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Ben Askren wins MMA debut

Ben "Funky" Askren, right, a former MU Wrestler and United States Olympian, won his Mixed Martial Arts debut against Josh Flowers at the Holiday Inn Expo Center on Feb 7.

A fine mess

From left, Iman Eltkhtash, age 4, Shahed Mohammad, age 8, and Cheynne Ratliff, right, age 8, play together at "Messy Morning," a free morning of fun activities designed to improve motor and reading skills. It was held at West Junior High School on Saturday.

A clean mask is important

The respirators workers wear for lead abatement are an important safety feature. Proper fitting, use and cleaning of the respirators provide safe working conditions. After every use, workers must use mild detergent and water and let the masks air dry.

Grappling for the ball

LaChelda Jacobs, left, watches as MU's Bekah Mills battle's KU's Nicollette Smith for the ball. The Tigers went on to win the game 74-60.

Steal that ball and run with it

Mizzou's Bekah Mills had four steals in the game against Kansas. The Tigers won the Saturday afternoon matchup 74-60.

Surrounded by Jayhawks

Freshman Bekah Mills looks down the court during a drive towards the basket during the game against Kansas on Saturday. Missouri led Kansas by double digits during the entire second half.

Batter up

Megan Christopher steps up to bat in front of catcher Katie Milles during Saturday's MU softball Black and Gold game at University Field. The Black Team won 7-2.

Coach Earleywine watches the game

MU Softball head coach Ehren Earleywine watches Saturday's Black and Gold game at University Field.

Allen slides into home

Andee Allen slides into home in front of catcher Katie Milles during Saturday's Black and Gold game at University Field.

Missouri blocks Iowa

Missouri's Leo Lyons, left, and Kim English (24) defend against Iowa State's Jamie Vanderbeken during the first half of the game on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Defending against Iowa

Missouri's DeMarre Carroll (1) defends against Iowa State's Craig Brackins during the first half of the game on Saturday.

Annie Fischer house

Annie Fischer house, 2911 S. Old 63: Built in the 1920s by Annie Fischer, the house was used as a restaurant and catering service. Fischer is credited with being one of the first African-American business owners in Boone County and won first prize for her beaten biscuits and cured ham at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. In 1911, President William Howard Taft requested her biscuits when he visited the Missouri State Fair. The house is owned by Merle Jr. and Charlotte Smarr.

Brackins defends against Carroll

Iowa State's Craig Brackins (21) defends against Missouri's DeMarre Carroll (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Johnson leads Tigers off bench

Junior forward Jessra Johnson dribbles past Kansas’ Nicollette Smith on Feb. 7 at Mizzou Arena. Johnson came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 20 points in 14 minutes of play.

Trainees take precautions against lead

While learning about lead abatement, Bryan Jennings tries on a half mask while Rob Johnson, left, John Page, middle, and Kelly Ballanger observe the process. The class is offered by the city of Columbia Planning and Development Department. In order to wear such a mask properly for lead abatement, it must fit correctly, and the wearer must be clean shaven for the closest fit possible.

Learning to remove lead

Shawn Williams, left, and Rob Johnson simulate area preparation for lead abatement. The key task, according to class instructor Steve Singler, is to control the dust. Singler and Annie Holland of the Pharos Group out of St. Louis were hired by the city to instruct trainees.

Residents practice lead removal

Rob Johnson, dressed in protective gear, worked with other trainees in the second floor of the City Armory Building on Thursday. Johnson said he hadn't realized how important lead removal is, especially for children.

MU gymnast Mary Burke

Freshman Mary Burke pauses during her balance beam routine during the women's gymnastics meet against Southeast Missouri State on Friday.

Marcus Whitt drives down the floor for Hickman

Hickman Kewpies Crandon Cook, Marcus Whitt, and Jerald Hickem, race down the court through the first quarter Friday.

Baha'i gathering

Jeanne Engle reads over a Hindu peace prayer during a devotional meeting of mid-Missouri Baha'i members Sunday afternoon in Hallsville. Baha'i incorporates aspects of many popular religions including Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism, among others.
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