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Adrianne Perry and her father James Perry

Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry and her father James Perry.

Americans for lower taxes

Dave and Norma Clark of Columbia hold signs protesting increased taxes at the tax day "Tea Party," sponsored by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, on the south steps of the Capitol building in Jefferson City on April 15, 2009.

Family advocates together

Lisa Rinkemeyer sits with her sons (from left to right) Peter, 10; Paul, 8; and Joe, 13, at the tax day "tea party."

Tea party historical reference sign

Protesters hold signs referring to the famous Boston Tea Party of 1773 at the tax day "tea party."

Tea party at the Capitol

A speaker addresses the crowd at the tax day "tea party." After the scheduled speakers made their statements, private citizens took turns at the microphone to air their grievances.

Taking the tea party literally

Rhonda Mantle wears tea bags in her sunglasses to show solidarity with the protesters at the tax day "tea party."

Democratic speaker gets a chance to speak

Rep. J.C. Kuessner, D-Eminence, speaks to the crowd from the steps of the Capitol building during the tax day "tea party."

Addressing the tea party crowd

Rep. J.C. Kuessner, D-Eminence, speaks to the crowd during the tax-day "tea party" sponsored by the political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Gymnastics preview

MU senior Adrianne Perry works on her balance beam skills during practice on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. Perry's father, James Henderson Perry Jr., died last year.

Missouri Rail Riders play at dance

Bob Rankin plays guitar as part of the Missouri Rail Riders band at the Older American Klub on March 20 in Columbia.

Taking a turn on the dance floor

Wayne and Marie Crump take a turn on the dance floor during the Older American Klub on March 20 at the Stephens Lake Activity Center in Columbia.

Missouri gymnast Adrianne Perry

Missouri senior Adrianne Perry works on her balance beam routine at a practice at Hearnes Center. After her father's death last summer, Perry says she has struggled at times this season, but she has persevered and is set to compete in her fourth NCAA national meet starting Thursday in Lincoln, Neb.

Kristin Nottelmann winds up

Kristin Nottelmann, a relief pitcher, winds up before pitching at the University Field. Missouri softball defeated Missouri University of Science & Technology twice in Wednesday's doubleheader 10-2 and 6-0.

Michael Liberto almost picked-off

MU's Michael Liberto slides back to first as Indiana State's first baseman, Tony Colucci, catches the attempted pick-off from the pitcher.

Missouri catcher Ryan Ampleman

Catcher, Ryan Ampleman, a sophomore, runs towards third base during Missouri's game against Indiana St. on Wednesday.

Beauty in nature

Pinnacles Youth Park is a privately owned, 77-acre piece of land that is open to the public. The park is privately funded through donations and grants. It provides free camping for youth groups like the Boy Scouts.

Walk in the park

Robert Wojcik, left, and Nadia Marks take a walk with their dogs. Wojcik said they came to Pinnacle Youth Park because the weather was nice and this park is generally less busy downtown.

Pinnacle bluffs

Pinnacles Youth Park provides wide open spaces, rivers, streams and cliffs to climb for any visitors who are daring enough. It's not easy to cross the water that surrounds the limestone bluffs, but the park's board members have no plans for a bridge, which would cost thousands of dollars and provide more access for the climbers who contribute to degradation of the limestone.

Hanging out at Pinnacle

Rock climbing is a popular activity at Pinnacles Youth Park, which features tall limestone bluffs surrounded by creeks. Steve Pagan and Tuesday Critz practice on a ridge known as the Shelving Rock.

Three sing after serpent's defeat

Betsey Bledsoe, Stephanie Sander and Rachel Wyss sing a song as the three ladies during Show-Me Opera's rehearsal of the opera "The Magic Flute" inside McKee Gymnasium on April 8. In the opera, the three had just finished slaying a serpent to rescue a prince.
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