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High schools dems hear school board candidates

Members of the Rock Bridge High School Dems listen to school board candidates answer questions on Tuesday. The students hosted the forum event for the candidates in the upcoming election. They collected the questions from students and audiences who participated in this event.

Prayer vigil outside Iowa Judicial Building

A group of citizens gather for a prayer vigil Friday to await the Iowa Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage in front of the Iowa Judicial Building in Des Moines, Iowa.

Reactions to the ruling

Dawn BarbouRoske, second from left, of Iowa City leans towards her partner, Jen BarbouRoske, after learning of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday in favor of legalizing gay marriage. Between them is their daughter Bre, 6. Their other daughter, 11-year-old McKinley, left, reacts to the ruling.

Wrapping saplings

A member of the TreeKeepers wraps pitch loblolly pine saplings at the Parks Management Center in Columbia on Friday. The TreeKeepers organization is sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation, and volunteers exchange 36 hours of their time over two years for 12 hours of free forestry classes per year. The TreeKeepers helped wrap 700 saplings from seven different species that will be given away for free in the Activity and Recreation Center parking lot starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Wrapping pitch loblolly pine saplings

Bob Bailey wraps pitch loblolly pine saplings at the Parks Management Center in Columbia on Friday. As a member of the TreeKeepers organization, sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation, Bailey volunteers 36 hours of his time over two years in exchange for 12 hours of free forestry classes per year. The TreeKeepers helped wrap 700 saplings from seven different species that will be given away for free in the Activity and Recreation parking lot starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

MU pitcher Kyle Gibson on the mound

Missouri ace Kyle Gibson is expected to be a first-round pick in Major League Baseball draft.

MU pitcher Kyle Gibson with childhood friend Todd Lewis

Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson and childhood friend Todd Lewis, who died in 2006 of lymphatic cancer and pneumonia.

MU pitcher Kyle Gibson's hat shows signs of motivation

Written inside the bill of Kyle Gibson’s cap, WWNFY TML is for “We Will Never Forget You Todd Michael Lewis,” followed by the date his childhood friend died. FEWDM is for “For Everyone Who Doubted Me.” Gibson wears jersey No. 44.

Gary Forsee speaks to advisory council

UM System President Gary Forsee speaks to the Intercampus Staff Advisory Council on March 18 about how the economic recession is affecting decisions at MU.

Tons of Trucks fun

Columbia firefighter Gary Oliver, left, helps 5-year-old Owen Abney out of a firetruck at Tons of Trucks on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park. Despite the cold rain, many still turned out to the event, which featured a wide assortment of municipal and service trucks.

Showcasing the shovel-nosed sturgeon

From left, Cliff Wilson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows Gracie Nicklas, 4, and Brad Nicklas, 7, a shovel-nosed Atlantic sturgeon at Tons of Trucks on Thursday afternoon. The event featured municipal service vehicles such as delivery trucks and fire and rescue trucks.

Pointing out the sturgeon's features

Andy Plauck of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service points out various features of a sturgeon to a crowd of children at Tons of Trucks on Thursday afternoon.

Captain explains function of truck

Capt. David Hanks of the Boone County Fire Protection District explains the function of a truck to visitors of Tons of Trucks on Thursday afternoon. The event, which was held at the Rainbow Softball Center parking lot at Cosmopolitan Park, featured various municipal service trucks, including fire and rescue trucks, delivery trucks, tow trucks and one trawler boat from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Slapping a sticker on his chest

Eight-year-old Kristofer Larson, right, slaps a sticker on his chest as he walks out of the back of Troy Clordy's FedEx truck on Thursday afternoon at Tons of Trucks. The event allowed children to check out various municipal service vehicles up close.

Firefights on scene of East Campus explosion, March 2008

After the fire was extinguished, firefighters examined the wreckage to make sure they hadn't missed any remaining flame pockets.

Infiniti passenger car near intersection after accident involving bus

The silver Infiniti i30 passenger car sits Thursday near the intersection of Bearfield Road and S. Old 63 after it was pulled out from under a City of Columbia Transit bus.

Fire rescue crews work to stabilize car driver after bus accident

Fire Department rescue teams work Thursday evening to stabilize the driver of a silver Infiniti i30 passenger car involved in an accident with a City of Columbia Transit bus.

Fire officials work to free car driver after accident involving bus

Columbia Fire Department rescue teams work to free the driver of a silver Infiniti i30 passenger car involved in an accident with a City of Columbia Transit bus. The 28-year-old man was found conscious at the scene but sent to University Hospital with injuries. The accident happened Thursday evening at the intersection of Bearfield Road and S. Old 63. It took rescue crews about 45 minutes to extricate the driver from his car, which was pinned underneath the bus and against a telephone pole. Two heavy-duty tow trucks were needed to lift the bus off of the car before rescue crews could remove its occupant. None of the 14 passengers on the bus at the time was injured.

Beyond grief

Charlene Purvis thinks about her husband, Harlan, and son Corey, who both died of cancer within the past six months. In addition to her grief, she must deal with a decaying trailer, increasing financial difficulties, medical bills and funeral costs.

Eve Szekely practices on the violin

Eva Szekely, a member of the Esterhazy Quartet and professor for violin and chamber music at the MU School of Music, practices a piece written by Samuel Adler. The quartet will celebrate its 40th anniversary this month.
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