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Listening to coach's advice

Senior Vince Pescaglia, right, listens to assistant wrestling coach Ben Smith during practice. Pescaglia did not place at last year's state tournament because of a neck injury.

Pescaglia brothers

Brothers Vince, front, and K.C. Pescaglia practice key wrestling moves in Hickman High School on Wednesday. K.C. Pescaglia, who currently attends MU, is volunteering his time to help his brother train before the high school state wrestling tournament.

Missouri wears pink for breast cancer

Both MU and Kansas State players wore pink shoe laces in their shoes as part of the Pink Zone game to raise breast cancer awareness on Wednesday. Kansas State wore special pink jerseys, and coaches on both teams wore pink clothing as well.

Jessra Johnson's mother cheers

Denise Johnson, the mother of MU women's basketball player Jessra Johnson, front row left, and her friend Terry Bentley, front row right, cheer as Johnson scores during the Tigers game against Kansas State at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday.

Jessra Johnson fights for a rebound

Kansas State's Marlies Gipson, right, secures a rebound against Missouri's Jessra Johnson, center, during the Big a game on Wednesday. Johnson scored 17 points.

School of Metaphysics director

Sam Bullington, left, talks to Laura Wacker, right, at the School of Metaphysics. Since beginning classes at the school three years ago Wacker says she has become much more comfortable with life. "I definitely have a much better feeling about my space in the world," Wacker said.

Missouri guard Toy Richbow

Missouri's Toy Richbow, left, drives down court against Kansas State's Jalana Childs,right, during their game on Wednesday. The TIgers handed Kansas State their fourth loss of the season.

Stephens College swimming coach studies metaphysics

Laura Wacker, of the Columbia School of Metaphysics, consults with a student before class. Wacker has been studying at the school for the past three years and took over as director after the former director, Judy Weber, left the position. "We've been in a rebuilding phase recently," Wacker said. "(Metaphysics) requires a real commitment to yourself and some people just aren't ready to make that commitment."

Preparing for a new season

Michael Liberto stretches during practice at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Missouri baseball player Michael Liberto

Michael Liberto is the Missouri baseball team’s new shortstop. Liberto, a junior, transferred to MU from Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Fans at the Missouri Grand Prix

Brittany Wen, center, glances backwards as her friends from the Columbia Swim Club watch an awards ceremony at the Missouri Grand Prix swim meet. The girls said that Katie Hoff is their favorite swimmer.

Magic works wonders

From left to right, Guy McCormack, Ashley Ebert, Erica Lindner, Catie DeVaul, and Michelle Hibbard of MU's occupational therapy department learn how to do a magic trick from Kevin Spencer. The trick is intended to help improve functioning among patients in rehabilitation therapy.

Healing magic

Kevin Spencer shows occupational therapy students at MU how to make a magic wand “float” in the air. Spencer teaches magic as a kind of rehabilitation therapy. He came to MU to encourage students to “think outside of the box” when it comes to types of therapy.

New drug might help breast cancer recovery in certain women

Salman Hyder researches tumors with accelerated growth and a non-toxic alternative to chemotherapy for treating breast cancer.

Bob Brookmeyer and Dan Morgenstern

Bob Brookmeyer, left, responds to questions posed by Dan Morgenstern, right, in Whitmore Recital Hall at MU on Tuesday. Brookmeyer, a composer and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, was very candid with his responses to Morgenstern's questions and drew laughs from the intimate crowd on several occasions. Brookmeyer and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra will perform Wednesday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Artwork from Karen Dawn's book

The work of painter and illustrator Anthony Freda is used throughout Karen Dawn’s new book, “Thanking the Monkey,” in addition to artwork from other notable artists and illustrators. Dawn included artwork and comics to provide a bit of comic relief to the sometimes serious and graphic material discussed in her book.

Karen Dawn speaks at MU

Karen Dawn reads a passage from her book, “Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals,” during a lecture at MU’s University Bookstore on Tuesday. If people change their behavior out of fear or embarrassment, the changes will only be temporary, she said. “The key is to get people to really think about the issue.”

Tom Wellman discusses a storm water drain

Tom Wellman, left, an engineering specialist, talks with storm water engineering aide Jim Thaxter about a storm drain located in a residence off of Ann Street in Columbia. Wellman said examining Columbia's storm drains early on can prevent disaster later when extreme weather hits and help keep replacement costs lower.

Storm drain on East Walnut

A storm drain at the corner of East Walnut and Ann Street shows corrosion, a condition caused by excess water, salt from winter streets and surrounding soil content. This drain is one of several being assessed by Columbia's Public Works Department, which routinely monitors the drains for signs of wear and tear.

Coaching moment

Lynn Allen has been the Douglass head coach for 12 years. Some years he’s had as few as seven players on the team.
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