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They all walk for ice cream

Incoming freshmen stream toward their free Tiger Stripe ice cream after passing through the columns on the Francis Quadrangle as part of the traditional Tiger Walk on Sunday evening at the University of Missouri.

A sweet Tiger welcome

Students eat Tiger Stripe ice cream on the Francis Quadrangle as others continue the traditional Tiger Walk on Sunday evening on the Francis Quadrangle of MU's campus. The Class of 2012 is the largest incoming class in Missouri's history.

A fair day for flying

Columbians gather around Corporate Lake on Saturday night to attend Columbia Balloon Invitational. Only a small number of the balloons competing were able to take off because of a severe weather report. The competition went ahead on Sunday morning with Fred Shoening finishing fourth in his "Yankee Doodle" balloon, pictured above.

Addressing the crowd

Mary Lou Wallner addresses the members and visitors of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbiaon Friday. Wallner presented her insight about the acceptance of gays among Christians.

Sharing experiences

Mary Lou Wallner, and her husband, Bob Wallner, smile during their talk in which they presented their insights about the acceptance of gays among Christians during an event at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia on Friday.

After the talks

Mary Lou Wallner speaks with Bill Hillenbrand after a talk in which Walner presented her insight about the acceptance of gays among Christians. The talk took place at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia on Friday.

Edwards wins Bristol

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol Tenn. It was Edwards' second consecutive Sprint Cup victory.

Balloon discussions

Tharon Riley, left, discuses with Brian Taylor the latest weather report Saturday morning at the Columbia Balloon Invitational.

Grounded balloons

After being grounded Saturday morning because of a bad weather report, several competitors of the Columbia Balloon Invitational talk.

Ballon weather

Brian Taylor, left, discuses with Lynn McVay the latest weather report. Competitors of the Columbia Balloon Invitational were grounded on Saturday morning because of a bad weather report.

Balloon View

Flying at 2,500 feet above Columbia, Herb Heriford of Jefferson City uses the balloon's propane burner to increase his altitude during the Columbia Balloon Invitational on Friday.

Karis Community Church moves into Missouri Theatre

Karis Community Church members discuss the acoustics of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The church recently moved from The Tiger hotel into the theater.

Karis Community Church settles into Missouri Theatre

Karis Community Church moved from the Tiger Hotel to the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Sunday night. Almost everything from the church fit into single the trailer and was moved into the basement of the theater with the help of several church volunteers.

Group cleans up Stephens Lake shoreline

Daniel Gibbins, a horticulturist from Columbia's Parks and Recreation department shows Columbia Aquatic Restoration Program volunteers which plants need to be pulled from the shore of Stephens Lake on Saturday morning. The group helped clean up the shoreline, removing invasive species such as poison ivy and cattails.

Volunteers tackle invasive plants at Stephens Lake

Jon Rapp pulls various species of vines and weeds from the shore of Stephens Lake on Saturday morning during a project by volunteers for the Columbia Aquatic Restoration Program through Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department. "My wife likes to call it 'practice'," said Rapp.

Aquatic restoration aids Stephens Lake

Brad Johnson pulls various invasive plants from the shore of Stephens Lake on Saturday morning during a project by volunteers for the Columbia Aquatic Restoration Program through Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department. Properly kept shorelines can help reduce the algae in a pond or lake and ultimately save the Parks and Recreation department money by preventing the need for chemical algae treatments.

Obama and Biden campaign together

Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and his vice presidential running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, appear together Saturday in Springfield, Ill.

Second suspect in shooting

Columbia police are searching for Clyde Hyler III in connection with the shooting death of Antonio Flores-Ramirez. Police say Hyler's whereabouts are unknown, but he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Balloon inflation

Layne Walters attempts to hold a balloon steady while it inflates in a field at Corporate Lake Park on Friday. Steady winds and wet landing areas kept many pilots on the ground Friday morning.

Balloon preparations

Fred Schoening of Moberly makes final preparations to the basket of the 'Yankee Doodle' balloon at Corporate Lake Park on Friday.
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