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The Big Mo drum marched on the streets in downtown Dallas, Texas during the parade.

Museum to be renovated

The Kansas City Museum, called Corinthian Hall, will close Jan. 7 and is not expected to reopen until 2010. The city-owned structure and the carriage house behind it will get new windows and doors and other improvements.

Columbians revel in First Night celebrations

Hanna, 4, Angie, Jacob, 1, and Ben Liess watch Aesop's Fabulous Tales Puppet Show at the Missouri United Methodist Church as part of First Night celebrations on Monday. "It's totally cool," said Hanna of the puppet show. The Leisses participated in arts and crafts activities before attending the puppet show.

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Sebastian Miller, front, Nick Rodriguez, Ryan Hanfelder and Atlante Guajardo jam out at the Teen Venue at the Armory Sports Center during First Night celebrations. Teen Venue has been organized for the past nine First Nights in order to provide teens with a safe and entertaining place to hang out and have fun.

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Nate Smith, dressed as a Teletubby, Jamie Moreno and Pat Harison wait for the traditional 5k run during the First Night celebration Monday. "We are the race vehicle," said Smith, who dressed as Po, theTeletubby character. Smith and Harison are with the Tryathletics store and volunteered to lead the run, making sure no one got off track.

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Columbia Transit offered free bus rides to and from First Night venues on New Year's Eve.

Fire damages portable classroom at Grant Elementary School

This fifth-grade classroom at Grant Elementary School, housed inside a trailer, caught fire during the early Sunday morning. Fire crews put the blaze out around 5:30 a.m. and were able to contain the fire to just this one trailer, which sits next to several others on the grounds of Grant Elementary.

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Piles of games and shelves full of books are covered in ash inside this Grant Elementary classroom on Sunday morning after a fire. Principal Beverly Borduin says that they lost everything inside the classroom; however she is happy that the fire did not occur during school hours.

Fire damages Grant Elementary trailer

This fifth-grade classroom at Grant Elementary School, housed inside a trailer, caught fire early Sunday morning. Fire crews put the blaze out around 5:30 am and were able to contain the fire to just this one trailer, which sits next to several others on the school grounds.

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Piles of games and shelves full of books lay covered in ash inside this Grant Elementary classroom Sunday morning after a fire destroyed much of the room's interior. Principal Beverly Borduin says everything inside the classroom was lost; however, she is happy the fire did not occur during school hours.

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Jim Cook stands with his flag awaiting the rally for Mizzou fans on Sunday. He traveled to Dallas, Texas, from St. Louis to support the Mizzou football team.

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Head coach Gary Pinkel addresses the crowd during a rally at the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas. Hundreds of alumni and fans attended the rally hosted by the Mizzou alumni association in preparation for Mizzou's game agains Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday.

Mizzou fans flock to Dallas for Cotton Bowl pep rally

Head coach Gary Pinkel addresses the crowd during a rally at the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, Texas. Hundreds of alumni and fans attended the rally hosted by the Mizzou Alumni Association in preparation for Mizzou's game against Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday.

Katy Trail to be extended to near Kansas City

A regular walker on the Katy Trail strolls past the Missouri River on Saturday afternoon in Rocheport. An $18 million grant from AmerenEU as part of the Taum Sauk settlement will be used to extend the trail an additional 46 miles toward Kansas City.

Changes proposed for deer hunting season look to limit herd, please hunters

Ryan Filbert, front, and his father, Warren Filbert, hunt for deer on a local farmer's property in Woodlandville.

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Jason Brush, a hunter from Callaway County, shops with his family at Brass Pro Shop on Vandiver Drive in Columbia. Brush said he hunts deer for food and that he doesn't agree with the new deer hunting regulations.

Not everyone is satisfied with how visioning process worked

After months of work and extensive advertising, Visioning organizers attracted 470 people to cast votes for their favorite strategy statements. Some say the turnout could have been better.

MU men's basketball team cruises past Coppin State

Missouri guard Keon Lawrence rises to the basket for a dunk Thursday against Coppin State.

Practices at Dallas Cowboys' home stadium thrills Tigers

MU’s Martin Rucker takes in the view at Texas Stadium during the Tigers’ practice Thursday for the Cotton Bowl.

Local view: Hiring the new UM System president

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