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Oscar host Jon Stewart opens the 80th Academy Awards, which was telecast Sunday in Los Angeles.

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British actor Daniel Day-Lewis accepts the Oscar for best actor for his work in "There Will Be Blood."

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French actress Marion Cotillard accepts the Oscar for best actress for her work in "La Vie en Rose."

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Jeff Ferguson rough cuts a single piece of ginko wood. Spinning hundreds of rotations per minute on his lathe, it is the outline of what will be a salad bowl.

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Examples of vases and wine stoppers Ferguson turned sit on the mantle in his living room. Some are dyed; others have a natural luster.

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A fellow turner, Tom Stauder, left, watches Jeff Ferguson cut through logs to begin the process of turning a bowl.

Masonic Museum and Library opens in Columbia

A portrait of former U.S. President Harry S. Truman sits on display at the Missouri Masonic Museum and Library. President Truman is featured in the "Leadership" gallery, which also focuses on how democratic methods guide lodges. Also shown is a reflection of Truman's Grand Master's Jewel; Truman is a past Grand Master of Missouri.

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Items sit on display in the "Living Well" gallery at the Missouri Masonic Museum and Library in Columbia. The "Living Well" gallery is one of five themed galleries at the new museum and focuses on American writer Laura Ingalls Wilder and how music and education are valued in Masonry.

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The main rotunda at the Missouri Masonic Museum and Library in Columbia. The museum features five themed galleries, with each gallery representing a leader or a particular quality emphasized in Masonry.

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The Grand Master's Jewel and gavel of former President Harry S. Truman sit on display at the Missouri Masonic Museum and Library in Columbia. Truman was a former Grand Master of Missouri from 1940-1941. The gavel was given to the Grand Lodge in 1949.

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Virginian-Pilot photographer takes first at POYI contest

This photo of a young woman whose lantern exploded in her face was taken by Stephen M. Katz of The Virginian-Pilot, who was selected as Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the Pictures of the Year International contest.

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Forum discusses gap between adults and teens

Nannette Ward of the Columbia Human Rights Commission, leads the discussion at the Let's Talk, Columbia! community forum.

In search of a little comfort

Spill it: A conversation with Bryan Fulcher

Bryan "B-Love" Fulcher is a disk jockey for radio station KOLQ/106.1 FM in Columbia.
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