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Just there to listen

Many people who listened from outside the concert area said the lack of seating was a big reason they didn't buy a ticket. "There's no point in buying a ticket when you can't sit," Julie Kujath said.

Waiting to see Willie

About 15 minutes before the gates opened, the line to see Willie Nelson stretched from Ninth Street to Tenth Street.

Willie Nelson on stage

Willie Nelson performs at Ninth Street and Broadway as part of the Blue Note's Summerfest Series. Nelson opened with "Whiskey River."

Nelson fans listen outside the gate

Lots of people opted to listen to the concert from right outside the gate. "You can't stop the sound," said Bob Woolf.

Listening from behind the stage

Crowds gathered just behind the stage at Ninth and Broadway to listen to Willie Nelson perform on Wednesday. "I've seen Willie before. He's right here. You can't stop the sound," Bob Woolf said.

Teammates greet Missouri's Steve Gray after home run

Missouri's Steve Gray, center, gets high-fives from his teammates after hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of Wednesday's Big 12 tournament opener against Texas A&M.

Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson thows at 2009 Big 12 tournament

Missouri's Kyle Gibson pitches against Texas A&M on Wednesday in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

Putting it together

A lot of parts go together to make up a stage.

The stage comes together

Crews for Willie Nelson and The Blue Note worked throughout the day to put the stage together. The concert area is on North Ninth Street from Broadway to Walnut. Gates will open at 6 p.m. As of noon, tickets were still on sale.

All part of the show

Sound equipment is a crucial part of the setup.

Getting the stage ready for Willie

Cables, cables and more cables are necessary for the show to go on.

Memorial bell

During an April 16 memorial run, members of the Columbia running community hung a bell with a poem at the Forum Blvd. entrance to the MKT Trail to honor fellow runner Mark "Kona" Volek, who died April 4.

Phil Schaefer, the head pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, is an avid runner

Phil Schaefer, the head pastor at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, stretches after a run with a group that gathers every Tuesday and Thursday morning for outings on the MKT Trail. Members of the group say they have come to know Schaefer and his beliefs better through the activity.

'He doesn't deserve to die'

Albert Tolbert and Paul Searles were part of the protest Tuesday outside the Boone County Courthouse against the execution of Dennis Skillicorn. “Dennis has done everything in the world to better himself,” Tolbert said. “He doesn’t deserve to die.” Tolbert met Skillicorn in prison in 2005.

Protesting the execution

The Rev. Amy Cortright and her 1-year-old son, Day Chambers, protest the execution of Dennis Skillicorn outside the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. “I came out to stand in solidarity with others that believe that killing each other is wrong,” Cortright said. “It demeans human life.”

Out with the old

A pile of rubble from the old video board sits under what's left of the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium.

Out with the old

Jason Brand, left, and Dave Thompson, both of Cedar Hill, work on taking apart the video board at Memorial Stadium. The board was erected in 1997.

Out with the old

An LED formerly used in the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium lies on the ground during the deconstruction of the video board on Tuesday. According to MU athletic department spokesman Chad Moller, the lights could potentially be reused in another scoreboard.

Out with the old

Construction crews remove a piece of the video board at Memorial Stadium. It will be replaced with a board roughly three times larger than the old scoreboard at a cost of $3.5 million. It will be in place for the football home opener. Taylor Stadium and Walton Track/Soccer Stadium will also receive new video boards for the 2009-2010 season.

Dennis Skillicorn

Dennis Skillicorn, 49, was one of three men convicted of killing Richard Drummond, an Excelsior Springs businessman, in 1994. Drummond had stopped to help the three men after their car broke down on Interstate 70.
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