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Start of service day

Karen Sherin and her four-year-old son, Matthew, wash their hands when they arrive at the Central Missouri Food Bank in Columbia. Sherin is a missionary who works with rural poverty. She recently started volunteering at the food bank.

Learning to label

Brittany Mullen, Karen Sherin and her son Matthew label cans at the food bank.

Food bank service

Karen Sherin and her four-year-old son, Matthew, wash their hands when they arrive at the Central Missouri Food Bank in Columbia. Sherin is a missionary who works with rural poverty. She recently started volunteering at the food bank.

Columbia Food Bank service

Matthew Sherin carries two cans back to the table while his mom, Karen Sherin, grabs another box at the Central Missouri Food Bank in Columbia on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008. Sherin and her son volunteer at the food bank once a month.

Prince murder trial sees first day of hearings

Opening arguments during the second day of the Kristopher Prince murder trial.

Large freshman class means overcrowded shuttles

MU students crowd a bus bound for campus Friday morning. Freshmen Swanay Henderson, front, and Nathan Torre, center, are both spending their freshman year living in Campus Lodge apartments instead of MU residence halls. Overcrowded buses are one of the repercussions of MU's 2008 record freshmen enrollment totals.

H.T. May and Son Funeral Home

Tom May and his mother Estelle May stand in front of their business, H.T. May and Son Funeral Home, in Boonville on Wednesday. The Mays have seen an increase in business since Warren Funeral Chapel in Columbia closed.

MU volleyball player Brittney Brimmage

Unlike the vast majority of recruits, Brittney Brimmage, a freshman on the MU volleyball team, did not play club volleyball when she was in high school.

Heritage Festival offers singing, dancing and art

Haskell Native American dancer Charley Lewis, representing the Bishop Paiute tribe, performs the mens' chicken dance. He and three to four other dancers will perform at the 31st Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show at Nifong Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Workers lay brick

Justin Morgret and Dean Burnett lay brick work at the new Fire Station no. 7 in Columbia. Construction has been in progress since January.

Rain delays fire station construction

Construction workers work on the brick facing of the new Fire Station No. 7 at Green Meadows Road and Bethel Street. The station has been relocated and is being modified and rebuilt after an extension to the 1/4 cent capital improvement sales tax was approved in 2005.

The paper goes here and here and here

From left, Hickman High School juniors Patrika Brown, 16, Ellen O'Connor, 16, and Alexandra Williamson, 17, work together on junior float decorations for the homecoming parade.

Junior class project

Hickman High School juniors work together after school Monday afternoon to create the junior float decorations for the homecoming parade.

Building a float

Hickman High School junior Ellen O'Connor, 16, works on junior float decorations for the homecoming parade after school Monday afternoon.

What Ike left behind

Todd Fewell of Columbia wades through flooded water outside of McBaine on Tuesday afternoon. Perche Creek flooded McBaine and the nearby section of the Katy Trail on Sunday following heavy rains.

Kelan Evans hiked a mountain in Afghanistan

Kelan Evans, far left, agricultural adviser for the Kapisa-Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, hiked a mountain in the Sirkh Parsa District in the Kapisa Province looking for a water source to supply a hospital below.

Kelan Evans takes a break in Afghanistan

Kelan Evans, agricultural adviser for the Kapisa-Parwan Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, takes a break in the mountains after a meeting in the Kohe Band District of Parwan province.

Chinese students talk at the International Welcome Dinner at MU

Anson Li, 20, at left, a senior MU business student and president of the Chinese Business Student Association, jokes with his friend, David Wong, at the Memorial Union on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.  The two were attending the International Welcome Dinner at Stotler Lounge, where they mingled with Chinese students and others who have come to MU from all over the world.

Pomping all night long

Members of Kappa Delta sorority, Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity pomp sets for their Homecoming skit. The sorority and fraternity members work on the sets in the basement of an unoccupied fraternity house owned by Alpha Gamma Sigma in the early hours of Oct. 13, 2007. Pomping involves taking a piece of colored tissue paper, rolling it around a marker, dipping it in "pomp," a flour-based glue, and adhering the paper to plywood boards that have been painted to guide the pomping.

Greg T. Spielberg

Greg T. Spielberg is a columnist for the Missourian.
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