms trapped feral cat

Kimberly Newberry calms a trapped feral cat while waiting for a veterinarian on the morning of June 20. Newberry seeks to educate her children and her community about the importance of responsible pet care.

Mother, child watch over cat

Bailey Newberry, 10, left, and her mother, Kimberly, watch over a trapped feral cat on the night of June 19. Younger cats might go into a trap repeatedly, while older cats learn to stay away.

Sedalia snake lady

Connie Koch of Sedalia, fondly known as the Snake Lady by children and adults around Pettis County, shows off one of her 10 snakes in her snake room at her Sedalia residence. The snake is a ball python she named J.J. Buddy and has had for eight years.

'Snake Lady' known all over Sedalia

Connie Koch of Sedalia calls her bull snake, Maxine, a drama queen because it tends to hiss when annoyed. Lots of children — some now adults — have met Koch as she hosted educational programs over the years. Many don't remember her name, but they remember who she is: the Snake Lady.

Last lap crash

Kyle Busch (18) crashes with Tony Stewart (14) heading to the finish line in Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Busch hit the wall and Stewart was able to win the race.

Stem cell researcher studies cell culture

Toshihiko Ezashi — lead investigator on the stem cell research team of R. Michael Roberts, MU curator's professor of molecular biochemistry in the animal sciences division — examines a cell culture inside the biological safety cabinet. Ezashi said that the team can spend up to 12 hours at a time in their lab.

A-blazing sky

Spectators at the 58th annual "Fire in the Sky" celebration watch fireworks over the parking lot at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Caught in the rain

Chicago residents Otto and Kelly Kudrna, center, huddle under their umbrella, along with other couples and families waiting out the rain before the "Fire in the Sky" fireworks display in Columbia on Saturday.
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